I want to get you guys opinions to see if I am on the right track here.....I posted before that Pookie stopped using the litter box a month or so ago when I went on vacation. I had also gotten a track mat and a new cover for the box around that time, so I got rid of those, and I thought I had solved the problem, but I am still finding poop and pee outside the box. Not even near the box, she is going in my sons room. What I've done so far is leave the origional box alone, it's in the downstairs hall just like always, and I have added one upstairs in the hall bathroom, since Pookie prefers to be upstairs. It's just a large, plain box, no liner, no cover, no mat. Still found poop in my sons room, so I asked him if he minded if I put a litter box in his room....I think it's gross, but she's pooping in there anyway....so I doused the carpet with Simple Solution, moved a bookshelf into the corner where she was going, and put a litter box in front of that. That was yesterday. Someone used it last night, but I don't know which cat. I am also going to get some cat attract litter today, and she has a vet apt for the first of next week.
Any other suggestions, and does what I've done sound ok so far?
My next question is, she is 12 years old, and she prefers to stay upstairs, I'm guessing away from the dogs, even though the dogs are great with cats and Muffin loves them, she does not. I was feeding both cats downstairs while the dogs were crated, but Pookie seemed stressed about this, so I am feeding her upstairs now. Should I continue to try to get her comfortable with being downstairs, or just let her be? I don't want to add to her stress while we are having litter issues. Also, I have always had dogs and other cats around her, so they are not new to her. It seems that the older she gets, the less interaction she wants with everyone, pets and people.