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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2007, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Senior cat, still having litter box issues

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.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2007, 05:54 PM
 
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It certainly sounds like you're doing the right things!!

I think I would just let her stay where she is most comfortable.. if that is upstairs, then it's upstairs, and yes, I would feed her up there too. The only problem I see is that she's then cutting herself off from everyone... people and other pets... and I'm not sure about that. Let's see what others day....
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2007, 10:28 PM
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Do you spend any time up there? Is that where the bedrooms are and you are spending your nights with her? If so, then I don't think it's a problem.

My Kitty has been secluded from the rest of the family since July. She just doesn't want to come out of the bedroom. The boys attack her when they can get to her, not all the time...just enough to really tick her off.

So, she stays in my bedroom all alone all day long and at night, it's me, her, and all the boys in there. I wake up frequently throughout the night to breakup fights, but...I think that having the day to relax makes her able to deal with it at night. Plus I'm there to protect her.

Sometimes I open the door and escort her about the house, but the first chance she gets...she's back in HER room. It's her territory now and she seems happy in there.

Actually, she seems happier than she's been in years. When I go in to feed her dinner, she doesn't want to eat...she wants to PLAY. She jumps around and chases the imaginary mice that are running under the covers of the bed. She hasn't played like that in years. I make sure that we have at leat 15 minutes a day playing together and spending time together.

That's my two cents.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2007, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yup, the bedrooms are up there and she still sleeps with me at night. The other cat spends some time up there too. They don't play together but they do lay next to eachother on the bed. Now that it is cooling off I open the windows and she sits in the window some. The doors are open, I don't shut her in or anything, so if she wants to come down she can. Even when I fed her downstairs she would just come down, eat, and run back up. The main reason I started feeding her up there is b/c she would sometimes skip meals because she didn't want to come down.
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I'd just let her be up there all the time...and I'd feed her tere too. She'll be happier and that will make you happier. Then...everybody's happy.


My Kitty is 14 years old, btw.

It's HILARIOUS when she is diving around on the bed after the imaginary mousies like she's 14 months old.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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I just wanted to update this.....I will cautiously say that we have seem to have success. The litter box in my sons room seems to have done the trick. Not ideal, but I keep it very clean. I think she likes having the option of staying upstairs if she wants to. She has even come downstairs more lately. We'll see if this lasts....
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