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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-05-2008, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Litter box problems, @ my witts end, please help

This seems to be a very popular topic. Here is a little background. I have 2 cats, 1 male and 1 female. The female cat has the litter box problem, this has been going on for prob 2 years. I don't think she every uninates in the box. It started in my bathroom where the litter box was, she would go on the floor, rug, or even the bath tub. The problem then moved to my kitchen as well, in many different spots. She used to only do this at night when we were sleeping, but know she has actually done it 2 times right in front of me We have tried leaving our bedroom door open at night, since she crys @ our bedroom door, we thought that was the problem.

I do believe my female cat could be stressed, she requires a lot of attention, meows at our bed room door to be let in, etc. I also believe that my male cat gives her added stress, he really bullys her and I think may have caused this problem originally. He gets jealous whenever we give her any attention. Here is what I have tried, since I believe I have tried almost everything.

- Multiples Litter Boxes
- Different kind of cat litter
- Cleaning the box totally once a week, including brand new litter (of course we clean the dirty litter everyday as well)
- Cleaning the floor with cleaners that are suppossed to take away the urine smell
- Something you plug into the wall that is suppossed to reduce the stress level
- I have also discussed this problem with my vet, who really isn't very helpful, but I am sure he ruled out a urinary infection (How do they test for this?)

Please any help would be welcomed. My husband is on the verge of bringing her to a animal shelter. I just found out I am pregnant, I can not deal with the litter, so now this has become his problem

Thanks in advnace and wish me luck
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-05-2008, 05:23 PM
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Can you try separating her from the other cat in a room by herself with a litterbox? Add some cat attract stuff to the litter as well. If she uses the box when all alone, I'd think the problem is bullying.

If he is preventing her from getting to the litterbox, at least we know what the problem is and what we are trying to solve. My Thomas would do that to Kitty and she would have accidents. Once I noticed the problem, I started escorting her to the litterbox several times a day (Keeping Thomas away). However, she REALLY wanted to go in the box, so as soon as she could get to it unharassed, she'd go.

Your cat sounds to nervous to even try. I'd give it a go with her in her own room for a bit to see if that helps her settle down and use the box all the time. The cat attract additive should encourage her as well.

The vet checks for a UTI by taking a urine sample. They can get it from her after she goes or they can take it out with a syringe through her abdomen (more accurate results).
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2008, 10:53 PM
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Since this has been going on for 2 years I can't see how this could be a UTI...I think she'd be dead by now from the infection spreading through her body. So I see it as truly behavioral.

One she declawed? Many declawed cats will avoid the box because the litter hurts their feet. So that's one possibility.

If it's not that, then...

When you've had multiple boxes, have they been located in different areas of the house so your other cat can't be guarding them all at once? Are they covered boxes? If yes, then I'd uncover them. Do they have more than one way out? If not and your other cat is guarding the exit she may avoid going in to begin with.

I think you really need to observe what's going on just before she goes outside the box. Maybe you can set up a video camera...

Another possibility is that she just may not like litter...some cats don't. Maybe try an empty box. Or one lined with newspaper or a puppy pad. Or even try putting puppy pads down in the place she typically goes.

Have you tried Cat Attract litter? It has an additive that attracts cats to use it.

Another thing to try is confining her her to a small room, preferably a bathroom. Put her litterbox, food and toys in there. This would be a good time to use Cat Attract. Remove all rugs and other soft items like towels. And keep her in there until she's using the box. When in a confined space a cat will usually try to keep things as clean as possible and won't soil in the area they need to live in. It may take a week or two, but you can't let her out if you go this route, even for a break.

Hope that something here strikes a chord with you and helps....

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-08-2008, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you both your advice. I have tried almost everything you mentioned.

I have not tried separating my 2 cats. I guess that will be my next adventure!
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