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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Cat pooping outside Scoopfree litterbox

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My 8 year old female Tabby cat used to be completely fine using the Scoopfree litter box with the blue crystals for upto 3 weeks before having to switch which was normal.

The last few weeks she has decided to poop outside the box on the hardwood floor just a week after changing the crystals. Only pooping outside... peeing in the box fine.

Someone mentioned cats usually poop outside if they have a medical condition (she is fine) or it they deem the litterbox unclean. But I am confused why she would consider the crystals unclean just after a week when she was fine using the same tray for 3 weeks before.

If I change the tray she will poop in the box fine but again stop after a week and changing the blue crystals every week is way too expensive.

Appreciate any suggestions from all the experts here. I dont understand cats!!!!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 02:38 PM
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At 8 years it is possible that she's beginning to develop arthritis, which is a common cause of this sort of issue.

Have you had her to the vet recently? If you haven't then that's step #1. You can't assess for yourself if she's fine, you need a vet to do a full exam.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hi. She got a full exam in April and besdies her liver enzymes being slightly high the vet cleared her of any issues. She uses the box if I replace the tray every week so somehow she has decided 3 weeks of the same tray is too long.

Any other suggestiongs would be appreciated. THanks
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 03:50 PM
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I would put a regular litter box nearby and see if she prefers that. Use some Tidy Cats scoopable litter or other high quality scoopable litter. If she prefers that, problem solved.....except you will now need to scoop twice a day. Remember, 8 years old is considered a senior, so health problems could crop up anytime. I think the choice of litter boxes will solve the problem. Try it, it won't hurt.
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If it's only cropped up in the last few weeks and her exam was April (6 months ago) she could still have a health issue.

Saying that since she had a check in April so she must be healthy now is like saying a Doctor visit will prevent you from getting sick for six months...not true.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Marcia.... as expected i changed the litter tray on the Scoopfree and she started using the tray without problem. So she is fine with the box but rejects it just after a week. (till i replace the crystals again).

Librarychick.... Appreciate your input and I am certainly not trying to play Vet myself. What I mean is if she had arthritis she would stop using the box althogether no? However since she uses it fine with fresh new crystals and stops after a week and starts again after i replace the crystals seems more behaviorial than medical.
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Glad it worked out ok. Sometimes cats just get a little particular. One day they like something, next day they turn up their noses at it. As they age they can get more particular. We, as their slaves, just need to be sensitive to their every whim!!
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