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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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HELP! Litter box issues

When I adopted Celia in August (an adult cat rescued from a hoarding situation), it took me about 3 days or so to get her to first use the litter box. After that, right up until last month, she has been using it regularly with no incident.

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Last month, a few weeks ago or so, she used the litter box for #2. When she came out she was rubbing her butt along the carpet. I noticed she still had poop half in/half out because of hair she swallowed, so I tried to catch her to help her remove it. When I FINALLY caught her and picked her up, I accidentally bumped her head on the doorknob. I panicked but removed the poop and then cuddled her because I didn't know how much pain she was in. I couldn't call a vet as it was around 3 am or so. By the next morning she seemed fine.

Fast forward to a week or so ago, and I was walking around in sock feet and noticed a huge wet spot on the carpet. It was SO wet and so big it was probably building up for awhile, but I didn't know because I couldn't see it and usually wear something more on my feet. I squished paper towel in it to see if it was a leak or--ugh--pee, and sure enough, it is definitely pee. I have four cats, so I was trying to narrow down who was doing it. All the other three are using the litter box except for Celia. I've also found poop in my bathtub twice which I am also almost certain is from her (at least she doesn't do that on my carpet too).

Anyway, just yesterday it dawned on me that since that incident a few weeks ago where I banged her head after she used the bathroom she has not gone to the litter box once. Did I traumatize her? Did I physically hurt her in some way that it making her do this? I am getting worried and am thinking of taking her to the vet tomorrow (if it is more than just a behavioural issue). Advice please?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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54 views and not one piece of advice?? Please...anyone...
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HI Merlin, sorry you are having problems

You said you have four cats, how many litter boxes do you have? It sounds like only one, if that is the case, you definitely need more.

As for Celia not using the litter box at all, I doubt very much that knocking her head on the door knob has anything to do with it, at all. What MAY have an affect is that she is finding pooing uncomfortable. You mentioned her scooting on the rug. Rightly or wrongly, she might have made the discomfort a direct association with the litter box and figures if she goes somewhere else it won't hurt like it does in the box. OR she might have just turned off to the busy litter box.

Whatever the case another box will help towards clearing up this issue.

You're going to have to clean the spot you referred to, with an enzyme cleaner. Even though you can't smell it, your cat can, so you need to get that smell away, or they will keep on returning and going there.
Get a black light to tell if you got it all.

You are going to a vet, that is good. You will want to tell the vet all you said here and get Celia checked for any blockage, constipation, infections, etc. Anything that might be a reason she would go outside her litter box.

I wish you luck at the vet tomorrow. Let us know how it goes, ok?


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 03:59 PM
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Yep, I'd recommend everything Catface recommended. Enzyme cleaner on the spot and definitely more litter boxes. A good rule of thumb is one litter box for each cat plus one, so you'd need 5!

I very seriously doubt hitting her head on the door traumatized her. My cats have banged their heads on stuff when jumping up on something or not looking where they're going, and they've been fine.
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