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My 17-year-old cat Winnie has never used a litter box until this year. She has always gone out in the yard somewhere. But with the heavy rain in California this year she starts to act kind of desperate, so I got her a litter box. It's located in a sunroom (with the outer sliding door open to the outside). Her food and water are on the other side of the room.

The problem is that Winnie will urinate in the litter box, but she'll defecate in remote corners of the room. I've tried scooping the solids into the litter box and changing the entire litter daily but with no change. I can't tell her NO because she's stone deaf. All I can do is put her face close to the mess and lock her outside for 30 minutes. That doesn't work, either.

How can I train her to use the litter box for everything? She used to go outside when it wasn't raining. Now the floor is much more convenient. How can I break that habit?
 

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Some cats like one box for peeing and another one for pooing. Sounds like your cat is one of these, so I would suggest adding another box.
 

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This may be more difficult than the usual solutions. This is an older cat who is used to going outside. I'm going to throw out a real unusual suggestion: would it be possible to erect some kind of shelter, say an awning or some kind of enclosure off that sunroom so she can still go outside? Then put another litter box outside under that shelter so she can start using a litter box outside, where she's used to going. Eventually, you can try moving it in, once she's doing it all in the box.
 

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With an older cat that has been use to going outside you may never train her to use the litterbox for everything. My mother had a cat like that. Would pee in the box but go right outside it and ****. Patch had always been an outside cat until she got older and mother started keeping her in.

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Okay, if I can't train her to use the litterbox for everything, how do I train her to not use the floor? The door is open, she can go out anytime.
 

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There are many different deterents you could try. The one that works best for me is foil on the spots they shouldn't be. If she's going in particular places then put the foil down there.
 

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I've got a second litter box now. I sprayed Lysol on the frequented places on the tile floor to kill the odor and hopefully leave a repellant chemical smell. The second litter box is in the same area. She hasn't touched it. This morning she left a big log on the floor.

What else can I try? I'm thinking of escorting her completely outside for meals and not even letting her enter the sunroom for a while. Now that the rains are gone, she doesn't need a litterbox anyway, except to refocus her attention away from the floor.
 

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Sorry, but Lysol won't work. You have to use the products made for that purpose, not some ordinary household cleaner or deodorizer. And multiple applications may be required.
 

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I'm thinking of escorting her completely outside for meals and not even letting her enter the sunroom for a while
There are so many dangers outside; I wouldn't recommend that. Try the enzyme cleaner, and re-train her by taking her to the litter box immediately after she awakens or eats, and rewarding her with petting and cat treats when she defecates in the litter box. Or you could have a play yard outside for her. She could spend some time out there, and I think she'd enjoy it. The very best of luck!
 
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