Why does my 9 year old cat refuse to use her litter box?
My cat refuses to use her litter box, and I'm not sure what to do to make her stop. I took her to the vet and they did blood work and all that but it came back fine. She will sometimes poop in it, but will not urinate in it. I really don't want to get rid of her because I've had her since she was a kitten but if this behavior continues, she leaves me no choice. Any suggestions?! Please help!
on Jun 28th 2012
in Behavior & Training
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Has anything changed? New brand of litter? New box? Did you move the box? If so, she doesn't like the change. Is the box cleaned frequently (at least once a day)? Try changing the litter once a week and washing the box with a mild soap. Do you have enough boxes - ideally you should have one box per cat + one. So, if you have 2 cats you really should have 3 boxes. Is the box in a quiet, private location? Laundry rooms and high traffic areas often don't make good litterbox locations as the cat may not like the noise and lack of privacy. Use a good enzymatic cleaner such as Nature's Miracle to clean the areas she's soiled. If she can still smell it, she'll be tempted to repeat the crime. Dr. Elsey's also makes a cat attract litter and litter additive for cats with litterbox issues. www.preciouscat.com PetSmart carries Dr. Elsey's products, and some vets carry the litter additive.
Linus (Dreamboat #72a) answered on 6/28/12. Helpful? / 0