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March 9, 2006 at 4:53 am #20048imported_cochungitaParticipant
My 11 yr old cat has been steadily using the house as her litterbox. I took her to the Vet. and he said that she is the alpha cat and it’s behavioral. I have 2 other cats and have 3 litterboxes but she continues to use outside the box. I started to isolate her in a bathroom with food, water, and clean box. She uses the box and doesn’t mess anywhere in the bathroom. But when I let her out after 4-5 days, she finds a spot to mess! I won’t put her to sleep but she cannot continue to mess the house. I feel guilty for keeping her in the room alone. Any suggestions?March 11, 2006 at 6:45 pm #21323imported_bobosmomParticipant
I set up a kitty-condo area in the living room for my older cat who needed to be away from the dogs and also was spraying in the house. This way he is still with us, able to see and hear us, and get pets. I have it set up on a table by the window and he really likes it there.March 13, 2006 at 5:21 pm #21324imported_sharingsunshineParticipant
Sounds like you are already considering most of these points in this article written by a local training place. Maybe something will still give a clue for you or somebody in the future with the same problem. You may find information at the website of Center Hill School also:
Litter Box Issues
Most people don?t think about housebreaking a cat. They assume that cats will automatically use a litter box,
but this isn?t always the case. If your cat is not using the litter box, go through the following check list and
make sure you try each suggestion.
1. Is this a medical problem?
If a cat suddenly starts going outside of the box, be sure to have a veterinarian check and make sure the
cat doesn?t have a medical problem, such as a urinary tract infection.
2. Is this a litter problem?
Some cats have a preference for a certain type of litter. Try different litters to see if the cat likes one
type over another. Most cats do not like perfumed litters and litter box liners. These items may be
handy for humans, but they aren?t so handy if the cat does not use the box because of them.
3. Are there enough litter boxes?
Imagine a house full of five people having to line up for one bathroom, or the only bathroom that was
available was way across the house, up the stairs, and in a back corner. Have more than one box. For
multiple cat households, be sure there is one box more than cats in the house.
4. What type of litter box?
Some cats don?t like lids on a cat box. They feel vulnerable and want to see around as they do their
business. If there?s a lid on the box, try taking it off.
5. Are the litter boxes clean?
Once a week might seem like enough to humans for cleaning out the cat box, but think about using a
toilet that only gets flushed once a week. YUCK! Scoop the box every day.
6. Is this a location problem?
Some cats have a preference for where they go. If a cat is peeing or pooping outside of the box, try
placing a box in the area that the cat has chosen. If this is an area that a cat box cannot be placed, try
feeding the cat in this area. Cats won?t relieve themselves in their feeding area. Citrus spay squirted in
the area where unwanted relieving is occurring may help. Soft Scrub bleach can be applied to
baseboards to discourage cats as well.
7. Is the cat spayed or neutered?
A spayed or neutered cat is less likely to spray and mark territory.
8. Is there a new cat in the house?
If a new cat has been introduced to the house, the introductions may not have been done properly. A
gradual introduction needs to happen, with cats being separated in different rooms. In order to help the
cats become familiar with each other?s scent, swap the cats back and forth between the rooms they are
separated in. Also, put the new cat in a crate for feeding times and allow the cats to eat next to each
other. The cats will begin to associate positive things with each other.
9. Is there a new cat in the neighborhood?
Even indoor cats may be aware of a new presence even if it is outside of their own home and begin
marking around the house to establish their territory. Keep all neighborhood cats away from the house.
Put tin foil under bushes and spray citrus spray around the outside of the house. Keep curtains closed so
your cat can?t see cats outside.
10. Has the cat ever been taught where to go?
So often people assume a cat knows where to go to the bathroom. It may be that the cat is confused and
hasn?t properly been taught where to go in a human world. If so, it?s time to housebreak the cat. Put the
cat in a small room or crate with a cat box in the back. Encourage the cat to use the box, and praise the
cat when she does. Take the time to play with your cat after she?s relieved herself in the box. As the cat
starts to successfully use the box, slowly increase the space that the cat has access to. Don?t rush things.
This takes time and involvement in order to catch the cat in the act and direct him to the box, but the
time is well spent to solve elimination problems and bring harmony to the household.
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