You should definitely look into the Feliway diffusers. We had some peeing and behaviour issues in the past and I finally bought about four plug ins for our house and it REALLY worked. I couldn't believe it, but it did.
Fitness Minutes: (1,375) Posts: 140 11/9/12 6:17 P
Thanks for the ideas. I'm going to try the pads/newspaper. I've tried other litter and that prompted her to go on the living room carpet! I don't think it's the litter since she will urinate in the box. Maybe she just has a poo phobia. It's just been a puzzler for sure. I'll keep you posted. Thank you all again. Anne
I agree with ORDINARY1, try different kinds of litter and make sure they are unscented. My one cat recently started doing that and we found out we just weren't cleaning the litter box enough for her so that was an easy solution for us. I hope you come up with a solution let us know.
You CAN train them to go on puppy pads. I use newspaper (puppy pads when I run out) for one of my cats. For some reason, since shortly after I got her, she has never used the box. Now, I think she can't climb into one (problems with her hip.) I used the same technique to train her to use the papers as I do for litter training: Shut her in a room with her box (and the pads), her food, water, bed, and toys and leave her in there until she was going in the right place.
She now uses the papers 99.99999999% of the time. I have had very little problem with her going anywhere else since I've paper trained her. (I prefer newspaper for environmental reasons, and because urine sometimes gets under the plastic backing of the pads and makes just as big a mess as if she's peed on the floor. The paper just absorbs it. ;) )
Andrea had great suggestions, too. I would try different litters and try retraining her. We have another cat that we have to retrain from time to time, and it does work.
Sorry to hear about your issues. I love our cats, but they can do some strange and frustrating things, right? LOL
There are a couple of ideas I had. One is changing the litter. She may not like what you're using if she keeps pooping near the box instead of in it. The other is using Feliway. It's a homeopathic product that comes in sprays and diffusers that plug into the wall. I would recommend the diffusers and have had a lot of success with them.
Hope that helps. Good luck and keep us posted.
Fitness Minutes: (1,375) Posts: 140 11/8/12 7:36 P
I assume u talked to ur vet about it? They usually have a bag of tricks to help figure it out. At the shelter i volunteer at we find confining the cat to a cage helps with this because they don't usually want to do their business near their food or where they sleep. good luck!
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Fitness Minutes: (1,375) Posts: 140 11/8/12 6:28 P
I have an old 19 year old who sometimes dose not get all the way in when he goes and gets a little on the flour So I buy a beg box of Dog pads for inside They are about 20 by 24 and have a plastic liner I can just fold it up and trough it away.
I am not pussyfooting around. :)
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Fitness Minutes: (1,375) Posts: 140 11/8/12 6:08 P
I've tried to find info on this but wondered if anyone else has encountered the same thing. My cat Izzy refuses to poo in her litter box. She uses it to urinate, though. I have multiple boxes and have one without lid and two covered in case she had a preference. The box will be clean and filled with new litter and she still won't use it. She prefers the floor in front of the boxes. We haven't wanted to do anything extreme because it is at least on a cement floor and easy to clean. Any ideas? It's frustrating. Oh, she's been doing this pretty much since she and her sister were adopted a year ago and she's been checked for medical issues. Help!
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