why is my kitten not using the litter box
Observe the cat and notice if he is straining to go and/or crying out. He may claw out a space in a potted plant, choosing clean dirt over a soiled litter box. Or he may squat on your carpet or floor because he associates the sensation of digging in litter with uncomfortable elimination. If you confine him to a closed room with a clean litter box and he ignores it, he may have no control over his actions. This signals that illness, not behavior, is the culprit. The cat is in pain, and your vet needs to determine why. A thorough checkup will reveal whether Kitty has a urinary tract infection, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, arthritis, kidney, liver or thyroid malfunction or other illnesses that may affect his litter box habits. If illness, minor or serious, is the cause, medication or treatment should relieve his pain and distress. Whatever has pushed your cat out of the box, getting him back on track will take patience. If anxiety created the problem, set up a quiet retreat for the cat to do his business in a room or area with minimal household traffic. Provide a large-enough litter box -- or two -- with the kind of litter your cat prefers, and change it frequently, even several times a day if necessary.
You may decide to confine him for a few days to establish a new, calmer routine. Inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, diarrhea or urinary tract infections will abate with medication or treatment, so if one of these caused your cat's problem, he should return to using his litter box as his discomfort eases. Longer-term conditions, such as arthritis or kidney problems, may mean making adjustments: Be sure the cat's box is low enough for him to get into comfortably, and offer more than one box to accommodate more frequent usage. Always keep the litter boxes clean by washing and disinfecting them weekly and quickly removing soiled litter.
I m realllllllly hoping SOMEONE with experience will read through my post and offer up some advice, tips, anything! I am almost to the end!!!!! My sweet calico cat Joy, is fixed and front declawed. She was born Nov. 20, 2007 and I have had her since January 2008 (she is almost 5 years old). She is up to date on all her shots, and overall very healthy (we took her to the vet 5 months ago. ) She has seemed to be a high anxiety kitty when I reflect back to her is only progressively getting worse.
She started peeing outside of her litter box about 3 years ago after I had a room mate who had MANY wild cats. She has not been exposed to that environment in 2 and a half years now since I got married. For almost a year after this, she was the only kitty. About a year and a half ago, my husbands friend had to get rid of their male cat who is fixed, otherwise they were going to put him down (Oliver). We took him in. We noticed some alpha/beta issues almost immediately, but with her. The new kitty Oliver was very meek and quiet. They have a love hate relationship. Oliver is a bit territorial when it comes to HIS toys, HIS food, HIS litter box, but they DO play together and do the usual kitty stuff. About 2 months ago, Joy started pooping outside the litter box, peeing on all of my area rugs, and has always marked certain spots within the apartment. Just a few days ago, I came home from a long 12 hour shift and smelled her urine in our bathroom. She is now peeing on a very expensive rug that was a wedding gift. We have lived here almost 3 years and just now is going into the bathroom, after the fact she has already claimed most of the dinning room (where she is always pooping underneath the kitchen table nook), rugs, etc.
Our apartment is pretty much all carpet except for the kitchen and bathroom. being a kitten. However, she has always been exposed to other cats. THINGS I HAVE TRIED (things the Vet suggested and I have read): 1. We have 2 cat litter boxes. (we had 3 and the 3rd one went untouched for 4 months so we got rid of it. ) 2. We have tried odorless clumping litter, Arm and Hammer brand corn type of litter (to which she seemed to like for awhile), then switched brands because I read about not choosing a cat litter smell for my preference, but for her s, so I got a pine smelling kind, still no effect. 3. Using two different types of litters in each litter box. 4. changing granuel sized litters (still no effect). 5. moving the cat litter box to where she is peeing and pooping (she used it for a few days then would start doing it right outside the litter box. ) 6. Scrubbed, and scrubbed and scrubbed and. SCRUBBED! 7. Threw pepper down in all the area, after a few days she was back at it again. 8.
Placed sticky paper over the area she was doing her business. She just ended up pushing the paper in the corner to continue her thing. Joy has always been the kind of kitty that will run and hide from anyone that comes over. Eventually she will warm up, but it takes a very long time! She can be purring so contently on me where she likes to be with the fleece blanket, and one little noise and she jumps and runs and hides. Sometimes I think she acts like a kitty who has been abused but that seems impossible because I ve NEVER hit her (altho I ve reallllllllly wanted to sometimes!!!! ). QUESTIONS: 1. Is there a litter that I am missing?!?!?! 2. Would medication help her because of her anxiety?!?!?! 3. IS there safe medication out there for anxiety?!?!?!?! ANY suggestions would be so grateful Anyone who may read this, I m already grateful for you taking the time to read this long saga!!! hahaha. I love my Joy She IS my daughter, I have no kids. I love Oliver too! Our cats are our children. I can t imagine having to get rid of either, but I just do NOT know what to do!!!!!!!!!
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