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litterbox issues - Answered by Pet Dr.

July 9th, 2003, 06:17 PM
I have 3 cats, all a little over a year old. I am having trouble with one that does not use the litterbox at all. I don't think that there is anything physically wrong with her because she seems healthy. They have all been neutered/spayed. She has always had problems with the litterbox; they all used to use the plants when they were kittens. I think she uses the carpet downstairs because she sees this room as a playground. She doesn't have accidents anywhere in the house. She is always meowing for me to come play with her, usually when I am eating dinner. So I don't know if her problem is anxiety related. I've tried cleaning the carpet with the correct solution, but that didn't work. She doesn't like the litterbox at all. When I see her going, I pick her up and put her in the box. She usually sticks out her legs and tries to get away. I've been putting her in the box and giving her treats, but that hasn't done much so far. I think it is the box and not the litter that she doesn't like. I am afraid to put her in a room by herself until she uses the litterbox because I know this will make her anxious and I don't understand how that will make her use it. What have other people done to correct this problem?

July 15th, 2003, 08:09 PM
My son has 4 cats and had to get a second litter box to accomodate one of the cats who refused to use the same litter box as the rest of the cats. Some cats are just picky that way. Good luck!

July 17th, 2003, 11:19 AM
I always thought the rule was ONE litter box for EACH cat you have....thats what my vet told me. I have 2 cats and 2 litterboxes and no accidents. My friend has 3 cats and one litterbox and plenty of accidents. Try getting another litter box and see if that helps...its probably your cheapest place to start and least frustrating. Good luck!

July 17th, 2003, 02:11 PM
Catt31 is right.

In fact EXTRA litterboxes is the way to go.

If you have 3 cats, get 4 or 5 litterboxes and place them in different private areas.

Buy the litter in bulk, empty the poop daily and change the entire litter in each box weekly.

This usually solves well over 90% of the problems.

Also do a search on this site for litterbox and litter box

There is already a lot of useful info. on this site