Kitty Not Using The Litter Box

  1. I am so upset about this...We have a kitty who is a year and a half old, he has been neutered since he was a baby, but occasionally (about once a month) he urinates outside the litter box on the litter mat or in a corner somewhere. We got him from a pet store and found later that he cannot feel his back feet and his tail is paralyzed. The vet said it was a birth injury...could this be a reason for his problem?

    We are going to be buying a brand new home in about a year and a half. Until then, in about a year, we are going to be moving into a brand new apartment complex. My husband refuses to take this cat with us. He is upset too, but doesn't want to pay thousands of dollars when the cat pees all over the house and ruins things.

    I wouldn't mind giving the cat away if I knew someone who wanted him, but besides what I've already told you, he is VERY skittish. He's even wary of us whom he's lived with his whole life.

    Have any of you had this problem with your cats? And if so, any advice would be appreciated.
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   leslie :-D
    that happened to me also; our cat, 2yo suddenly stopped using the litter box and would pee on my kids comforters....i even brought the litter box upstairs where he chose to relieve himself, still didn't work.

    to this day i don't understand it and sadly we had to give him away......

    leslie
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Well since you saw a vet (that would have been my 1st advice)----it sounds as if the birth injury is central to the problem. I doubt there is much you can in this case but to either learn to live with things the way they are....or to give kitty away. I am so sorry. This must be so hard for you.
  5. by   susanna
    That is too bad. My cat is 1 year old and I'm already so attached to her I almost come running at every meow at my bedroom door.
    I hope you find a solution thats good for both u and your cat. : )
  6. by   jnette
    Poor lil fella...........
    I have heard of some cats doing this, though. Don't know what the solution is unless you were to look up some kitty help sites on the web... perhaps you could get some answers before having to give him away...

    I do feel your pain and frustration.
  7. by   prmenrs
    Might he be getting too big for the litter box? Sometimes they go outside the box if it hasn't been emptied recently enough for their persnickety-ness.

    Also, I'd take him back to the vet--maybe s/he might have some ideas. There are kitty web sites you can ask ???'s on, too, but don't have any names/sites.

    Good luck!
  8. by   nurseygrrl
    Thanks so much for all of your advice and concern. We have a year before we move and I'm really hoping to find a solution.

    I will try cleaning out the box more frequently...that's a good idea.
  9. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Any possibility your cat has a urinary tract infection? That's often a cause of cats urinating elsewhere than the litter box.

    Does he always make it to the box for defecation?

    If it is a UTI, along with the antibiotics, use one of the urinary health catfoods. This might solve the problem for you.
  10. by   jnette
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    Any possibility your cat has a urinary tract infection? That's often a cause of cats urinating elsewhere than the litter box.

    Does he always make it to the box for defecation?

    If it is a UTI, along with the antibiotics, use one of the urinary health catfoods. This might solve the problem for you.

    Yes ! Yes !!! I do believe I've heard that before, too !

    Worth a try, huh?
  11. by   kids
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    Any possibility your cat has a urinary tract infection? That's often a cause of cats urinating elsewhere than the litter box.

    Does he always make it to the box for defecation?

    If it is a UTI, along with the antibiotics, use one of the urinary health catfoods. This might solve the problem for you.
    I would definately get him checked. Almost every time I have had a inappropriate piddler it has been a UTI (kitty may have incomplete emptying d/t his neuro injury).

    I did have one kitty with a piddle problem that had to do with problems with the "pecking order". She was low kitty in the heirarchy and peed to keep the other cats away from *her* spot (of the moment). The problem stopped when she (and the other cats) learned that I would NOT tolerate them constantly running her off of the higher perches in the house.

    Here is an EXCELLENT article that helped us with our "bad" cat, it discusses many of the potential causes and steps to take:
    http://www.newmanveterinary.com/feli...%20ELIMINATION
  12. by   Dixen81
    I would have her checked for a UTI. In April a girl that my daughter works with decided to get rid of her cat because it started peeing around the house (after having it for 3 years), so I told her I would take it. As soon as I brought Kitty home I could tell she was sick, so I got her to the vet the next morning and learned she had a severe UTI and bladder infection. After antibiotics and antinflammatories for her bladder, she's doing great and only uses the litter box. Now if I could only keep her from killing the bunnies in my yard and bringing them to me!
  13. by   PennyLane
    Oh, I know all about this one. My now 8 y.o. cat started doing this about 1.5 years ago. He checked out fine with the vet. What I started doing was putting down two plastic dish drainers on the floor on some old carpet, and then laying down an old towel on top. He would go on the towel, and every day or so I'd put a new one down. Then I heard about a cat litter called "Cat Attract" that you can get at Petsmart, etc. He loves this litter and will now use the litter box willingly to pee. He doesn't use it all the time, but he's getting better. I'd definitely try this.

    Another product that I've heard rave things about is called Feliway. I just got some to ease the tension between this same cat and a stray that I took in about a month ago. It's supposed to help with all kinds of unwelcome behavior, like urinating inappropriately, spraying, scratching, and other behavior problems. You can get it at Drs. Foster & Smith online.
  14. by   nurseygrrl
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You guys are always so helpful.

    I enlisted the help of my husband in cleaning the litter box. We have 3 boys and clean it about twice a day...sometimes once depending on our schedule. We're going to do it now once before we leave for work in the morning, once when we get home, and again before we go to bed. Hopefully that will work. When I mentioned the advice about the dirty litter box, my husband said he did notice when Oscar went outside it, it was dirty every time.

    I don't think he has a UTI because he's been doing this for a while now and he was checked for that before.

    kids-r-fun~ He is the low kitty in our little kitty totem pole, but they all get along really well, so I don't think that's a problem...but you never know.

    Does anyone know what the urinary tract food does? Is it like cranberry juice for us humans?

    PennyLane~ Those sound like great products. I will try them out if the 'cleaning out the litter box like a madwoman' plan doesn't work. :chuckle

    Thanks again, I really and truly appreciate you guys!

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