Going to the bathroom outside the box

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Registered: 08-11-2011
Going to the bathroom outside the box
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Tue, 05-27-2014 - 4:35pm

Hi - just suddenly our cat refuses to use the litter box for anything but urinating. He prefers to use our upstairs bathroom floor - no rug, just tile floor. As you can imagine this is frustrating. NOTHING has changed. The litter box is clean. Every night he uses the bathroom floor. I can't shut the door because his water bowl is in there, and also I'm afraid he'd go somewhere else that wouldn't be as easily cleaned. Would love some suggestions. He's healthy, but this is maddening. Litter hasn't changed, location hasn't changed, household hasn't changed, etc. 

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Tue, 05-27-2014 - 8:04pm

Yes he is ill.  The tile floor is cool, and soothing.  Take him to the vet.

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Registered: 08-11-2011
Wed, 05-28-2014 - 8:21am

sabrtooth wrote:

Yes he is ill. The tile floor is cool, and soothing. Take him to the vet.



He was just at the vet, not ill. Vet suggested the same things I stated above. Was hoping someone had some experience. Thanks! 

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 05-28-2014 - 12:57pm

Try one of those plug-in pheromone dispensers in the room where his litter box is located. You can find them at pet food stores and some supermarkets.  A starter kit will cost you $50, but it's worth it to break a bad habit. Two brands I have used are Feliway and Sentry. They both work equally well. You'll need to buy a refill every month for about $25 (or less online if you buy several at a time.)

Avatar for tiggs_mom
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Registered: 07-02-1999
Thu, 05-29-2014 - 8:31am
this can be frustrating. there is a product called "cat attract" that you can add to litter that helps with this...I use it with tiny foster kittens to get them trained. I am curious if the vet did just a physical or did some blood work. I would maybe add a second box and see if that helps.
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Registered: 03-24-2000
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 3:32pm

That's so frustrating.  Most of the time when cats stop using their litter box it's because of something medical going on, but since your vet checked him, then something is bothering him. Hopefully your vet checked his pee for infections and other things that might be going on. Sometimes cats are very sensitive to any kinds of changes in their homes, that may be minor to us, but can throw some cats off.   Stray cats outside can upset cats and cause them to not use the litter box.  I agree that I would let him in the bathroom so he doesn't find somewhere else to go. 

Jeanne had some good suggestions by using the cat attract litter and adding a second litter box in a different location than the one he uses.  The feliway diffuser was also suggested and might help too.  It's really hard to say what is going on with him, but something in his world isn't right.

Good luck and I hope you can get this figured out and get him back to using his litter box.

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Registered: 11-20-2001
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 4:30am
Hi, I am wondering how things are going now, any changes?

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