Consider your catвs current or past medical conditions. Your catвs medical history may provide an explanation for why your cat has not been using the litter box. If you suspect that your cat is sick, take her to see a vet as soon as possible. Early treatment of an illness by help stop litter box problems as well as save your cat from pain and discomfort. Urinary tract infections and feline interstitial cystitis are common conditions that may cause your cat to urinate on the carpet. Urinary tract infections may cause a cat to avoid the litter box, even after the infection has been treated.
Your cat may still associate the litter box with pain and want to avoid it. Feline interstitial cystitis is another common cause of litter box aversion. Cats with feline interstitial cystitis may urinate in the litter box because they feel the need to urinate more often. Kidney stones or a blockage of your catвs urinary tract may also result in a litter box aversion. Your cat may meow or howl while using the box and the fear of pain may continue even after treatment.
Keep in mind that prompt treatment of these conditions is essential so that your cat does not develop a long lasting litter box aversion.
When I come across a treasure trove of great information about litter box avoidance, I get VERY excited! One of my favorite blogging vets is Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists. I enjoy his blog, and love his dedication to cats. He recently posted a reader question about litter box issues. It was the same story we all hear multi cat household, one cat decides she prefers to pee on the rug and bam!
We ve got litter box issues. Dr. Plotnick invited one of his esteemed colleagues, behaviorist Alice Moon-Fanelli, from to tackle this one and she did an excellent job. I urge you to go *Cats prefer litter boxes 1 1/2 times the length of their torso (there are a lot of dinky litter boxes on the market so consider this when choosing one! ) *Alice recommends Pto remove the smell from carpets. These guys have been getting a lot of snaps lately and I just received a sample to try so I will let you know what I think! *To deter the cat from peeing on the rug, Alice recommends that you try a citrus spray (cats don t like the smell! ) or on the rug. *If you don t want to spray deterrent directly on the rug, spray it on a towel and place on the rug (this is a new one I d never heard! ) for even more fantastic ideas and insight including where to move the box, what NOT to do, and more!
Let me know if any of these suggestions help your litter box scene!