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Q: Cat going outside the litter box

June 18, 2010 | By Mdspeedy2001 | 4 answers | Expired: 1522 days ago

Mdspeedy2001

My friend's cat is 14 and is now going outside the litter box everywhere. She says it is health and running around, eating welll etc.. I am not sure if there is any new activities around the house.

Does anyone know how to stop & retrain her?? Any tips???
Thank you!

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Kaitlyn K.
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Jun 21, 2010

I had this same problem with my older cat not too long ago. I brought him to the vet to make sure that there was nothing wrong but over time I noticed that these habits changed. I added one more litter box in another convenient place for him to get to (one more can't hurt) and brought his stress levels down by bringing in less foster cats, only older aged ones (little ones were too stressful for him to deal with). The problem went away on its own when he became more relaxed. Try giving our cat longer petting sessions and spending time with it to let it know that there is nothing to be stressed about. Besides, the longer you pet your animal, the more relaxing hormones are released for you! Better situations for the both of you!

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Ches21
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Jun 19, 2010

Of course first make sure the cat is healthy, is there maybe a new cat in the house or maybe she switched the litter to a new kind and the cat does not like the new litter or is there a new dog in the house or baby. Even though the dog and the baby would not be using the litter box the cat would be marking her teritory. She may just be getting seanile this has recently happened to my 17 year old cat. I hate confining Teddy to the room her litter box is in but if I don't she won't use it and she will go on the table. Any new creature in the house or even any new object in the house or person could be the reason for this animals even sometimes are marking their teritory when it is not pee and it poo. I did not know this until I started working with animals alot in the 5th grade. If the cat is going everywhere because of it's age you can get potty pads for dogs with feromones in them to make them go potty on them so you could do some resreach and see if they have them for cats if need be.

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Bonnie  M.
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Jun 18, 2010

JILLIAN HAS GOOD ADVICE . MAKE SURE THE CAT IS HEALTHY FIRST WITH A TRIP TO THE VET. I HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM WITN A 10 YEAR OLD CAT OF MINE. HE JUST STARTED IT OUT OF THE BLUE. MAKE SURE YOU CLEAN UP ANY URINE WITH AN ENZYNE CLEANER FOR PET MESSES OR HE WILL SOIL THE SAME AREA AGAIN. THE TRICK IS TO MAKE THE LITTER PAN INVITING AGAIN. IT MAY TAKE AWHILE. AS IT CAN BE SO MANY THINGS. YOU MAY EVEN NEED MEDS, BUT IF YOU LOVE THE CAT AND WORK ON IT YOU'LL FIND THE ANSWER. FOR ME ALL I HAD TO DO WAS PUT A NEW LITTER PAN WHRE MY JACK WAS SPRAYING AND THAT WAS IT. GOOD LUCK.

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Jillian
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Jun 18, 2010

the two main reasons for this behavior are stress and sickness. kitty should see a vet to make sure she's healthy. 14 is senior, sometimes even geriatric for a cat. at that age, regular check ups are important. cats will go through a lot before they start to clue you in they're not feeling well. this is a defense mechanism to benefit the weak. if the vet says she's fine, then it's most likely stress. have you friend isolate kitty to her own room for a few days w/a litter box, food, water, and toys. she should visit kitty a few times each day, but calmly. after a few days, leave the door open and let kitty leave when she's ready. if she's still stressed, make it a week. it's almost like a vacation to cats to be separated from the world when they're stressed out and it normally works wonders.

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