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Q: I have 2 great cats, about 3 years old, recently they started NOT using the litter box...HELP

September 27, 2008 | By Jacknleon | 7 answers | Expired: 2119 days ago

I have 2 great cats, about 3 years old, recently they started NOT using the litter box...HELP

Haven't changed anything, never had a problem in the past

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Tenlivesclub
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Sep 30, 2008

Try adding another litter box or two. If they have been using uncovered litter boxes, trying adding a covered litter box.

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Ourstaff
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Sep 28, 2008

The rule of thumb is to have one more box then you have cats. I have found that my cats have a slight change of behavior when they have reached 2 years old. They are fully grown and may (or may not) like the same things that they did as kittens. They may just have decided that they want their own box. If they a vet tells you that they a healthy try adding at least one more box and make sure that it is bigger.

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becky
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Sep 28, 2008

Some times a cat will stop useing a litter box cuzz they have a bladder infection.the cat or cats may need to see a vet to find out for sure whats going on.

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Cheryl S.
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Sep 27, 2008

If haven't already, try getting a second litter box.I don't know how often you change or scoop litter, but maybe might have to be done more often. Do you know for sure it's both? if it's just one maybe it could be UTI, of some kind of medical problem. Best of luck

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Kelly C.
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Sep 27, 2008

when a cat or cats suddenly stop using the litter box, it can indicate many different factors. If one of the cats in the household has a urinary tract infection, or bladder stones, then the urgency that occurs from it can cause a cat to not make it to the litter. In multiple cat households, if one starts to go outside the box, the others may soon simply follow suit. It would be a good idea to see your vet to rule out any sort of disease; if all of that turns out to be negative, then behavioral issues need to be addressed.

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Friendsofcats
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Sep 27, 2008

You need to find out if all 3 are not using the box, and then find out if there is anything medically going on by having cats seen by a vet. If nothing is wrong medically, you might want to look at location of litter box, is it too close to their food? Has there been any changes in the human members of the household etc. Good luck!

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Michele Z.
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Sep 27, 2008

You need to rule out a medical condition, such as urinary tract infections! This, of course, requires you to schedule a veterinary appointment ASAP.

The litter box may also have acquired an odor and needs to be cleaned/sterilized with Clorox or bleach. You should completedly clean the box and fill it with all new kitty litter. (You should do this periodically even if/when they do not have a medical problem.)

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