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Q: My cat will no longer use the litter box! HELP!

October 2, 2008 | By Anonymous | 8 answers | Expired: 2195 days ago

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So my 5 yr old cat has decided he does not need to use a litter box anymore. I have no idea what to do. I can't find where he is going, but it smells. What can I do to get him to start using it again and to get rid of the smell????

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becky
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Oct 03, 2008

Is he still using it st times?If hes not fixed and still usees his litter box part of the time,he maybe spraing things and that will smell strong too as if hes peeong all over.Or tacke him to the vet to see if he has a medical problom

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Janet B.
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Oct 02, 2008

First off, is he neutered? an unneutered cat's urine does smell. If he is neutered, then it might be a urinary track infection.

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Angie S.
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Oct 02, 2008

First and foremost, get to your vet to rule out any medical issues. That's the first and most likely cause for a cat who is using a litter box approrpiately for years to suddenly stop.

Then, barring any medical issue, here you will find MANY resources for dealing with litter box issues:

www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=HouseSoiling

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Stacey H.
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Oct 02, 2008

Get him to a vet asap and get a urine sample. he could have an infection and the litterbox may "mean" pain to him. you will have to retrain him to use the box. Otherwise look at what you use. Do you use scented litter? Do you use liners? Do your boxes have covers? A lot of these things cats do not like so you may have to change quite a few things around the house. Good Luck

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Debbie
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Oct 02, 2008

Lightly take a mop with full strength vinegar over all of your floors, up to the litter box.

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Lynn  C.
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Oct 02, 2008

I would do everything the others have mentioned but I would take him to a vet also. You can prevent conditions from getting worse if you get them right away.

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LoriHill123
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Oct 02, 2008

Really study any changes that you have made to the litter box, or things that might upset the cat. Start with very clean litter, that you have always used in the past.

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sharon d.
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Oct 02, 2008

Cats prefer very clean litter boxes,so first,check that out.Sometimes cats don't appreciate any sort of change with the litter brand, new litter box, new placement of the box,sharing with another cat,etc,so have you recently bought something new? Is he neutered by the way,and just to be clear,is he doing #1 and # 2 outside the box somewhere?
Have you recently introduced any new pets to your home?
Any sort of sudden stress,UTIs,Illness,etc.,can also bring a change in the cats litterbox patterns.
Id start by crossing off this check list ,and finding out exactly where he's going,because that too could give you some answers.My sister had an unfixed male who started going near her kitchen back door because he knew she fed outside cats.
They sell a lot of products to help remove stains/odors.Off hand,Natures Miracle comes to mind,but if you go into pet products,they'll give you many more brands and reviews for them.
Good luck and I hope that you figure out what's up.

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