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10/7/09 10:31 A

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Yay! I'm really glad you got that problem resolved!

Litter issues are never fun. :(

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Glad you got the problem solved, thanks for letting us all know. Its usually something simple that we don't get that our animals are picky about. Darn picky cats! Gotta love em.

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thanks for the input everyone. Apparently the cat didnt like where the literbox was placed. We moved it and literally before I had it totally out of my hand, he jumped in it and used it. No problems since. good kitty, cause kitty was almost outta here.

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Is the cat spayed or neutered? Mating behaviors can sometimes lead to inappropriate soiling.

Is the box covered? If it is-take the cover off.

There is a brand of litter called Cat Attract (I think it has ground up catnip in it) you might look for that.

Perhaps the bathroom is too busy and the cat doesn't get enough privacy.

Perhaps his diet has been changed and he is constipated.

Do you have dogs? Kids? if the cat is used to a quieter environment that might take some time for him to adjust to. He could also be overwhelmed by the size of his new home-best to let a cat adjust in stages. (ie-confine to 1 room at first.)

Is the cat declawed (I certainly hope not) Declawed cats often have box issues because they associate the excruciating pain of having their toes amputated, (not just the claws) with pawing litter in the box.

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9/12/09 3:15 P

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First spend a day watching to be sure that the cat isn't going somewhere else. It just may be stressed being shut up. If not I would agree that it should be checked by the vet. I also agree, I would try putting a smaller litter box of some sort too at first. Maybe if you can catch the cat going again outside the litter--- put the wetness or poo in the box so they smell it there. It probably is just the different kind of litter. It may also be the smallness of the room and the smell is too overwhelming when the cat goes. Some cats like going in dark places too, so check around your house for surprises, and most won't go anywhere near where they eat.

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When my cats were babies I used a pie plate instead of a litter box because it was easier for them to get in and out of.

Baby paws often like softer litter, something more powedery - but without too much dust. Remember also, their noses are closer to the litter - if it has an unpleasant odor, they won't use it. Clay, wheat, corn, and pine are all potential options.

Another idea is to put the litter where the the cat goes, so he gets used to the idea.

Would you like the cat to use the toilet later and give up litter entirely? This might be a place to start.

And yeah, make sure the cat is eating & drinking, if not, and if the cat really is NOT going, go to the vet immediately.

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9/10/09 6:28 P

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DEFINATELY confirm the cat isn't going at all, and get him/her to the vet ASAP if not (also, if the cat isn't going, are they eating/drinking?)

How big is the cat compared to the pan? If the cat has to climb to get into the box, it may be too 'difficult' to use.

I'm with the others who suggested a different kind/brand of litter. Some cats can't stand the clumping stuff, while others love that, and can't stand clay or crystals.



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I would find out what type of litter was used before and where the box was placed. I'd also check all the edges of the rooms that have carpeting to make sure he's not going elsewhere. We didn't realize our cat was using the carpeting downstairs until it started smelling and then it was too late. Also if you can't find anything, I'd definitely to him to the vet.

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9/9/09 9:02 P

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Tracy, every thing matters to a new cat....

a few questions:

where did you get him?
if from a family can you find out where they put the litter box,

if he's from a rescue / vet / or store per se', he's probably used to a smaller area and is freaked out by the new house size, etc.

it could be the type of litter, I use world's best cat litter, its nicer on their paws, and its flushable.

my kitty who was about the same age came from a small area to a much larger space / big house and she was loving although scared.... I put her box in a big room and put dividers around it and she took to it just fine, I was concerned that she wouldn't go for it, although she did really well.

If you're watching your cat too much it'll freak him out.

If you know he's not going to the bathroom his abdomen will be extended and painful, which might mean he has an infection.

If you can find out anything about his history from his previous place of residence.... do that.

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9/9/09 6:12 P

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might want to change litter . he might be use to another brand.you should ask the the person you got it from what kind they use.janet emoticon

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Some cats are very choosey about their litter. You may want to try another brand. My cats like BJ's scoopable brand litter, They didn't like any of the heavily scented litters. If the box has been used before or shared by another cat, sometimes they want their own. One last idea, if it just outside the box, is the box big enough. We got a big bruiser once and He would happily get in the box but often his butt wasn't. He would look surprised that he could find anything in the box.

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I would probably call your vet or check online...google it and see what to do.....did the previous owners litter train her?

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My cats will find the box no matter where I hide it. If the kitty poops outside the box, place the poop in the box. That's the easiest way to teach him where to go.

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Okay..we got a cat Monday he's a year old, litter box trained and just a very loving kitty. Issue is he has only gone to the bathroom (as far as I know 1 time) and not in the litter box. I keep putting him in the litter box but he won't use the litter box. I have it sitting in our 1/2 bathroom, not sure if the placement of the box matters??? We've been keeping him closed up in this 1/2 bath at night or when we leave because I can't trust him.... I know it's a new house, new family etc.... any suggestions for me????

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