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Cat Litter Box Problems Eliminated

By Natalia Macrynikola

Cat Litter Box Problems Eliminated

When Pete Roberts’ cat Tony began to relieve himself while standing in the litter box, the Brooklyn, N.Y., resident was appalled. “We didn’t know what was wrong, but we had to do damage control fast,” he says. At a loss as to why Tony developed this annoying habit, which allowed him to spray over the top of his litter box, Roberts and his wife had to get creative. “We bought one of those litter boxes with a lid and made a ‘hinge’ inside with packaging tape,” says Roberts. This way, when Tony aimed higher than his 4-inch litter box, the only thing wet was the tape in the back of the box.

Countless other cat owners find themselves equally challenged by their pets’ sudden elimination mishaps. Perhaps even your own feline falls into that bathroom hit-or-miss group. Despite your feline’s mysterious nature, there are ways to discover why kitty is giving you grief, as well as steps you can take to solve common litter box problems.

Out-of-the-box Thinking
Readers of The Daily Cat have posted numerous questions on this very subject. For example, several owners are concerned because their feline friend pees all over expensive rugs and precious furniture. We asked animal behaviorist Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., of Animal Behavior Associates Inc. in Littleton, Colo., to shed some light on the confusion.

“Medical problems must always be ruled out first,” says Dr. Hetts, who explains that health issues are the most common causes for changes in elimination habits. If your cat has a painful medical condition, such as a urinary tract infection, it may associate the litter box with pain. Other conditions, such as diabetes, can increase urination. Because cats don’t always act sick when they are feeling unwell, litter box avoidance may be your best sign of a health concern. Therefore, a good first step is to take your pet to your local veterinarian.

If kitty passes the medical exam with flying colors, plenty of other reasons could be causing its unfavorable behavior. Here are a few of the most common ones:

Litter essentials  Cats are finicky about many things, including litter. Research shows that most cats enjoy the soft texture of fine-grained litter and hesitate to go near scented litter. The answer to your pet’s elimination problem could therefore be as simple as trying out various types of litter. Buying the cheapest litter may help your wallet, but if Fluffy doesn’t like it, it won’t think twice before going all over the couch instead. “But how can I avoid the strong stench of cat urine without deodorized litter?” asks one reader of The Daily Cat. The answer: Spread baking soda underneath the litter to help absorb odors without repelling your cat.

Cleanliness Put yourself in your cat’s paws: If you walked into a bathroom that stinks, would you be tempted to use it? Baking soda and unscented litter in the box may work temporarily, but if the box isn't consistently clean, the cat won’t use it. Cleaning doesn’t take a long time. Scoop it clean daily and you won’t have to change the actual litter for a couple of weeks. At least once a month, scrub the box with soap and water, avoiding strong-smelling chemicals or cleaning products. Then thoroughly dry the box with a few paper towels before refilling. Simply adding more litter does not equate to less-frequent cleaning. In fact, most cats avoid litter more than 2 inches deep.

Box particulars Not all cats are created equal, so not all litter boxes work for all cats. After weeks of replacing wet packaging tape in Tony’s covered litter box, Roberts searched for a more permanent litter box option that would suit Tony. “We looked online and browsed around the pet store, and we bought a Clevercat® litter box,” he says. Similar to a trash bin, this unique box includes a lid with a hole on top. When the cat needs to relieve itself, it hops inside through the hole, takes care of its business and then exits through the same hole. A built-in tracking mat removes the litter from the cat’s paws before it hops off. “We’ve used this ever since, but it may be hard for your own cat to hop in if he’s old,” says Roberts.

Although this type of setup was the perfect solution for agile Tony, old age or excessive weight may discourage your cat from using such a box. Before choosing a litter box, it’s therefore important to take into account your cat’s breed and preferences. From faux houseplants to washroom cabinets, a variety of innovative litter boxes are available on the CatLitterBoxes web site.

Stress Creatures of habit by nature, felines thrive in familiar surroundings. A new litter box location, a recent move to a different home or any kind of change in your cat’s surroundings may cause your pet to shy away from its litter box. To avoid such problems, gently reteach your cat where to go. Don’t add the unnecessary stress of punishment. Instead, encourage adjustment by gently picking up your cat and putting it in its litter box when you catch it eliminating at the wrong place.

If you have a multi-cat household, be sure to provide your pets with a sufficient number of litter boxes. The general rule is to have one litter box per cat, plus one. If you live in a home with stairs, remember to give your cat access to a box on each floor.

Social system Cats are territorial animals that are sometimes driven to exclude other cats, and even humans, from their turf. To communicate their boundaries to trespassers, they sometimes leave behind an odorous mark. Providing a private toilet area for your cat is one way to solve this problem. For multi-cat households, leave several feet between each cat’s box, if possible. That will prevent one cat from ambushing another while the latter is feeling vulnerable and trying to go.

Another possible solution is neutering/spaying. Research shows that 90 percent of male cats that sprayed urine stopped after being neutered. If your problem cat is male, neutering may be successful, since intact males are usually the marking culprits.

Disgruntlement with owner Some owners interpret litter box mishaps to be their pet’s way of showing spite towards them. “Definitely not,” insists Dr. Hetts. “This is an anthropomorphic interpretation and not a helpful perspective for solving the problem,” she adds.

When All Else Fails...
Exasperated with their cats, some readers of The Daily Cat claim they’ve tried everything and yet nothing works. “This is usually what happens when people take a ‘try this, try that’ approach,” explains Dr. Hetts. “They haven’t tried the right thing, because what they’ve tried has not been relevant to the reason or cause for the behavior.” The most effective solutions are the ones based on clues your cat gives you about the issue. For example, if your cat starts peeing next to the litter box instead of inside, it may not like the type of litter. Or if your pet stops using a box located next to a window, it may have felt threatened by a passing stray it saw while using the litter box one day.

Although cats cannot be litter-trained as dogs can be house-trained, “if you build it, they will come,” encourages Dr. Hetts. “Meaning, if you provide a cat-friendly litter box that meets the feline’s behavioral needs, she will use it.” So put your investigative hat on. With a bit of work and dedication, you can reach a compromise that will keep both you and kitty satisfied. “Problem solved,” laughs Roberts now, relieved that Tony is no longer relieving himself on a bedroom wall.

Natalia Macrynikola is a Group Editor at Studio One Networks, which publishes The Daily Cat.

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Posted on June 19, 2012

chux says: my cat has used same box forever and now pees in front at nite.inside during daytime.tried all things imaginable,finally left light on in room of litterbox -- so far prob. solved.anyone else heard of this behavior

Posted on May 30, 2012

Sarah says: My Bengal also pee's standing up - I have a huge litter box that is over 12inches tall and yet she STILL manages to pee on to the floor - she starts to squat then as she starts to pee she stands talled and taller and taller - Then she wonders why she cant find any pee to cover in the litter box as she has just pee'd up the side of it! ARGHHHHHHHH She is not ill - She has just done this since I have had her over ten years now!

Posted on May 1, 2012

jbdean says: I hope this gets read and answered. :) I have a large female cat, who's not as large since I got her as I put her on a diet and now you can actually see an indentation below her ribs) but she's still a "big gal" and I'm thinking that she pees with her butt hanging over the entrance because she doesn't think she fits or that she's in far enough. I have had to put puppy pads outside the 3 boxes I have (have 3 cats) and while it solves the mess problem, it's a hassle and expensive. should I just try a larger box? The one I have now has no top and high sides and is about 17" long. Thanks. :)

Posted on May 1, 2012

jbdean says: I hope this gets read and answered. :) I have a large female cat, who's not as large since I got her as I put her on a diet and now you can actually see an indentation below her ribs) but she's still a "big gal" and I'm thinking that she pees with her butt hanging over the entrance because she doesn't think she fits or that she's in far enough. I have had to put puppy pads outside the 3 boxes I have (have 3 cats) and while it solves the mess problem, it's a hassle and expensive. should I just try a larger box? The one I have now has no top and high sides and is about 17" long. Thanks. :)

Posted on April 13, 2012


Posted on March 22, 2012

Pam says: OK I have two cats and don't know which one keeps going pee on our area rugs. How do I figure this out? Take older fat cat to vet first to rule out medical condition or young spunky? They are both outside a lot too.

Posted on March 3, 2012

Mudduck says: My cat started peeing and pooping on the couch after we had him fix. He used the litter box before and when he first came home. He still uses the box and my couch. I don't know what to do. I don' t want to get rid of hem but if don't stop I have to rid of him. Can someone help.

Posted on February 19, 2012

Sue says: In regards to the litterbox and the pee spraying over the top, we have 2 large male cats and learned that buying a plastic storage bin about 17 inches high with a top works great for our big boys. We just cut a doorway down part way on one end and a connected rounded (lrg plate size) out of the top. -so they can have some head room...It works great!

Posted on October 12, 2011

ashley says: i have two cats the one im having problems with is the seven month old he pees in the tub and in the living room aside on this one table in the corner i dont know what to do.

Posted on September 27, 2011

Hope says: Hi, my 14 yo neutered male has started peeing/pooping outside the box. Vet says he's fine. I did take in 2 other cats, but they were here awhile, each had their own box & one is an indoor/outdoor cat. Sly was fine for months, now he'll pee right next to the box. I've started to let him out and no mishaps, but if I have to be gone all day, I won't be able to let him in & out. Any suggestions? Thanks

Posted on September 29, 2011

Terry DeLord says: I've read everything that was offered but my little trouble maker is peeing in the litterbox  and leeking right outside at the same time, Her name is Sunshine and is 1 1//2yrs.old. I've been trying to keep up cleaning the boxes daily, I have 2 cats and 2 boxes, Now what can I try to do? I have seen her do this and I have picked her up and placed her in the box,but I've still found little messes, help! plz?!

Posted on September 21, 2011

Lisa says: I've two 5 month kitten brothers recently neutered for 3 months now. They came from a stray my son found, brought in due to it still being snowy out, and learned quickly she was pregnant so he kept her. They have been using the same box, should I get another so they each have their own? Their mother did a wonderful job litter training them, so there has been no problem other than they like to lie in it and stalk the other. Is there a way to stop this lying in the litter box behavior? Tends to make them a bit stinky from time to time. Thank you in advance. ...Lisa

Posted on June 22, 2011

JohnBush says: Hello! Very good job(this site)! Thank you man.

Posted on January 25, 2011

SO says: This morning, my 5-year old adopted Bengal was frustrated with me (he is so smart, but am I giving him too much credit? Do Bengals get "frustrated" lol), because I wanted to sleep in a bit (until 6:30 instead of our usual 6AM); thus, delaying our play-time by 30 minutes (he is extremely active and vocal first thing in the morning and early in the evening: his most active, playful hours). While I was asleep, my "lil' angel" let me know this extra snooze time was unacceptable to him! I was so tired, I didn't even hear him probably yelling at me to get out of bed to play with him! So, I woke up to a puddle of pee on the pillow, down duvet and bed linens right next to me...I guess he told me! I've created a monster! I immediately banned him from the bedroom, stripped the bed, sprayed Urine-off all around the area and wall where he attempted to teach me a lesson. How can such a little furry ball of love infuriate me so much?! Awwww, I love him! Little does he know, he'll be sleeping on the couch tonight ;) Stay tuned...I have a feeling it's going to be a battle of the wills over the next few weeks, but I know I need to nip this in the bud immediately, or it will become an even bigger problem (ps, i was just at the vet for his check-up, and he is very healthy, so it's not that he is ailing physically).

Posted on January 9, 2011

Chris says: My 2.5 year old cat has decided lately not to bury his feces...any ideas why? No changes in litter, nothing I can think of that would cause him to start doing this recently. I did move from a small APT to a decent sized house, but he didn't start doing this until we had been at new house for over 3 months... any ideas?

Posted on January 10, 2011

Cheryl says: I just got a 4 1/2 month old kitten. After about two weeks of having her she started playing in her litter. She takes how her stool out and trys to hide it under the rug. Is this normal for a kitten or is there something I need to do.

Posted on December 14, 2010

Jeff says: Help! My wife and I are at our wits end. Our 11 y/o male cat has started pooping outside the litter box. He is overweight, but still pees in the litter box. He climbs 14 steps from the basement to the first floor without problems. No diet changes either. He will poop on anything, his cat bed, his pillow, the basement floor (most often). We have another younger male cat, both neutered. No issues with the younger cat. Litter is the same brand and cleaned everyday. Vet doesn't know the cause but suggested a second litter box. Did that, no help.

Posted on December 16, 2009

brittany says: sometimes when cats urine out of the box when they are adults, the could have a UTI.

Posted on January 13, 2010

Gail says: Pam, how's the tension in your home? Animals react to that too. If hubby is pitching a fit, it could upset Bullwinkle. How long has he been urinating this way? What changes happened within your household in that same timespan? Sometimes it's just the litter itself if everything else has been eliminated. I use Cedariffic, which is soft cedar chips rather than the sand litter. The sand/clumping litter is no good for cats. Between the noxious sand dust and the feel of it, some cats just hate it. If all else fails (as in my case with a 15/yo cat with hyperthyroidism), sometimes you just have to go with the flow. I began puttng down oversized puppy pads underneath the litter box, just in case. No more pee problem! If, for some reason, she goes outside the box, it's on the pad! Just fold up the pad and toss; replace with new puppy pad. Problem solved.

Posted on October 12, 2009

pam says: Bullwinkle is 5yrs hasbeen neutered, but has been urinating on bathrugs,towels,tablecloths,even mybed. hes been to the vet no health probs. but he has been spraying the walls furniture,ect, he backs up like a skunk shakes and sprays, please help i have not switched litter or mved it and it is cleaned daily he uses the box but sill gos outside box, my husband is ready to evict him i need help.

Posted on September 22, 2009

sylvia says: tessa is 5yrs old and she won" go poop in side kitty box.she has been spayed

Posted on September 28, 2009

jean says: female cat,2 yrs.,drags her bottom on the carpet,leaves nasty stains;she has been checked,no problems.Help

Posted on August 3, 2009

starchick says: I just got a new kitten and i would like him to be a house cat. im not sure how to house train a kitten. i have tried in the past but it has never worked. also she has fleas and they are really hard to get rid should i treat them?

Posted on August 11, 2009

jeanine cunningham says: why is my female cat poing in frount of her box.

Posted on June 22, 2009

jrogers says: female, 4yr old, neutered cat decides it wants to use the rug to poop and the litter box to pee.

Posted on June 24, 2009


Posted on July 7, 2009

myrna says: We have a male cat who also stands up to pee. I bought a plastic storage container and cut out one end for easy cat access, then I placed the regular box inside of that. No more problem except for periodically having to clean two boxes instead of one. But trust me -- Mozart( my cat) is worth it!

Posted on July 19, 2009

mandavega says: I have 2 cats one male and the other is female. I had 2 litter box. though recently threw the old one out. because it was worn out and instead using both they keep using the old box so I threw the old one out. Well now the female every time she trys to use the box the male hiss and starts attacking her and she run to the bathroom and jumps in the tub and does her biz. im not mad at her. im mad at him. for the last 2 days when i clean the litter box i have her come in the room and shut the door behind her so she wont be attacked and when shes done I open the spare room door to let her out and mins later I see the male walking to the room so I scold him and he run. I think hes finally getting its my litter box. not his and if he wont let the female use the box then he can use the box. im I doing the right thing. isnt it the human should have control over there pets not the pets have control over the human.

Posted on June 9, 2009

Joanne Lupo says: When my cat hears the cell phone he scratches it-Will he then scratch the baby and what should I do?

Posted on June 13, 2009

Pearl Engle says: Why do cats knead

Posted on June 17, 2009

Kathy Cohen says: Jake was sick, after he got home from the vet, Sam (smaller male) has started bullying him. He hides under the table all the time. Help!

Posted on June 1, 2009

MaryAnn says: Our 2 yr old Male Cat hates collars (including a flea collar); his manner and demeanor change when we put a collar on him. He becomes sullen and won't move. He just lays on our bed and loses interest in everything. We wonder why.

Posted on May 31, 2009

Amy says: My 1 year old cat used to have a problem when she was a kitten where she would pee on soft piles which mimicked a sleeping bag she peed in as a kitten when she was sick when we first got her. (She couldn't get up from the bag so I think she peed in it and got used to thinking she could do it with other soft piles) She hasn't had a problem for months and always seems to use her box. There was one instance a few months ago where she went on a pile of my sweats right in front of me and I figured that it was because he box was too dirty. I figured out a good timeframe to cleanse the whole thing and haven't had problems until tonight. I took her in for her annual vet visit and they had to express her anal glands while clipping her claws because she was leaking alot during the clipping. She was pretty upset but that was two days ago and she has seemed to return back to normal except that just a few minutes ago she decided to pee on a pile of stuff I had in my closet! Right in front of me again! Her cat box is clean except for her normal clumps for the day which I was about to go clean out and nothing else has changed in the house. I'm suspecting that it is some delayed reaction to the vet visit, but I just don't know!!! I have read that cats shouldn't go anywhere else if they normally go in their box and its clean. Somebody please help me out here.

Posted on May 27, 2009


Posted on May 25, 2009

Justine says: Well, you couls say that she is basicly a cat since she is almot a year old. well, we had gotten her when she was about 4 weeks old because someone found her out in the wild by herself and she was crying. So, the lady asked if we wanted her so we said yes.she is very small and still is she is also exreamly wild. She attacks us and destroys everything in her path especially feet i just don't know how to tame her can anyone help?

Posted on April 24, 2009

tammy brainin says: Maeve has been checked by vet, we have changed litter, moved box,went back to old litter. For a week she was fine. Tonight I came home to her lying in her urine on her pads. Help

Posted on April 25, 2009

Sharon says: One of my (fixed male) cats began to urinate standing up when he reached adulthood. He only uses "his" covered litterbox. I bought a few feet of stiff clear plastic carpet protectors that are sold by the foot at Home Depot, and cut it into several "shields" to fit around the back of his litterbox. End of problem. He's now a 12-year old senior.

Posted on May 7, 2009

jamie ange says: i got my cat from my grandmother i only have one and im having promblem with her going in the tub and sink she does pee in the litter box but wont poop i have tryed putting the poop in the box to give her the ideal but dont work and im also woundering why when see see her refection on a glass she scatches and meows alot

Posted on May 12, 2009

Gina says: I am at my ropes end. My cat has started peeing on the carpet and pooping, no matter how clean the litter box is..I tried different litters, had numerous boxes, he also likes to pee on plastic bags, clothes, blankets. whatever is laying on the floor. I also have 3 other cats, no other cat has this problem. Everytime I move to a new apart. he does this, not right away, like two months after. Please help. My house smells terrible, my friend doesn't even want to come over, because it is unbareable. I don't want to get rid of him, but what can I do..I am moving soon. And I don't want him to do this again in new apart. aby suggestions???

Posted on April 8, 2009

mary says: My cat is 12 years old. or the past 6 months she has everyay left me a present of urine and poop on my tile floor by the front door. The only confusion I have is that I have also seen her numerous times use the literbox. I put one in the dining room with no cover just for her (he doesn't like the cover). Why would she do this everyday but also use the litterbox too. There has been no change in the house, the litter is always the same, what gives???

Posted on April 18, 2009

Rose says: He has been to vet and did have a urning infection is all better and still is going to the bath room on couch ,He is still using his ,litter box and he has 2. I dont know what to do .

Posted on April 6, 2009

Suzanne says: I have 2 litter boxes that are separated in two different rooms. However I do not know if the new cat is using both boxes. If so how can I monitor this situation? Before the new cat arrived we never had a problem with her going in the litter box. HELP!!! Clearly our original cat does not like the male, she hisses whenever he goes near her. Love both cats and do not want to get rid of either one...but this is becoming a hugh problem!!

Posted on April 6, 2009

Suzanne says: I have 2 litter boxes that are separated in two different rooms. However I do not know if the new cat is using both boxes. If so how can I monitor this situation? Before the new cat arrived we never had a problem with her going in the litter box. HELP!!! Clearly our original cat does not like the male, she hisses whenever he goes near her. Love both cats and do not want to get rid of either one...but this is becoming a hugh problem!!

Posted on April 6, 2009

Terri says: I have two female which were littermates. They are 6 yrs. old. I have never had problems with them using the litter pan until two years ago when I switched the shift I was working. I went from 1st to 3rd. Ever since then, my one cat sprays different places outside the box. I have had her tested for medical problems. I have had two litter boxes. The one vet put her on human anxiety med. Recently I moved into a new place. They both did really good. Three weeks into living here, the one cat started spraying places again. Nothing has changed in the 3 weeks I have been in the new place. I don't want to have to put her to sleep since she is so young and otherwise very active and healthy. But I really don't want all my things destoyed either. Please help!!!

Posted on March 30, 2009

carol says: My11/2 year old female cat has always been very good at using her litter box, then out of the blue she started pooping on the floor next to the litter box. She knows she is wrong because she will make sure no one sees her or she will run away. Not sure what to do.

Posted on April 2, 2009

Gail McGough; Quincy, MA says: Have you changed something recently, like her brand of litter? Sometimes that's enough. Have you checked to be sure she doesn't have any type of infection that would make it difficult for her to poo in the box? If you are using clay or sand type of litter, it may be that the resulting dust has finally gotten to her. I've read loads of articles about the havoc these types of litter create with the respiratory system of felines. My own cat, as she got older, just didn't like the feel of the clay beneath her paws as well as the dust. I use Cedarific - it's soft cedar chips. Maybe try that out if a real health issue has been ruled out.

Posted on March 22, 2009

Mackenzie says: My cat, Sadie, licks a blanket and puurrs when she does it. Is this bad???

Posted on March 22, 2009

Jane says: My 2 yr. old longhair calico has just started acting strangely by jumping up on the leather couch & peeing when she has been using the litter box. She seems to feel fine....plays as usual but has started this bad habit. She has been neutered. I am thinking of putting her back in the garage at night. We brought her in when it turned cold. Any suggestions on what I should do?

Posted on March 23, 2009

Gail McGough; Quincy, MA says: Once a cat pees on something, the odor remains unless you take steps to remove it. Wash it down thoroughly and add a touch of white vinegar to the cleaning solution. White vinegar removes odors, but you don't want the vinegary smell. What's different about the leather couch? Is it new? Have you changed your cat's litter recently? It almost sounds like behavioral rather than physical. Is the litter box clean all the time? Add another litter box to the room to see if this helps. Every cat should have at least 2 boxes - some don't like to poo where they've peed. Go figure. Isn't it still too cold for the garage? Was the cat happy there? Seems rather extreme. Try also getting Feliway spray at your local pet supply store. It also comes in a plug-in diffuser. Either way, the Feliway mimics a cat's pherimones, basically telling him not to pee there anymore.

Posted on March 22, 2009

Kathy says: I've had 30+ mamas, papas and all the babies!!!!!! Had to help deliver them too!!! I'm talkiing about; thread to tie off umbilical cords cause mama was worn out!!! There were 3 mamas, 16 kittens(all in 2 wks.), 3 Toms an they were all P&P'in where....EVER!!!!! Know what you all are goin' through! I only have my Princess now. She will be 14yrs. old 4/27. My best advice, is don't take more kitties than you can handle(or any other cute furry things). Now, for the best advice I've found.... Try putting two litter boxes next to each other. Cats are very finicky. I found out that some of them don't want to P&P in the same box!!!! This is a Revelation to me!!!!??? This has been so much help and relief to me. I hope this will help:)

Posted on March 7, 2009

Tina Henry says: my female 7 month old persian keeps peeing on the floor in front of her litterbox. she goes in the box but puts her bottom up and pees on the floor . i read this is a problem with alot of cats but i didnt read what to do about it can you please help me.

Posted on March 12, 2009

TAMMIE says: I Have 4 male cat's they all get along good but when we pet them they like to be patted in a hard sorta way and one of them will walk around and meow for some time and not because he's hungry then the third one I saved he is my baby but he is so skitish it's he has to come to you if you call him or try to catch him he will meow really bad like he's being torcherd and he will even POO on the floor at times because he's so scard and besides a scat matt how can I keep them off my bed and the counter's?

Posted on February 20, 2009

Sarah R. says: I have a half bengal half american bobtail male cat, we used to let him out a lot and he always comes back with no worries. Every night for the whole night when we don't let him out he cries and cries and cries and never lets me or anyone in the house sleep. I do not want to let him out because we just had an incident with his brother not returning from outside. I am afraid he will not come back one of these nights. I have to secure him in my room where I sleep with food litter box and water. I don't like doing that becuase he should be able to roam around the house freely, but he does not be quiet and wakes everyone up at like 3am! please help!!!!!

Posted on March 21, 2009

melissa scott says: we had episode two months ago two female cats just out of the blue about 500 am in morning we where woken up with loud noises the two cats were fighting had to sepaate them for about 4 days and afterwards we gradually interduced them to each other and they where ok again one of them was in heat at the time. i had them both fixed 1 wk ago yesterday. Today them same thing happened again. i am scared one of them is going to hurt the other one. I don't know what else to do.

Posted on March 21, 2009

janet perso says: My 3 cats have been fighting for three days since a ruckus,I am keeping them spearated to keep them from hurting each other. How long is this going to take. I love them all dearly and miss their just being around. This is breaking my heart. Should I just let them have at it until they quit. I am affraid the are going to hurt each other. They were the best if buddies before this. thanks

Posted on March 20, 2009

marianne says: I had the problem of my female cat thinking she was a tiger and when she urinates, hre aim was higher than ANY cat box we tried, and believe you me,,,,we tried a BUNCH of different shapes, sizes and heights of litter boxes. We finally SOLVED the problem....I bought a $4 storage tub (ya know the type you store holiday decor in and such) and cut a square (making sure it was high up enough to keep a good amount of snow inside!) and with the top on, you barely noticed it is a cat pan!!! My cat never misses and every 2nd Saturday I dump all the sand out, clean the whole tub (very easy clean) and fill it back up!!!! So I hope this helps someone else, it saved my headaches!

Posted on March 19, 2009

Sheryl says: My home is a four cat home.About 5 years ago I inherited a blue point cat, she had been declawed and was pregnant. She peed on the carpet in the living room, dinning room and family room. I had 14 litter boxes with all different litters. I spent more time with a carpet cleaner than a little bit (which happens to be her name) What worked? 1. cleaned the areas and finally bought plastic runner that is sticky on one side to put on the carpeted areas, especially the areas she used to relieve herself. I than realized she would pee on bathroom I created her own area. I put litter in the pan with a bathroom rug cut to fit the pans. This seemed to help and eventually began to remove the plastic placed on the carpet. As others indicate if there were other animals in the house you may have stains that penetrated the wood (sub-floor). As the carpet was 20 years old, we replaced it with wood floors. Prior to the floors being put down I washed the sub-floor with old fashioned Lysol in the bottle and painted the floor with Kilns. She no longer pees on the carpet in the family room and all litter boxes have been removed from living room and dinning room. After two and half years there have been no accidents.

Posted on March 18, 2009

Mary says: I have two nutered cats. I am not sure which one has been pooping occassionally on the carpet in various different rooms in the house. They are inside cats and nothing has changed since we have owned them. One is12 years old and the other oneo ten. What can I do to stop this! Their box is cleaned out every morning!

Posted on March 14, 2009

Christine F says: Dear Sharon, Have you tried a cat litter called Yesterdays news? It is made from recycled newspapers. Also don't put too much litter in the box so the cat doesn't sink into the litter and end up sitting on poop! YUCK!! Can you blame a cat that doesn't want to sit on poop?

Posted on March 12, 2009

Christine F says: I have found Litter Attract to be a wonderful product for getting the cat to use the litter box, or to get the cat BACK to the litter box! I found it at PetSmart.

Posted on March 14, 2009

Dee Brown says: Ho Bo is what we named the stray kitten that didn't leave in Dec 08. We forgot that some strays and other fickle cats/kittens need to be boxed trained. We gave him a nice blanket to sleep on, water, food and a litter box. We have dogs so he was put in the PC room for the night. Well, he used the blanket and corner of the room to releave himself. He was then put in a small kennel. Our yorkie and then named HoBo had a chance to know one another. He used the box and in a couple days everyone was happy and had the run of the house.

Posted on March 12, 2009

Christine F says: Dear Maggie, You may have a shy cat. Cats are very individual in personality. Many cats will prefer to come to you for affection. Hold your hand out, or dangle your hand over the arm of your chair and see if the cat will rub against your hand. Holding a cat against its will is not a good idea. Try to never put two hands on a shy cat; it makes them uncomfortable. Also, the best way to get a cat to get in your lap is to ignore them. Staring at them, and constantly calling them makes them nervous. Let the cat come to you. Some cats will never sit in a lap. Don't force them to. Hope this helps! Christine F

Posted on January 18, 2009

Jody says: we have a 13 year old cat - Maxine and 2 1 year olds. Maxine has stopped using the litter box to pee. I believe it is because she always gets chased by the other 2 cats. The vet has ruled out med.problems. She will poop n the box. We have 3 litter boxes in 3 seperate rooms. I've thought about isolating Maxine in a seperate room with a litter box, and kitty comforts at night and when we are gone during the day. Do you think it will help? Any suggestions?

Posted on January 18, 2009

gloria johnson says: box is changed twice weekly urinates in box

Posted on January 18, 2009

Kimberly says: Help! My cat has started to pee in my sink next to his litter box. He uses the litter box to poop in, but no longer for urination. What do I try?

Posted on January 18, 2009

Jus says: I found a stranded female cat and brought her home got her shot's she is 8 months now the Dr. sad. However my husbubd does not allow her into the bead room when we go to bed! So she meows all night and scratches and jumbs against the door. We tryed every thing unsucessfuly she wont stop until we open the door. What should I do? She is also in heat I think she rolls around meows for hours and has her tail pushed away from her body. It's almost like she is in pain or having cramps. Please help!

Posted on January 21, 2009

Gail McGough says: Did a bit of research and you are correct. Cats DO have memories, albeit different than a human's or a dog's. I also found a couple of scientific websites to confirm a cat's memory; suffice to say that yes, cats do remember, but mostly they say the same thing. Tell your boyfriend: YOU LOSE!

Posted on January 21, 2009

Gail says: The rule of thumb is 2 litter boxes per cat. If you've got 3 cats, have 5 or 6 litter boxes; that way, there will always be a litter box available for the cat to use.

Posted on January 21, 2009

Gail says: Your cat may not like the type of litter in the box. A lot of times these clay-type litters interact negatively with the cat's urinary tract, especially the ones with deodorant. My 15/yo cat refuses to use sand, clay or even shredded paper. I had to invest in Cedarific, which is a very soft, minute cedar chip type of litter. It's got a very faint cedar aroma and is very soft on the cat's system; ergo, she uses her box now.

Posted on January 21, 2009

Gail says: Once a cat has peed somewhere, no matter how well you've cleaned it, the smell remains and the cat thinks it's OK to return to that spot and do it again. Keep in mind that a cat's sense of smell is much more acute than a human's. Suggestion - when doing the laundry, toss in a cup of white vinegar along with the laundry detergent. White vinegar eliminates the urine odor. I tried it - it works! If the cat is peeing on the floor, furniture, etc. - add white vinegar to the water being used to clean it up. Just make sure the ratio of vinegar vs. water/cleaning solution doesn't overpower. You want to eliminate the odor, not make it smell like vinegar. As for eliminating the ongoing pee problem, Feliway has a product that comes in both a spray and a plug-in diffuser. It mimics the pheramones in the cat that basically say "don't pee here" and the cat will avoid peeing in that area.

Posted on March 7, 2009

Lynn Riley says: Molly is 12 years old. She poops in corners, same places most of the time, but not the littler box. I have used Fresh Step clumping for years. This problem has been going one for a long time. We thought it was our 18 year old cat, Mason until he died and the pooping is still goin on. Also, she licks everyone like a dog when you pet her. Please help me.

Posted on February 26, 2009

Evelyn says: we got our cat one month after birth (june 2008), we finally got him to pee in the litter box but cannot get him to poo. He poops outside of the box. What should we do?

Posted on March 2, 2009

susan taylor says: We have the simese cat for years now she has a dominant nature head of her clan and we have a cat that is very gentle in nature she won'tle her eat without terrrorizing her and the liter box a big fight pearl the simese looks and stares her down and then it happens the cat hair flies so to speak. what or how can I punish her for being that way without her know I don't love her?

Posted on March 4, 2009

Julia says: My kitten is 10 weeks old and after doing his business, he scratches around in the litter so much that he gets poo all over his feet and I have to wash them almost every morning which he hates! I've tried taking him out while he's obsessively scratching away but it doesn't fix the problem, suggestions?

Posted on February 26, 2009

Gail says: Frank, when was the last time you took your cat to the vet? Sounds like your feline may have a urinary tract infection. In essence, it hurts to pee. This could develop into a dangerous situation, so please do not wait or waste any time in seeing a vet.

Posted on February 26, 2009

Gail says: Hey George, has your cat been spayed/neutered? If not, she/he is probably in heat...tsk! tsk! It is actually painful for a cat to continually be in heat, so snip! snip! Pronto!

Posted on February 26, 2009

Gail says: Sorry, Pat. Welcome to kitty-hood! The mess you speak of doesn't change with age. Your feline may use the covered box, but if he does, be sure to always keep it very clean and also change the charcoal filter when due. Otherwise, you'll have a real stinky mess on your hands, LOL!

Posted on January 15, 2009

martha wilkerson says: my 3 month old kitten is peeing and pooping on my bed. why?

Posted on January 15, 2009

KathyBR803 says: When my Mom passed away I inherited her cat. the cat took to the move very well(it's been a year now) we don't know how old the cat is, 14 or more. this week she is very picky about eating and she has started to lay down in her litter box! she has NEVER done this before. what could it be?

Posted on January 16, 2009

laura cooper says: I was Just wondering how long you cat remembers thing I say they do my boyfriend say they dont have memory . so now i am courious to see who is right.

Posted on January 16, 2009

Caryl says: My kitten goes onto our dog bed and pees on it. If we catch her in time and bring her to the littler box she will go in there. What is going on here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on January 17, 2009

tricia says: I have three cats. The oldest, ten years, dominates. The youngest could care less about anything. The middle cat, nine years, has been coined "the phantom" if we didn't find his hairballs we would not have known he lived with us. All three have always gotten along. However, for several months now the dominant cat and the phantom are really going at it. Our dominant patiently sits and stares at "the phantom" who immediately begins a nasty sounding growl. Then, "the phantom" pounces on our dominant cat and a three day battle ensues. We separate them and they find each other in order to continue their battle. Then, as quickly and randomly as the aggression began it ends. There will be harmony for weeks. Suddenly, one day the dominant cat will get a growl from "the phantom" and the whole cycle starts over again. The third cat does not get involved but is very nervous during the three day battles. We love them all have owned them their whole lives and can n ot understand why after years of harmony there are quarreling issues. It seems as though "the phantom" his questioning the dominant cats position and the eldest dominant cat is not relinquishing his position! He's a tail up kind of cat that never pounces first but will sit defiantly until he is attacked. At that point fur goes flying! I am worried one of them is going to get seriously hurt and am not sure what to do.

Posted on February 18, 2009

george kosior says: my cat who is about 6 months old has been mostly at night, rolling over and over and rubbing against things and then rubbing up against me and makes soft cat sounds and likes being stroked all along her body and she keeps licking her bottom area. what could this be. she does not seem to be in pain. we do not know what is going on. please help us

Posted on February 18, 2009

frank says: My 7 yr old female Calico likes to pee on carpets. Not all the time. Mostly she uses the litter box. All rugs abnd bedspreads are used EXCEPT one rug that is a hemp type fabric. One she pees on a carpet I get rid of the carpet. Now she just peed on my new Persian rug and I want ot get rid of her! This behavior started about 8 mos ago. Not all the time carpet uses the litter box. With a carpet once in a while she will pee on it. No problem with #2..always in the litter box. What's wrong? THX for your help!

Posted on February 18, 2009

Pat Nader says: I recently adopted a 5 year old male cat. He has been spayed. Having a problem with the litter box. He uses it fine, but when he is burying his mess, he sweeps the cat litter about 1-2 feet outside the box. I am trying a box with a top, but I don't think he will use it. Help

Posted on February 10, 2009

studranger says: my cat frisky--pooped out of litter box all of a sudden--after 5 yrs--he pooped right in front of it--not all the time--1 out of 3 times--took to vet--he siad behavioral problem---i finally put his toys around the area and he stopped!!! lol didnt think hed poop on HIS toys and i was right

Posted on January 28, 2009

Mary Cohen says: My Cat has electrical sting each time he rubs his fur up against soft blankets and furnishings, what can I do to control the static?

Posted on January 29, 2009

Gail says: Get a humidifier for the room to counteract the static electricity in the air. The air is too dry in the winter from the heat being on. The only way to reduce that reaction is to put moisture back into the air.

Posted on January 24, 2009

Joe says: We recently had out 1 1/2 year old declawed, and he hasn't used the litter box since we brought him home. We typically use the clump stuff and we've never had a single problem with him. However, we had to switch to shredded paper after the declaw, and he now thinks that the litter box a bed. IT's been about 24 hours, and he's drank water, eaten his fill, but still hasn't had a bowel movement. Is there something else I should try? I was thinking of getting one of the pee pads today.

Posted on January 26, 2009

Gail says: Here's another reason why I am so dead set against declawing cats. It changes their personality - not always for the good. It's also a very painful procedure; despite what the vets may have told you. Your cat may very well be showing you how unhappy he/she is for the declaw. Don't laugh - it's serious. Since you're not using the clumping litter, your cat is probably confused; however, I still discourage the clumping litter since the litter dust is bad for the respiratory system. I use Cedarific litter - its soft, minute cedar chips that my cat loves! Perhaps yours will too. Most of all, though - you must be patient while your cat gets used to not having claws.

Posted on January 21, 2009

Gail says: This is easy. The cat, first of all, needs to be spayed/neutered. That will eliminate the wailing from being in heat. It will also prevent a whole host of medical problems down the road that plague felines who are not spayed/neutered. Secondly, your cat is new to the house and is suffering from separation anxiety. She's lonely and wants to be with her mommie/daddy. Why your husband won't allow the cat in the bedroom at night is a question mark - why not set up a cat bed in a corner someplace in the room? That way, the cat's still with you - just not on the bed. My 15/yo cat doesn't like a cat bed. For her, I've got a feather pillow that a co-worker gave me and she loves it! Now she doesn't bug me anymore to be on the bed.

Posted on January 1, 2009

Irene J Gould-Lund says: We lost our recuse cat Alice a few days ago we have now gotten a rescue kitten 8 weeks old he is amazing he uses his litter box never stops eating and is so kind he has to get used to our two dogs which he is doing very well, my Pit Bull Dal just wants to play with him but right now she could kill him with one foot and not know what she has done, so we have a strong mesh at the bedroom door and wonderful puppy sleeps with my husband, the other dog just could not less, it is sort of like another cat just do not bother me

Posted on January 2, 2009

Debbie says: About 2 months ago she started urinating in the house. she has never used a litter box. What can I do?

Posted on January 3, 2009

Susan says: We have 4 cats and 3 litter boxes. Two of the litter boxes have covers on them, one box is in a place where a cover doesnt fit. The litter boxes are lined with at least 6 sheets of newspaper. Initially we put in shredded newspaper so the kitties could cover their business. Eventually we were surprised to learn they didn't need the shredded paper as long as we kept the boxes clean. Every morning we flush the solids down the toilet, throw out the used newspapers, spray the boxes with a household cleaner and rinse before laying another layer of newspapers. The only problem was when the last kitty arrived several years ago she wanted the cat liter she was used to having. So we bought the right cat litter and put it on top of the newspaper in one box, which she used. Gradually we started diluting the grainy litter (which goes all over the place) with shredded newspaper until she was using only shredded newspaper. After that we gradually removed the amount of shredded paper until 'her' box was just like everyone elses. This is a very fastidious little lady who will come and pee on your leg is she dosent like the condition of her litter box, so we were very careful not to change her litter box conditions too quickly. To date our early morning ritual with newspaper is keeping everyone happy.

Posted on January 4, 2009

david says: I just rescued a 10 mo old kitty. his first nght at home, he totally ignored his new litter box and pooped and peed away from the box. The litter in the box is the same as what they were using at the adoption center. The box is taller than the other one but it has a lid too. The cat went to pee in the transporter I bought and pooped on the dash of the motorhome, all the while the box was just in reach of these two areas where the cat did his business. He has been neutered. I thought about putting the poo in the box and covering it with litter.Do you think this will give him an idea of what the box is for?

Posted on January 4, 2009

nanikin says: My daughter is an animal behaviorist. She says cats will go where they or some other pet has "gone" before. Take a blacklight and look for telltale stains in the dark. Then attack the stains with enzymatic cleaners to get rid of the spots!

Posted on January 4, 2009

justinlittrell says: i just got this cat and it only claws my now and then but DANG when she does its hurts HELP

Posted on January 7, 2009

lewis javarone says: my cat now will back up to you while you are in bed and starts kneading with his hind legs. is this normal?

Posted on January 8, 2009

Wayne says: Wow whqt an eye opener! I was at the end of my rope and ready to get rid of my older female cat because she had started to pee where ever she wanted to. I was at wits end but now after reading your artticules I found out that it was not her fault it was MINE!!!! Thank you so much for being here and haveing this here to read you saved me from making the biggest mistake in my life!!! Wayne

Posted on January 9, 2009

Cindy says: a stray female calico cat adopted us. she also presented us with 4 beautiful kittens. which are now 8 wks. old. She has the strangest behavior, she wags her tail like a dog when she greets me or when she's happy. And her kittens the kittens do the same when they greet me or if they're excited or happy. I've been a vet tech for 20 years, this is the first cat I've ever seen that wags her this any input about this unusual cat behavior.

Posted on January 9, 2009

neil says: my 4 yr old cat suddenly started pooping in front of his litter box--i took him to the vet---he said it was a behavioral problem--i tried everything--new box--litter etc--nothing worked--this went on for 2yrs--he was NOT consistent--sometimes he would do it in the box and sometimes not--he always peed in the box=always--finally i took some of his toys from another room and scattered them in the area in front of the box where he pooped--it worked!!! i knew he knew they were his and he wouldnt poop on HIS things lol i beat him!!! next 5 yrs ne never pooped out of the box--and dont even think about putting paper down--- he will poop at the end of the paper on the rug lol---good luck

Posted on January 12, 2009

Gail says: My 15/yr Sadie suddenly started peeing outside the box. After investigating and a vet visit, I discovered she didn't like the vet! The vet office was similar to an ER - too noisy, too many strangers poking her roughly - she had enough! She also didn't like the litter I used - unscented clay primarily. So what's a mom to do? Well, a neighbor referred me to a small vet office up the street - a two-vet office - one vet sees dogs; the other sees cats - sort of like a country doctor. Well! Sadie just ADORES her new vet! Whenever he needs to draw blood, he whispers in her ear and she just lays there limp until he's finished, then takes her little paw and gently touches his face. Amazing to see. As for the litter, I happened to come across something called "Cedarific" which is made of very soft, minute cedar chips. The company says to add a bit of sand to the top of the cedar the first time to acclimate the cat to the new litter. Are you kidding me? The minute I poured the Cedarific into her litter box, Sadie nearly bowled me over trying to jump into her box! We have never ever had a problem since. Hope this helps!

Posted on December 4, 2008

Seth says: She uses the box for both almost all the time. Every now and then she likes to poo a few feet away next to the tub. once every couple of days. She just started this a couple months ago. I am going to try a "softer" litter with less scent and stop punishing her. What else could it be. I have never had a problem with her peeing. just the poo from time to time.

Posted on December 5, 2008

Courtney says: Was your cat born as an indoor or outdoor cat? If it was born indoors with a mother who lived indoors you cannot make it into an outdoors cat. Either way, please make sure you get him/her nuetered while he/she is in the house with you now. As for the meowing, he/she is probably lonely. It's difficult for cats to be alone, you might want to think about getting a second cat and keeping both of them indoors. I'm sure he/she is used to being around his/her littermates and mother, especially if you took him/her before 3 mos old.

Posted on December 5, 2008

Courtney says: Many things can happen when cats get out of the house. If this frequently happens you might want to think about getting a locating chip implanted by your vet. Also, take the cat immediately to the vet to check for medical problems, especially if you have other cats in the house. Diseases like Feline Luekema are common and can easily spead from cat to cat. One of the main symtoms of feline luekema is a loss of appetite. Even if you find that the cat isn't sick, getting the cat vaccinated against feline luekema is a good idea for the next time the cat might get out. Good luck!

Posted on December 11, 2008

anna says: why is my cat pooping behind my tv set does not always do this what can i do I AM POOPED OUT

Posted on December 12, 2008

stephanie says: my cats are 4yr old litter mates and my female doesn't like to cover her poo either. She is very particular about keeping herself clean. I'm the only person who can pet her without her cleaning herself afterwards. My male is so boisterous with his covering half the litter is thrown outside the box. We have to give him a bath every so often because he is just not very good at cleaning himself. As far as I'm concerned - it doesn't bother me. Those are their personalities. My female is very picky and my male is carefree. I don't think there is anything wrong with snowball.

Posted on December 13, 2008

April says: I brought a stray male cat in from the cold I decided to take it to the vet he is fixed and I got him all his shots my question is He goes in the litter box but he lifts his buttup and goes on the wall

Posted on December 18, 2008


Posted on December 28, 2008

shell says: a cat that wont stop licking people

Posted on December 28, 2008

studranger says: i had a male cat--5 yrs old--he stopped pooping in box--instead went about a foot outside it-this went on for 2 yrs-he would pee in it but not poop--took to vet--alls ok--behavioral prob he said--finally i took his toys from the living room and spread them around the area he pooped in sure he wouldnt poop on HIS toys--lol and i was right!!! he pooped in the box for the next 5 yrs till he passed away--a little psycology that worked!!! outsmarted the little guy---god rest his little pea picking heart!

Posted on December 29, 2008

Maggie Cotham says: What does a cat like. Do they like you to pet them. I never own a cat . She lets me pet her some times and she does not let me hold her. I love loving on her and I like to hold her. What am I doing wrong is it the way I hold her? Please advise

Posted on December 29, 2008

Laura Snyder says: I had 2 male neutered cats about 5 years old and I just adopted another younger male cat also neutered about 2 years old, this new one ( cat number 3 ) plays a lot with my cat number 2 but he plays extremelly rough, I would even say that he tackles cat number 2 ) and chases the other number one, this has caused an stressful situation and now my older cats are spraying in front of my bed, what can I do??, I love my cats but of course I don`t want a smelly house?, my older cats ( number 1 ) that has been chased by the new one is scared of him and runs and of course that triggers more the chasing. Cat number 2 also meows very loud but this started before the new arrival, PLEASE HELP ME,,these cats are like the kids we never had and they are our babies but it breaks my heart that the first 2 are not having any more the peaceful life they use to have but I am already in love with the 3rd. one and I cannot give him away,,,PLEASE WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP THE SPRAYING, THE CHASING AND THE MEOWING???,,thanks a lot

Posted on December 29, 2008

Naomi says: I have a 9 month old cat. I had her spayed and declawed 1 month ago. She has had plenty of time to heal. She just refuses to cover her poop. I am using the same litter she used before she was s&d. But I changed her litterbox. Please tell me what I can do.

Posted on January 1, 2009

chris weber says: two cats are now fighting after 3 years of being fine. my male is not fixed, but, doesn't spray at all. he now smells my female fixed cat and are fighting I don;t know what happened... help

Posted on January 1, 2009

Vickie says: My 15 yr old cat refuses to pee in the litter box. He will poop in it but I have to put pads down in front of it or he will pee in different areas in my house. This has been going on for years. What can I do?

Posted on November 5, 2008


Posted on November 8, 2008

teresa kettlewell says: my cat uses the litter box but also always pee's on my daughters bed clothes. also goes to the upstaires bedrooms and pee's and poop's allover. any answers why???

Posted on November 11, 2008

jackie says: we had our female cat for 4 yrs and our male cat for 5 yrs then we just adopted a female cat about a month ago and we had 2 dogs and about a week after we got the last female cat my dog died and after the dog died our first female cat started peeing on our bed once a week where the dog slept the night before he died what can we do

Posted on November 14, 2008

Geof says: Your cat is likely ill - when our cat did the same we found out she was diabetic.

Posted on November 16, 2008

Jeffrey L. New says: I have had cats pee on beds,clothes,and every where eles except litter boxes,I hated to do it,but I put them in a cage for a week or so.If I saw them use the litter box I would reword them by leting them out for several hours. after a week or so they would use the litter boxes ,and I put the cage away.

Posted on November 18, 2008

CAROLYN says: I was just wondering if my daughter's 5 weeks old kitten digests some of the cat litter will it harm him?

Posted on November 19, 2008

Kim Dolan says: I have 2 male cats, 4 years old, and are brothers. They have always gotten along and out of the blue ,the less dominant one started chasing and fighting with the other. I have separated them for 4 weeks with occasional interaction with each in a separate cat carrier. Now the "fighter" wants to be "friends" again, but the "victim" hisses and runs and hides . A fight ensues if I don't intervene. I can't keep them together. Help!!!!!!!

Posted on November 21, 2008

Jackie says: I have two cats and the one usually pees outside the box. I use scented clumping litter. I have two litter boxes. My two cats are males and they are litter mates. They are 4 years old. The one cat on occasion is spraying in the corners in my gameroom. What can I do to prevent this and get the smell out. I am having new carpet installed and I do not want this to have an odor.

Posted on November 24, 2008

Donna says: Here's one for you - everytime my 9 yr old female cat gets mad at me, she goes in the bathroom and poops on the new rug right across from her litter box. She then will go and wait to see my reaction, peeking around the corner. I am not making this up! If I forget to give her her treats at the regular time, she will go and poop on the rug!

Posted on November 27, 2008

Melodie says: After being out in a rainstorm, my 5-month kitten lost his appetite. Is it possible that his he got so frightened of the rain, that he could have lost his psychologically lost his appetite? Any advice/comments will be appreciated. Thank you.

Posted on November 30, 2008

Merry Gibson says: 6 years ago we adopted 2 sister cats from a local rescue group. They had been raised as indoor cats only & we have honored that. But lately one of them, without any reason we can think of, has been pooping all over the our house! No matter how clean we keep the litter boxes.. (we now have 3 litter boxes) , she still does it on our carpet, chairs, beds.... just everywhere!?? Any ideas? Thanks

Posted on November 30, 2008

Logikal1 says: I have two wonderful kittens, now about 8 mos old [littermates] The male, Smirk(8.5lbs), is fine, but his little sister, Snowball (6lbs), has one unusual problem. Let me give you a bit of background first: Snowball's always been shy, sweet and quiet, and Smirk has been more aggressive, though neither has ever scratched or bitten us or the other on purpose. The two sleep entwined, and rarely are more than a few feet away at any time day or night. They even clean each other before they fall asleep. The problem is using the litter box. Ever since we adopted them at 6 wks from the shelter (they'd just been neutered using microsurgical techniques) Snowball seems to have trouble sensing where the litter is. She goes in, does her business, then can't cover up properly: her paws hit the top and sides of the box, but rarely does she manage to get the litter over her wet spot or feces. [it's a large box w/ one of those curved covers to keep the litter inside]. Smirk often jumps in after her and 'finishes the job'. They are fine sharing the litter box (I clean it daily, and if it needs a bit more that day they'll actually let me know). But I can't figure out WHY she doesn't cover up like cat's should. I should mention I've tried teaching her by stroking her paws over the litter, and I've tried 3 different brands and textures to no avail. Thank you in advance! :) ps. I should also thank you for your articles on NOT declawing kittens:hubby was trying to convince me to get them done but after reading about how painful it was, and how much trouble it could cause he decided we would just keep trimming them. Awright!!!

Posted on December 1, 2008

Bob&Deb Hall says: We got a new kitten. And I would like to know why it meows so much. It is going to be a outside cat but it is to cold for it right now. Thanks Bob&Deb

Posted on December 4, 2008

Bobbie says: My 1 yr old neutered male started peeing on the bed about a month ago. Took him to vet, was given antibiotics for a "possible" urinary problem, but he is still peeing on my bed in MY spot. Do you think it is because about a month ago he was in the litterbox and the other two male cats both jumped in with him. One cat is old, the other one is the same age as subject cat! I have tried just about everything and he is still peeing on my side of the bed! thanks! This cat is very fastidious, but also very sensitive.

Posted on November 5, 2008

Michele Busse says: I just read all of the article on cat's eliminating outside their litter box and she is doing something totally different. Our female cat has had a peeing problem since a tiny kitten. The first time we brought her home, she peed on our bed. After that over the years she has found new areas to her liking. We have taken her to the vet, found a litter she likes, and she has her own litter box opposite the male cat. We keep the litter boxes in an extra bedroom we use as a home office, when we are in there she blatantly comes in and pees in the litter box in front of us, so she has no aversion to it. Help! We have been dealing with this for 4 years!

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