I let her out after the couple days healing time and now, every flipping day she poops in the dining room floor. Which is right next to the laundry room. She'll pee all day long in her litter box but she refuses to poop in it.
Took her to the vet. Ran tests, nothing wrong. They said she was fine. She is about 3 years old and 3.5 pounds. Very small cat. But whatever. They said that shouldn't be an issue. She's just petite.
Litter is the same. Liners are the same. Box in the same place. No cover. Cleaned daily. Because her previous home had dogs. Which ate whatever was in the litter. *shudder* *gag*
Food is the same. But vet suggested wet food. So we have her three little bowls lined up. Twice a day she gets the wet. We don't ration her solid.
Spent my weekend shampooing carpets because even though we clean the messes up, the thought just made my skin crawl. So, the carpets are clean. At least they were till tonight when she left yet another present.
Y'all, I'm kind of at the end of my rope. We haven't done anything different. Nothing in the house has changed.
I'm really discouraged. DD loves this cat. My husband didn't want a pet but caved for DD. Now I listen to him rant to me about the cat messing on the floors. Like I don't know its a bad habit.
Aside from locking her back up in the laundry room and attempting to retrain her, I don't know what else to do.
"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - J. Wayne
Not to mention I have two small children that constantly have to watch because we never know if there is another "surprise" for us.
[This message edited by SI Staff at 10:02 PM, October 6th (Sunday)]
Has anyone used Cat Attract? Would maybe mixing that with my current litter, and putting her in the laundry room for a day help?
[This message edited by Aubrie84 at 10:07 PM, October 6th, 2013 (Sunday)]
[This message edited by thisissogross at 1:09 AM, October 7th (Monday)]
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This is a problem, and I would strongly recommend the natures miracle for making sure the scent isn't what's doing it. I would also make sure that you have another box for her. Is there another place in the house where you can coop her up for a few days with a new box?
It is recommended that you have a box per cat plus one. So if you have 2 cats you should have 3 boxes, so you really should have two.
Like Meta said, My guess is she is associating pain with that box and deficating as well. I know I was scared to poo after I was spayed, and with good reason.
So it's most likely going to take a multistep approach to be successful. If things don't change still then I would go back to the vet. Sometimes they are wrong too.
I purchased the crazy expensive but highly praised Cat Attract litter. Bought another box, lined it, filled it, set it out.
Kitty went to check it out. Left her little tracks all over. An hour later, I saw she'd peed in it. So....she acknowledged it. That's a good thing, I think.
Waiting game now.
I'm trying to figure out a peeing-outside-the-box situation in our house--not sure which cat is responsible, so both are now wearing pheromone collars (these: http://tinyurl.com/feliway-cat-collar), which are a bit less expensive than the diffusers and last longer.
FWIW, there has been much more litterbox activity. And though it will take a few applications (pulling back the corner of carpeting and saturating the pad, then blotting and letting it dry all the way), I think the odor will be gone soon.
(Honestly,the carpet will be gone soon, anyway---but I can't stand even the thought of my house smelling like cat or dog...so I will treat it anyway. If nothing else, I will be sure that the subfloor does not smell, so that when the flooring is replaced, he/she/they don't go back to the same spot still.
When we built our home we had a toddler, and an infant, and an old dog with plans to add a second one, as soon as life settled a bit. I put in wood floors in all the main areas, and the cheapest carped I could in our bedroom, and the kids rooms, knowing it would be destroyed. The only I would have done differently is to put the wood floor in our bedroom as well. It does make kid/and animal clean up much easier.
Let us know the outcome of the changes please!!!!
Where do you find "Nature's Miracle"?
Aaaaand, while kitty pees in the new box, she just had another poo accident on the floor. UGH. I really don't want to block her off in a room because if she's pissed off for some reason, I don't want to piss her off further. But seriously, get with it kitty!
Then you can slowly make her space bigger, like a bathroom, with a floor that can be wiped down should she choose to not use the box again.