Big litter box in dining room

by Dee
(Alda, Nebraska USA)

My son's cat (female) is using the dining room carpet as a litter box.


My thoughts: I'm sorry to hear that your son's cat is having problems. This description isn't a lot to go on, but I would look to one of three main possibilities as the cause...

1. An undiagnosed medical problem.

2. A change in your cat's life.

3. Stress, such as a traumatic event or your cat's needs not being met.

Things to think about...

Has your cat been to the vet recently with this problem in mind and examined for urinary tract infections, kidney disease, and other conditions?

Many diseases and conditions can cause a cat to stop using the litter box and start using the carpet. In fact, since cats are good at hiding pain and discomfort, this may be the only obvious sign of illness.

If she were my cat, I'd call the vet and schedule a visit. If she hasn't been spayed, I'd discuss that with the vet as well.

Prior to the start of this problem, were there any changes (major or minor) in your cat's life?

This would include changes in the household, the family, schedules and routines, or changes to the litter or litter box.

Have any traumatic events occurred? Of course, the event may have happened when no one was around to witness it, but the question has to be raised.

This may include:

A scare of some kind (fireworks, thunder, some other loud noise).

Box guarding... another cat in the house attacking her near the litter box or preventing her from using it.

Additional things to try:

Increase the frequency of litter box cleaning.

Add an additional litter box to the house. After thoroughly cleaning the area, place the new litter box in the exact spot she's using. Once she's been using it for a while, slowly move the box each day towards its new home.

Increase playtime/exercise and mental stimulation to burn off stress.

Place a Feliway diffuser in an area where your cat spends a lot of time.

I hope that helps, and please let us know how it goes.
-Kurt

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Big Litter Box in Dining Room
by: Anonymous

I would definitely considering the other comments the other individuals left you. Male cats are territorial so he needs to be fixed. I can recommend a wonderful product that I use because my cats make accidents as well other issues. I use a product that you can get from the company or Amazon, the company name is "Planet Urine". I have used their product many times and need to order more. Remember if you do order, order for carpet or wood floors, etc. so you get the correct product for your product. Don't give up - sometimes cats have a medical issue or other. I know I owned cats since I was 6 years old and I still have them today! Lots of Luck!

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