Cat didn't like new litter box

by Jenn
(Cleveland, Ohio)

The old litter box was a covered one. Pretty old and getting beat up, so I bought a new one. It has tall sides, but is open top.

My cat peed in it but pooped on the floor. I went out and bought a new covered box since I threw the old one away.

I got home from work to find poop on the floor. She hadn't even stepped in the new box. Any tips on getting her back in the box?

My thoughts: Cats hate change, and major changes, such as the litter box, can really stress a cat out. When changing litter boxes, it's a good idea to keep the old along with the new until the new becomes familiar.

Unfortunately, we can't do that here since the old box is gone. We also can't tell if the problem was triggered by the fact the box was uncovered or whether it was just the stress of the change.

Here's what I would do:

Place the new covered box in exactly the same spot as the old box you threw away. Use the exact same litter that she used before, to the exact same level as before. Make things as much like they used to be as possible.

Train her the same way you train a kitten, placing her in the box after every meal, after waking up, and after activity.

When you clean up her poop, as crazy as it may sound, it may help if you put it in the box so that she smells it in there the next time she has to go.

I would also use Feliway as some of our readers have said that it helps calm their cat and get them using the box. Other readers have had success with Cat Attract added to the litter.

I hope that helps and please keep us updated.


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Mar 07, 2016
My cat is purring funny
by: Marianne

Please is there anyone out there that can help me. My cat who is nearly 14 is making a terrible noise when he purrs sound like a loud snore. he then coughs. He is eating okay, drinking usual amount and using his cat litter box. I have taken him to the vets twice and although the vet gave him a thorough examination the only thing he could come up with was it might be a fur ball. He was losing more fur than normal prior to this.He gave me some Catalax paste to use with food, I have nearly finished the treatment and no sign of a fur ball. He does sleep most of the day. I am at a loss of what to do,
Is there anyone that has has this problem and what was the outcome please.

Editor's note: I'm sorry to hear your cat is having problems. If you search Google for this problem, you will find various stories from others. It's hard to say if any of those are exactly what your cat is going through.

The BEST answer will come from taking your cat to a second vet, who can perform the necessary tests and follow up.

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