Cat not using litter box after death of our other cat

by Heath

We had two cats and one of them got a urinary obstruction. We had to put him down. Our other cat stopped pooping in the litter box they used together so we thought if we got another litter box that would help.

Wrong. Now he doesn't pee or poop in it. We can't figure out what to do.

My thoughts: I'm sorry for your loss. It's not uncommon for a cat to experience a period of depression after losing a companion. Some of them stop using the box for a period of time.

If he were my cat and I thought he was depressed and mourning the loss of his buddy, I'd make an effort to give him more attention than normal. I'd distract him more often. I would have intense play sessions with him at least twice a day, and give him more affection.

I would also let him set the pace, though, and back off if it seemed like he'd prefer not to participate or to be alone. I wouldn't make too many other changes in his life, though, and I'd keep the litter box and litter the same as what he'd always used.

To get his box habits back on track more quickly, I might consider isolation retraining, which I've mentioned quite a few times on this site. My concern with that is it might be too disruptive, so first, I'd consider using Feliway to see if it would calm him.

I hope that helps. Please let us know how he comes along.


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Feb 27, 2021
cats who pee and poop outside litterboxes
by: Anonymous

There are three reasons cats go to the bathroom on the rugs/floors
1. The litter/box needs to be changed. if it stinks change it. If it is too small get a bigger one. If there is not enough litter add more. cats hate a dirty box.
2. Your cat is sick, week, or has mental health issues.
3. Cats will go where other cats have gone before, especially where the carpets have been saturated before, even years ago. Cat urine lasts forever. It is best to pull the carpets and flooring affected, for heavy saturation.
Enzymes will eat away small amounts but must be used correctly.
Cats can destroy whole houses with their urine. If you see them continuing this you can not stop it. you must put the animal down or you will go down.

Apr 29, 2020
by: Sherri

I had a cat that would go outside all the time except winter. We found a stray cat and think it may be his. Well the other cat passed away and we use to let them run together at night in the summer and now this cat is pooping and peeing on my rug. I do not know what to do.

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