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Author Topic: Cats Peeing and pooping outside the litter box  (Read 4452 times)
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caylee
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« on: June 26, 2016, 04:21:18 PM »

I started this thread on the backup board 4 hrs ago - only one reply - so I'm posting  it here too - I hope no one minds too much.

I was in the hospital for about a week (no family in town) and someone I work with offered to cat-sit while I was there. But this person had to appoint another person to take over. (I was unaware of this situation until I got back. I also work with this second person.

But the second person, apparently, has never owned a cat and does not know how to care for one. I would never have chosen or approved of this second person who had never owned a cat, but I found out only after I got home from the hospital! Sad

This second person never scooped the 'business' out of the litter pan the entire time. I came home to a grand mess.

Now that I'm home my cat continues to go outside the box, even though I scoop several times a day.

What causes this?
How to stop it?
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NedF
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2016, 07:33:34 PM »

Kitty is probably attracted to the smell so a good cleaning with something like natures miracle will get rid of the odor. Also try adding Litter Attract to the litter box to encourage kitty to use it. Maybe add another box so they have another choice of where to go. My kitties like to pee in one box and poop in the other.

I hope you are okay after your trip to the hospital. Hospitals suck!
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2016, 05:02:16 AM »

Clean the litter box with the enzyme cleaner as well as the area the cat is using outside the box . If it wasn't scooped for a week it probably has a lingering odor . I agree on the second box , frequently they will pee in 1 & poop in the other . Hope you are recovered !
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2016, 05:35:34 AM »

I hope you are doing better. Good luck with the litter issue only one cat? Agree with adding additional box and cleaning well. If you have carpet you might consider renting a carpet cleaner.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2016, 10:22:40 AM »

Thanks to all who have responded so far - hoping something works.

I'm better now, thanks for asking.
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2016, 03:27:21 PM »

Adding the cat attract herbs might help as well . Glad you are recovered ! Hospitals are not fun  Sad
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2016, 09:15:55 PM »

I actually have 2 cats, only one is pooping and peeing outside the box on my bed! But the good part is that I sleep in the living room in a recliner. So he is not peeing and pooping where I sleep. My computer is in the bedroom or I would just shut the door and forget that the bedroom even existed. When it is not too warm, I may just close it off unless I'm in there on the computer.
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2016, 10:49:55 PM »

Try Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract Litter.  It works well to retrain a cat who has stopped using the box.

I am so sorry that you have been sick.  I am sending wishes for a quick and total recovery.
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2016, 05:53:15 PM »

caylee,
Has your kitty stopped peeing outside of the box?  Hoping the kitty is over the stress of you being away now.
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caylee
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2016, 09:11:08 PM »

Not sure if he has quit going outside the box. I thought he had, but then he pooped on the bed again. Then he went back to using the box again. Not sure I will be able to trust him in this issue. But for now, things seem to be going good. I try to keep the box scooped all the time, so hope that helps.


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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2016, 03:51:44 AM »

Time to put a shower curtain on the bed, caylee. 

Maybe he doesn't like scratching in the litter?  I can't remember if you have tried different litters or not.
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2016, 04:26:32 AM »

Waterproof baby changing pads worked well here when we needed to protect bedding. There are some fairly large ones (for cribs I think) that are reasonable.
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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2016, 04:27:58 AM »

Caylee, I hope you are feeling better.  This isn't easy when you aren't up to parr.  Some suggestions:

I would get two brand new litter pans and put in fresh litter.  No matter how much you clean those boxes the memories are still there.  Use the same brand of litter you have always used at first...maybe add some Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract later if you need to.  Scoop the pans as often as possible.

Get some Rescue Remedy (the one for pets without alcohol).  Apply small amounts three to four times a day.  The objective of RR is how often you apply it not the quantity you use.

Get some Feliway plug ins.

On the bed you don't use, line it with large garbage bags and cover that with some old towels.  That way if they soil it you only have a small towel to wash as opposed to a large piece.  You could get some Feliway spray to lightly spray the bed.  Be sure not spray when the cats are in the room.....just a couple quick sprays.

Talk to them, pet them, play with them.  They are worried you will leave again and those strange people with come back. You are their whole world.

This will take time to undue but it is possible.  I don't know how your cats are with company but probably the less people coming in the better.  Again, they don't know if you are leaving and those other people are staying.

Keep everything calm and zen.  This situation isn't entirely happening just because the boxes weren't cleaned.  For cats, it is about the whole picture: dirty boxes, mom gone, stranger #1, stranger#2, home alone, etc.  They just have to get back to their normal.

Good luck and hope you get to feeling better.
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caylee
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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2016, 08:49:19 AM »

I am feeling better now, lilabeth.

Thanks to all for the good suggestions. Things are going better now.
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