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Old 06-05-2016, 09:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX - Displaced Michigander
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I am beside myself here and don't know what to do. I have two litter boxes in a back bedroom. One a high sided open box and one top entry lidded box. For some reason, neither cat uses the top entry box anymore and my older cat, about 3 years old is pooping out of the box more frequently. I don't know what to do. I am going to move the boxes to my garage once I have a cat door put in, as I have no good discreet place to put the box in the house and I am tired of the smell wafting through my home.

Anyone have any ideas as to what I can do to get her to use the box?
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Old 06-06-2016, 12:08 AM
 
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Have you tried removing the lid or propping it open? Maybe it freaks them out when it slams shut or whatever it does. Or maybe just replace the whole box with another high-side, like a Sterilite tub from Walmart. The fact that it's just one box that both of them suddenly decided not to use anymore suggests it's something about that box, rather than any of the other reasons cats arbitrarily decide to go outside the box - like a urinary infection, or whatever.
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:54 AM
 
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!) Take the cat to the vet. A cat avoiding the litter box is telling you there is a problem. Usually health related. Constipation is of course the first thing that comes to mind. What do you feed them?

If they are on a dry diet that's the first thing you need to change. Get rid of the dry food, and feed them an all wet (canned or balanced raw) diet.

2) If they are avoiding the lidded box it is because they don't like it. Take off the lid.

3) If there is odor "wafting through the house" the litter boxes are not being kept clean enough. Clean litter boxes do not smell. And cats do not like dirty litter boxes. Scoop pee and poop out of boxes at least twice a day.
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:06 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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It is more look like health issue. Once my cat did that and I took her to vet she had worm issue with very dry poo. So I think you better check it up before it become it worst.
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:27 AM
 
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I am tired of the smell wafting through my home.

Anyone have any ideas as to what I can do to get her to use the box?
If smell is wafting through your home, you are not cleaning your litter boxes frequently enough. Scoop AT LEAST daily.

If the boxes are both high sided, are both of your cats ABLE to get in?

If you are feeding dry, transition to wet.
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Old 06-06-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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One more question: Are they "declawed"(toe amputation)? The reason I ask is because litter box avoidance is so common in cats who have had their first digit of their toes amputated. It's caused by pain.
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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I have a cat that has done this since we got him 8 years ago. He's very picky about a clean box. We scoop the boxes each night, but at some point the entire liter needs to be changed out and the boxes need a rinse... we know it's about time when he starts pooping on the floor more frequently.. to the point where it's every night and it doesn't matter how well we scooped or added baking soda. He'll sometimes do it even if the box is very clean, but the other cat pooped in the other box. If it stinks around the box he simply won't use it.

Fortunately, this is only the case with poop and not pee.
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:31 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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My rule, inherited, is "One more litter box than cats, at minimum." We have four cats and six litter boxes. Ms. Steam Leak didn't protest the kittens via littergrams.
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX - Displaced Michigander
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It is only one of the cats who is pooping outside the box. I clean the box once a day. I think part of the problem is that the cat that is not using the box had stopped covering her poop when she uses the box. I don't know what that is all about. The lidded box has an opening on the top, it is a clever cat box.

Both cats get dry food. Why would wet make a difference? I've been told in the past that dry is better for them.

I'll see if I can get her into the vets this weekend.

Thanks for the ideas.
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:59 AM
 
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Dry food is dehydrating and creates health problems like constipation. A constipated cat will blame the box for her discomfort and poop outside it hoping it will be easier, less uncomfortable to do it there.

When pooping causes discomfort they are less likely to cover it. They just want to get out of that box and away from the pain.

Long term, dry food leads to obesity, diabetes, urinary tract disease and kidney disease.

From a daily standpoint cats on a dry only diet are chronically dehydrated.

Cats are strict obligate carnivores, dry is not better for them in any way at all.

Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition :: healthy cat diet, making cat food, litter box, cat food, cat nutrition, cat urinary tract health is a good place to start to understand why cats need a wet diet.
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