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Rescue and Little box problem

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
We rescued a cat from a bunch of kids who were...lets say not being very nice. Took him to the vet, got him fixed, all his shots and he was cleared with a clean bill of health.

But my problem is he isn't using the litter box. We have other cats in the house, and he is the only one who doesn't use it. I know its getting a bit old, having to clean up all the time... I don't want to give him away(as he is all curled up in my lap as I type) but this behavior has to stop.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can fix this???

post #2 of 5
Get him a litterbox for his own use.
post #3 of 5
a number of people on this site have mentioned a Cat Attract product for litter boxes... don't know where to get it. Maybe someone can chime in. He may also have a UTI - that would cause a cat to pee elsewhere.
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all your help, I will be getting some Cat Attract and a small box and one to put some sand in or dirt for him.

Pet Smart carried the cat attract: here is the link: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...earch&keepsr=1

If this doesn't work I will have to take him to the vet.
post #5 of 5
I don't know how many cats and how many litterboxes you have, but just as an FYI, the rule of thumb is that you should have one more litter box than cats. The advice to get him a litter box for his own use is a good one - the problem is that cat's don't know that Box A is for Cat A and Box B is for Cat B, etc. That's why it's best to have one more box than cats.

Of course, when not using a box, it is always important to get kitty to a vet, because health or pain often cause them to stop using the box.

And I don't know if you've been doing this, but any place he's peed outside of the box MUST be cleaned with an enzyme cleaner. Anything else may smell to people like it's been cleaned - but it doesn't to kitty - and the smell alone will continue to encourage kitty to not use the box. Nature's Miracle is an example of one that is sold at most supermarkets or pet stores. We've heard that Anti-Icky-Poo is fabulous - it's available here: http://www.catfaeries.com. Personally, we use Nok-Out (we have three males that have a tendency to get blocked) - it's available here: http://www.nokout.com

You have to use a lot of it and let it air dry (we cover the area with aluminum foil). If he's peed on clothes or a throw rug or something, it's best to do a load of wash using the enzyme cleaner like you would detergent, bleach AND softener - and then do the wash again regular.

You may even want to consider getting a black light to go through your house at night to make sure you got all the spots - it'll show up as orange splotches.

Thank you for rescuing this kitty!

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