My cat is a 16-month old, indoor only, spayed female who I found as a stray in July 2003. The problem started when I was using Feline Pine in October. She started to defecate in front of my toilet and sometimes urinate. I switched back to Tidy Cats regular clay litter and she returned to using the litter boxâ€¦mostly. About once per week, sheâ€™d urinate in front of the toilet. I cleaned the spot in front of the toilet with various products (febreeze, oxyclean, Natureâ€™s Miracle and Capture) over the next 3 weeks and shut my bathroom door. During this 3-week period, I also start using orange scented floor cleaner on my kitchen floor on a weekly basis. Since she didnâ€™t have access to the bathroom, she started to urinate on my living room carpet in one corner behind the tv. After I blocked that corner off, she urinated in another corner in my living room. Over this period of time (11/19-11/30), she mostly urinated on my carpet in the living room and sometimes in the litter box. She still, however, defecated in the litter box. As of 12/8, I placed a second litter box in the living room in a corner and she immediately started using that box and has been using it exclusive of the box in the kitchen and carpet itself. On 12/14, I interchanged the litter boxes and she has continued to use whatever litter box was in the living room. I had started to change litter brands (Tidys Cats regular clay to Worldâ€™s Best) in mid November and thought maybe she didnâ€™t like the new litter. Thatâ€™s why I added the 2nd litter box and placed it in the living room. However, the 2nd litter box only contained Worldâ€™s Best and she had no problems using it.
It had crossed my mind that she might have an UTI or something related, but there was no blood in her urine, she didnâ€™t seem to have difficulty urinating, didnâ€™t make any â€œunusualâ€ meows, and her â€œpersonal areaâ€ didnâ€™t appear red or swollen. There have been no changes in my household. No repairs, no remodeling, no chaos, and Iâ€™m the only human in the household. The only changes were my using the orange scented floor cleaner and the temperature dropped outside around mid November. Kitchen (68) is definitely colder than my living room (73). I might try moving the litter box in the kitchen to another location in the kitchen since the box is currently next to a door with a cold breeze (32). I really donâ€™t want the litter box in the living room, but itâ€™s better she uses a box than not.