RE: not using litter box
- Hi Kate,
It is hard to say why cats stop using their box sometimes. Izzy
might not be feeling that well from the HCM or perhaps there is
something else amiss that you might want to get checked out by your
vet. However, I do have a couple of additional suggestions you
might try. Have you tried the Health Alert litter? It is a litter
that comes with special granules that are designed to turn blue in
the presence of blood in the urine (from UT or bladder infection).
It comes in a blue & white box and costs about $10, I bought it at
Petsmart. Here is the link:
If that turns out negative, and you can't find a clinical problem,
you might try Cat Attract litter. It is a scoopable litter that is
specially formulated with an herbal attractant to draw cats to their
box. I could not detect any scent, but within 30 seconds of opening
the bag, both my cats made a beeline to the bag to check it out. It
comes in a red bag and costs about $11 for 20# bag (not cheap, but
worth every penny if it works for you). I have had good success
with this, as my cats have "gone off the box" now and then for
reasons I never really figured out. It comes with a little booklet
inside with litterbox behavior tips and coupons for next purchase.
It has a 100% money back guarantee. I also got this at Petsmart.
The product link is at:
http://www.preciouscat.com/WebPages/catattract.html (also on the
Hope that helps! Good luck!
-Renee, Chessie & Peanut
- Hi Kate,
In a message dated 1/28/05 10:07:59 PM, katesilverstein@... writes:
<< Izzy, my 3 year old HCM kitty (diagnosed when she went into congestive
failure at the end of this past November), has stopped using the litter box.
>>There are various reasons why a cat stops using a litter box and/or changes
from any habitual behavior. Since cats are naturally fastidious and
routine-loving, changing from this nature generally indicates "something" is wrong. That
something could be anything...from the cat was stressed (say, by a loud noise
or a dog coming around the house) while using the box one day to digestive
upset to general malaise.
<< I know that this is usually a behavioral thing >>
Actually, it's usually a *physical* thing...such as a urinary issue (eg
bacterial infection, sterile cystitis, crystals) or a digestive issue (eg
constipation, diarrhea, parasites).
<< I want to be sure that this isn't a sign that she is feeling sick or
going on medically. >>
Then it would be useful to evaluate her behavior in general (does she
look/act "sick"?...what other symptoms is she displaying?) and also have her
evaluated by a professional, incl a urinalysis and/or stool sample. // Rosemary
- In a message dated 1/28/2005 10:07:39 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> I know that this is usually a behavioral thing but because she has HCM IIt's probably behavioral. Cats have a limited number of ways to communicate
> want to be sure that this isn't a sign that she is feeling sick or something
> going on medically. Has anyone experienced this?
with their loving, but not-so-bright (as a cat sees it) humans. Izzy is not
feeling up to par, knows something is wrong, and if she's getting diuretics,
needs to pee a lot more than before. This is probably her way of telling you
she's not enjoying the experience.
Baby Boy is a fuss-kitty. If His Nibs' litterbox is not up to his exacting
standards, he'll let me know by peeing on the couch.
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