Ask Seth: Cat Litter Box Issue
We have an aging cat (15+ years old) who "forgets" where the litter box is and this cat eliminates inappropriately in two or three spots in the living room and dining room. We've put pads down and that helps a little bit, but our floors are taking a beating. What do we do? Liat Novek
I would first start having your cat seem by your veterinarian because this is a relatively new behavior. Sometimes this is the cat’s way of telling us something is not right. Cats in general are prone to urinary infections and kidney disease that becomes more prevalent with age. This could also be due to other environmental stresses like new furniture, new pets and such. Your veterinarian will rule out physical causes to this new behavior. If that is the case, your vet may recommend that you increase the frequency you change the litter box or place a litter box in that room to allow another area that is okay to use for elimination. You can even feed her where she urinates and this can discourage elimination in that area. Cats are finicky. I remember one case where an owner was at her wits end with a cat that vet has cleared of any medical issues. After talking with her about what it could be she said that she was using a new type of litter that she bought in bulk and that is when the cat’s behavior began. When she switched back, the cat stopped the urinating outside the litter box. There are also cat urine eliminators that reduce or remove the odor of the urine. I remember owners talking about a product nature’s miracle, urine off, or any other enzymatic cleaner should help bring your flooring back.
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