On 10 Jun, 16:45, "Gail" > wrote:
> She should see a vet. She sounds like she might have a urinary tract
> infection. You must rule this out before you assume that it is a behavioral
> "kbeebs via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
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> > Maybe I should have mentioned that she does use her litter box, but at
> > times
> > chooses not to. And I use the water bottle for other issues - keeping out
> > of
> > the plants, not chewing/playing with cords, etc.
> > I guess I will try another litter box. Um...how might I go about
> > "collecting" - if you will - "a small amount of urine" to soak some
> > litter???
> > And even though it is an easy clean up, but now she is moving to places on
> > the carpet, and I can't say "it doesn't matter."
> > sheelagh wrote:
> >>> My furball uses "Fresh step" litter. I'm not sure her breed - she's a
> >>> barn
> >>> cat I got from a friend of a friend. Why do I keep getting a response
> >>> that
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> >>Confinement is a very good starting point.
> >>The reason that it would be best not to use water is because she might
> >>associate the water with when she needs to go to the litter box.
> >>Should this be the case, then she will consciously try to hide away
> >>from you when she feels the need to use her litter box, (or where ever
> >>she is choosing to go right now. A second litter box is an excellent
> >>idea right now. It will give her the confidence to use it).
> >>Explore the possibility that there might be something medically wrong,
> >>by taking her to see your vet 1st. It is entirely possible that this
> >>is not a social issue.
> >>Another trick that I have found useful when I have kittens come in
> >>that don't seem to be using a litter box properly, is to add a small
> >>amount of urine soaked litter, to mix in with your chosen litter. As
> >>soon as the kitten smells this, they seem to associate the fact that
> >>this is where it is appropriate to go. I can't stress how important it
> >>is to use a very small amount of litter you can mix in, or that it
> >>must come from a female cat whom you are sure has no other medical
> >>[email protected]
all!. With a 10x stronger sense of smell, kitty will be able
> >>to recognise that smell, where you might not be able to.
> >>Normally, a mother cat will teach her kittens where it is appropriate
> >>to use the facilities, but if she came to you as a barn cat, then she
> >>has no idea where it is that you are asking her to go, because barn
> >>cats would be used to going outside.
> >>This might take a little while, & a lot of patience to sort this out,
> >>however, as long as she is somewhere, where it is possible to simply
> >>wipe the floor down, then it doesn't really matter for a short while.
> >>Best of Luck,
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I agree with Gail. It sounds much more like a urinary tract infection
to me too.
I wasn't aware that she was using it sometimes and not @ other times.
By using it some times, it does indicate that she is associating the
litter box with the pain of going to the toilet as it were.
Try the vet first?
We would love to know how you got on, if you have the time to come
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Many thanks & best wishes