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Cat won't use litter box

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    Cat won't use litter box

    I have an 11-month-old unneutered male cat. He seems to have a litter box aversion. He'll use the litter box to poop if the litter box is not too full. However, he will not use it to pee. He'll pee on the floor, on the kitchen counter, and even behind the couch. I'm going crazy here. Is there anything I can do to make him use the litter box every time?

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    Question More information needed

    Welcome to the forum. Thank you for posting. First of all, what is your kitty's name?

    This is a very common problem that has many causes, so bear with me here as I need to know all the details.

    1. How long has he been peeing outside the litterbox?
    2. What did you mean by the box not being too full?
    3. Are you buying the same litter or did you change it?
    4. Did you move the litterbox to another wall or room?
    5. Has anything else changed that stressed him out?
    6. Do you have any other cats using the same box?
    7. Is he an inside-only cat?
    8. Does the urine look normal?
    An inside cat is a safe cat.

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    That's unusual and your cat may have a urinary tract infection. I would take him to a vet. Also are you going to get him neutered?
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    Sandy came into heat yesterday, can't get her in for her spay until next Friday. I tried to push the date ahead because I was afraid of this but just have to suck it up and if they have a cancellation I can get her in on Tuesday, otherwise its Friday as scheduled.
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    His name is Loki, after the Norse God of Mischief.

    1.) He started peeing outside the litter box when he was around four months old.
    2.) What I mean is if there is a night or two where I forget to clean it out, he won't use it.
    3.) We keep changing the litter thinking that it could be the problem.
    4.) The litter box has been in the same place since we got him.
    5.) Nothing has changed but he is a little jumpy and anxious. I don't think this is the problem though. He'll wake up and go somewhere in the house to pee.
    6.) Yes, his brother. But we have two litter boxes.
    7.) Yes, he's never been outside.
    8.) His urine is quite normal



    Quote Originally Posted by CatMom1994 View Post
    Welcome to the forum. Thank you for posting. First of all, what is your kitty's name?

    This is a very common problem that has many causes, so bear with me here as I need to know all the details.

    1. How long has he been peeing outside the litterbox?
    2. What did you mean by the box not being too full?
    3. Are you buying the same litter or did you change it?
    4. Did you move the litterbox to another wall or room?
    5. Has anything else changed that stressed him out?
    6. Do you have any other cats using the same box?
    7. Is he an inside-only cat?
    8. Does the urine look normal?

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    This is actually what's been worrying me. I'm afraid there's something physically wrong with him. Yes, I plan on getting him neutered.

    Quote Originally Posted by Esme View Post
    That's unusual and your cat may have a urinary tract infection. I would take him to a vet. Also are you going to get him neutered?

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    Thank you for replying Head. What you descried in #2 was actually a dirty litterbox. Cats like clean litterboxes. Even if the problem turns out to be a medical issue, you should clean it twice a day.

    Cats are also creatures of habit andc don't like having their litter changed, even if the old and new litters have the same texture. The litter itself is a problem if it is scented. Look for unscented Multi-Cat or Extra Strength clumpable litter and phase that in gradually if you have not done so already to make litterbox sharing easier.
    An inside cat is a safe cat.

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    When you make the vet appointment try to collect some of his urine so the vet can test it. Then if it's an infection he'll get an antibiotic and should be good. My advice is to get another litterbox and keep after them to stay as clean as possible. Loki is a cool name and Alpha1's cat's name is Loki.
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    i think its best to bring it to a pet trainer and have them handle the situation rather than you using the wrong techniques to teach your kitty to use the litter box. may be counterproductive and nonefficient

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