Cat Peeing Outside of Box – Success Story!

September 6, 2012

Recently, I interviewed a cat mom for this story for a series I write on vetstreet.com.

When I told her I was the creator of The Happy Litter Box, she couldn’t believe it. She said, “My boyfriend and I love your site! We poured through it trying to find a solution for our cat, Cesare!”

That made my day. The whole reason I’m here is for you – well, actually for your cats. I don’t want another cat to be relinquished because of litter box issues. There is a solution to nearly all litter box problems. Sometimes it’s easy to find, sometimes it’s hard. But the solution is there.

Here’s what Betsy told me about her experience:

“Cesare was having diarrhea, especially in our dining room. My vet and I thought it was completely stress-related because of a problem with our next door neighbor’s cat (long story short, I asked them to help me dissuade their cat from being on my porch and they refused).

When it kept continuing, I told the vet that I wanted tests. All came back clean, but she changed him to prescription food.

He stopped having diarrhea, but our dining room continued to be his litter box. My vet gave me a book, but none of the techniques worked.

After talking to Laurie Ruettimann and reading your blog, I went to the pet store on a mission one Saturday. I got cleaner, a big “Sand Box” Litter Box like this one and Cat Attract Litter.

Except for a miss or two because of a bad owner, we’ve had clean floors for about three months! That allowed us to replace all of our downstairs carpets without fear!

And tensions in my relationship with my boyfriend about Cesare’s lack of litter box use have ceased as well.”

That is so awesome, Betsy, and inspiring to other cat owners going through a similar issue. It’s such a small world, too. I interviewed Laurie Ruettimann for this blog a while back. She has some great ideas so be sure to go read the post. I met Betsy purely by coincidence for an entirely different reason. Pee Cat Owners seem to find each other, don’t they?

Okay, now readers! Do you have a success story I can post? Please send me an email: caroline@highpaw.com. Real world solution stories are THE BEST!

Here’s to your happy litter box,

C

P.S. Photo of Cesare, courtesy of Betsy Decillis

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Betsy Decillis September 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I just need to add a few things to my little boy’s success story: We did keep his old litterbox and moved it to a new location near one of the entries to the dining room. That way, he has to pass a litterbox any time he goes into the dining room and he still had something familiar to use. We also put a toy next to the “sandbox” litterbox (it really is huge) and introduced him to it with his favorite treat.

He’s such a fun cat that is so easy to fall in love with. It was heartbreaking to see him have to go through this, because we really did love him regardless. It’s been fantastic to see him go from being stressed to a carefree kitten again. You can call a 13 lb cat a kitten, right?

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Arlene September 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Hi, I have a male cat who started urinating on the floor. He does it by my front door, back door & bedroom window. He was a rescue so he was fixed before I took him home. This started in March. Our hardwood floors are really taken a beating. Dylan is 2 1/2 & lives with an older cat & a dog his age. We have had him tested at the vet & everything is ok. The vet said cats do this sometimes. This is not an answer. I hope you can help me.
Thank you, Arlene

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