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Heard about an adoptable 9-m.o. Russian blue female but the care-giver tells me she's litter box av

Never had this problem with other cats I've lived with except for one long-lived male and, at that, it was in the last year of his life. Any ideas/ suggestions about how to deal with the problem, if I were to adopt the cat? We have oriental rugs throughout our home and the last thing I'd want is a cat relieving itself on them or furniture.

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  • Sandy NenningerSandy Nenninger PlainvilleMember Posts: 1,975
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    One thing to consider is do you have other cats? I assume at a shelter or a foster home, she is dealing with sharing her box. So maybe having one to herself will be helpful. You can also try Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract litter with her. I would provide her with several boxes at first in various locations and maybe try different litters to see what she prefers. Keep the boxes as clean as possible and scoop more than once a day. If possible, keep her out of areas with hard to clean or valuable rugs & furniture until she learns to use the box properly. But if you have other pets for her to deal with or if you really can not imagine having to clean urine out of your oriental rugs, this may not be the cat for you and maybe she should be adopted by somebody more prepared to deal with the potty issue. I would not get rid of one of mine for doing it, but I personally would not deliberately take one on that had this problem either because then the others might do it too.
  • Sandra SartorelliSandra Sartorelli Member Posts: 2
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    Clean kitty boxes frequently is a must.I trapped an orange cat in my wooded yard about 3 years ago in a Hav-a-heart trap.He had not been neutered and was uncared for.He began not using the box.I put him in an oversized cage for about 3 to 4 days, so that he was confined, with his itter box and food and water.He began using the litter box and has to this day not gone back to the old ways. Another thought is a medical checkup for a UTI which could explain the aversion.Cats with this infection associate the litter box with pain. Good Luck
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