cat peeing outside the box
October 17, 2004 2:00 PM Subscribe
Why would my 6 year old cat suddenly stop using the box? (more)
posted by mathowie to pets & animals (19 answers total)
I have two cats, brother and sister, both fixed. They're just over six years old and have been free of any major physical ailments so far. They've been pefectly fine all these years but on Thursday night, the smaller female cat suddenly started going to the bathroom outside of the box for the first time in her life (beyond kitten age). I'll admit the box was kind of dirty at the time so I thought she suddenly became picky, so I changed out the litter. The next night, two more pissings on the walls near the box. Saturday morning, I watched her circle the litter-catching rug in front of the box and start to go to pee, but I startled her and pushed her into the box.
Later that day I went out and bought a new litter box with hood, just as supersized as the last one, with another fill of clean litter. I eventually watched her use it successfully, though she seems really fearful while doing it. I figured the problem was solved, but today woke up to notice she peed along the wall, next to the box opening for the third time.
Anyone have any ideas why the sudden change? Should I take her to a vet? Is she retalliating from something? Why would things be kosher for six years, then suddenly go all wrong?