The old Cat and his Box
August 24, 2012 9:46 AM Subscribe
I need some suggestions on how to deal with problems with my geriatric cat and his litter box.
posted by fimbulvetr to pets & animals (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My 19-year old cat is generally in good health, but clearly not as spry as he used to be and he has arthritis in his back legs. Lately, we've been having problems with him using his litter box correctly. He has a covered litter box, the largest one I could find, and for various reasons that I won't go into here a covered litter box is not optional. The problem is that recently, while he still uses the box, he hasn't been turning around before he pees so sometimes it shoots out the opening onto the floor instead of inside the box. I don't know if this is because he is getting senile or if it because turning around inside the box is too difficult for him now. I've placed a boot mat in front of the box to catch any accidents. It does the trick in keeping the cat pee off the floor, but my wife has made it clear that this is not a long-term option, even though I rinse it out right away. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm considering cutting a hole in the other side of the box so it is walk-through, but I'm not sure if that will just double my problems of solve them. Does anyone have any similar experiences or advice?