cat piddler on probation
February 9, 2014 8:36 AM Subscribe
I have an older cat, 16 years old, in good health. She's not using her cat box to piddle, leaving a nice wet spot on the floor just outside her cat box. What can I do to retrain her to use it?
posted by diode to Pets & Animals (21 answers total)
Our little kitty has been an outdoor cat for most her life, with easy access to get outside and do her business. That's worked out great. In the past year or more, she's become less interested in heading outside as she's got tto clamber through a cat door, plus it's cold outside.
We have a cat box set up for her, which she uses for #2, but she insists on piddling on the floor. It's not all the time, but she's got a streak running now of several days. It's a bit on and off but she doesn't seem to want to use the cat box for urination.
We've tried putting the box in different places, tried different brands of litter. End result is the same, she's somewhat unpredictable in use of the box.
She's had a recent vet check and came out with a good bill of health. She jumps up on beds and laps, not with a lot of alacrity, still she gets where she wants to go. We've even observed her in the box sticking her rear end out over the edge of the box.
I'm looking for suggestions how I can retrain her to use the box, or any ways I can reward successful cat box behavior.