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Please Help With My Cat.

My cat, Moxie, has recently stopped using the catbox. She has been continuing to urinate in it, but chooses to defecate elsewhere. But now I fear she's stopped using it altogether. The problem began when I cleaned the catbox out really thoroughly, scrubbed it and everything. I think it might be some sort of smell that's bothering her, but I've rinsed it out about four times since then, and she still won't use it. This has been going on for over a month and I'm about to lose my mind cleaning up after her every day.

I don't know what to do. Somebody please help. Is there any thing I can do?

womeganwo womeganwo 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 29, 2009

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That once happened to me lol... Unfortunaly one of my cats decided to make number one and two in the basement. More unfortunatly i have an immense basement with lots of dark places to hide that i go maybe once in a month. We started to notice horrible smell in the basement but we were thinking it was a problem with the evacuation drain... We taugh it was sewer odor... By the time we figured out what the problem REALLY was... The problem was already a big pile and mushroom started to grow on it... Lol
So the habit was well implemented, if i could say so when i figured out lol..

What i did was a little bit of a trauma for the cat, but it did not hurt him. I took the cat and held his face close to the horrible pile and screammed at the top of my lungs "NOOOOOO!!!! NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!" A couple of slap on the head (not hard, just to scare him).

And then... I take the cat... Talk to him softly and put it softly in its litter box and while its in the litter box i say calmly "yes yes yes yes" and i carress him a little and leave him there to think about it..

I had to repeat this process twice and he understood and never again did he do it outside of litter box....

Oh i just realized your story was written in 2009... Oh well i post the comment anyway

first of all when you cleaned it maybe the chemical you used is to strong. if not buy a new litter box and transfer some of her droppings into the new worked for my buddys girlfiend. maybe it willwork for you.good luck.

Clean the tray with cloudy ammonia and hot water. then rinse and leave in the sun to dry.<br />
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The cloudy ammonia will disinfect and the sun will allow it to evaporate along with any odours.<br />
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This advice came from a lady whose husband is a fireman. Cloudy ammonia is the only thing she has found to work on his clothes and gear. It evaporates taking all odours with it

that's tough, and really frustrating. i'm glad you are willing to work with your kitty. <br />
you might try a new kitty litter. it worked for me after i changed litter boxes, and Otis wouldn't go into the new one. i had thrown away the old one.<br />
good luck.