Dem ol’ Litterbox Blues.
My colleague, Alice Moon-Fanelli, chimes in on what to do when cats start avoiding their litterbox.
QUESTION: I have 5 felines; 4 females and 1 male. Three of the cats are older (2 females and 1 male), between 5-6 yrs of age. The other two are young females. About 5 weeks ago, one of the young females was spayed. About 2 weeks ago, this female, Buttercup, began defecating and now, urinating, on the family room and other small rugs. The rugs have been cleaned and sprayed with anti-marking solutions and Nature's Miracle, but she continues to defecate on the spot and is not concerned about who is watching. I live in a large home, with a large lanai which is enjoyed by all the cats. There are 3 large litter boxes available and I use the "World’s Best Cat Litter" in them. Do I need to increase the amt of boxes? Should I have her checked for a UTI or other illness? I am getting ready to change all the litter in all the boxes to fresh litter. She is a beautiful, sweet little cat, but is making me crazy! Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.
ANSWER: Dear Julie,