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Cat Stopped Using Litter Box?

I have two Persians, one is almost 3 years old and one of them uses the rubber mat in front of their litter box instead of inside the box. She has being doing that for about two weeks now. How can I break her from that? I keep the litter boxes clean daily.

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By Judy from Saltville, VA

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February 10, 20150 found this helpful
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If you cat has been using the litter box regularly before, perhaps a medical problem causes her to be unable to get into the litter box. Our cat had a bite infection on her back hip that we did not see because of her long soft fur. She was then unable to climb into the box and unrinated next to it. Her vet immediately realized something was wrong and found the infection. Please have your vet check on a possible problem. Your vet can check your kitty and also recommend a solution to the litter box.

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February 11, 20150 found this helpful
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How many litterboxes do you have? If you have two cats you should have at least two litterboxes.

If the vet can't find anything, make sure you have two litterboxes in relatively private locations and clean them before bed, in the morning, and at least once during the day. Change the litter every two weeks.

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Since they're angoras, make sure they don't get fur mats. A bad mat near the leg can cause the leg to "hitch" when the cat goes to jump in the box.

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Cats with urinary tract infections can begin to avoid the litterbox because they associate it with pain. Have your cat Vet checked right away.

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