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You change litter box location:
You decided it’s time to move kitty’s box down to laundry room from dining room. Kitty is not pleased, so she continues her habit of using dining room – minus litter box!
One solution is to find a new location that’s acceptable to both of you. Barring that, you may well have to give in to kitty’s wishes, and put darn box back where she likes it. It’s certainly cheaper than fighting battle of cleaning up urine stains and odor.
I feel your pain on this; my darn cat Scout loves exercise room as a prime litter box location. I really, really hate it when I’m on elliptical machine, and Scout has to answer a call of nature that lingers long after she’s vacated box. Such is life!
A person comes to live with you and kitty:
If you subscribe to saying, “Love me, love my cat,” it can be challenging for a new partner if she/he wasn’t a cat person. Discomfort, anger, and resentment can manifest in bad kitty behavior outside litter box. Your significant other moves in (or you make move), and next thing you know, there are presents around residence you’d rather not have.
You can solve this problem by ensuring that your cat and other loved one give each a chance to get used to one another. This may entail confining your cat for periods of time, or getting your partner accustomed to cat behavior (climbing on lap, meowing, sharing couch, chair, or bed) over a period of time. The worst thing that can happen is for your partner to tease or abuse kitty. This could trigger an inappropriate elimination response.
Anytime your kitty stops using her box for no apparent reason is cause for immediate investigation. If you stop and think about any changes that have occurred in immediate past, address those first. If you haven’t made any changes, culprit is most likely a medical condition that can easily be diagnosed and cured by your local kitty vet.
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