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Cat tales.....potty help

holly49735

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Hello-
We have had our sphynx for exactly a month now. I have always been a "dog person"
our household currently has a boxer, a semi neurotic boston terrier, our baby kitty, and two little girls, five and three years. I have never had a cat before, but my fiance was the exact opposite of me, grew up with cats but no dogs. Our kitty (Luna) is almost four moths old, and amazing, I cannot believe how quickly I have fallen in love with her throaty little purr as she cuddles against me. She came litter box trained, we stuck it in the bathroom, first with feline pine litter, and then with tidy cats non clumping. First, she would poop behind it, then she started pooping in that little space behind the toilet. Scrubbed it up many times, and then even moved her litter box as close to the spot as I could. Never really saw where she was peeing, until I notices a spot in the bottom of my closet where she had apparantly peed a lot. (ahhh-gross) so.... I know cats are really sensitive to smell, right, so I scrubbed it up and put a new litter box in the same spot. I caught her once in the bathroom while I was peeing she sniffed the yucky spot and started to squat. I didn't know what to do, but I knew it was crucial to catch her in the act. so, I picked her up, and put her in the new litterbox(by this time the other one was in the basement-I'll get to that in a minute) She kept trying to jump out, but gently I kept her in there until finally she had no choice but to go. I told her what a good girl she was and let her out. Have not seen anything appear in that litterbox since then. She had taken to going downstairs and pooping in the very far corner of my fiance's office, past the big corner desk, where it was really hard to reach her. So we thought hmmmm..... put the second litterbox there, right? Still, she has no interest at all in the litterbox, poops right smack infront of it, or ocassionaly on the bottom shelf of my bookshelf (pretty disgusting) so.... we moved it there, but she had no intention of using it. I'm at my wit's end. I know she is smart enough. and she went a bit at first, in there. What do I do? I certainly cannot have her pooping all over my house. She is an amazing, smart little cat. I don't know what to do? She has adjusted to the family well, now roams the entire house top to bottom confidently. She's made friends with all of us humans, claimed her superiority, and bossed around our neurotic little boston terrier, and today even took some swats at my boxer. I don't think my big, gentle boxer even noticed, lol. She is definately a well loved addition to our family, except now for the litterbox thing. What do I do? I never had cats before, so I don't even know diddly squat about litterbox training, other than the meager tidbits I've found online. Cats are smart. I feel like I must be doing something wrong, but don't know what, or who to ask for help other than you guys who have been in my shoes I'm sure. All that Ican hope is that someone with some advice to share happens to read this and is willing to share experience, and tell me what I need to do differently.
thanks, guys.... I'm sure I will post many more times in the future. We just gotta get over this hurdle of mis-communtication between the two of us
Holly
 
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It could be she dislikes the litter. Can you find out what the breeder used? She might just hate going in heavily trafficed areas or it could be that she is picky about litter. If neither of those are the problem maybe you could try Cat attract, it's stuff you put in the litter to make the cats want to use the box. Hope that helps?
 

LLevenson

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the only thing I can think after reading your post, is that perhaps she doesn't like the litter you are using? I would definitely find out what kind the breeder used and switch to that. Sphynx are extremely smart and should learn quickly but maybe she doesn't recognize the smell of the litter as the place to go potty? keep us posted please! good luck!
 

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Hi Holly and welcome to Sphynxlair,
Sorry to hear of your trouble. If possible find out what the breeder used for litter. Here is a thread another member had posted with a similar problem. There are other threads as well if you do a search in the search bar just under the main menu of every page up top. http://www.sphynxlair.com/f20/pooing-outside-litter-box-2100/
Good luck!
 

MissMySphynxBoys

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My gut tells me Luna might not like the feel or smell of the non clumping Tidy Cats litter. Did she have the litter box problem with the pine litter? Was that what the breeder was using?

I haven't used the "Cat Attract" litter but have heard wonderful things about it. Although there are cat urine neutralizing cleaners out there that do wonders eliminating odors/stains on floors and carpets. Cats have an excellent sense of smell.

Good luck.
 
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