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Frantic for an answer!

Please help. My 7 month old cat refuses to use the litterbox!! ...heres the story. We got her when she was 6 weeks old, had to litterbox train her ourselves, and she has been using it just fine since! We recently adopted my friends 9 year old cat and they get along great, but since about a week ago she has been choosing to do her business in my boys room under their beds. I know shes probably doing this because of the other cat, but I need a way to fix this. We clean the box out everyday and I try to "re-train" her to use it but she freaks out to be in there. Will having her spayed do the trick? The new cat is neutered and we have no problems out of him. TIA

Re: Frantic for an answer!

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    I would recommend getting her spayed regardless.  With the new cat you also need a new litterbox.  The sharing one box thing doesn't work for some cats.
  • Do you only have one box?  Many cats insist on having their own box.  I'd try that first.  Actually, I'd have her fixed first.  I don't know if it will help with the litterbox issue, but it really needs to be done.  A cat in heat is a PITA and even if she never sees a male cat in her life, not getting her spayed will put her in danger of cancers and other female related issues. 
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  • i've heard that some behavioral issues can be helped by having pets fixed.

     

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  • Definitely spay! I would also get a second box and be sure to use an enzymatic cleaner on the spots where she has peed.
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  • Spaying her may help out but she could be reacting to the other cat being in the home.  For every cat in the home there should be two litters boxes plus one more.  Also there should be one litter box on each floor of the home.  So if you have a three story house you could have one on each floor. 

     Another thing is she should have a UTI.  If there is something going on that could be a sign. Are you sure it is your female cat? I ask because in my experience I've seen more behavioural urination come from older cats.  Male cats can have trouble with crystals and urinating around is usually there way of alerting owners that there is something going on. 

     You should definately have her spayed though!

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    Spaying her may help out but she could be reacting to the other cat being in the home.  For every cat in the home there should be two litters boxes plus one more.  Also there should be one litter box on each floor of the home.  So if you have a three story house you could have one on each floor. 

     Another thing is she should have a UTI.  If there is something going on that could be a sign. Are you sure it is your female cat? I ask because in my experience I've seen more behavioural urination come from older cats.  Male cats can have trouble with crystals and urinating around is usually there way of alerting owners that there is something going on. 

     You should definately have her spayed though!

    Small correction: one litter box per cat plus one more

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  • Thanks for all the responses! This is the first time I've had more than one cat in the house, so I had no idea that I am supposed to have more than 1 litterbox! And I will definitely be getting her spayed soon!
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