Elmo is one of the sweetest cats on earth, but it’s time to discuss my shame. For months, we’ve had a problem that is getting worse and worse. That adorable little kitty won’t crap in a box anymore.
Last fall, we were using regular old cat litter in a regular old cat box. Because Elmo has such bad allergies, the vet recommended that we try the Breeze Litter System. It seemed to help his allergies and both cats liked it. As a bonus, the rabbit could also used it and he liked it. Fantastic. Litter trained cats. Litter trained bunny. Allergic cat sneezing less.
Earlier this year, Elmo started straying from the box. He always peed there, but we would come downstairs to find an occasional … gift?… on the carpet. Usually in front of the closet or the exercise room. I read everything I could find on the internet about this issue and it said to block the area that the cat is starting to favor. So, pillows were placed in those spots and that helped.
Around that time, we went to the vet for his allergies and I had a long talk with the vet about the issues. She said that it might be medical and related to his allergies and some extra time on the pred might help. She also gave me a series of steps to follow if that didn’t work. Those steps matched what the internet told me before.
The medication helped briefly. Then, last month, it got really bad. Instead of 2-3 times per week, it changed to every day. Barricades did nothing because he would go right next to them. Then he expanded his favored areas to the entire dining room. There aren’t enough pillows in the house to cover the two areas that he likes best. (Also, dining room usage would become very tricky, but soft to walk on.)
More meds. It helped for a couple of days. Then it started again when my husband was out of town for lawyer camp. More meds and a vet visit. No change.
Moved the litter box to a different spot. After a few days, he used it in the new spot. For two days in a row. We thought we were getting somewhere.
No. It’s starting again. Next, I will try going back to the old style of litter. We’ve been trying to avoid this because I know the Breeze is best for his allergies. I hope that this might make a difference since sometimes if you hit the Breeze pellets the wrong way when you step on them, it hurts more than stepping on a Lego. (So maybe it hurts his delicate kitty feet??)
Throughout this time, we’ve tried sequestering him in the room with the litter box. He will hold it. Or he will be dramatic when we let him out. I’ve avoided the sequestration and am treating it as a last resort.
If the alternate litter box doesn’t work, he’s going to live in the future nursery for a while. (I don’t see how that can’t also be traumatic. Since they say that some kitty constipation or a “bad experience” while trying to go to the bathroom may have triggered this. He has never peed outside of the box, so that hasn’t been an issue. So I have no idea if living in the room alone with the box will help.)
If all of that fails, I guess I better learn to love diapering the cat and consider it experience for his human brother later this year.
I want my sweet boy to feel better, so I hope we get this resolved soon. Without sequestration. If you have dealt with this before and have any advice, please share.