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  • #853497

    lagatta
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    My Livia has been refusing to use her new litterbox, though I’ve put it out both with and without its cover. She insists on going out, down the stairs into the garden, and doing her business under some bushes (yes, I do clean it up when I see it – though most of the stool is far too large and certainly not hers). But today a hard rain is falling (channeling Dylan?) and she is most unhappy. I keep opening the back door, but she refuses to go outside. She hasn’t used her box, and I’m certain she hasn’t “gone” anywhere in the house. Now she is sleeping, but something has to change. In a few weeks there could be snow – oh, it most likely won’t stick around at first, but that will freak her out even more, though she has lived through winters.

    Any suggestions about the box? She did use a litter box I’d borrowed from a friend when she came here, but was so enthusiastic about covering her evidence that I had to clean the floor every day, although I’d put a plastic sheet under it.

    #853506

    pussigato
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    Pick up some of the dirt from her outdoor “potty” and put it in her box. I’m sure you’re using un-scented litter.

    I did this because Miss Gaea was the same way. When it got cold, she decided she can use the indoor box.

    #853507

    pussigato
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    Have a safe and wonderful weekend for our escapees!

    #853509

    Kittyzee
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    Yes, lagatta, I would suggest the same thing–putting some outdoor dirt in the box to let her know that it’s safe to go in it. You know, she may not like another cats’ scent in there either, even though we can’t smell anything, SHE probably can. And of course, unscented litter with the dirt would be your best bet.

    #853510

    lagatta
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    There is no scent – no other cat has used this new box either, and of course I use unscented litter – for me, fake perfume smells much worse than healthy stool. I’m very allergic to cheap chemical perfume.

    It is too damp to go down into the garden, even in gardening clogs, as we’d planted new grass and clover seeds (starting the previous autumn, but it still isn’t perfect) and I don’t want to muck things up. As soon as it is a bit drier, I will.

    #853517

    pussigato
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    For what its worth-you can pick up some damp dirt and let it dry in the house. It’d probably dry faster that way.

    She was referring to the outside spot smelling like another cat.

    • This reply was modified 11 months ago by  pussigato.
    #853541

    lagatta
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    Since it is a bit drier, I did find a Livian turdette and put it in her indoor box. Et voilà! I’ve never been happier to find evidence of the box being used. I praised her and cleaned the box immediately.

    It is chilly today – only 8°C, but dry and almost sunny, so I’m heading outside on my bike – in gloves, of course – as I am taking care of a friend’s house. She no longer has cats (I so miss the ones that have died), just plants and letters, bills etc to bring in.

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