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Hi everyone, and happy new year!

So lately my kitty, Luna, has gotten into the habit of peeing - and once pooping - outside the litter box. The only time she's ever done this in the past is when the box isn't cleaned regularly, and thats definitely not the problem this time.

It started right after the last time I completely changed the litter and washed out the tray, which I hadn't done in a while, though I've definitely done it plenty of times before and not had a problem. But I thought maybe she was suspicious of the brand new litter because it didn't have her smell already. But then she did use the box a couple times intermittently, but has gone outside it at least 3 or 4 times now.

Then just now, as I was cleaning up her latest pee on the carpet - RIGHT next to the litter box - it occurred to me that maybe she's gotten to big for it. It's one of those igloo ones, with a rounded top, so she crawls inside it, and she's a pretty big cat. Not that she's grown recently, but...I dunno, maybe she's having a hard time maneuvering inside it, and would prefer a bigger box, or one without a top? I've taken the top off for now and am hoping that will encourage her to go back to using it, but has anyone had experiences with a cat who wouldn't use the box because it was too small or restrictive? Or any other suggestions? I know about all the no-go products and such, but I'm dirt poor right now and have more urgent things on my shopping list for my next paycheck (like cat food - we're dangerously low), so anything that costs money is really not an option right now.

Much thanks in advance!
Current Mood: worriedconcerned
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Date:January 3rd, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
I know my cats won't use the box if something around them or it itself scares them. I put on one of those swinging doors that came with the box and Webster pooped infront of it to tell me he was too scared to go inside. Is the box in a high traffic, loud noise area? Did you use a strong chemical (to a cat, not us) to clean out the box? And sometimes it helps to take the cat and rake their front paws in the litter to reaquaint them with it. Size does matter with boxes so it may be a space thing.
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Date:January 3rd, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
I think it must be the space thing, since she's started using it again since I took the lid off. It's not a high traffic area - it's right outside my bedroom, which is over on the edge of the apt, so my roommates are never over there, and I only rinsed it out in the tub with water, since I know a lot of chemicals leave smells and I'd hate to use anything that might discourage her from using it. But I did try that raking her paws in the litter thing, I usually do that when she pees on the floor, show her the pee and yell, then put her in the box and rake her paws in it to remind her of where she's *supposed* to go.
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