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PostSubject: Help with my cat   Fri 06 Jan 2012, 7:27 pm

My cat is at least 20 years old and no longer goes outside apart from an odd 5 minutes for the toilet. He spends all his time in bed when he is not eating and does not really do much else.

I have for years tried to get him to use a litter tray but he point blank refused. However a couple of months ago we tried again and he started to use it, however if he had used it once he would not use it again so we had the odd accident overnight.

For the last week he has been refusing to use it and has been peeing and pooing on the kitchen floor. I have now had to resort to putting newspaper on the floor around the tray in the hope he does it on there if he wont use the tray which so far he has but I am not keen on this idea long term.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get him used to going back in his tray?

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Fri 06 Jan 2012, 7:34 pm

crying what about dropping julie aka mastaff a pm on her site jo
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Fri 06 Jan 2012, 8:49 pm

Sadly Jo at his age it is common for them to simply go where and when they feel the need or inclination. Often they experience pain or discomfort with either passing water / poos or in getting in or out of the tray so won't return to go in the same place as they "blame" the tray

Most of mine in their twilight months did not go outside or in a cat tray. They lose that natural "clean" way in the same way our elderly dogs seem to forget their housetraining. The only success we had was ..

To empty and clean the tray every single time they used it to offer them a clean toilet to use and hope it worked - but often sadly it was ignored.

The only other possibility is to have 2 or 3 of the cheap smaller kitten trays about the room to cover a few toilets - each one is clean and this sometimes works, but for us only worked in one case out of 5 elderly cats

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Fri 06 Jan 2012, 8:54 pm

I don't no Jo sorry. My cat goes out side. We had to let him use one a toilet tray when he had an opp done years ago and he couldn't go out. But he held it in for 3 whole days, instead of using it.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Fri 06 Jan 2012, 9:02 pm

I will pick up another tray tomorrow and see if that helps, thanks Liz.


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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 8:26 am

You can get some trays with a slightly lower side, or maybe try the softer cotton wooly type litter rather than the stone type?
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 8:38 am

He has the wood chippings litter, I will see what other options there are when I go out to get him another tray today

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 9:07 am

Have u always used them? Curiosity and all that, he may want to see what is new in the litter tray - well its worth a couple of quid if it entices him in. spinner smile
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 9:23 am

Yes always used them

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 10:34 am

also where he messes use biological washing powder dissolved in warm water to clea it gets rid of the smell & the scents he smells same with dog poop & wee as they will go back to same place xx
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 5:44 pm

Cleaned the floor with washing powder and now have two different size litter trays with different types of kitty litter

fingers crossed he uses one of them now

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 6:28 pm

fingers crossed for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 6:36 pm

Awww sorry I cant help Jo - but is there some kind of cat treatment like a doogie pee post?
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 6:42 pm

I think it is just his age Suzie, I notice he seemed a bit disoriented this afternoon and I wonder if he is suffering from a bit of dementia now?

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sat 07 Jan 2012, 6:53 pm

Awwww Jo I am sorry hun its never easy as our faqmily pets get older - hugs x
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sun 08 Jan 2012, 11:29 am

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I think it is just his age Suzie, I notice he seemed a bit disoriented this afternoon and I wonder if he is suffering from a bit of dementia now?


Many elderly cats suffer from kidney disease / gradual failure - this has an obvious effect on all their systems. It's possible he is a little senile but also I would think perhaps also might have other things going on. group hug

We have noticed over the years that our elderly cats who haven't had any major health issues seem to just fade into a very slow pace of life which suits them just fine - it sounds very basic but we have always followed the rule of- if they are still eating properly and have some social reaction / interest in us or the other pets - we leave them to do their thing unless they show any signs of pain or discomfort.

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sun 08 Jan 2012, 1:55 pm

He is not showing any signs of discomfort but he does not really do anything any more. He prefers to spend all his time in bed.

I have a bit of a worry as he has not been out since yesterday morning and he has not used either of his litter trays or been on the floor

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sun 08 Jan 2012, 2:14 pm

It is so difficult to judge what they are up to. Sometimes they switch off for a day and then go back to normal, but they also tend to withdraw completely when they know they have enough.

Cats do go longer than our dogs do without water or weeing but that seems a long time. Is he responsive to you if you talk or touch him?


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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sun 08 Jan 2012, 2:18 pm

Yes he is responsive. Billy has just told me has in fact been whilst I was out, he has the trots so will keep an eye on him

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sun 08 Jan 2012, 2:51 pm

Trots aren't great but that's good that he's been

...might be that "little" bone he was gnawing on lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Sun 08 Jan 2012, 3:27 pm

Oh gosh yes, I completely forgot about that

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Fri 13 Jan 2012, 12:40 pm

My little man is off to Pussy heaven tomorrow. I have decided it is time for his forever sleep

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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Fri 13 Jan 2012, 12:53 pm

group hug Jo. My thoughts are with you and Charger xxx
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Fri 13 Jan 2012, 2:55 pm

Aww bless him xx He's had a good long life lived well, full of love and care.

The most difficult but bravest decision of all group hug
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PostSubject: Re: Help with my cat   Fri 13 Jan 2012, 6:53 pm

I am absoloutely dreading it and have been crying already. Hubby is not around so I have to go on my own.
I am going to see if one of my sisters or my mum can take me as my car is supposed to be in the garage tomorrow so now Ian is working I also have no transport either

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