Aging, blind, or disabled cats can develop cat litter box problems as a result of their affliction. Even brand new kittens have some limitations.
Do you have any of the following:
An aging, senior cat? A cat that is blind, missing a limb, or has paralyzed limbs? A brand new kitten?
If so, the cat litter box location is even more crucial for eliminating cat urine odor. Let’s look at each one.
Aging, senior kitty:
As cats get older, they may develop different cat litter box behavior. There could be several causes. One reason is that older cats develop Feline Degenerative Joint Disease, which is much like human osteoarthritis. She will develop stiff, painful joints.
If your cat suffers from this disease, a cat litter box problem may develop because your cat hurts too much to travel very far to the litter box.
If this is the case, think about the cat litter box location from her point of view. Once she feels the need to eliminate, how far can she safely go? It’s a guess obviously, but station the cat litter box closer to her favorite resting areas.
This might mean you have to add even more cat litter boxes, but if it means no cat urine spots, you could eliminate cat litter box problems from your home.
Senior kitties can also develop:
- Cognitive dysfunctions, like human Alzheimer’s Disease,
which will affect their cat litter box behavior. For any of these conditions, please notify your vet as soon as you become aware of them.
She or he can properly diagnose your cat’s condition, and assist you with a plan to accomodate your kitty. You may need to add multiple cat litter boxes to forestall any cat litter box problems.
By anticipating these health concerns as part of your cat’s normal aging cycle, eliminating cat urine odor can become the least of your worries.
If you own a blind cat, the litter box location is very important, if you don’t want to be constantly eliminating cat urine odor from your home. The blind kitty will most likely learn to navigate around her house by memory. The cat litter box must constantly be where she expects it to be.
If you have to move the cat litter box location, please consult with specialists regarding the best method. Temporary confinement may be necessary until the kitty is acclimated to the new layout.
Cats who have a limb amputated, or are paralyzed have special cat litter box needs.
Amputee cats who are missing a front limb lose the ability to scratch the cat litter and cover their production. This may discourage the kitty from using her cat litter box.
Cats who are missing a leg will need litter boxes that are easy to enter and exit. You’ll need to experiment to find the right height for your cat. One solution to prevent a cat litter box problem is to buy a large plastic container, cut out a “U” shaped hole in one end, approximately 3″ up from the bottom. This will allow the kitty to enter and exit without too much hopping, and hold the cat litter inside the box.
If you own one of these special kitties, you can work with your vet to develop strategies to limit the damage and figure out the best way to prevent a cat litter box problem.
A cat who has lost a rear limb will most likely have balance issues. This could cause a cat litter box problem if she stops using the litter box.
Paralyzed kitties lose the ability to know when their waste needs to be eliminated from their bodies. Eliminating cat urine odor may be a constant chore, unless you can find a way to safely and happily confine your paralyzed kitty to one location in your home that is roomy, yet impervious to constant cat urine and feces spots. Your vet can help you figure out what is best for your situation.
One possible solution is to have your vet teach you how to express your cat’s bladder. This may not entirely eliminate the voiding problem, but it will certainly cut down on the number of incidents. Removing cat urine odor can be made easier with tile floors.
Brand New Kitty In the House:
Congratulations on your newest member! Young kittens are not only learning about their new surroundings, but they also test the limits of their ability to control their bladder and bowels. Keep extra litter boxes handy within a short range to accomodate that new little kitty!
The extra cat litter boxes are only temporary. You want to establish and reinforce good cat litter box habits, and not have to worry about developing cat litter box problems.
If you’re looking for a more permanent way to get your cat to stop spraying — which I recommend most of my blog readers to do — give Cat Spray Stop a try. Created by Susan Westinghouse, a vet and cat specialist, Cat Spray Stop is an all-encompassing guide designed to help you stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 30 days using a unique method called the TTS method.
I have tried Cat Spray Stop with great results, and have also published a review of it over here. Good luck!
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