How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Terri Your Own Question
Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 32306
Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
Type Your Cat Veterinary Question Here...
Terri is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My senior cat enters the litter box but doesn't turn around

Customer Question

my senior cat enters the litter box but doesn't turn around and therefore pees outside of the litter box thru the opening she entered through, how can I get her to turn around and pee in the box
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry you are having trouble. Older cats get disoriented when they enter a covered box.

I solved this problem by using a small plastic sand box that is sold in Walmart for children.

It is round instead of a rectangle, giving the cat plenty of room to turn around.

Or you can use a homemade box like this:

Attachment: 73de31d8-d2a7-4af1-ab23-2c06d9a21675_homemade_deep_litter_box_s2.jpg

Please let me know how this works for Tasha.

Please be so kind as to rate my answer with positive feedback, as that is the only way I receive recognition from the site for my assistance. Thank you!

Providing a positive rating will not end our conversation, should you need me for any follow-up. Simply click 'Reply' for clarification or additional information, if needed and I will always be here for you and your kitty.



Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I actually do not have a covered container
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
cannot open the attachment
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

It is most likely too small for her. I had a similar problem where the cats butt would hang over the small box and pee would go on the floor. She had no idea she was doing anything wrong. Since I got the bigger sandbox she is more comfortable and the waste stays in the box.

I got the small one for babies.

What do you think?

Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.
Hi Norm,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?