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My 5 month old female cat refuses to use her litter box. I…

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My 5 month old...

My 5 month old female cat refuses to use her litter box. I have 1 other day 11 month old female cat. They get along great. I have 2 litter boxes in different ate as of my home. I have tried everything from duping the boxes daily to only doing it weekly. The older cat is fine, but the baby won't use the litter box. She has never been outside. Nothing has changed environmentally that I can see.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the cat will be able to digest that. What is the cat's name?

Neffi is the 5 month old. This behavior has been intermittent since she adopted me at age 2 months.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Neffi?

She has had her shots but isn't spade yet. Other than the litter box issue, she is well adjusted: loving , playful, curious with me and my other cat Tinker.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago
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Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

What diagnostics have been run on Neffi thus far?

Is she avoiding urination or defecation in the box?

Is she declawed?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
No diagnotics. She refuses to deficate in the litter box
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
She hasn't been declawed
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

The most common reason we see young cats avoiding the box is due to urinary tract infections, intestinal parasites, etc. The best approach right now is going to be having diagnostics performed. Your vet needs to check both a urinalysis and fecal analysis. Urine and stool does not necessarily need to appear abnormal upon visual examination for there to be microscopic concerns. We also recommend 1 box per cat, plus one. So, if you have 2 cats, we recommend at least 3 boxes in your home. You can also try varying types of litter to see if any entice her, such as soft, plus litter like CareFresh (which can be found in the small animal bedding area).

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Checking in. How is your companion today?

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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