QHow can I get my cat to stop inappropriately eliminating and use the litterbox?

Original Question: "My 4-year-old cat has been neutered but he pees and poops all over my carpet in different areas. He only uses it when he wants to and that’s not very often. I do not know what to do. If I cannot get him to use the litter box I will have no choice but to get rid of him. I really don’t know what to do; I have tried different things, moving his food, and putting treats around the litter box. I do clean it every time he uses it. Please give me some tips on what to do." - Robin

Vet Certified Answer | Answered: March 6, 2018

Hi Robin,

The first recommendation I would give you is to add a second litterbox in a different area from his current one. Make sure you haven't changed cat litters recently, sometimes scented litters will deter cats from using them. There are products that can help relieve stress (Feliway) or attract cats to the litterbox (Cat Attract). Visiting your vet to make sure there are no concurrent medical problems or potential medications that might help.

Best of luck.

Dr. Ryan Llera

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