I was not only stumped but about to pull my hair out. Our kitty Bella started urinating outside the litter box nearly 3 years ago (yes I’ve been patient!) and no matter what we tried, nothing seemed to help.
Mookie on the other hand continued to use it faithfully. He’s such a trooper!
I was truly at my wit’s end. Bella was checked for a urinary tract infection which came out negative, we tried several different types of litter and litter boxes, anything we could think of. But she continued to go outside her litter box. I began thinking it was just her being disobedient for some reason.
Then just recently I saw an article about a type of cat litter and attractant that could help. BUT, those products came with a heftier price than I cared to pay. I started researching the products and after reading reviews, I found that there really wasn’t any difference in the litter itself (compared to what we already use), it was the attractant that you added into the litter that supposedly made the difference— if it even worked.
Before I make any purchases I do my homework, researching and finding out what other consumers think because if most people have bad experiences then I know not to waste my money. Well, I came very close to purchasing this 50/50 “miracle” attractant until I found reviews that stated what the product was made of. The reason I say 50/50 is because it had mixed reviews.
A few consumers stated that cat nip was the main ingredient. Hmm, I started thinking and decided I was bound and determined to get Bella back into that box when she needed to pee. What’s weird is she would have her bowel movements in it, but most times she peed on our bathroom floor or in our shower stall. On occasion she went on the tile floor in our half bath and our laundry room. No “poops” just pees. Go figure!
As a last resort I removed the hood from the litter box because as I found, cats prefer an open litter box. And here I thought they wanted privacy. Then, I sprinkled a pinch of cat nip atop the fresh cat litter and spread it around a little using the litter scooper.
I left the bathroom and within minutes she was in the litter box sniffing around, then squatted and peed. Wow, that was quick! What happened next really baffled me more… she actually buried it. That’s something she seemed to have forgotten how to do as well.
It’s been a few weeks now and Bella is still using the litter box— not once has she went outside it. I am amazed that such a simple idea worked like a charm. Why didn’t I think of this sooner? I could have saved a few throw rugs.
I’m still not sure why she refused to pee inside the litter box (since we cleaned it out several times per day) and I’m still confused as to why she will use it when there’s just a tiny bit of cat nip mixed in. What I DO know is that I’m thrilled she’s back to using her litter box full-time AND we’re saving money not having to stock up on so many paper towels, and Nature’s Miracle. Phew!
If you have a kitty who is refusing to use his or her litter box, first see your vet and if everything checks out health wise, give this tip a try. It just might save your flooring, clothes, rugs, and possibly furniture!
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