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Hop-along Howie won't use the litter box
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4 May 2019 - 5:54 am
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Hi, all. Wasn't really sure where to post this, so here goes. I have a tripod. He is 11 years old and has been missing his hind right limb since he was about 8 months old. He's done beautifully without it his entire life. Recently, though, he was diagnosed with diabetes. I've tried for years to maintain his weight but he does not like to play with any kind of toys (string, mice, mice on string, cat nip, remote controlled, you get the picture). During the time frame he was developing diabetes, he also started having loose stools and stopped using the litter box to poo. He would go on the floor in front of the litter box. I think it was because he sits down to go, and kept getting poo on his fur and subsequently got covered in litter. We dealt with the loose stools and tried to get him back in the box by cleaning the floor with enzyme cleaners and others. Nothing worked and he still goes on the floor in front of the box but his stools are more solid so I figured it is habit and just let him do his thing. However, he has started urinating on the floor as well. He laus down on his side to do all his business. He went from standing to do his business, to standing to pee and sitting to poo, to laying down on his side to do everything. I'm at a loss and dont know how to help the poor dude, or if old age, arthritis, and being overweight are just taking a toll on him. 

Any advice would be appreciated 

Livermore, CA

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4 May 2019 - 11:25 am
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Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

This is the perfect place to post!

Hopefully some of our cat members will be along soon to help with their experience.  I have to run right now but wanted to get your post approved so others can see it.

In the meantime here is a forum topic on Litterbox Tips.  Many for post op, and there is a bit of conversation about emojies... but there might be something there to help.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


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4 May 2019 - 6:55 pm
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Hi and Welcome to you and Howie
Excellent Howie has done so well all these years. I'm sorry to hear of the new challenges.

First and foremost I would want to rule out a medical issue since the peeing is a new problem and now the laying down to do any business. Has Howie been seen by the Vet since the peeing and laying to pee/poop started?

If it is, in fact, litter box avoidance, I would troubleshoot more my concern is the newly added behavior laying down to go to the bathroom that makes me think something is medically wrong or painful UTI, arthritis or other medical reasons to have to lay down to do his business. If Howie has not been seen lately, please schedule to see the Vet and rule out any medical causes first.

Does Howie get around ok otherwise?

Is that remaining back leg giving out?

Is the litter box big enough for Howie to comfortably turn around in?

If any medical reason is addressed first the rest is finding what works or what doesn't for Howie now.

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