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What you can do is make the box easy for her to get into it may or may not help—See, these ideas it can't hurt may help. 

DIY Low-profile Litterbox Modification

Litter Box Tips for Tripawds - Member Tips

Please keep trying the answers and solutions out there.

I'm not sure what else i can

8 March 2020 8:38 am
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Views: 481

…so glad she's doing better! I got so scared when I started reading. You are amazing parents to her!

So was it the kidney issues that caused the litterbox problems? I'm guessing yes?

Soooo glad to hear she's on the mend. Please consider starting a new topic in our  “Three Legged Cats” forum so more

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5 January 2020 4:40 pm
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…4th day home where he preferred to lay in corner of his recovery room and not move around much.  Outside of that he was up and moving around, using litterbox ( I bought the disposable kind and a low walled kitten size and kept puppy pee pads all over floor of his recovery room.  He ate and drank like a

27 December 2019 10:55 am
Posts: 5
Views: 130

…you are seeing and stay tuned for input from our cat members.  In the meantime you might want to look through some of the posts in the cat fourm: Litterbox tips, Best Tri-Kitty Resources, and a list of Blogs from Rear Amp Kitties.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

24 December 2019 4:07 pm
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Views: 130

…is good!

I would post in our "Three Legged Cats" topic so people can chime in on your specific questions OK? We did write this article about Litterbox Tips but it sounds like these tips aren't helping? 

…(what a mouthful) and we started chemotherapy that same day (lomustine). She's been handling it like a champ, with the exception of continued litterbox issues (butt hanging over, just going right next to it). She's only vomited once, and that was a few days ago (about 10 days after chemo). We…

…and I've noticed a few things: her meows are different and more infrequent, she's barely eating, and as of today, she's peeing nowhere near the litterbox. She's very familiar with this house, she lived here for several years while I was away at college and she comes with me pretty much every time I…

…than I've seen her eat of anything in the last few days, so counting that as a good step.
She's peed downstairs. After the first time, I set up a litterbox down here. The second time she peed today, she stood up from where she was laying on the rug and walked over towards her food and water and peed on…

…lowest around 7-10, so maybe this is just a slump for her?

I'd love to hear if anyone has had similar chemo experiences and also I WOULD LOVE LITTERBOX HELP. I've tried it all. I've cut a low entry in a sterilite container- she pees out the entrance no matter how far in I put the litter. Low side…

litterboxes have the same issues. I'm hoping that soon with the lump gone she'll be fine with the high-sided litterbox we've had for years. Right now we're just putting paper towels all over the floor around the box.

Hope everyone's having a great holiday season!

…wow sorry I missed your posts yesterday. How's it going today?

The cardboard litterbox idea came from Feta, check it out in our blog post "How to Help a New #Tripawd Urinate After Amputation"

13 November 2019 11:01 am
Topic: Mrs. O'Brien
Posts: 121
Views: 1031

… he literally had about 26 feet of oblong shaped floor space to recover on and when he was in there he would get up to eat, move around a bit and use litterbox then come see me... it is good they rest for first couple days completely. I kept room with natural window light and turned a small night light

12 November 2019 2:42 pm
Topic: Mrs. O'Brien
Posts: 121
Views: 1031

…the incision.  My Fuzz was a trooper after his surgery and proved wrong every fear I had.. he was up, eating, moving around and using the litterbox within hours of his surgery and that continued even bringing him home.  Good pain management
and comfort will be key to incision care
.  Fuzz came

31 October 2019 12:16 am
Topic: Mrs. O'Brien
Posts: 121
Views: 1031

…a hop motion.  He is smooth and fast!  Included is photo of him coming from upstairs where he started his exploration yesterday- zipping up to use litterbox (one of his preferred boxes) and then checking out to make sure nothing changed I assume- upstairs cat Houdini just sat watching in what appeared

6 October 2019 7:23 am
Posts: 31
Views: 436

…and truthfully I knew pushing wet food was good for fluid and hydration.. I even bought him some cat broths which he enjoys too.  He is using the litterbox regularly and adequately for his wet food consumption. I do feel bad watching him trying to cover/dig his potty hole.. that is a tough task now

29 September 2019 6:42 pm
Posts: 19
Views: 230

…my 3 story large house.  I already have scatter rugs on floors ( for dogs) and I am just unsure about him tackling steps up and down where food/litterboxes and he liked to hang out I have letterboxes on all floors but his preference was always in basement and up on top floor ones.  Food was upstairs

29 September 2019 5:48 am
Posts: 19
Views: 230

…is it.  If there are issues I am to call anytime (24 hour operation) for assistance or advice.  The one final relief I had was he pooped in their litterbox this morning and then since he has been in his new recovery room he has peed once in his litterbox.  I am exhausted!!!  I thank you all for the

21 September 2019 2:28 pm
Posts: 7
Views: 128

…he could try to get into or jump up on and have a barrier to prevent him leaving the area.  Will lay down his pee pads on floor and get low rise litterbox set up when we arrive home. He has a couple new cuddle toys with catnip ready to go also!  I can't wait to kiss his sweet face!

20 September 2019 7:27 pm
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Views: 143

…love some advice on anything I can do to help her readjust, heal and get back on her feet and most importantly regualarly digesting and using the litterbox.  

As I mentioned Kali is 13 years old and I'm so proud of how well shes handling her recovery so far.  Her spirits seem to be up and she is a…

…days ago now and she hasnt pooed again.  We thought it might be a privacy thing so weve tried putting her back in the carrier and laying her in the litterbox but sue fights to get out right away.  We also concidered the pain meds would back her up but that should've worn off by now.  And shes been eating

…is really wonderful news! I am glad the litterbox got used by somebody, if it wasn't her it may encourage her. What a wonderful update! So happy things are going smoothly, you are doing a great job

22 June 2019 5:00 am
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Views: 1124

…. Plus, a cat's existing litter box might be too big for a new Trikitty to step into it.

Our Tripawds feline family members often share great litterbox tips for Tripawd cats, that make toileting easier. These suggestions are best done before surgery day, such as:

"We got a low sided litter box

22 May 2019 6:38 am
Posts: 1
Views: 200

…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

4 May 2019 11:25 am
Posts: 3
Views: 171

…are anal gland problems, fleas, or allergies such as food allergy. I suppose constipation is possible but most of those cats vomit or strain in the litterbox but do not scoot.


2 May 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 8
Views: 291

…am totally loving this litterbox mod tip from Lyla's people:

The litter box situation has still been somewhat of a disaster. Kinda like Goldilocks, one is too short and small

13 March 2019 3:43 pm
Posts: 36
Views: 3543

…Maisy is already eating and using her litterbox???  YAY!!!  Excellent  news!!

You still have some rough days ahead, but sounds like she's  a determined  and strong kitty and will get

15 February 2019 8:47 am
Posts: 13
Views: 460

…you should get in touch with his doctor.

 I am sorry you guys did not have a good night, and it is pretty common for them to have an out of litterbox elimination this early into being post op. Some of the older kitties take a few days to get their sea legs.

How is he acting now?

…a blanket and a little stuffed animal that purred which neither were allowed in the ICU but your clinic may allow it.

Purrkins did not use the litterbox in the hospital he peed where he laid which is never Purrkins but he did use his box at home with assistance the first day. We had to alter his box

… most of us could care less in recovery and only want the best for our kitties.

We have a forum post on litter box you will likely find helpful.

Litterbox tip for tripawds member tips

Take some time and please read the links that have been provided & dig around on the site we have loads of

…) but I'm sticking with this for a little while longer, as he's still a bit wobbly.

He's eating and drinking and is able to get in and out of the litterbox on his own (thank god); he hasn't pooped yet, but he's only really eaten soft food, so this doesn't worry me yet - he's on a lot of different meds

27 November 2018 9:21 am
Posts: 19
Views: 598

…else in the house was a challenge to her as a tripawd vs. her old self.  Pretty funny that I was concerned about the 6-inch step to clear the litterbox threshold. ALL concerns I had about her post-recovery issues turned out to be needless worry.    

Raven’s year after recovery was bliss!  She

28 October 2018 1:36 pm
Topic: My Cat Raven
Posts: 210
Views: 13213

…is always a reason if someone is not using the box. Instead of me retyping it all here is a forum post I started hoping to help our tri-kitties.

Litterbox tip for tripawds member tips

Trackback, when did Sky, stop pooping in the box an event you can think of. Something triggered Sky to not to poop in…

…. He is telling you something. 

You can do litter box size & location now. Add at least one more box. Worked in the past keyword.

Have the litterbox/ storage box in an area you can see what is happening with Sky the closet is a trap for kitties if there are any issues amongst them it takes longer

…wore an inflatable post surgery donut type collar).

Block off any access to get under beds/furniture where you can't reach her!

I modified his litterbox with one cutaway entrance.  But right away changed to a larger rubbermaid tub with 2 "doorways" cut in it.  Rocky likes having the extra room and

12 July 2018 2:12 pm
Posts: 14
Views: 485

My newly adopted, newly tripawd cat is currently using a great-dane-sized crate as his "safe space". It works wonderfully- room for his lowset litterbox, a carrier to hide in, and bed + food dishes.

There's just one problem: the door is too big and my dog has boundary issues. Any ideas on how to

30 April 2018 4:01 pm
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