It's not uncommon for cat owners to get upset when their feline friend stops using the litter box. But when a cat suddenly starts urinating or pooping on carpet, couches, or rugs, it means something is wrong. Sometimes, the problem is as simple as changing out the litter or moving the box to a new location. Other times, the behavioral change is a sign of a serious health problem. As a cat owner, you need to know about the two things below that will stop your cat from using the litter box.
1. Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections are a massive problem for cats and are one of the main reasons cats stop using the litter box. These infections result in many cats being placed in shelters because their owners don't know what's wrong. The owners think that their cats have gone rogue and have behavioral problems. But, in reality, the cats are in pain and are trying to figure out ways to reduce the discomfort. Oftentimes, the end result is a cat that starts defecating on soft surfaces, such as couches, chairs, beds, and cushions.
Sometimes cats with urinary tract infections have blood in their urine. However, this isn't always the case. Many times, cats with urinary tract infections have few to no symptoms other than changes in where they urinate and poop.
Fortunately, urinary tract infections are treatable with antibiotics and dietary changes. Typically, cats with urinary tract infections do best with a diet that's high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Canned food with water added is better than dry food. Always speak with a veterinarian to determine the optimal diet for your cat.
2. Stomach Ulcers
Just like people, cats sometimes develop stomach ulcers. These sores are painful for your cat and can cause odd behavior patterns, including discontinued use of the litter box.
If your cat has a stomach ulcer, you'll likely find vomit with blood in it. Similarly, you may notice blood in your cat's urine or feces as well. Never ignore blood. Even a tiny amount of blood is often a sign of a serious problem.
Fixing what's wrong with your cat is the best way to get your cat using the litter box again. Unfortunately, your cat can't tell you when something is wrong and won't likely show signs of distress. So if your feline friend suddenly stops using the litter box, take your cat to a veterinary clinic for a health checkup.Share
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