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  1. Bj Miller said:

    I have a older cat and got a kitten, since then my older cat has been using a pee pad. He does notalways hit the pad. He has been doing this for anoit 6 months. Itried 2 boxes but when the younger one used he would not ise again. Any tips on how to get adult cat to use the litter box again? Have tried to keep younger cat out of box but cant watch her all the time. Thanks.

    April 25, 2018
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    • Hi BJ, thanks for writing to us with your question. We are not experts here, but we do think that there are some territorial/jealousy issues and your older cat might be reluctant to share his purrecious comfort with this new kitten. Practically, you could set up a situation where one litter box is only accessible for either your senior cat OR your kitten. This is going to be tricky and I don’t know your house setup, so it’s gonna require getting a little creative. If you can’t separate the two completely, then try “designating” both cat’s food/Water + litter box + toys in two separate areas..Like kitten’s “territory” with all the amenities in one room, and the older cat’s “territory” in another location. This would be ideal if there was an upstairs/downstairs separation for example, where the cats know which location is “theirs.” We have no idea if this will work, but it’s worth a try. Otherwise, if you have the means, a Litter-Robot cleans itself after each use, which means your senior cat might be more apt to using it since it is clean for each cat to use each time. It’s a big investment, but it could be a solution for the long-term. Otherwise, you could try to get another normal litter box, and have 3 total in the house, which might help the territorial issues disappear. Make sure to reward your senior cat after good behavior -i.e. after use of the litter box (when you’re around). And it is best to wean him/her off the peepad when you can, so s/he feels more obligated to use the litter box when it’s time to go. Hopefully at least one of these tips will help get you started. Best of luck and thanks again for reading FK.

      April 26, 2018
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    • Hi BJ, thanks for writing to us with your question. We are not experts here, but we do think that there are some territorial/jealousy issues and your older cat might be reluctant to share his purrecious comfort with this new kitten. Practically, you could set up a situation where one litter box is only accessible for either your senior cat OR your kitten. This is going to be tricky and I don’t know your house setup, so it’s gonna require getting a little creative. If you can’t separate the two completely, then try “designating” both cat’s food/Water + litter box + toys in two separate areas. Like kittens territory with all the amenities in one room, and the other in another location. This would be ideal if there was an upstairs/downstairs separating for example, where the cats know which location is “theirs.” We have no idea if this will work, but it’s worth a try. Otherwise, if you have the means, a Litter-Robot cleans itself after each use, which means your senior cat might be more apt to using it, since it is clean for each cat to use, each time. It’s a big investment, but it could be a solution for the long-term. Otherwise, you could try to get another normal litter box, and have 3 total in the house, which might help the territorial issues disappear. Make sure to reward your senior cat after good behavior -i.e. after use of the litter box. And it is best to wean him/her off the pee pad when you can, so s/he feels more obligated to use the litter box when it’s time to go. Hopefully at least one of these tips will help get you started. Best of luck and thanks again for reading FK.

      April 26, 2018
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