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29 March 2010 @ 12:39 pm
A question for you guys :)  
I have a question about cats and moving. Is it usual for a cat to not use her litter box at first? I know she's nervous about the move. I'm hoping she'll stop this after she calms down. Both the cat and dog are acting weird but you live in on place for four years and all of a sudden it changes for them.

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Jackiejackieville on March 29th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
When we first get to a new place, I put Morris and his litter box in one room. Once he's used to the room, I'll put his litter box in it's permanant place and show it to him. Thankfully, he's always used his litter box and will hopefully do the same when we move to Virginia.

Does she know where it is? You may have to take her to it a few times?

Good luck! *squishes*

lijahlover: Cat in windowsilllijahlover on March 29th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yes we have taken her a few times and she's in there on her own just when she's upstarirs she just goes whereever :(

We are trying to be patient but with new carpet it's hard. *squishes back*
worst-case-scenario girlfacecat on March 29th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Agreed w/1st poster - keep her confined to one room for a little while until she is used to being in a different place. Then slowly let her out while you are there & see how she does. Shut doors to rooms you don't want her in. Animals don't like change very much so it will take them a bit to figure it all out. A little extra attention may help. Good luck.
lijahloverlijahlover on March 29th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks hun :)
Not that it matters...fearandloathing on March 29th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Another thing: make sure any accidents are cleaned up and de-odorized right away so she won't recognize it as a spot to continue to go (industrial strength de-odorizor by Zep at Home Depot is great for this, and very inexpensive), and if she poops on the floor, put some of poop in the litterbox and leave it there, so she can see/smell it. If you usually use a hooded box, might also leave the lid off temporarily.

Once you've seen that's she used it a few times, I agree with all the other posters about everything- the adjustment period, keeping her isolated to one room and give some xtra love and then showing her the new spot where it will live.

*pets both you and kitty*
lijahloverlijahlover on March 30th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
She might be doing better I'm sure she's just shook up by something odd going on for her :)
White Rabbitt: Penny Paper Back Writerlather2002 on March 29th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Well, you may have to buy cat diapers. Just saying. ';=p
lijahloverlijahlover on March 30th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Jaeenchanted_jae on March 30th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
It's not the norm, per se, but it's not unusual. Is she "going" in a certain spot? If so, can you put her litterbox there? Also, when cleaning up after her, if it's poop, then try to--guh this sounds gross--try to drop some of her own poo in her litterbox so it "smells" like her.

Beyond that, try one of the cat comms on LJ for advice. note_to_cat is a good one.
lijahlover: Johnny_Poker Facelijahlover on March 30th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link :)