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litter training a senior cat!

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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
I recenlty taken in a senior stray. The vet checked her out and everythings ok but cos shes been out in the wild for so long she doesnt know or has forgotten how to use the litter tray... weve tried grabbin her and takin her to it when she starts but she gets freaked out and then hides it from us. We put newspaper down in the place where shes usually doing it and she seems to be using the newspapers to do her business.. but only when we are in the room, if we go to bed she doesnt use the newspaper. Weve had her a week now and shes used the litter tray once but our older male cat comes along afterwards and covers up the smell!! were all out of ideas and dont want to give her up, any help would be much appreciated thankyou so much in advance x

p.s different subject but she also wont eat cat biscuits.. any tricks?
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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#1
has she always been a stray? do you think she has been house trained before?

good luck x
#2
blackpeppa
has she always been a stray? do you think she has been house trained before?


The vet wasnt sure... as shes quite old and been outside from anywhere between a few months to a few years the vet couldnt be sure if shes ever been trained..but when we pick her up and put her in the tray like we did when our other cat was a kitten she freaks out and scrambles away. x
#3
As other replies If you are stressed your cat will pick up on this ,It just takes time. As with Cat biscuits we have three cats one eats nothing but Iams another eats just Whiskas pouches not tuna or beef and the last one eats only fresh chicken! Persevere and it will all come good:thumbsup:
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aaron14danni
The vet wasnt sure... as shes quite old and been outside from anywhere between a few months to a few years the vet couldnt be sure if shes ever been trained..but when we pick her up and put her in the tray like we did when our other cat was a kitten she freaks out and scrambles away. x


perhaps she does not like the litter.

when training our kittens we used compost from garden centres, in the litter tray, we just dumped the waste on the flower beds. Your cat shouldn't freak out over mud.
#5
Bless your cotton sox!

Do bear with her... She WILL come round, but it may take time....
Try using peat or similar sort of earth that she would be used to outside... The thing is -be it wood based litter, CatSan or the other more premium brands, she wont be used to it on her feet...

Her paws are used to the outside, hence her acceptance in a small way of the paper. Also put lots of trays down all over the place rather than just the one... It helps for accidents and training...

Once you have got your peat/earth/ dirt whatever you want and you gently get her into the routine and idea of using it for her business, she will learn to return to it - cats dont generally like dirty litter trays, so once it is diirty ish - clean it.
Now I know this may smell a bit as it isn't proper litter - but what you are trying to do is get her used to going to the toilet there, or here, or wherever you place it....

Once that is done you can then start to replace the dirt with more usual brands of cat litter that your other cat uses - you can keep him on his normal based litter as again, she may follow him and cotton on when she is smelling his territory....
A week is such a short time for a cat to get to know these things hun it really is - especially if you have got a lost / unwanted / scardy cat - she needs time, patience, peace, quiet and understanding.. These accidents will happen every now and then but it WILL get better.

Also, DO PLEASE keep her indoors realistically as long as you can - this wil re-inforce her memory that this is home.

With regards to the cat biscuits - this is simply a bit of trial and error. You can try her on the Premium Brands like Iams and Hills, for a start - but knowing what most cats get up to she will probably just be happy with the cheaper Go-Cat and Whiskers and so on - but it is litterally a triail and error.

Another thing they normally love is tuna, cheap tuna flakes in Sainsburys are 19p or is it 30P i forget - but all of the cats in local facinity go mental on this , coley too if you are lucky....

Happy to help if needed, but by the sounds of it as you have one already you probably know all of this - you are just looking for some re-assurance?

STICK WITH HER! She will be worth it in the end - poor thing may have had a tough life?

May have just been left behind? Anyway - happy to help if needed.

Cloud the cat - still purrrrring.

xxxxxxxx
#6
Give her her own litter tray - they don't like to share!
The recommended number is one for each cat in the house plus one more (:w00t:)

If she's not eating biscuits - ask the vet to check her teeth and gums - often they won't eat them if they have even a wee touch of gingivitis!

hth,
~CtC~
#7
Ditto everything cloudthecat has said... brilliantyl put. I think patience is the key here. Sounds like she has had a rough life so all credit to you for taking her on. It will be worth it..... As a treat I find the Aldi cat chews an aboslute winner. My darling rescue Ginger Tom sits and paws the cupboard door, where the chew are kept, until we feed him one! Good luck x

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