Cat won't use litter tray

by don hall
(chicago, Il)

cillin out when he is not bad

cillin out when he is not bad

I took percy from my daughter because she and her family had no clue on how to properly raise a cat, the biggest issue is changing a litter box more than once a month! Percy is a beautiful tabby male, 20 pounds with wild like stripes and he is fixed. Percy is 4 years old. I can't break him from not going in the litter box--he craps right next to it or near on the floor. It is not a health problem or a litter problem, this is where he went for 2 years at my daughters house--anywhere and everywhere but the litterbox because it was always full. I have tried everything to loving talks, harsh word punishment and even spankings. He knows when he does wrong because when I come home he hides if he went on the floor--if he was good he is out and about. He is an outdoor cat and in the summer time he goes in the yard like a dog--our winters are hard in Chicago so indoors in the cold is the problem. I have owned cats all my life--this one has me stumped. Is his previous bad habit breakable. What to do? Don Hall

Answer from KAte
try the confinement method opf litter training. It is not a punishment but a way for the cat to get used to his litter box in a smaller area. You may have to go through the process several times before he really gets it but it really is worth a go.

The process is described here

best wishes Kate

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