Older Female Cat Suddenly Having Litter Box Problems (yuck!)

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    Miss Jay - I'm not a vet, but your post reminds me of what recently happened with my almost-12 year old female cat.  She suddenly was having "accidents" outside the litter box.  Nothing in our household had changed (which I know can bring on this type of behavior).  For our cat, this ended up indicating a very serious condition that required surgery and about 5 days in the animal hospital.  Basically she was in so much pain she just couldn't get herself to the litter box, even when we put it closer to her (like you did).  And this seemed to come on overnight (from what we could tell).

    I'm not trying to scare you, but I would say definitely go to the vet just to get her checked.  Has she had any other behavior changes?  Our cat also started sitting in a spot in the house different from where she normally would spend the majority of her time.  It was a little thing, but it struck me as odd.

    Good luck!
     
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    Re: Older Female Cat Suddenly Having Litter Box Problems (yuck!)

    Hi Poppy.

    Thanks for your thoughts.  Yes, I think I am going to have to bring her to the vet.  My post was just me venting and putting off what I know needs to be done.  She doesn't seem to be in distress or pain (eating/drinking/eliminating very well!) or acting unusual except for this gross litter box problem we are having. 

    She's always been small and I do notice that she has lost weight.  She's in her senior years and it's think it's just time for me to accept that this little furry monster is getting old...sigh.
     
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    This web site lists common reasons why a cat will stop using the litter box and how to solve the problem: http://catinfo.org/?link=litterbox Most of the time it is a health issue that causes a cat to go outside of the box. Behavioral problems is another reason. Not having enough litter boxes is another.

    See the vet first to rule out any health condition.
     
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    Thank you so much for the link.  There was a lot of what I think will be useful information.
     
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    Bring her to the vet. Also check to make sure that there is no blood in the urine (use a white paper towel to blot up the mess).

    I had a similar litter box problem with 2 older female cats (at different times). Unfortunately it was a sign that they were seriously ill. At age 17 and 16 there was not much that the vet could do.
     
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    yes, go to the vet. any sudden changes on pet behavior should be checked out by a vet. 
    but in the meantime, can you move your litter box to the bathroom?  is your bathroom on that floor large enough? Or do you have another bedroom/office/any other room on the same floor as your bedroom? we do have a cat litter box in an upstairs bedroom, but it's not OUR bedroom, ick. 
     

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