Help for Cats with Litter Box Problems

Advice for cats whose owners are unhappy with them not using their litter boxes correctly.


Help, I am a four year old tabby, it burns every time I pee and as a result I tend to have lost faith in my litter box and am peeing in other places, on my owners bed, in the laundry, and so forth, but this is making them mad. They say they will be getting rid of me soon, but sometimes I feel like I need to pee without normal warning. What do I do, it hurts too much to pee!

Signed, Sore


Dear Sore

Your owner should not punish you, this problem is not your fault, you probably have a urinary tract infection and your owner needs to take you to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment. These kinds of problems are very common in cats, in the meantime you should try to drink more water.


Hello, I am a young kitten, only seven weeks old, I just got adopted a week ago, and have a huge home! The only problem is I have to go to the bathroom behind the sofa, and other places, because I can not seem to find the litter box. I know we have one, I just do not know where it is, help!

Signed, Lost Kitten


Dear Lost Kitten

Your owner should provide you with a litter box in a convenient place, and may even want to keep you shut in a room, with your food, water, and litter box, for a few weeks until you get a bit older and more able to find your way around the house and can control your bowels better. Exercise and play stimulates your bowels, and being as you are young, you will not get enough warning to then run to the litter box, so your owner would be smarter to keep you in a room for a little while longer. You can be taken out to play, but should spend nights, and when you cannot be watched, in the room, perhaps for a week or two more.


Hello, I am a 2 year old male cat, my friend Sam keeps making fun of me because I tend to spray urine all over the place and he never does, our owner is kinda mad. I should point out that Sam claims to be a male cat, but I really am not sure. My behavior seems so normal, is Sam just messing with me?

Signed, Tom


Dear Tom

Chances are that both you and Sam are male cats, it is just that Sam is a neutered male cat, and you are not. This means Sam had his testicles removed, and now lacks the male hormones that encourage male cats to spray their urine. Your behavior is natural for a mature male cat that has not been neutered, but neutering will have many positive effects, including removing all risk of you getting testicular cancer, and should reduce your desire to spray. Hopefully your owner will see this as a positive solution to prevent you from spraying.

Also Tom, I hope your owner knows they should have at least one litter box per cat!

If you have been unable to diagnose your Litter Box problem, please read more here.

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User Comments
  1. perezz

    On March 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm

  2. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On March 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    As always your knowledge about pets shows here, Brenda. Litter box problems article under Shopping?

  3. Jimmy Shilaho

    On March 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I like your new way of communicating for these poorly kept pets, I think it is more creative and more effective than the block articles. Thumbs up Brenda.


    On March 4, 2011 at 12:36 am

    interesting read

  5. Ruby Hawk

    On March 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Brenda,I’m sure cat owners will appreciate your good advice, and so will the cats.


    On March 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    good share

  7. Wizard Brown

    On March 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I love the format of this article. Very smart! Well done

  8. C Jordan

    On March 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Misread the title Bren, thought it was about cats that couldn’t open letter boxes to deliver the mail. That would have been
    Great read as usual.

  9. tatikos

    On March 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    smart one

  10. atta muhammad

    On March 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    good share

  11. UncleSammy

    On March 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Nice Share

  12. webseowriters

    On March 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    A best share

  13. irenen1

    On March 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Uniquely written. An easy read and informative.
    You need more human contact. Animal communications can lead to permanently being locked away, Brenda Dolittle. lol

  14. lolontka

    On March 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I love the way you wrote this from the cat’s point of view. Some vital points for cat owners.

  15. Karen Gross

    On March 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Very creative format. My cat wanted to write in, but he doesn’t have enough saliva to lick the envelope and the stamp.

    Our home was feline free for a year and a half, but it’s back to normal now. We took in a 4 year old male who is already neutered. His owner couldn’t keep him in her apartment.He is fat and lazy, and very cuddly.

  16. PR Mace

    On March 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Again I love the style you wrote this in. Also good information.

  17. papaleng

    On March 8, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I like your new way of presenting your article. You sure know lots about cats and kittens problems.

  18. elsewyoung

    On March 25, 2011 at 2:38 am

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