Litter tray problems
by Lesley Dempsey
Hi, I have adopted 2 siamese that are 9-year-old siblings. 1 male 1 female, both neutered.
These 2 cats were indoor cats for the past 2 years & had NO litter tray.
Prior to that they lived in France & went outside.
Their elderly owner had cancer diagnosed at the start of the first lockdown. He was terrified of Covid and wouldn’t let anyone in the house, nor would he go out and became a reclusive agrophobic..
There was a small dog too and they all used the flat as a toilet.
His shopping was delivered weekly and left on the doorstep.
Apparently, he had been dead for a few days before he was found.
I have won the cats round with love and affection and they will now come out of hiding for a cuddle or grooming. They are beautiful cats.
My problem is they will not use a litter tray.
I've stopped them urinating on furniture by spraying it with mint Listerine. (they ignore it on carpet)
They poop on newspaper on the floor, but not on newspaper in a litter box.
They urinate (mostly) in the shower tray (which is fine by me as it is easy to hose down)
How do I encourage them to use a box?