Cat Will Only Use Pee Pads

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So one of my dog's has an issue with peeing inside the house so we have been laying pee pads down. Well now the dogs are no longer allowed where she was originally peeing, however the pee pad stayed for quite a while and then suddenly the cat decided to start using it. The pee pad is about 5 feet away from the litter box, we have tried new litters, new boxes, taking the pee pad away and he will only use the pee pad or the spot where it was on the floor. Does anyone have any ideas on what to do to help get him back to using the litter box? We even put a pee pad right in front of the litter box and he would not use it and also sprinkled litter on top of the pee pad to try to get him back to the box and he will not use it anymore
 

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Make sure you clean the area on the floor where your cat pees. If you don't completely remove the smell, it is an invitation for him to go there again and again. For carpet, try "The Equalizer" - available on numerous retail web sites. I recommend it because it is effective but does not have to saturate the carpet, hence less drying time. Other surfaces can be treated first with a vinegar/water solution, followed by baking soda and any other form of detergent or cleaners.
If is hardwood (or any other hard surface for that matter) some members here have successfully used Fizzion or SCOE10x.

After that just use pee pads only (no litter) inside the litter box. If he starts to use that consistently, you can try going back to what you have done and sprinkle a little bit of litter on top of the pee pad inside the box, and increase the litter as he gets used to it.

If it currently is a covered box, remove the top, in case that has some aspect to his issue.

If the pee pads by themselves in his litter box don't work, get rid of that litter box and start with a sizeable cardboard box lid with pee pads in it.

If he is older, and the box is high sided, it might be related to arthritis, making it difficult to get in and out of the box.

You never said - where is he pooping?
 

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Get a UV light from any pet supply store. Turn out the lights and shine the UV light at the area where the pee pads are. Dogs and cats miss sometimes and you probably have the cat nose equivalent of runway lights guiding him to the pads to pee.

Same questions. How old is he? Is the box covered? Where is he pooping?
 
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Since removing the pee pad from the carpet he has pooped on the carpet where the pee pad was. Originally tried just removing it, i have not seen any pee spots there though and haven't seen any in the litter box either, which there are other members of the household so they very well could have cleaned it out already. This morning I put the litter box right where the pad was placed and he pooped right next to it
 

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How old is he? Do you think there might be a mobility issue with using the box if he is older or the box's sides are too high?

Is the box covered? A lot of cats don't like covered boxes. They also tend to trap odors. That's kind of the point for the pet guardians but the cats hate it. Who wants to use a bathroom that always smells like pee?

Can you try different litter?
 
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