Litterbox issues....Long saga

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Hi all!
My pretty kitty boy has been through alot in his short life thus far.
He has usually been GREAT with litterbox- we have one upstairs for him and one at the foot of the stairs leading to the basement.
It was all fine and good until we started construction in the basement a few months ago, the loud noises and changes scared him every day....and he began to have accidents ...he would pee on the carpet few feet away from the downstairs box.
But its been a mix- sometimes he would get into the box upstairs or sometimes the one downstairs but more frequent accidents on the carpet.

I've used every carpet foam, enzyme cleaner, rug spray, dishwater whatever to clean up and we may be free of accidents for 1-2 weeks, and then its back again.
Last week, he had 2 poo accidents too, which is almost unheard of.
The construction has stopped...I've allowed him to explore the basement so as to relieve his fears.....but I just don't get why he does some pee in the other boxes but still makes accidents downstairs.

I clean his box regularly. Even add Dr Elsey's attractant to it. It works for a few days then he stops. There is no plug down there for me to put Feliway plug.
Should I get rid of the downstairs box entirely? helppppppppp
 

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I would keep two litter boxes upstairs for him and add a third downstairs for when he feels comfortable enough to use it. I would also get him checked for a UTI, stress can cause them and it sounds like construction was really stressful for him.
 

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Try a completely different style litter box downstairs. Sometime they associate a particular box with something unpleasant.
 
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I got him a different box with a lid enclosure. He took interest in a few times.
We now have 2 upstairs and 1 downstairs.....I didnt see an accident this morning but I'm worried there will be one :(
 

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I agree with the answers given; as for the attractant, I do use Dr. Elsey litter all the time but the attractant did not work for me with a problem cat after a day or two either.
 

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How are we doing? And try to take a few deep breaths and relax. Cats are little energy sponges, and if you are stressed, HE is stressed, and stressed cats are more likely to have litter box issues.
 
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2 days no issues! He seems to be using his upstairs ones....separating poo in one box, pee in the other... who knows as long as its not on the rugs!
 
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Accident again... same area of the rug
Foot of the stairs
should I take the box away down there?
 

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No, but clean WELL with enzyme cleaner! And...you could try putting puppy pads down where he's going, if it is one spot. Might save your sanity until we get this sorted out.

IF your vet is seeing non-emergency cases, I'd make an appointment to have him checked for a UTI. He may have FIC (Feline Ideopathic Cystitis), which is an inflammation for no discernible cause, but is often associated with stress (the workmen could have triggered it).
 
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No, but clean WELL with enzyme cleaner! And...you could try putting puppy pads down where he's going, if it is one spot. Might save your sanity until we get this sorted out.

IF your vet is seeing non-emergency cases, I'd make an appointment to have him checked for a UTI. He may have FIC (Feline Ideopathic Cystitis), which is an inflammation for no discernible cause, but is often associated with stress (the workmen could have triggered it).
I would like to- but does FIC have some box misses and then some in the box?
He seems to run down there and pee if he is scared of the noise or scared.
Today he explored around and then while I was home , went to his downstairs boxed & peed.

we have guests staying down there so he may feel uncomfortable with them unless Im around

i ordered a carpet cleaner and Bissell oxy pet cleaner for the shampooer
Im hesitant to take him to a vet because he FREAKS out and has very severe HCM/cardiac issues
i almost thought he went into failure the last time he went to his cardiologist appointment
 

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I'm not actually positive about the "hit and miss" quality of this. I think it COULD, given the nature of it. But this sounds more like a simple stress reaction now. It isn't uncommon for cats to react to stress with litter box issues.

Is there any possibility of a home vet visit where you live? Given his cardio issues, that might be best.

Now, if this actually is an anxiety response, you could try him on chamomile tea, given internally via syringe. Buy a box of unblended chamomile tea from the grocery store. Brew a cup, and chill it. Administer 1-3 teaspoonfuls up to three times a day. If he's 11 pounds or more, give 1-3 tablespoonfuls. It is gently relaxing without being sedating. Doesn't work on every cat, but does on most. And FAR cheaper than prescription meds, so worth trying first, at any rate. DO use the store-bought tea bags, as they are ALL German Chamomile, which is medicinally active and safe for cats. English chamomile, which grows in a lot of gardens, is pretty useless, and toxic to cats.
 
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Shampooed the hell out of the carpets
Enzyme cleaner
extra strong pet oxy bissell whatever.....
He still went down there. I think its just into the baseboards at this point and he can still smell it. :(
 

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You may be right about that. And since the urine MAY have gotten behind the baseboards, I don't know what, short of pulling them, saturating with enzymatic cleaner, allowing to dry, then replacing, you can do. Other than the radical (AND IMPOSSIBLE) solution of putting a clothespin on the pertinent cat part. JUST JOKING! LOL, I used to threaten to do that with my boys, who were charter members of the Teeny Tiny Bladder club, and made me stop every 30 minutes during car trips.
 
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So, Im loosing this battle.
i had gotten a litterbox house for his box down there & i think he hates it
Removed it
Left his box there out in the open
He went in it when I reintroduced him
I hope he stays using it
Hes still going on the carpet though :( we have plans to rip up the carpet and do wooden steps in august
 
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