First off, i would like to state I am not a Veterinarian nor do I not have training in the field. I simply wanted to share what I did after our cat healed from having Crystals. IF your cat suddenly stops using their litter box please seek Vet advice immediately, as this could save their life!
As some of you know, a while back our poor boy Jaxy had a run in with Crystals.
It was a heart wrenching battle, but one that he made it through and healed very quickly from. However, the healing process did have it’s own form of hurtles to get through.
A lot of the time cats, who develop crystals, stop using their litter boxes because they tend to associate it as the source of their pain. So I’m sure you understand that they have to “go” somewhere right?
Lets face it cat urine is SMEEELLLY, and very unhealthy, breathing it in and having over exposure to ammonia can cause:
- head aches
- respiratory infections, like pneumonia
That is why it’s so important to get on top of the pee and getting your feline pal back into the litter box!
To get them back in their kitty box
I’ll explain what i did, again I’m not a professional, i just love my fur babies and like to ensure they’re well care for and healthy.
When we came back from the vet I had set him up in a separate room so he could have piece and quiet while he recovered. The room had pee-pad flooring set up, because I knew there would be accidents galore!
By the second day I noticed he was trying to urinate in the same area, on a pee-pad. That’s when i had the idea to place pee-pads into a lower bin that he could comfortably get in and out of. ( For our cat’s we use a rubber-made bin, it gives them more space inside, and was a way cheaper option then the traditional litter box).
So I got a new bin, something he wouldn’t associate the pain with. Inside of the new box i put a pee-pad down, also placing the box in the same area that he was urinating in (not urinating much mind you, because his body was still trying to break down the crystals with the help of the medications and S.O. wet food.) and put him inside of it. (like you would if you were to move the litter box).
He was in there for a sort time; did not use it at that point, came and had some snuggles. Then I left him for about an hour to rest.
When I came back in to check on him, he was snoozing away on a ” towel bed” I had put together for him. I seen some dibble marks on the pee pads that I had set up all over the room, which is typical of a cat who has crystals. However when I glanced into the new bin I noticed had USE THE LITTER BOX! Full pee and more! Such a sigh of relief, It was so simple and easy.
Once Jaxon started getting back to his normal comical self, I slowly started adding a little bit of kitty litter on top of the pee-pad every day, and bit by bit he re adjusted to using just his box and his regular litter.
Now I’ve heard, because cats can be so finicky, that sometimes they will still associate that particular litter with the pain they went through, and they may not use the box. Some people recommend having an additional box set up that you know they will use. That way they aren’t holding their bladders too long, as it is possible for this to cause the crystals to build up again. so in that case please keep a close eye on your kitty, and you may need to change brands of litter to something different and slowly add that instead.
Now not all cats are the same, I just wanted to share the process of what I did with Jaxon and hopefully it will be helpful to someone, and their fur babe, in need.
If your cat stops using their litter box, seek Veterinarian advice immediately!
Because we brought Jaxon in so quickly we were able to prevent surgery.
Jaxon made a full recovery and with the help of the Royal Canin S.O. wet food, he hasn’t had a Crystal flare up since.