Getting a visiting feral cat to use the litter box

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Getting a visiting feral cat to use the litter box

Updated Dec 21, 2021

Dear Cathy,

How do I get a feral cat to use the litter box?  He comes in the house and is very affectionate, but one problem- he will not use the litter pan. He goes on my carpet. Help!

– Gloria, Center Valley, PA

Dear Gloria,

It can be difficult to get a feral cat to use the litter box, but you can purchase what’s called “a litter box attractant” that you can sprinkle on your litter to attract him to the box. I would also add a second litter box, so he has two places to go.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, children’s author, syndicated pet columnist, and pet expert with more than 30 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal

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Cathy Rosenthal, CHES, CFE
Animal Welfare Communications Specialist

Cathy brings more than 25 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.

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