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 cathy@petpundit.com. Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal

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Cathy Rosenthal, CHES, CFE
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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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