How can I keep my cat from using the bathtub as his litter box?

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You don’t mention if your cat has always done this or if it’s a recent occurrence. Any changes to urinary habits should be investigated to rule out a medical cause. For example, elderly cats with hyperthyroidism can show changes in toileting behavior, as can younger cats with lower urinary tract disease. If this behavior is new, take your cat down to your vet for a check-up first.

If all is well medically, then there are two things you can do initially to help change where he goes to the toilet. The first is to prevent your cat accessing the bath tub. Keep the door closed so he can’t get in to the room. The second thing to do is to give him a number of litter boxes, each with a different type of litter so you can work out which one he prefers. They should also be cleaned frequently. If you have more than one cat, put out enough litter boxes so there’s one for each of them plus one extra. With no access to the bath tub and a choice of litter boxes and litter types, you should see his toileting habits change for the better.
| 06.20.16 @ 23:55
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Irene — Thank you. He is getting old and this is a recent occurrence. I will take him for a check up. | 06.21.16 @ 23:23
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