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PLEASE HELP - Cat won't leave the bathroom! (3 replies)

2 months ago
Sara 2 months ago

Hi everyone. I adopted two cats at the same time, one 6 year old and a 13 year old. The 6 year old cat is doing great and settled in quickly. Unfortunately, my 13 year old cat, Jasmine, will not leave the bathroom. Whenever I try to bring her out to another room, she immediately runs back to the bathroom. Not to mention, she hates the 6 year old, Gojira. Sometimes she comes out of the bathroom, and when she sees him, she hisses and runs back. It's clear she hates him. 

I've tried using pheromones (both the diffuser and spray), I gave her catnip to try and calm her down, and they have their own litter boxes. Idk what to do. Whenever my boyfriend or I walk into the bathroom, she starts meowing and climbs all over us, purring and rubbing against us, so I know it's not me or my boyfriend she has the issue with. I don't want to get rid of either of them, but it makes me so sad to see her cooped up in the bathroom. Sometimes she'll sit sit by the door waiting for one of us to come pet her.

Idk what to do. If anyone has any suggestions, aside from finding a one-cat home for her, please let me know! I've talked to the vet about this, and he told me it'll take her sometime to warm up. A few weeks later, I took her to a different vet (she has been puking a lot) and told him about the issue. He told me to try Prozac, but I don't really want to do that if I don't absolutely have to. He ended it with "you might just have to find a new home for her." 

If anyone has any suggestions on how to get her out of the bathroom and help her get along with Gojira, please let me know! 

Kristine Lacoste
1 month ago
Kristine Lacoste 1 month ago

Hi Sara,

I'm sorry to hear that you are having issues with the older cat.  Is her litter box in the bathroom? What about other possessions?  It could be that she considers the bathroom her home and safe place, but a cat shouldn't refuse to come out.  Since the vet ruled out medical issues, I wonder if it might help to get a second opinion.

Another issue could be the other cat. Do they get along, play, etc., or outright avoid each other?  Perhaps working on fostering the relationship between the cats will help.

Here are some related articles which might give you some ideas:




Please let us know what happens, and good luck!


1 month ago
Sara 1 month ago

Thanks for your response, Kristine.

Yes, her litter box is in bathroom. We don't put the scratching post or anything else in there. I don't want to baby her and have her get used to doing everything in the bathroom.

She does not like the other cat.  Whenever he even walks past the bathroom, she starts hissing and growling. The sight of him is enough to stress her out. 

I will definitely check out those articles you included in your response. I would like to foster a relationship between the two. Thank you!


Kristine Lacoste
1 month ago
Kristine Lacoste 1 month ago

Thanks, Sara, and good luck!

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