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Cat Not Using Litter Box? – Try These Tips

October 25, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Cat Care Tips | 1 comment

cat not using litter boxHave you ever come home to find your cat not using litter box?

Maybe your cat left you a “present’ on the carpet, or in the kitchen!

The truth is, even if your cat has been using its litter tray for several years, it is possible for them to start mis-behaving “randomly”.

The reason I quote randomly is because 95% of the time, the reason the cat goes to the bathroom somewhere other than its litter box is because something either changed, or needs to be changed.

Let me explain:

  • Did you change the type of litter? – some cats prefer one type of litter verse the next.  There are many types of litter which vary in scent, texture, size, etc.. and if your cat is used to one, it might not be happy if your change it up!
  • Did you change the box? – I’ve seen this situation plenty of time:  the owner either bought a new litter box which has a top or replaced the top to the existing tray, which the cat didn’t like.  Some cats don’t like to do their business in a enclosed box, and some are opposite (they want some more privacy).
  • Did you move the location of the box? – once again, cats do not like change.
  • The only change your cat actually likes is when the litter is changed.  I can’t stress it enough:  CLEAN YOUR CAT’S LITTER! 🙂

If your cat is not using its litter box, it’s most likely because something has changed.  But it could be because the cat had an emergency, or is sick.  Try some of the following tips, if they don’t work quickly, check with your vet.

Tips to Resolve Your Cat Not Using its Litter Box

  • If your cat has found a new room to do its business – shut that room down ASAP. Close the door or block it somehow.
  • Put aluminum foil down all over your cats new bathroom.  They don’t like foil and will be discouraged to use that spot.
  • Try a different type of litter.
  • Try a different shaped and sized litter box and tray.
  • Try several different combinations of litters and litter boxes (with tops and without).
  • Pick your cat up, put it in the litter, drag its paws through the sand, then give it a treat.

Cat not using litter box still?  Try the vet – they can tell you if your cat is sick.

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One response to “Cat Not Using Litter Box? – Try These Tips”

  1. natalie says:

    My cats love a clean litter box , as soon as i change the litter they appear, waiting for me to finish.

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