Litter Box Solutions
Behavior is the number one reason that pets are surrendered to shelters and litter box issues are
one of the main behavior issues for cats. If your cat starts having accidents or missing the box, don’t give up. There are many things you can do to help encourage proper litter box use.
Always take your cat to a veterinarian once litter box problems arise because it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. If your cat has been cleared by the vet and it is not a medical problem you can start on these behavior tips.
First be certain that the litter box is clean. Cats are very clean creatures and they do not want to use a dirty box- ever. So scoop the box everyday to keep your kitty happy.
You can also try to add more litter boxes to your home. This is especially useful if you have more than one cat in a household. A good rule is to keep one litter box plus one for each cat in the house (if you have two cats, you would use three boxes). You can also add them to new locations in the home, sometimes a cat is uncomfortable using a box in a particular location.
Experimenting with different types of litter will also be beneficial. Some cats prefer clay litter while others will only use the pellet type. Your litter box problems may be as simple to fix as buying a new brand of litter. Most cats do not like scented litter, or liners or covered litter boxes. So keep it simple and welcoming for your cat.
Also keep in mind the size of your cat and the size of the box, many cats are bigger than the standard size of litter box so you may need to go up a size or two to make it easier for your cat to use. Setting a cat up with a box that is too small is setting them up for failure so do be sure that your cat can easily stand and turn around in his litter box.
It’s usually a matter of making your cat comfortable. Most litters and fancy litter boxes are created to make the pet owner happy, they were not made with a cat’s comfort in mind. So figure out what keeps your cat happy and comfortable and give them that set up so they can successfully use the litter box and your household can stay a happy, healthy place.