11 Reasons Why Your Cat Won't Use The Litter Box & What To Do About Them
Your cat won’t use the litter box, and you're beyond furious with him. But instead of being angry, try being creative. Approaching the problem from the cat’s point of view is sure to bring a faster resolution than anger will. From such simple fixes as taking the top off a covered box to more elaborate ones, these are proven strategies that work when a cat won't use the litter box. But first, some litter box basics.
(Skip the basics and go right to quick fixes.)
The Litter Box Through A Cat's Eyes
Cats can be even pickier about their bathroom facilities than humans are. And they don’t like dirty bathrooms any better than we do. If your cat won't use the litter box, take a hard look at that box through his eyes. Do you see clean places to walk when he steps into the box? Does he have room to move around? Can he see an escape route from the box? Does the box smell like him, not perfume? Is there enough litter to dig in, but not so much he sinks up to his ankles in sand? Is the box in a location he considers convenient and safe?
If your answer to all of these questions is yes, your cat probably has the perfect potty. If even one answer is no, you have some tweaking to do.
Why Some Cats Hate Litter Boxes
If your cat has stopped using his litter box, call on your inner detective to try to understand why. You’ll be more likely to solve the problem if you understand what caused it. Here are some reasons why cats won't use the litter box.
Provide Stress Relief
The most common reason for a cat not using a litter box is stress. While anti-anxiety medication can make him feel calm and resolve his litter box issues as long as he’s on the medication, a more permanent solution is figuring out and relieving the cause of his stress.
Kitty Stress-Relievers To Try
If your cat's not using the litter box, try to not be angry with him. Litter box problems can be solved with patience, flexibility and love.
Think Inside The Box
Quick Fixes For Litter Box Problems
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