Due to litter box problems shelters and pounds are overly crowded with cats. It is the number one reason why there are so many homeless kitties, and why people decide to cast their cats to the outside world. Many people who have multi-cat homes, including myself have had problems with the cat not using litter box. After all the more cats you have the more likely you might experience cat litter box problems. There is always a reason why a cat does not use a litter box. It could be physical, such as a urinary track infection. However there are many reasons why behavior and psychological problems can lead to why a cat may not use the litter box. So under this broad category of "Litter Box Problems" we will look at many different reasons because understanding the situation is the first step in solving the problem.
Most cats prefer to relieve themselves in a loose grainy substance like dirt or sand, this is why cats quickly learn to use the litter box. All they need is to be shown the litter box, and that’s it. But when your cat’s preferences include the bed, the laundry basket, or the Persian rug, than that becomes a major problem. I have one kitty who after many, many years of using the litter box, decided that he wanted to eliminate in the upstairs bedroom. When my newest cat was a kitten, he preferred the corners of my living room and behind my television. The cat that I have had the most problems with is my present Siamese. It took a lot of patients and persistence to get her to use the litter box. If your cat has a problem not using the litter box, please do not give up. There is usually a key reason why your cat may not be using the litter box. Below are various reasons. All of the problems I had with my cats were solved. So with patience, investigation, and understanding you should be able to figure out your litter box problems.
By taking a closer look at your cat’s environment you should be able to easily identify the factors that contribute to the litter problems. Once identified, you will be able to make changes that will encourage your cat to use the litter box again. Most of these changes are as simple as getting an extra litter box.
I have often seen ads in newspapers about “free kitten to good home, kitten has been litter trained”. There really is no such thing as litter training a cat in the way you would house train a dog. A cat does not need to be taught how to use the
litter box , it is an innate ability, something that is taught by Mother Nature. What you need to do is to provide an adequate assessable litter box using the suggestions below. When I would get a new cat or kitten, I would put him into the litter box, hoping that he would immediately use it, but instead he would just jump out and run. As long as there is easy access to the litter box, and multiple litter boxes to access, you kitty will be just find figuring it out himself.
Litter Box Location
Types of Litter Boxes
It is easy to confuse cat spraying with urinating, but behaviorally they are very different.
For more information go to Litter Box Problems from the ASPCA
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