What To Do About Litter Box Accidents

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Here is some advice I shared with a family this week.

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What To Do About Litter Box Accidents

There is probably nothing more frustrating to a cat owner than litter box accidents. Habitual litter box accidents are the number one reason cat owners give their cats up to animal shelters.

When your cat refuses to use the litter box, there is usually an underlying reason. Before you become exasperated by your cat’s inability to make it to the litter box, here are some common causes for this problem.

Litter Box Woes

One of the main reasons a cat begins to refuse to use the litter box is that it is dirty. Many cats are extremely fussy about the condition of their litter box, while others will use it no matter how full it looks. If your cat has a litter box accident, you should first check the litter box.

 Some pets prefer that their litter box be cleaned out after each use. While this is time-consuming for you, it may be a simple fix to this problem. It would help if you started a daily routine of cleaning out your cat box, and you may find that this solves your problem.

Another common problem related to the litter box is there are not enough litter boxes for the number of cats you have. For example, if you have four cats in your home, you should have at least one litter box per cat.

Cats like to have their own space, which is especially true when it comes to their litter box. In fact, many veterinarians recommend that even if you have only one cat, you should have at least two litter boxes.

In addition, when it comes to litter box accidents, look at the type of litter you are using and the size and shape of the litter box. If you have a tray litter box without a lid, maybe your cat would feel more secure in a closed box. If you have an older cat or a young kitten, your cat may have difficulty getting in and out of a closed-top box.

Observe your cat when they use the litter box. If you find that they are having difficulty getting in and out of the litter box, consider getting a different box. Also, look at the type of litter you use. Your cat may be extremely fussy about the smell or texture of the litter.

 Many people prefer scoop away litter; however, many cats will not use this type of litter because it sticks in the paws. You may also find that the litter you use causes a lot of dust that is disagreeable to your cat.

Health Issues

Your cat may be refusing to use the litter box because of health-related issues. If you have tried all the above tips and nothing seems to be working, then it is time to visit your veterinarian. 

Cats with bladder problems, urinary tract infections, kidney failure, and diabetes are more prone to litter box accidents than healthy cats. You need to take your cat to the vet and have a thorough health exam performed to determine if your cat is suffering from an ailment. If this is the case, your veterinarian can prescribe medication to help your cat.

Habit and Your Cat’s Territory

If your cat has been ill or has stopped using the litter box for any reason, you may find that your cat returns to their old ways out of habit. When your cat has a litter box accident, it is essential that you clean the area thoroughly to get rid of any odors that may remain.

In addition, your cat may not have stopped using the litter box at all, but instead, your cat is marking their territory. This is especially common in multi-cat households or when you bring in a new pet into the home. This is also more common in males than females. Even male cats that are neutered can mark their territory by spraying urine.

When you determine why your cat has litter box accidents, you can find a solution. It takes time and patience; however, this is much more preferable than getting rid of your cat.

Thank you for stopping by the Café. Would you mind sharing this information with someone who could benefit from it if you found this helpful? Please also feel free to buy me a cup of coffee. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/cafeboss2503

Published by cafeboss2503

I am a Retail manager with over 30 years of experience and stories. I started as a shift manager and worked my way up to Regional Management positions. I also enjoy a good cup of Coffee.

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