One of the commonly encountered problem includes your cat not using the litter box altogether.
This could be due to many reasons, some of which are mentioned below:
- A dirty litter box
- Not enough litter boxes for the cat in the house
- Too small a litter box
- A litter box with a cover
- Too much litter in the box
- Litter box being placed in an area that has less privacy or somewhere way too dark
- A change in the type of litter box you usually use
- Your cat may have been sad while using the litter box and now it reminds them of sad memories. For this reason they might hesitate to use the litter box.
- If your cat is stressed due to a new animal introduced in the household or if you have moved recently may also cause them to not use the litter box
- If your cat has developed a new preference for voiding on specific surfaces such as couches and carpet.
Another reason why your cat might not use the litter box is due to an underlying medical condition:
- Your cat maybe suffering from a medical condition that causes immense pain on peeing.
- They may be experiencing urinary tract infection
- They may be suffering from Feline Interstitial Cystitis. It involves inflammation of the bladder.
- They may have a bladder stone or blockage.
How to take care of these problems?
Consult your vet to rule out any underlying medical condition. If there are no such issues then consider taking following steps to bring your cat back to the litter box:
- Scoop and clean the litter box at least once a day
- Properly clean the box with detergent or soap at least once a week
- Use less litter. Cats prefer shallow beds of litter
- Use an appropriate size of litter box
- You can use a couple of different boxes with different types of litter in each of them to see which one your cat prefers
- Move the litter box to a relatively quiet place with moderate amount of privacy so that your cat can void in peace.
- Make sure the litter box is not close to food and water dishes.
- If you have more than one cats, provide a separate litter box for each of them
- Keep different litter boxes in different places so that they are more accessible.