There is one thought that brings fear to all cat owners, cats not using litter box. There are many reasons why a cat not using litter box. It could be the location of the litter box, the type the litter box or the type of litter being used. For the sake of your carpet, clothes and bedding you need to find out the reason why your cat is not using the litter box and fix it fast.
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Before tackling the litter box dilemma it is important to rule out medical reasons for why cats not using litter box. If your cat is suffering from a bladder or urinary disease they could be associating the litter box with the pain they feel when they use it. And therefore, avoiding it for that very reason.
Once you have found out that it’s not a medical reason for the litter box avoidance the next step is looking at the emotional issues surrounding the litter box. Cats prefer to have their litter boxes out of the way. Look for a quite location where they will not be disturbed or cornered. Which could be a reason for cats not using litter box. Your cat may not want to use the litter box because s/he could feel trapped. Can your dog or small child sneak up on him when he is using the facilities making it harder for them to get away? Look for an out of the way place where the door is visible to set the litter box. Talk with your children about not interrupting your cat when he is using the bathroom.
Your next goal is to make the litter box desirable for your cat to use. The best litter box is one that your cat will use. Some cats don’t like covered boxes while other want nothing but. Those high sided litter boxes are great for cats that kick litter but might not be so wonderful for your older cat that is suffering from arthritis. When you are cleaning out the litter box make sure to only use soap and water. Cleaners like Lysol and Pine sol may be offensive to your cat. If you have had your litter box for awhile it might be time to get a new one. Odors can sometimes sink into plastic over time. Try different litters. Some cats can’t stand dusty litters while others refuse to use pellets or sand litter. If you are not sure what kind of litter your cat prefers get a clean, dust free, perfume free clay, litter. If they are not happy with that try a clean, pellet newspaper bedding like Yesterday’s News.
Now that you got the litter box set up and ready to go, make sure to clean up the spots where he has gone to the bathroom using a cleaner like, Nature’s Miracle or Unique. If they have been using potted plants make sure to change out the soil. If a good cleaning doesn’t work you can put a plastic chair pad or a piece of aluminum foil on the area where they have been eliminating. Should that not deter them look into a scat mat or just turn the chair pad over to expose the pointed side.
If you are having problems with your cat peeing on your bed or couch try to make the couch or bed the play or cuddle area. That will dissuade them from using it as a toilet.
Answering the, “Why does my cat pee there?” question is never and easy one. With a little hard work and dedication from you it should be one that you are able to solve.
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