Does your cat need a little help with her bathroom manners? Is she going out of the box? Has he stopped using the litter box? Here are some helpful hints to help your feline friend with using the litter box:
Have you changed your type of kitty litter? Cats are not fans of change. Once cats are used to a certain type of litter, it may be difficult for them to change to another one. Cats also tend to prefer clumping litter. If you want to switch a different brand, slowly mix it in with your current litter over several weeks. Also, if you have various cats, they may prefer different types of litter. You may have to have different boxes with various litters to satisfy all of your cats.
Your cat may not like where the box is placed. Cats don’t want the litter box anywhere near where they eat. They prefer a quiet location, so they can’t be disturbed. Also, it is recommended to place the box near an escape route like a door or a cat tree, so your cat can exit quickly if something frightens them.
You may need a bigger box without a lid. Most cats like a large, open litter box. A cat should have a box that is one and a half times longer than their body length. Cats like to be able to see if anything dangerous is approaching, and a lid would block their view.
Your cat may not like the scented litter that you have chosen. Cats have an extremely keen sense of smell. Some smells may be too much for some cats and it can be sensory overload for them.
Your cat may also have a medical problem and it may be time to see a veterinarian. Your cat may have a Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). Also, if your cat is older, he may have a hard time accessing the box.
It may be time to buy some more boxes. It is recommended to have one box for every cat, plus one extra. This prevents the more aggressive cats from hoarding the box. Place a box on each floor of your house. This is especially important for kittens or older cats.
You may need to scoop the box more often. â€œPeople think if they put four or five inches of litter in a box, they wonâ€™t have to clean it that often, and thatâ€™s asking for trouble,â€ says John C. Wright, a professor of psychology who teaches applied animal behavior. â€œMost cats will tolerate a clump or two, but a bit more than that and they may decide to go right next to the box. Other cats seem to be clean freaks. If theyâ€™ve peed or another cat has urinated in the box, they wonâ€™t enter the box at all.â€
It’s time to clean the box. Kitty litter boxes need to be cleaned regularly. Plastic retains odors, so even if you scoop the box daily, it still will smell after some time. Dump the litter and clean the box every week or two with warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent (no harsh-smelling chemicals.) After a year, consider getting a new litter box.