Litter Box Solutions
It is not uncommon for cats to develop issues with using the litter box. Some stop using the box
altogether, while some only use it sporadically and inconsistently. Elimination problems can
develop for a few reasons.
It could be a result of conflict between multiple cats in a home, possibly because of a dislike for
the litter-box type or the litter itself, or potentially because of a past medical condition. It could
even be that your fur baby has decided the location of the litter box is not suitable. Felines can
have strong opinions!
Litter Box Solutions and Tips
Here are some quick tips that address most of these issues:
- Cats prefer clean litter boxes, so we recommend scooping once per day and washing with soap and water once per week.
- Larger boxes that your kitty can enter easily, generally work better.
- Most cats like a shallow bed of litter, so aim for about 2 inches in depth.
- Clumping, unscented litter will likely be preferred by your cat and also think about using the same litter that you used when they were a kitten.
- Liners and lids could also be a deterrent if the problem is litter box avoidance.
- Cats also generally dislike “cornered” placement of their boxes, where there is limited opportunity to “escape” quickly if they feel the need.
Of course, if you suspect a medical issue, have your kitty seen by your veterinarian as soon as
possible. Urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and feline interstitial cystitis are common
issues in cats and need to be addressed immediately.
As always, Raleigh Pawz is here to provide any additional support as you navigate your litter
box issues. And don’t forget, we clean litter boxes as part of our visits!