“My cat won’t use the litter box-what do I do?”
It’s a more common problem than you might think. Cats have a natural instinct to bury urine and feces, which is why most cats have no issue using litter boxes.
But if your cat has a sudden aversion to its former bathroom habits, a solution might be closer than you think.
Let’s look at some of the main reasons their behavior may have changed and how you can help them learn to love their litter again.
The good news is that your cat isn’t seeking revenge when he or she refuses to use the litter box.
The bad news is that there’s always a reason for it, and it will take some trial and error to figure out their reasons.
Here are a few of the most common triggers that make cats become anti-litter:
Some cats are just plain picky. They may not like their new litter’s texture or scent. They might hate their new litter box location. They might expect a clean box with every bowel movement.
Or, they might just hate the box itself. It’s not high enough, or it’s too high. It’s not big enough, or it’s too big.
Refusal to use the litter box isn’t indicative of a medical issue on its own. But you should look for additional signs of an underlying problem.
If your cat isn’t eliminating at all, it could be the sign of a blockage. Frequently licking their genitals or crying can point to a serious issue, like a urinary tract infection.
If you notice these additional signs, take them to your vet for a checkup.
You’re not powerless to find the cause of your cat’s litter box problems. Try the following tips to see if the issue resolves itself:
Try cleaning your litter box more often. Some cats have high expectations for their bathroom experience.
Regular litter boxes offer zero seclusion. Instead, switch to a hooded box that lets your cat do their business in private.
If you’ve recently changed your cat’s litter, they might not be inclined to use it. Things like a new scent or texture can take some getting used to.
Try a different litter to see if your cat takes a better liking to it.
“My cat won’t use the litter box, even though I tried the tips you suggested.”
If you’ve tried everything you could your cat still won’t use the litter box, there may be an underlying medical issue.
Bring your cat to our office for an exam and we can help you determine the real cause of their changing bathroom habits. The earlier you catch health issues, the easier they can be to treat and give your cat the best quality of life.