Litter box avoidance is a big problem amongst cats. As a result, many cats unnecessarily land up in shelters because they owners think they have behavioral issues. Very often, simply having the right litter box and positioning it where you cat is comfortable using it can easily fix the problem.
Finding the right litter box system for your cat or cats, if you are lucky enough to have more than one feline, depends on a number of things:
- The size of the pan is very important especially if you have big cats.
- Location. Location. Location! You need to position your cat’s box in an easily accessible location.
- Also remember that cats are very private creatures. So avoid high traffic rooms and passages. A second bathroom may be a good location. Never place a litter box right next to your cat’s food station either. If your cat enjoys privacy and you don’t have the perfect quiet location, consider putting a special litter box screen around the box.
- Buying a special item of furniture designed to conceal a litter box such as a nightstand or an end table is another option.
- The rule is one box per cat. This is very important as often cats refuse to use a box frequented by other felines, which may result in them going outside the box. Even if you cats will happily share, you should still have two boxes.
- Scoop. Scoop. Scoop! Another major cause of litter box avoidance is a dirty litter box. Unless you have automated boxes that scoop automatically after they’ve been used, make it a rule to scoop at least once a day. No cat will complain if you scoop twice daily as felines are very clean creatures.
- The type of litter used is also important and you may have to experiment especially if you have adopted an older cat from a shelter. Kittens will usually accept whatever you put down for them from the beginning.
Always remember that litter box avoidance can also be a re-flag for a possible medical condition such as a urinary infection, kidney disease, diabetes, and mega colon problems. Act immediately and rule out such possibilities by taking your cat to the vet.