Its not uncommon for cats to experience issues related to using the litter box. There are several reasons for this, both behavioral as well as medical. Its important to evaluate both factors when addressing this common concern.
Its not uncommon for cats to experience issues related to using the litter box. There are several reasons for this, both behavioral as well as medical. Its important to evaluate both factors when addressing this common concern. Here are few of them to help you narrow down possible causes:
- Stress/Anxiety- Cats are very sensitive to changes and dislike disruptions to their environment. For example - introducing something new to the household such as another pet or a baby. When introducing a new pet to the household, its important to gradually introduce over a course of a week to avoid potential stress and jealousy. In case of anxiety we recommend using a pheromone diffuser such as Comfort Zone or CBD oil. It's also important to engage your cat to prevent boredom which can lead to anxious behavior. We carry many interactive toys as well as cat trees.
- Changes in litter/box- Sometimes when we suddenly change our cats litter, they may refuse to go inside. They have strong preferences to the type of litter they like to use, as well as a type of box. Some cats like fine litter, others prefer something more coarse. Same goes for boxes. Some cats like litter boxes that are more closed off, others like something open. Its important to experiment and find what your kitty does best with. Another thing to be mindful is for older cats who may experience joint issues and begin showing signs of litter box use resistance. In that case we recommend a finely ground litter such as Boxie Cat. Same goes for cats that are declawed and require finer litter.
- Location of the litter box- Most cats prefer to do their business in a secluded and quiet space. We recommend putting the box someplace more private such as the bathroom or laundry room.
- Multiple Cat households- It's recommended that you have at least one box per cat, plus one extra. Sharing the same box can cause jealously issues which in return can cause your cat to eliminate outside the box.
- Urinary/Kidney/Bladder issues- This is typically more of a concern for older kitties, but younger cats are prone to things such as bladder stones and urinary infections. These can be painful and even deadly when left untreated. Its important to get your cat to the vet if you notice your cat going outside the litter box or see any type of urine discoloration such as blood. Older cats are prone to kidney disease, so we recommend doing annual senior blood work for your senior kitties to help manage possible future kidney issues.