Is your kitty having a problem with using the litterbox? It could be a sign that there is something medically wrong or they are acting out behaviorally. They could be trying to tell you that they are in pain or possibly have a urinary tract infection-the list could go on and on OR there could be something wrong with the litterbox. Here are some tips to try if you are having a finicky kitty cat.
- Is the litterbox large enough? It is recommended that the size of the litterbox is at least 1.5 times the length of your feline friend. They should be able to turn around and move about comfortably within the box.
- Is it in a safe location? If you have an uncovered box, make sure that it is in a place where your kitty can see their surroundings and not feel like they could be ambushed. Also, they will want to know that they have an easy way to escape if they were to feel endangered. You can try using a clear container, so they will be able to see through. When a pet is going to the bathroom is when they feel most vulnerable (don’t we all?!), so we want to do our best to make sure the location of the litterbox feels safe and secure.
- Are there enough litter boxes? Rule of thumb is to have 1 box per cat, and 1 additional. They should also be placed in different areas and rooms. Also, make sure that there is at least one box on every floor of your house.
- How often do you clean the litterbox? Make sure you are scooping at least once a day. Switch out all of the litter and clean the box at least once per week. Also, some cats can be sensitive to the smell of cleaners and bleach, so use caution when picking odorous cleaning supplies. And remember how much better their sense of smell is to both “bad” and “good” odors. Hot water and a mild dish soap should suffice in the cleaning of the boxes.
If you have tried these tips and are still having problems with your kitty eliminating in inappropriate places, call your Veterinarian immediately to examine them for possible health issues and/or concerns.