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Is Your Cat on a Litter Box Strike?

Is Your Cat on a Litter Box Strike?

If your cat has suddenly stopped using the litter box, don’t take it personally. Ten percent of cats develop a litter-box problem, and the sooner you address this messy issue the better your chances of resolving it. The bad news? There’s no surefire path to success. Start with these simple steps, and if the problem doesn’t resolve seek guidance from a behaviorist.

Test for medical causes like a urinary-tract infection.

Felines are finicky, so scoop daily and completely change the litter once a week. Use a large box without a cover, which traps odors and makes cats feel vulnerable to attack, or a liner that creates an undesirable texture. Choose a fine-grained, unscented litter and keep the box in a quiet location where the cat won’t be disturbed by loud noises, children, dogs, or other cats.

Since cat urine contains ammonia, be sure to use an ammonia-free cleaner that contains enzymes or oxidizing agents.

Make the soiled areas unattractive for elimination by changing the significance of the area for the cat, like making it a feeding area.

If you have more than one cat, provide at least one box per kitty and place a box on each level of your home.

Read about the environmental aspects of kitty litter in Kitty Litter for a Happy Planet.

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12:08PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thanks

6:10AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Good article, thank you..

9:37PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

good post

1:46AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Thank you.

3:22AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

Thank you

6:46AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Your cat may be sick if it stops using the litter box too.

1:53PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Thank you for sharing this with the Care2 Community.
Peace, Tia

12:51AM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

Good info. Thanks.

2:32AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

thankyou

12:18AM PST on Mar 13, 2011

There are so many reasons why cats decide to go outside the litter box. Many also report a link between declawing and litter box avoidance.

Any type of pain or stress, whether we realize it's occurring or not, can result in the same behaviour. "Once physical illness is ruled out, it is important to recognize that many litterbox problems are stress-related," says Jackson Galaxy in "Litterbbox Secrets." He has additional suggestions that might be helpful - http://www.littlebigcat.com/behavior/litterbox-secrets/

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