If the cat is not using
the litter box, try the following:
First and foremost – get your cat TO THE VET for
a check up!!!!! If the cat has any type of urinary infection, it HURTS to
pee! They,being cats, not humans,
associate the pain with the litterbox and therefore, will not use it.
If your vet says your cat is
healthy, proceed with the following…
Pick up the stool and place it into the litter
Pick up anything on the floor that the cat may
try to hide their urine or stool in.
Cats will search out any “soft” area or place to
pee or deposit their stool. If they are going on your bed, restrict access to
If your cat is indoor/outdoor – STOP letting it out! To the cat what
is acceptable outdoors is also acceptable indoors.
Put the cat back in one room and put a litter
box in each corner of the room – for some reason, they like to find the
If necessary, put the cat in a small bathroom,
laundry room, or a dog crate and literally almost cover the floor with litter
boxes (cardboard boxes cut down to a 1” high size will
do) until they learn to use the box. Try
Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract Litter (there are great tips included).
Add leaves, dirt or tree bark to the litter.
Change litters (clay, sandy litter, recycled newspaper, unscented).
If they urinate in the same spot over and over,
place their food there, cut out the carpet if you can, or place their litter
Cats hate the smell of rubber backing on throw
carpets – get rid of them.
Has another cat already marked all these spots?
Is another cat chasing them away or blocking
their path to the litterbox?
Is the box on an outside porch where other cats
or birds could be scaring them?
Is another cat ALWAYS using the box first? They may not like that.
Is the box clean? Some cats refuse to use a
“used” box, you may have to buy one or two more litter
boxes – still easier than constant cleaning.
Try a rubber litter box, not a plastic one,
filled with unscented litter, such as Petsmart’s ExquisiCat (this tip came from
an adopter of ours that said it cured her problem of the cat not using the box)
Have you had a new addition to the family? Did
someone move in or move out? The cat may need some extra attention.
Did you change foods?
Did you get new carpeting?
Are you absolutely positive which cat it
is (if you have multiple cats).
Try changing the entire litter box more often,
some cats will only use a litter box when it is absolutely clean!
Are they not used to a covered litter box? Take
the top off. Check out the shape of the top of a covered litter box – sometimes
a cat will associate that with a carrier and refuse to get in it.
Is the litter box near something noisy?
Something that is only occasionally noisy? Something smelly? Is it through a
door? Is it difficult to get to?
Is the box in a place where you then lock them
in for the night? Well, of course, they’ll only fall for that one so many
times! Cut it out!
If the cat is a kitten try this. Feed them as usual. Immediately after the feeding, take the
kitten and place him or her in their litter box and wait. If they do not have a bowel movement, take a
small piece of a rag, place them back in the litter box and gently stimulate
their backside until they pee or defecate. They will very quickly get the concept – cats are very smart!!!!!
Have you been traveling a lot? Cats crave attention – the chemicals in urine
seem to comfort cats while they wait. They may need a buddy or a house sitter while you are gone.
Be honest – is someone in the house irritating
or hurting the cat? Are you fighting a lot? Are your kids a little too
rambunctious or rough?
Cats also urinate to create a comfortable scent
amidst competing unpleasant scents. It
is possible that your cat detects an offensive odor emanating from something
new in the house and is trying to cover it.
Place two litter boxes next to each other and do
comparisons – fill one with one type of litter and the 2nd with
another litter. Use one taller one and
one shorter one, one covered and the other uncovered, put cat nip in one and
not the other – compare! See what the
And last, if the problem continues, SEE your VET again! This may be a medical problem and CALL US!!! We are here to help!