A few years ago my litter box trained cat stopped using her litter box. I couldn’t figure it out. She had been using the box since I brought her home as a kitten, and the only time she had ever had an accident was when she was accidentally locked in a bedroom. This new bad behavior was frustrating. She was peeing on towels and clothes, in a corner of the closet, and most frustrating was that she was frequently peeing on my bed. It got so bad that we were doing laundry almost daily, and my husband finally said that if we couldn’t get her to stop we would have to rehome her. Desperate for answers I called our vet and made an appointment. What I found out would completely change things for my entire family, and my precious little fur ball.
Summer wasn’t behaving badly. She was sick. Most cats with well-established litter box habits that stop using their boxes are telling you something is wrong. In Summer’s case, she had a urinary tract infection. For a cat, this is a serious condition, and untreated it can be life threatening. Our vet loaded us up with antibiotics, and a plan to help get our loveable fur ball back on track. Before we knew it she was back to her normal routine.
Here are 5 reasons your cat may have stopped using its box, and some tips to help re-establish good habits.
There are many reasons why a cat stops using the litter box. If your cat is in this boat here are a list of things to look into while helping your cat reestablish its healthy litter habits.
Health related issues. Visit your vet. If you cat does have a urinary tract infection switch to wet food until the infection has subsided, and make sure she has plenty of water. Other issues such as kidney disease may require a specialized diet.
Take the lid off the box. Some cats are claustrophobic.
Add more boxes. Sometimes cats with health problems or who are getting older don’t have the ability to hold it. Getting to a box on the opposite end of the house might be too difficult for her. Make sure there is at least one box on each level, and possibly more than one box on opposite ends of the house.
Have you recently changed to a different brand of litter? Change back. Cats can be very picky.
Is your cat declawed? The granules may hurt her paws. Find a litter that is softer or easier on the paws.
By employing some of these tips you may help your kitty to start making it back to the box.
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