Eliminate Cat Litterbox Problems

Picture Of Cat With Litteringbox Problems

Working to eliminate cat litterbox problems?

We know this can be tough!

Here are some thoughts, tips, and ideas that are sure to bring the lives of you and your cat into balance and harmony!

One in every ten cats will experience a litterbox problem during its lifetime.

When cat litterbox problems occur, the cause is usually found to be in either the social or dietary management of the pet’s care.

Check the list below to see if something has occurred recently that could be the cause of your cat’s litterbox problem. It’s much easier to eliminate the problem if you know what the cause is!

The Most Common Causes of Litterbox Problems

The cat:
  • is suffering from a medical problem involving the urinary tract.
  • experiences a bout of geriatric constipation
  • gets locked out of reach of the litterbox
  • is stressed by a change in routine or environment, including a new baby, new furniture, work schedule changes, vacations, overnight guests, or a move.
  • was never properly trained to use the litter box in the first place.
  • developed an aversion to the texture of the litter over time.
  • an unneutered male, has come of age and is marking his territory.
  • an unspayed female, is in heat and advertising for suitors.
  • sees or smells stray cats nearby.
  • is kept from using the litter box by another animal in the house.

The owner:
  • does not keep the litter box as clean as the cat wants it to be.
  • changes the brand or type of litter. (especially deodorized or perfumed litter)
  • changes the location of the litter box.
  • gets a new box and throws out the old one.
  • cleans the litter box with too harsh a cleaning product.
  • puts the litterbox in a place too busy or not private enough for the cat.
  • lives in a large home and needs more than one litter box.
  • has too many cats and not enough territory.
  • has too many cats and not enough litter boxes

Tips to Eliminate Cat Litterbox Problems: 
  • Don’t leave food out all the time.  Feed your cat twice daily and closely supervise afterward for at least one hour. Make sure to guide your cat to the litterbox during this supervised time.
  • Clean litterboxes daily and refresh with new litter at least once each week. A great method is to use generic cat litter and empty the entire litterbox daily. You can purchase an odor neutralizer if you feel the need, and lightly spray it on the litter to control odor.
  • Litter boxes must be large enough to allow several eliminations without the pet having to step on a previously used spot. Be sure to supply more than one litter box if you own several cats!
  • Plan a 5-minute play session with the cat in the morning and at night.
  • Prolonged stroking can lead to problems. Limit stroking no longer than a couple of minutes at a time, then encourage your cat to play with a toy.
  • If spraying has followed an invasion of the cat’s territory by a new baby, guest, new pet, etc.: Give your cat more upbeat, playful attention at times when the invader first enters the cat’s area. Doing so helps associate the target of jealousy with pleasure, rather than social neglect.
  • If the cat sprays in your presence, try triggering a startling reflex of other than human origin. Try dropping a pot or slapping a table with your hand or ruler.  This sudden noise should stop the urination and allow you to take your cat to the litter box.  Stay with your cat until it urinates, then be sure to praise it lavishly.
  • Place your cat in another room while you clean up soiled spots.  Use a professional odor neutralizer that will remove the odor, not just cover it up.  Makes sure to use a cleaner that does not contain ammonia. Ammonia is a normal constituent of urine and only makes matters worse.  One teaspoon of apple cider vinegar put into one feeding each day will help alter the urine odor possibly preventing the desire to mark an area again.
  • Feed the cat at the location of the soiling.  Leave the food dish, even though empty, down at the spot until the next meal.  If you notice several soiled areas, split the feeding into however enough dishes to cover the areas.  Slowly remove bowls after a minimum of four days without soiling.  If your cat regresses back to old habits, you must reinstate feeding in each spot until another dry spell is accomplished.  This program is usually successful in six weeks or less.

Related Posts

Veterinary Cryosurgery

Veterinary Cryosurgery

    What is Veterinary Cryosurgery? Dr. Smith often uses veterinary cryosurgery in his pet cancer treatment plans. Cryosurgery, also called cryotherapy or cryoablation, is

Read More »

Connect with Us:

More Posts

No. 1 Super Remedy for Dog Restlessness

Endless panting, pacing, and unsettled behavior. It’s easy to spot when your dog is restless. And naturally, as a concerned pet owner, you quickly browse through the internet for a natural remedy for dog restlessness. Then, the anxiety sets in. We are familiar with the feeling. You know your pet’s normal behavior, and you are aware when they’re out of character. But it’s best that you put your anxiety at rest because that will only create panic. And when you panic, it’s difficult to be solution-oriented. There is a natural remedy for dog restlessness and panting. So, you can stop

Read More »

Veterinary Cryosurgery

    What is Veterinary Cryosurgery? Dr. Smith often uses veterinary cryosurgery in his pet cancer treatment plans. Cryosurgery, also called cryotherapy or cryoablation, is a common cancer procedure used in humans. Dr. Smith uses it to skin tumors, and sometimes even certain tumors inside the body. Cryosurgery works by using extreme cold produced by liquid nitrogen or argon gas to destroy cancer cells and abnormal tissue. Watch the Video  Transcription Dr. Smith:  Ladies and gentlemen, I’m Doctor Marc Smith, a 20-year practicing veterinarian and co-creator of PET | TAO Holistic Pet Products, and I’m gonna work on this fine

Read More »

Looking for an Herbal Formulation for Diabetes in Cats?

Why Use an Herbal Formulation for Diabetes in Cats? I remember my first experience giving a cat insulin shots. It was years ago, and I was pet sitting for a friend. Giving kitty an insulin shot would be easy, she said. Just give him a little tuna and give him a shot. That’s it! NOPE. To say the least, giving the kitty a shot didn’t happen quite the way she described it. What she didn’t tell me was how much kitty hated the shot. Or, how fast I’d need to inject to avoid getting scratched! Let’s face it, insulin injections

Read More »

What’s the Best Supplement for Joint Health in Dogs?

We all want our dogs to feel good and have an excellent quality of life, no matter what age.Unfortunately, many dogs suffer from weakened or worn out joints Arthritis and Joint Health in Dogs Arthritis is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. All dogs suffer from arthritis as they age. In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 20% of all adult dogs have arthritis. In other words, 1 in 5 adult dogs suffers from arthritis. However,  if your dog is older than 7 years, there is a 65% chance he or she suffers from

Read More »