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My cat does not use the litter box…
There may be many reasons for this problem. Quite often the solution is at hand, but sometimes more patience will be required. First-of-all, if we have a he cat which is not castrated, peeing outside the box is his way of marking his territory (especially, if there are many cats in the house). Early castration usually does the trick. An unsterilized female cat, on the other hand, uses urine to draw males; here as well, sterilization should help. Cats are very tidy animals so it often happens that, if the litter box is not cleaned, our cat will avoid it. There are cats which will use a clean box once only and will nor reuse it until it has been cleaned again. If you cannot clean the box so often, prepare another one. Some cats have their preferences as for the shape of their litter box; some animals are shy and will avoid open boxes. They need a litter box which will offer them more privacy. Other cats will feel oppressed in a covered litter box and prefer the one from which they can easily escape if a threat appears. It is also very important where the litter box is placed. It should never be located close to the food bowls. Cats, just like humans, do not like to have their kitchen next to the toilet. Moreover, we must consider whether the box is not placed in a busy spot (if we have a large family or receive many guests, the corridor will not be a suitable place for our cat’s litter box). Try to find a calm, isolated spot. If we have many cats at home and until now they all had one litter box, try second litter box. Sometimes cats simply push one another out of the box, which may go unnoticed by the owner, an additional box should solve the problem. It is sometimes advisable to prepare a separate litter box for each animal. If we have a large number of cats, this may be difficult, but it may be worth the effort if it keeps our house tidy. Another possible source of the problem may be the fact that we have recently changed the type of cat litter; not every cat will accept scented, wood based or silicone litter. Occasionally, cats find it hard to change their habits and, if they cannot inform us of their discontent verbally, they let us know in the only available way. If none of the above suggestions work, the reason may lie deeper, in our cat’s head. If the problem appeared suddenly, consider whether a big change has occurred recently in your (and your cat’s) life. Moving to a new house, a renovation, a baby or a new animal in the house, a divorce, etc., may all cause our pet’s stress and frustration. A cat is like a barometer, it not only senses our mood and comes to cheer us up when we are sad, but it also reacts to various kinds of changes in its environment. In such circumstances, we try to devote more time and attention to our cat, show it that our feelings are unaltered by the change in our life. A cat is like a child – if it feels neglected, it will try to draw our attention in all kinds of ways, sometimes not desirable ones. We may encourage it to use the litter box by changing the litter more often. We should also observe the cat to eliminate reasons of medical nature. If the cat meows during urination and/or defecation, or if it “goes to the toilet” very often, we may have a cause for concern. We should then contact a vet immediately. Remember to never punish your cat for not using the litter box, it may only make the problem worse.