Ways To Help Your Cat Stop Going Outside The Litter Box

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A cat can be a wonderful companion. They are always there waiting for you when you get home. They will climb up and cuddle with you on the couch, and they are always there to keep you company.

While there are many great things about having a cat, there are a few things that can be annoying…

One is when the cat does not always go in the litter box. Cat urine has a very distinct, pungent odor, that can be difficult to get out.

If your cat is not going in the litter box, there could be a few reasons why. If you understand why he may not be using the litter box, you can make some changes.

 

The Litter Box Isn’t Clean

Most cats like a clean litter box. Some cats like the litter box cleaner than others.

If your cat is not using the litter box, it may be because he does not want to go in the dirty litter box. If you have multiple cats, you should try cleaning the box twice a day.

If you have one cat, it should be scooped daily. This may help the cat want to use the litter box again.

 

There Isn’t Enough Litter in the Box

Some cats won’t use the litter box if there is not enough litter inside.

Most cats prefer that there is one or two inches of litter in the box at all times.

If your cat goes in the litter box, and certain areas are not covered with litter, he may not even bother trying to use the litter box again.

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Photo by (Jennifer Peyton)

There is Too Much Litter

While cats won’t use the litter box if there isn’t enough litter, they also won’t use the litter box if there is too much litter.

They don’t want to feel like they are buried in the litter.

If you have a small kitten, you should use less than 2 inches of litter because he is so small. As he gets older, you can fill the litter box two to three inches deep.

 

There Aren’t Enough Litter Boxes in the House

If you have multiple cats, each one should have his own litter box.

Some cats are territorial, and won’t allow the other cats to use the litter box that they have claimed. You should also have an extra one, just in case.

The more places your cat has to go to the bathroom, the less he will want to go to the bathroom on the carpet.

 

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Photo by Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

Your Cat Can’t Get to the Litter Box Fast Enough

If your cat is not making it to the litter box fast enough, it could be because the litter box is too far away.

This is especially true if you live in a multilevel home.

It is a good idea to keep a litter box on each floor of the home, so that your cat can get to the litter box in time.

 

The Litter Box is Too Small

If you have a big cat, the litter box may be too small.

Cats need enough space to go to the bathroom and then cover what they did.

If the litter box is too small, they may go to the bathroom on the floor, where they have all the space that they need.

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Photo by Dekaritae

Your Cat May Not Like the Hood

Many litter boxes come with a hood.  This is good because it keeps the mess in the litter box out of view. The hood is also great for keeping the smell inside the litter box.

Unfortunately, some cats don’t like the hood. If your cat feels to confined when he goes in the litter box, he won’t go inside.

Instead, he will find somewhere else in the house to do his business.

 

The Cat is Sensitive to the Litter

If you have done everything possible to make your cat go in the litter box, and he is still going on the floor, the litter could be to blame.

Some cats are more sensitive to the scent and the texture of cat litter than others.

If you change the type of cat litter that you use, your cat may start using it again.

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Photo by Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

Cats are very independent animals. If your cat is refusing to use the litter box, it is important to figure out why, and make the necessary changes.

When you get your cat back into the litter box, he will stop making a mess on your rug.

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