Solving Kitty Litter Problems

Has your cat suddenly stopped using the litter box? Most cats instinctively know how to find and use a litterbox and it is not hard to train them if they need help.  Problems arise; however, when cats stop using their boxes all of a sudden. There are several possible reasons a cat could stop using a litterbox.  Here are some of the most common reasons.
  1. Medical problems -sometimes pain or illness can impair a cat's ability to use the litterbox.  If your cat seems to be in pain, take him to the vet. 
  2. Unclean litterbox - scoop the litterbox every day.  Cats have an excellent sense of smell and can be very picky.  They like clean litterboxes.
  3. Litterbox in bad location -  your cat's litterbox should be in a low-traffic, quiet area of the house
  4. Choice of cat litter - these days, there are many different types of litter to choose from: clumping, non-clumping, crystals and natural and biodegradable.  My favorite is Fresh Step clumping litter. All cats have different tastes, so you may have to try a few different brands before finding one that works.
  5. Number of boxes - in a multi-cat household, each cat should have a litterbox.  Too few litterboxes or boxes that are too small may turn off your cat.
  6. Moving location - once you find a good area of the house to place the litterbox, don't move it, cats prefer it in one place.
  7. Anxiety - stressed out cats or those who are upset for some reason could cause a cat to stop using his box.  It could be a new addition to the household, such as another pet or a person.