Tips for Novice Cat Owners: Why Is My Cat Not Using the Litter Box?

Many first-time cat owners assume that owning a cat is a convenient and clean thing to do, assuming that cats will solve their own toilet problems with litter. But the truth is, many cats don’t go to the toilet in the litter box.
They go where they want to go.
There’s a lot of friction between cat owners and their cats over not using the litter box, and statistically it’s the No.1 reason cat owners turn their cats in to animal shelters.
It’s not an easy task to train a cat to use a litter box from scratch, but if your cat used to use the litter box but suddenly stopped using it recently, why? What can you do about it?
A lot of people get frustrated because you don’t have the right answer and the answer may be easier than you think.

1. The environment changes

The cat is a creature that does not like change. If your cat suddenly stops using the litter box, firstly you should think about what has changed recently.
Like a new litter box? Is the new litter box smaller than the old one? Did you put it in a new place? Did you clean it with some weird chemicals?
If so, try to undo the changes first and see if you can solve the problem. If you do, the next time you want to change something, do it as gradually as possible and avoid big changes.

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2. The litter box is not clean

It is well known that a litter box that does not been cleaned its litter regularly will be disliked by cats. Put yourself in your shoes. Would you rather put up with it than use a dirty toilet? Be sure to clean the litter box at least once a day and keep it in a well-ventilated area.

3. The cat is marking territory

If your male cat just doesn’t use the litter box sometimes, why is that? It’s probably doing something called territorial marking.
This is the reaction of some cats living in multi-cat homes, or cats in heat.
While the cat seems unable to control itself and often urinates outside the litter box, it’s actually just marking its territory.
The solutions is to buy anti-tagging spray (a magical spray that stops the cat from peeing) online and to have your cat neutered.



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