Cat And The Litter Box

cat and the litter box

Many cat owners assume the litter box is just a place cats use for bowel elimination. The ground truth is that a cat’s relationship with the litter box is more complex and emotional. When more than one cat has to share the box, that relationship can get even more delicate. Litter box problems can occur in any household, regardless of the number of cats. The chances certainly increase as you add more cats into the mix.

It is important to look at your cat’s litter box set-up from his perspective. Make sure it meets his needs and not just our convenience. The needs of a adult cat is different from those of an active young cat or an overweight senior cat. If you have more than one cat, the litter box needs will be different than when there was just one kitty.

The litter box has to be cleaned enough

One of the most common reasons for a cat to urinating and defecating outside of the box involves a dirty box. It is often forgotten that cat’s sense of smell infinitely is more sensitive than our own.  The instinctive nature of the cat to be clean can be seen from the behaviour towards a dirty litter box.

Wrong location for the litter box

A cat should not have to travel too far to find a place to pee or poop. It is important to look at where is convenient and easy to access for the cat. Secondly, the litter box should never be place near the feeding station. The separation of the feeding station and elimination location is based on survival instinct. Cats eliminate away from where they live to avoid attracting predators.

Types of litter in the box

Cats can be just as choosy about their litters as their owners can. In general, cats prefer a soft, sandy texture and that is where most of the scoopable litters are ideal. Cats may retaliate against a change in litter by refusing to use the litter box. If you do decide to change litters, do so gradually by mixing more and more of the new litter into the old until you are using the new litter entirely.

Litter Box sizes & types

Litter box problem is behavioral and often cause by the type and size of the litter box used. Covered boxes hold the appeal of providing privacy and prevents litter to be kicked out over the sides. A covered box has more negatives than positives. Most covered boxes are too small and the cats may feel cramped in there. As a result, you may find half of your cat sticking out of the box entrance during elimination. While the covered box does provide privacy, it also lacks escape potential.  In a multiple cat household, the cat may not  want to use the box as they feel trapped or to ever be vulnerable to an ambush.

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