September 23, 2018 3 min read

People whose cat no longer goes to its litter box often say that the cat takes revenge or does it out of spite. Some even claim that the animal has gone crazy…Of course, situations such as the pet being angry with some of the family members, general circumstances or the pet being under stress cannot be excluded. However, quite often, the problem is rooted somewhere else and you should just be more attentive to your pet.

The reasons for the cat refusing to use its litter box and solutions.

1. Urogenital System Inflammation

Infections (feline cystitis) or traumas can cause repeated urination and the animal just doesn’t have time to reach the proper place. In the case of ureteral stones, urine flow becomes impossible due to the canals blockage.

Thoroughly inspect the litter box and the places your animal prefers and be sure to consult a veterinary physician! Take your time and don’t use various attractant sprays and certainly don’t even think of swearing at your pet until the reasons haven’t been determined.

2. Clean Habits

Cats are very cleanly animals, so check whether the litter box is clean enough and wash it thoroughly. Then, inspect the litter; maybe, the scoop you used to fill in the litter box is dirty and leaves a smell insensible to a human but unacceptable for a cat. It happens that dirt around the litter box can deter a cat from using its toilet.

3. Wrong Litter Box

You may like everything about a new litter box (it is glossy, large, attractive and matches the tile/wallpaper color). However, if for some reason it’s not suitable for the cat, then that’s it.

And, despite this new litter box being so fascinating, the cat doesn’t even approach it. However, the pet enjoys using its old, scratched and faded one. Therefore, when buying a new litter box don’t throw away the old one immediately.

And, despite this new litter box being so fascinating, the cat doesn’t even approach it. However, the pet enjoys using its old, scratched and faded one. Therefore, when buying a new litter box don’t throw away the old one immediately.

4. Inappropriate Litter

Despite the fact that you’ve studied all your pet’s habits, try using other litter. There is a possibility that this is the thing the cat is unpleased with.

5. Odors

You are the one who wants poop to smell lavender or orange but the cat doesn’t need it at all! Therefore, the cat may refuse to be neat only because it doesn’t like the litter odor. Also, be sure that the litter box is made of high-quality materials and doesn’t smell of low-quality plastic.

        It is not recommended to use any aromatic substances for cleaning the cat’s litter box.

They may not only disorient your cat but cause allergic reactions as well.

6. Quiet Place

Would you like to go to the toilet in the middle of a crowded square? I doubt it. A kitten feels just the same as a human. If the litter box is displayed publicly in a location that is too light, noisy and crowded, you shouldn’t wait for the cat to use it as intended. Of course, cats don’t read newspapers sitting on the toilet as humans do but they love being alone in a silent and calm place during the process no less than we do.

7. State of Mind

During a standing heat period, a cat can scent-mark everything; therefore, pay attention to the psychological and emotional state of your pet. Don’t swear at your pet – it will make the situation even worse. The best option is to consult a doctor. If you are not going to mate the animal, you should correct its behavior with some composing herb drugs (but only once you have consulted a veterinarian).

Kawaii Meow
Lover of Japanese culture, cats, and self-help hacks. The biggest cat online store.

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