LITTER BOX PROBLEMS
Litter box problems are the number one behavioral problem of cats. Many cats are euthanized every year because of this behavior. Some label it "inappropriate". Others say the cat is "bad". I often hear the phrase "the cat does it on purpose to get even." Another common statement is "she did it out of spite" or "he was mad at my boyfriend so he urinated on his things."
- at the bottom of the page, there are questions and answers from other readers that will give you even more information. In addition to reading them, you can also comment on any of them.
- You will also find a form below that invites you to submit your own story about cat litter problems you may have had and any methods you used that were successful.
- If you are feeling very distressed because you are going through a litter box "crisis" right now with your cat, and you have not found your solutions after reading the information here, I have written an eBook to help you. It is a very complete guide to retraining your cat to use the litter box. It is available at the end of this page also.
The most serious of these is the requirement for them to urinate and defecate in small boxes with very little "dirt" in them. We've taken away their room to position in the manner in which they desire. We've taken away their ability to dig and dig to their heart's content so they cover their eliminations as much as they wish.
Along the way, we've created different shapes of boxes, added little steps up into them, put a "ceiling" on their space, given them hundreds of different substances to dig in, and horror of horrors, put plastic liners in the bottom of the pans to further annoy, frighten, and inconvenience them.
We've taken away their privacy by placing these boxes out in the open, in noisy places, in basements where washers and dryers and furnaces and hot water heaters go on and off with a roar. We often have one litter box and it's in the basement even though the house has 2 floors plus basement and attic; in other words, we've asked them to learn to "hold it".
I could go on and on, but I imagine you get my point by now. And we wonder why they have litter box problems?
However, the greatest injustice of all occurs when we find that our beloved cat is urinating or defecating outside the box and we jump to the immediate conclusion that "it's feline behavior problems".
Feline urinary problems with a medical basis, not a behavioral one, are very common in both male and female cats. They are very prone to urinary tract infections, inflammation, blockages, and stones. To not address the possibility that one of those conditions might be causing the undesirable litter box problems is doing a disservice to both your cat and you.
Cat toilet training is an innate behavior and if that behavior suddenly changes, there can be a variety of reasons. Insuring that the behavior does not have a underlying medical cause by taking your cat to the vet is essential.
This section of the web site assumes you have already done that. The questions and answers in this section will focus on behavioral litter box problems. Other sections will cover urinary tract infections, stones, obstruction, inflammation, constipation and diarrhea.
Litter Box Problems
What Other Readers Have Shared About Litter Box Problems
Click below to see the contributions from fellow cat lovers...
Cat urinating on the floor with no underlying medical issues
Cat Urinary Problem
Cat is Pooping on My Bed
Cat Defecation Problem
My cat all-of-a-sudden is going to the bathroom in the house.
Please help! Cat urination behavior
Cat Litter Box Trouble
Litter Box Problems
Defecation Problems: Cat Defecation Problem
Defecation Problems: Litter Box Problems
Defecating Problem with Cat
Cat peeing outside the litter box
Cat gets in litter box, but poops outside it
Making a Cat an Outdoor Cat
Cat Bowel Movement Problems
NEED URGENT HELP WITH MY CAT
My older male cat is upset about our new female kitten
Question to Answer my Husband about Cats....
Sweet smell in cat litter box
Time to See the Vet!
Senior Cat not using litter box to urinate
How to get rid of smelly cat poop odors?
My 6 Cats: Male and female cats urinating outside box
Male cat spraying and peeing
Cat sleeping in litter box
Cat urinating on clothes
My Poopsie Kitty is now a Poopie on the Rug Kitty
Cat Litter Box Problems: Going outside the Box
Worried Mama About Cat
CAT LITTER BOX HAS BECOME MY SONS BED
Cat Making a Mess with Litter !
Cat box problems
Defecation Problem: New Home Cat Defecation Problem
Defecation AND Urination Problems: litter box problem HELP!
Cat Behavior Change
Two New Friends For Sadie