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Your Cat’s Litter Box: 8 Mistakes to Avoid

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The cat’s relationship with the litter box is more complex than many cat parents realize. We typically assume the litter box to be a place where a cat simply eliminates. It’s the place we want kitty’s pee and poo to be exclusively deposited and as long as kitty follows the plan, everyone is happy. For the cat though, the relationship to the litter box is more complicated than just an elimination spot. It’s important to look at your cat’s litter box set-up from his perspective to make sure it meets his needs and not just our convenience. The needs of a young kitten may be different from the needs of an adult. The needs of an overweight or senior cat ...

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Why Does My Cat Pee on the Bed?

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No one likes it when a cat starts eliminating outside of the litter box but the one place that really is difficult for cat parents to deal with is when kitty starts peeing on the bed. It seems to be the one location most cat parents take as a personal insult. As hard as it may seem to understand why your loving cat would suddenly view your bed as a litter box, it has nothing to do with spite or revenge. Is Your Cat’s Behavior Anxiety Related? Many times when the bed is the chosen area, there’s a good chance the behavior is due to anxiety. That anxiety can be due to many factors in the environment but before you ...

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Some Common Reasons Why Cats Stop Using the Litter Box

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Listen to the audio version of this article When your cat stops using the litter box it’s frustrating and stressful for both cat and cat parent. It’s also, sadly, one of the most common reasons that a cat may get a one-way ticket to the nearest shelter. There are many reasons why a cat may avoid the litter box and it’s important to figure out the true cause in order to get everything back on track. Inappropriate elimination shouldn’t be a deal-breaker when it comes to whether kitty gets to stay in your family or not. While some reasons for litter box aversion may be more complex, there are often some simple mistakes cat parents make. If you’re a new ...

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How to Litter Box Train an Outdoor Cat

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If you’re transitioning an outdoor cat to indoor life, you may be initially concerned with how to train the cat to now start using an indoor litter box. For some cats, the transition to a litter box will be very easy but for others, it may take a little more finesse on your part. Start With an Appealing Litter Box Look at the box from your formerly-outdoor cat’s point of view. When he was outdoors he had the wide open spaces when it came to choosing an elimination spot. The box you choose as his new indoor box should be: uncovered easy to find the right size All-too-often, when it comes to litter boxes, cat parents choose types that are ...

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Litter Box Problems in a Multicat Home: How to Identify the Culprit

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When it comes to a litter box problem in a multicat household, the first, and often most difficult, step is to identify the furry little culprit. You may think you know which cat peed on the carpet but if you’re wrong, you could create major setbacks in the behavior modification plan. So how do you go about finding out which cat has turned your living room carpet into a giant litter box or has sprayed against your favorite antique chair? The Veterinarian Don’t automatically assume the problem is behavioral, even if your cats have been throwing hissy fits at one another. There could be an underlying medical cause for the behavior and you certainly wouldn’t want a cat to needlessly ...

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The Size of Your Cat’s Litter Box

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When it comes to choosing a litter box, it’s important to match the size of the box to the size of your cat. It’s easy to get influenced by a desire to choose a box based on whether it will fit in a certain location. In some cases that may still work out fine for your cat but in other cases, it means she ends up squeezing too much cat into too little litter box. Your cat shouldn’t have to become a contortionist every time she has to go to the bathroom. What Size Litter Box is Best for Your Cat? In general, the litter box should be one-and-a-half times the length of your cat. That gives her enough room to eliminate, cover her ...

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How to Change Brands of Litter

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Cats don’t like change and if you want to avoid creating unnecessary stress in your cat’s life, it’s important to keep that in mind when you’re planning on introducing anything unfamiliar. You may think I’m only referring to major changes but for many cats, even a minor change can be upsetting. The type of litter you put in your cat’s litter box will have a great influence on whether he successfully chooses that location for elimination or whether he ends up peeing on your carpet. Litter scent (or lack of), texture, cleanliness and depth all play a factor in litter box appeal. So if you’re planning on switching to a new brand or type of litter, there are two ways to ...

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When Cats Develop Negative Associations with the Litter Box

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Your cat has faithfully used the litter box for years and then suddenly has begun eliminating on the carpet in your bedroom. Sometimes you’ve even found cat pee in the bathroom sink and the tub. What’s up with that? There are several reasons why a cat may suddenly stop using the litter box such as: An underlying medical condition Unappealing litter box conditions Environmental issues Hopefully, you are already aware that your cat should be checked out by the veterinarian at the first sign of a litter box problem in order to rule out any possible underlying medical reason for the behavior. So let’s say you’ve done that and the diagnosis is that kitty does, in fact, have a urinary ...

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Litter Box Monitoring

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Scooping the litter box on a daily basis (actually, twice daily is better) is not only important for keeping the box clean and your cat happy – it’s a valuable diagnostic tool. Too many cat parents are missing this valuable opportunity to catch potential medical problems in the early stages because they’re not keeping up with a regular scooping schedule or the schedule is far from adequate. Time to be a Detective When it Comes to Your Cat’s Health What does or doesn’t happen in the litter box can be a red flag indicating a potential health issue. If you’re on top of your scooping schedule you’ll be alerted to changes in your cat’s frequency of elimination, changes in appearance ...

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Does Your Cat have a Litter Aversion?

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To a cat parent, one litter substrate may be just as good as another. In fact, what humans may find attractive about a particular brand or type of litter may actually be highly disliked by cats. There are also other factors that come into play when trying to evaluate whether your cat has a litter aversion. How Common is Litter Aversion? It’s actually relatively common that a cat may eliminate away from the box due to a dislike of the litter or the litter conditions. Even if she still faithfully uses the litter box, she may want to spend as little time in there as possible. She may not dig or scratch or she may even perch on the edge ...

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