My Cat Is Not Using Its Litter Box, WHY?
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Cats are excellent companions, bringing us joy, comfort, and laughter. But sometimes they might develop concerning behavior problems. A common issue that people experience with their cats is eliminating, peeing, or pooping outside their litter box. Although it may seem like it, cats do not pee or poop outside their box as a means of revenge. It is a functional sign that something is wrong, and punishing them will only cause the behavior to worsen.
Several factors can cause a cat not to use their litter box, and finding the underlying problem is vital in treating inappropriate elimination. Potential causes can be:
Your Cat Could Have A Medical Condition
If your cat stops using their litter box, visit your veterinarian first. The veterinarian can perform tests to determine if there is a medical condition. Medical conditions that can cause your cat to stop using their litter box include:
Your Cat Is Trying To Protect Their Territory.
Cats communicate to other cats with their pee or poop. They also mark their territory by rubbing their faces on objects and scratching surfaces. But stress can make a cat feel the need to secure more of their environment, which could lead to marking areas of the house with pee or poop.
Stress typically comes from a change in their home, such as:
If you have cats who do not get along, it is essential to find the aggressor and the one they are bullying. In this situation, the aggressor will stalk and attack the other cat(s), and the other cat(s) will try to avoid the aggressor as much as possible. They may leave any room with the aggressor in it or prefer to stay on higher surfaces.
The following are some things you can do to ease the tension:
Your Cat Does Not Like Their Litter Box.
Some cats may not like their litter box. The biggest reason cats might not like it is a lack of cleanliness. Other reasons could be they do not like the size of the box, the litter, or its placement. It can be hard to tell if their behavior is from stress or an aversion to the litter box. Some signs that might signal your cat does not like the box include:
Talking to a cat behavior specialist might be best if nothing seems to work. Your veterinarian can help you find one in your area.
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