Typically, cats prefer to use a litter box for elimination. However, there may be times when they are going outside their litter boxes. This presents a problem for cat owners. Sometimes, going outside the box is a sign of illness. If your cat has been tested and cleared of any sicknesses, here are some tips for managing litter box issues.
Cats like a clean litter box. If a litterbox hasn’t been cleaned for a while, that may cause them to go somewhere else. You should scoop out the litter box once a day and change the litter a few times a week. Also, once a week, rinse out the box with baking soda or unscented soap.
Keep the litter box out of sight from their food and water bowls. Cats do not like to go to the bathroom near where they eat. If they can see where they eat from their litter box, that can cause them to not want to go in the box.
If your cat is getting older, age might be an issue. Try getting them a litter box with lower sides that makes it easier for them to climb in. You might also want to consider moving the box if it sits up somewhere.
Cats are very particular about their litter boxes. If they are not using them, then that is a sign something is off. It can be a health issue, or it can be an issue with the box and the environment around it. If you’ve tried home fixes and they are still having mishaps outside the box, take them to a vet. A veterinary exam will help rule out any health issues, and your vet can discuss other behavioral strategies with you.