The most frequent call we receive at the Fur Keeps program to date is our lovely feline friends going to the bathroom outside of the litter box! It is our belief that the first and most important step is to have your cat seen by a vet as soon as possible! Cats are stoic creatures and may seem fine even though they are in pain. Not using the litter box is the first sign that there could be a medical condition going on. If you need assistance, please fill out our Fur Keeps Intake Form.
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Litter Box Quick Tips
Rule Out Illness
Check with your veterinarian to make sure that medical issues aren’t the underlying cause. Be sure to fully explain the litter box issue and request a urinalysis, stool check, and a blood draw (especially if your cat is a senior).
Don’t Punish Your Cat
Physical and verbal punishment will likely make the problem worse. Contrary to popular belief, litter box problems have nothing to do with spite and are often caused by stress.
Do a Test
Place numerous litter boxes around the house with different linings: newspaper, clumping litter, non-clumping litter, sand, sawdust, carpet remnants, and no litter at all. If you find that your cat prefers an unacceptable surface (such as carpet), try to slowly convert the cat back to a litter by adding a little litter each week. Continue adding more litter until you can remove the carpet remnants from the box.