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Litter Box Lapses

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

If your cat stops using the litter box,  Don’t ever punish him. Try to find out why. My younger cat stopped using the litter box and I found out that she was intimidated because every time she would go in to use it, my older cat, Mollie would guard the bathroom door and not let her in. I solved the problem by getting another litter box and put it in the second bathroom.  A good rule of thumb if you have multiple cats is to have a box for each cat plus one extra box.  Like humans, most cats want privacy.  If your cat has stopped using the litter box, try putting a hood on it.  Place the box where it’s accessible but make sure that it’s away from where your cat eats and sleeps.  You can also try changing the type of litter. Some cats dislike the scented kinds. Make sure the box  is roomy with low sides for easy entry and exit. Change the litter box and wash the box often.  If your cat still isn’t using the litter box, consult your veterinarian.

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