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What To Do If Your Cat Stops Using The Litterbox

Our feline friends are known for being quite neat and clean. Fluffy will use her litterbox to see to her needs, so you’ll never have to rush home to walk her. However, sometimes cats avoid their litterboxes. This is of course very frustrating for pet owners! Here, a Webster, NY vet offers tips on what to do if your pet stops using her litterbox.

Figure Out Why

If Fluffy is avoiding her powder room, the first thing to do is try and find out why. There are actually quite a few possible options. A dirty litterbox is a common one. Kitties like their bathrooms nice and clean, and who can blame them? If you have more than one cat and only one litterbox, overcrowding could be the reason. Kitties are also purrticular about their bathrooms. Fluffy may not like the size, depth, or location of the box. Or, she may not care for the litter. Older cats sometimes have trouble getting in and out of boxes with high sides, so this may be the issue with senior furballs. Stress, conflict with other pets, territorial marking, and health problems are also possibilities.

Call The Vet

You’ll want to rule out the possibility of medical issues. Have your vet give Fluffy a thorough examination right away. If your furry pal hasn’t been fixed yet, you’ll want to get this done as well.

Bathroom Remodel

It’s important for cats to feel comfortable in their bathrooms. First and foremost, make sure your feline buddy’s litterbox is nice and clean. If the box looks like it may be too small for Fluffy, get her a bigger one. You may also want to experiment with different litters. If you’ve recently changed brands, litterboxes, or locations, try changing back.

Move It

Just like people, cats prefer to have some privacy when doing their business. Put Fluffy’s purrsonal powder room in a quiet area that’s easy for her to access, and not too hot or too cold.

Avoid Punishment

As frustrating as it can be to deal with messes, you should never punish your furball for avoiding her litterbox. This may make her anxious, and can actually cause her to become scared of the litterbox.

Please contact us, your local Webster, NY vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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