Is your cat neglecting to use the litter-box? Check out some information as to why this might be happening and how you can fix the problem.
Excellent Prognosis Urination and defecation outside the litterbox is the most common feline behavior problem. Many cats are given up because of house-soiling problems. Most of the time this is unnecessary. The prognosis for cats with problems like Malachy’s is excellent. Between 70 percent and 75 percent of litterbox problems are cured by simple treatments like the one Tish employed with Malachy. If your cat begins to urinate or defecate outside the box, see your veterinarian first. He or she will rule out medical causes. If the problem is considered to be a behavioral one, ask for a referral to a cat behavior specialist.
The Grass Is Always Greener? After learning Malachy’s history, I felt the cat was just not happy with the present state of his litterboxes and was looking for alternatives. Like many Persians, he spent more time pawing the sides of the litterbox than scratching in the litter. (Longhaired cats in general have a higher incidence of litterbox problems. It may be that they don’t want to soil their long, flowing coats!)
Can I Train an Outdoor Cat to Use a Litterbox? - Vetstreet
With Cat Litterboxes, Size Matters - Vetstreet
A. is one of the biggest concerns when transitioning an outdoor-only cat to the indoors. However, most can be litterbox trained in a few simple steps, with minimal hassle. Choose a box that your cat will actually use. Too often, cat owners opt for to the human eye, such as those that are covered. However, covered boxes can be frightening to cats, as they hinder any chance of escape and leave a cat vulnerable. Covered boxes also contain all of the scent, which may prompt a cat to use another place with less offensive odors. A self-scooping litterbox may be tempting, but the electronic sounds can scare more timid cats, which discourages their use. While some cats are fine with covered or self-scooping boxes, many do best with uncovered litterboxes. Some cats prefer a larger area to eliminate in than most cat boxes provide; for these cats, using a fairly big plastic storage box that’s approximately 6 inches in height can be a good solution. However, for a middle-aged cat, who may have joint disease, you will need to cut one or more of the sides down in order to allow her to get in and out of the more easily. Every house should have one litterbox per cat, plus one. Get two boxes for your new cat and place both boxes in locations that your cat likely is going to want to go: one by the door leading to outside where she would normally eliminate and one in a more private area. Some cats prefer litterboxes that are more hidden, so placing one behind a cat-safe plant or other barrier can help her feel more secure. In order to be sure your cat uses the box and not the plant as her bathroom, temporarily cover the plant's soil with pieces of tin foil.There are complex and simple electronic litter-box devices too. One innovative model attaches to sewer systems and is outfitted with heaters and blowers, others plug into electrical wall outlets and automatically clean cat litter with little rakes. Some are built to be invisible and blend in with the decor. They are artfully designed so that they double as coffee tables, elaborately decorated cabinets or look like modern trash cans. Designer litter boxes fill a need, .