Stop Your Cat From Peeing Everywhere! Top 10 Reasons Your Cat Won’t Use The Litter Box

welcome back y’all and today we’re going
over the top ten reasons why your cat won’t use the litter box and what you
can do about it number one and this one is so important is that your cat might
have an underlying illness it’s really important especially if you have a cat
that normally is really good about using the litter box about finding out if
there is an underlying cause cats are notorious for hiding illnesses from
their owners so it’s really important that you always make sure to check with
the vet to make sure that there’s not an underlying cause such as a urinary tract
infection or constipation something that might need to be medically treated
urinary tract infections can be extremely deadly to cats so always check
with your vet to make sure there aren’t any underlying physical illnesses going
on causing your cat to not want to use their litter box properly number two is
that the litter box is too dirty cats are extremely fastidious creatures
so if you’re not scooping that litter box enough they might choose a different
location to go personally I scoot my boxes at least twice a day although I
have multiple cats but I also have many many many litter boxes which leads me to
number three not having enough litter boxes in your house the rule of thumb
usually is that you want to have one litter box for every cat that you have
plus one additional litter box so say if you have one cat you want to have two
litter boxes if you have two cats you’d want to have three boxes and so on and
so forth this can help keep the litter boxes
cleaner so that your cat is more likely to use them this also helps in
situations where maybe you have an extremely large house and maybe the cat
is on one side of the house and the litter box is on the other and the cat
chooses to go in your bedroom instead of going downstairs to whatever room that
you keep the litter box in number four is having the wrong type of litter box
there are a lot of options when it comes to lid
boxes out there my typical recommendation for a litter box is just
to get a very very large normal litter box preferably with a higher back side
if you can find them a lot of cats will not use hooded litter boxes in my
experience and that can cause a lot of problems with inappropriate elimination
in your house I’ve also seen many problems with having automatic litter
boxes where the cat is too afraid of the litter box to use it and if your cat
doesn’t like their litter box they’re not gonna use it
they’re gonna go somewhere else in your house number five is poor litter box
placement cats want privacy when they are going to the bathroom and they need
a calm quiet area to go in keeping your leer box in areas that are extremely
high traffic where the cat is going to get interrupted constantly or in areas
of your house that are extremely noisy such as next to your washer or dryer can
really cause a lot of stress on the cat when they are trying to go to the
bathroom if the cat gets freaked out when they’re trying to use litter box
they’re gonna choose not to use the litter box and they’re going to go
somewhere else so it’s very important to make sure when you’re choosing your
litter box locations to make sure they are quiet peaceful calm areas where your
cat can go to the bathroom in peace uninterrupted number six this is a huge
one your cat is unaltered now there is a misconception that only male cats spray
but females do spray as well cats are extremely extremely territorial I cannot
emphasize that enough and if you have a cat that has not been spayed or neutered
then you definitely run the risk of them spraying in the house
it is typically recommended that you get your cat fixed before six months of age
if you want to try to prevent them from spraying in the future number seven is
the type of litter you are using choosing the type of litter is extremely
important as if the cat doesn’t like the litter they’re not going to use the
litter box it’s always recommended to choose an unscented litter or at
least if you’re going to get a scented one get one that is very mildly scented
so that the cat is more likely to use it because you have to remember their nose
is right in that litter so if you have a strongly scented litter imagine they’re
just in there breathing breathing in that scent also there’s many types of
litter out there from clay to pellets I personally have noticed a trend where
most cats don’t really care much for the pelleted litter although it’s fantastic
if you do have a cat that will use it because there is almost zero tracking
when it comes to pellet litter but when it comes to the cat’s preference they
want something that is as close to being a fine fine grained sand that is
available number eight is litter box guarding when you have multiple cats you
can run into cats that will guard the litter box this is again to do with the
fact that cats are extremely territorial even if you have four litter boxes for
your three cats if you have them all in one space there might be a problem with
litter box guarding it’s recommended that you spread your litter boxes
throughout your place so that way if you do have a cat that is prone to wanting
to guard the litter box from the other cats being able to use it this will be a
non-issue because you will have litter boxes spaced throughout your house so
that there’s no way that the cat can guard all those different litter boxes
in all those locations giving your other cats the freedom to be able to use the
litter box without being bullied number nine is outdoor cats outdoor or feral
cats if you have cats outside that are spraying the exterior of your house or
maybe near your front door this can cause problems with your cat inside they
might smell the urine that is coming from outside and decide to spray saying
hey this is my turf buddy back off this can be a little bit more difficult of a
problem to solve because in this situation it’s not your
cat that’s starting it but there are a lot of boundary sprays and things that
are available to kind of deter cats from going on to your property and there’s
also a lot of enzymatic outdoor cleaners that you can use in the areas that cats
have maybe sprayed the outside of your house that can help with making your cat
not have that need or urge to spray to prevent those cats from coming by number
10 is anxiety now this one is a little bit more rare but it does happen where
you have an anxious cat that just sometimes goes to the bathroom wherever
they are now this is another one that you would have to consult with a
veterinarian if you’ve tried everything there is to try and there’s nothing
physically health-wise wrong with your cat and they’re still not using the
litter box there are medications available out there that can help some
with that anxiety that a cat may have and if that is the case these
medications can really help get your cat going back into the litter box
if the litter box was causing them anxiety problems or if maybe they were
just having anxiety problems from loud noises and things scaring them and
causing them to urinate wherever they were when they got scared so anyway guys
that’s all I really have for y’all today as always thank you so much for watching
I love you guys and I will see you in my next video

3 thoughts on “Stop Your Cat From Peeing Everywhere! Top 10 Reasons Your Cat Won’t Use The Litter Box

  1. Several months after Whiskers passed away, I adopted a heathenous devil spawn which I named Kaede. Kaede had to share the house with an older declawed cat, and being a kitten, tortured him daily. I assumed this was simply typical kitten behavior, and did not realize that she was essentially bullying him daily for 8 years. He never once fought back, just ran. During this time, she would also poop on the floor. We lived in three different homes, and with each, it took her about a month before she would start pooping on the floor again. I always had one box per cat plus one extra, and cleaned them, but that did not matter to her.

    When our eldest cat started getting sick, I isolated him from her. She stopped pooping on the floor. His final week, he acted healthier than he had in years, so I let him out, and she returned to pooping. When he passed away though, she stopped. It’s been a year now, and she hasn’t pooped on the floor. Even though she’s had to deal with a new kitten in the house, who we got a few months before his passing, she has not started pooping on the floor. She truly hated that other cat. There was nothing wrong with him. He never did anything to her.

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