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When Your Cat Won't Use The Litter Box

I can't think of anything more disgusting than when your cat won't use the litter box. Some times all the cat training in the world won't cure these litter box problems. Whether the problem exist simply because of a cleanliness issue or something more serious, like cat health problems, there are steps you can take to resolve the situation.

To begin with consider the litter box location. Cats are shy and bashful creatures. They prefer their toilets be in a quiet, out of the way location in your house. It needs easy access, but should be in an area without a lot of household traffic. Make sure to keep it separated from her food dish, too! You wouldn't want your commode in the middle of your dining room and neither does Miss Kitty!

You must be constantly aware of the cleanliness of the litter box. Remove solid waste and any wet clumps daily. At least once each week you should completely empty the box and wash it with unscented soapy water. Thoroughly rinse and dry the box and fill it with fresh kitty litter. Also, make sure to keep the area around the litter box clean. Some cats are just natural "neat freaks".

If you are using a scented kitty litter try switching to one that is either unscented or is a moisture release type. Some scented litters are just too strong if your cat happens to have a sensitive nose.

Also remember if you have more than one cat you need more than one litter box. One for each cat and at least one spare (for those emergency runs). Cats really don't like to share their potties!

By paying close attention to these tips you should take care of your cat's litter box problems. If the problem persists you should consider the possibility of a problem with your cat's health. Consult your veterinarian to make certain cat health is not a problem. There are books available to help, even some that show you how to train your cat to use the human toilet. Any type of cat training will be of benefit for litter box training and overall behavior training. Owning a cat should be a rewarding experience. Eliminating any litter box problems will help keep it that way.

When your cat won't use the litter box it can be quite disgusting.

Steve Kettle is a freelance writer and publisher of a pet website. Join our pet community and get FREE newslettershttp:

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