Only ten percent of all cats develop litter box issues. When it happens it's one of the most unsettling situations you can experience with your beloved feline. If your cat is not comfortable with her litter box or can't easily access it, she probably won't use it. It should be clean and located in a quiet place. You should scoop it twice a day and replace the litter at least once a week (it depends on the type of litter). Please see below some of the most common causes related to litter box accidents:
- The litter box has not been cleaned.
- There are not enough litter boxes. Make sure you provide a litter box for each of your cats.
- The litter box is too small.
- Your cat has no easy access to the litter box.
- Your cat's litter box has a hood or liner and she is not comfortable with it.
- The litter in the box is too deep. Cats prefer one or two inches of litter.
- Older cats or cats with physical limitations may have a difficult time using certain types of litter boxes such as top-entry boxes, or litter boxes with high sides.
- Stress can cause litter box problems. Cats might be stressed by events their owners do not find traumatic. Moving, adding new family members or pets to the household may trigger a litter box problem.
- Multi-Cat household conflict - one cat in the house may control access to the litter boxes preventing other cats from using them. Any conflict between cats may create enough stress to cause litter box problems.
Some of our caregivers have litter boxes of their own. Many clients prefer to bring their own litter box and litter. Another option for a short term boarding is to bring a disposable litter box. The litter should be provided (or paid for by the client). Book your next cat boarding service in advance!