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The Top 8 Reasons Why Your Kitty Won’t Use the Litter Box

By: J. Anne Helgren

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Remember these important tips on litter box care and cat behavior:

  • Don't perform disliked procedures, such as pilling and nail clipping, near the litter box. Your cat may associate these activities with the litter box and avoid it.

  • Don't try to catch your cat to perform disliked procedures (such as those listed above) while he's using the litter box.

  • Don't do anything else that might cause your cat to associate its litter box with unpleasantness. E.g. Don't force him into the box after an accident; don't punish your cat when he's near the litter box (or any other place, for that matter).

  • Don't rub the cat's nose in urine or feces if he eliminates outside the box.

  • Don't use harsh disinfectants or cleaners to clean the litter box.

  • Do check with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical contributions.

  • Do clean the box daily.

  • Do make sure your cat has a quiet, private, stress-free litter box location.

  • Do praise and reward your cat when he uses the box correctly.

    We hope these tips help you understand why your cat won't use the litter box and give you some solutions.

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