Until your cat is reliably house trained, they should not have free run of your home. If your cat continually makes mistakes, the behaviour can simply become a habit.
Punishing a cat after the fact teaches them to be afraid of you. Scolding and then taking the cat to their litter box after they have already eliminated teaches them to associate the litter box with punishment. Basically, punishment doesn’t work with cats: prevention and praise for getting it right are the keys to training.
Until your cat is trained to use the litter box when you leave the house for any length of time, your cat should be confined to a single room, preferably one with non-porous floors, such as a kitchen, bathroom, utility room, basement or garage.
One problem that causes more upset between cats and owners than perhaps any other is the dreaded litter box issue; or, more specifically, the issue of what to do if your cat is not using the litter box.
This is a topic that always comes up, and always causes distress to people. But it need not. There are things that can be done to understand what is going on and to get the problem fixed while keeping your cat with you and making both your lives calmer, happier and easier.
In this video Jackson outlines a couple of main rules you should follow concerning the way your cat’s litter box is integrated into your home.
Following these pointers could end up solving a lot of problems for you and your cat — including anger and anxiety issues.
No one likes a dirty litter box – especially a cat. Your cat does not simply need a litter box – they need a clean litter box with fresh litter. Your cat will be inhibited from using the litter box if it smells of urine. Think about it from the cat’s viewpoint. When they soil your dining room carpet, the area is immediately and thoroughly cleaned. Given the choice between a regularly cleaned place and a litter box that gets changed only once or twice a week, your cat will naturally prefer the carpet. Some cats dislike certain types of litter and won’t use it.
In this video we revisit Megan and Fi to find out how Fi is doing following Jackson’s visit. Was Jackson able to help remedy her litter box aversion?
There could be a few reasons why your cat has peed or pooped outside of the litter box and it is very important that you listen to your cat to solve the problem.
This is their way of signalling to you that something is wrong — either with health or anxiety — and there are several ways to fix it.
If your cat is peeing or pooping outside the box, the first thing you should do is go to the vet. Rule out any health problems.
If this wasn’t happening a week ago and now it’s starting to happen regularly, you need to think about what may have changed in your home.
Almost all litter box problems come down to two things. It’s either a physical problem or it revolves around territorial insecurity/anxiety.
Rule Out Health Issues
It may not be health related at all, but whenever a cat’s bathroom habits become unusual, it’s always good to just have a vet check-up and make sure there is nothing unseen at work (urinary tract infection, bladder problems, kidney stones, etc.).
Make Sure The Litter Box Is Clean
No one likes a dirty box – especially a cat. Your cat does not simply need a litter box – they need a clean litter box with fresh litter. Your cat will be inhibited from using the litter box if it smells of urine. Think about it from the cat’s viewpoint. When they soil your dining room carpet, the area is immediately and thoroughly cleaned. Given the choice between a regularly cleaned place and a litter box that gets changed only once or twice a week, your cat will naturally prefer the carpet. Some cats dislike certain types of litter and won’t use it.
The difference between peeing and marking spraying.
Is your cat backing up to a wall and spraying the wall, spraying the vertical world there, the walls? Take a look at where your cat is marking and a lot of times marking is going to happen by the front door, by the back door or under the windows. This is perimeter marking.
So what is causing your cat to do this – the chances are that you’ve got cats in your neighbourhood.
If they’re squatting on the floor, it’s probably something a little different, although it still can be a very insecure statement on their part. If your cat is marking right outside the box they are probably sending a message to somebody else in the home, it could be a dog or children, the marking is to tell others that this is their litter box.