Where is the box? Let’s face it, litter box décor leaves a lot to be desired, so we often hide the placement. Closets are dark and often get closed, so your cat becomes creative. Basements are the most popular location, especially in townhouses. Would you like to get up in the middle of the night and go down three flights of stairs?
- Consider an aging cat, whose agility isn’t what it used to be.
- What about other animals or human traffic that’s blocking comfortable access? If you were taunted every time you wanted to relieve yourself, you’d find other options too. Cats need line-of-sight access, meaning clear passages, without obstacles other stalkers can hide behind.
- And what about the box? Is it clean enough you would walk barefoot in it? Is it a soft texture like sand, free from perfume scents? (The scents cover our laziness!) Can your cat enter the box comfortably and not be attacked on exit? (Note: While some cats like covered boxes, more often they create problems in multi-cat households. Plus, what you don’t see you overlook.) And as a mentor of mine often says, litter isn’t immortal . . .even clumping litter. Change the litter regularly and wash the box with hot, soapy water when changing.
Make sure all of these questions are answered to your cat’s liking, and you should see improvement. If not, then consider a holistic veterinarian for a whole body check up. Often a practitioner trained in complementary therapies, such as Chinese Medicine and acupuncture or homeopathy can use changes in behavior as signs and symptoms for underlying health issues and treat accordingly.