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Litter box problems for pets: why does the cat not go to the litter box?

Breeder's opinion: L. Solodovnikova

 Agree, we are ready to put up with many habits of our pets, but only one puts living together on the brink of the impossible - urination in the wrong places. You can deal with the problem if you figure out from the very first episode why the cat does not want to go to the tray and start taking the right actions. Why the cat does not go to the tray, what to do. Let's say right away that cats, like dogs, belong to those types of animals who are able to regulate the administration of their natural needs. The dog can wait up to 12 hours to be taken outside, while the cat will go to the litter box as soon as it needs to. Everything else (even if your cat goes to the litter box every other time) is a deviation from the norm, which has certain causes. These steps will help you understand why your cat does not go to the litter box and eliminate the cause. Using information from the American site petmd.com, we suggest to your attention 9 mandatory actions that you must take in order to understand why your beloved cat refuses to go to the tray and solve the problem. Take a urine test of your pet The first thing to do is contact your veterinarian and take a urine test. Urinary tract infections, kidney stones and kidney failure are the main causes of frequent urination, which may prevent your cat from making it to the toilet. Put a litter box for each cat to avoid rivalry Be sure to understand the question, does the cat mark or go to the toilet? Marks look like splashes, urination looks like a puddle. Marking not only unsterilized cats. Any cat can start marking its territory, especially if it feels that someone is claiming it. Most often, another cat or a cat acts as a rival. In this case, it is best to breed animals in different rooms, and each put their own tray. But it happens that in this way the cat reacts to the appearance of another family member or child. In this case, you need to do everything to make the animal feel more protected, give him more attention and affection. Pay extra attention to the cleanliness of the tray Clean the tray every day and change the filler regularly. Cats are very clean creatures, and dirty lumps, an unpleasant smell are one of the most common reasons why a cat has stopped going to the tray - what to do, perhaps your senses of your purr are much "thinner" than you thought. Try to please the pet, or the animal will start looking for another place for its needs. Get rid of the smell Thoroughly wash the place where the cat wrote. At the same time, it is very important not only to wash, but also to destroy the very smell of urine. To do this, you need to use special tools that are sold in pet stores. Even if the smell of urine, which is subtle for you, remains, then there is a high risk that the animal will return here again. The tray should be “always at hand.” If you have a very large apartment, and even more so, your own house, put several trays in different places. One tray is often not enough. The general rule is one litter box per cat, plus one more. Move the litter box slowly where you need to go. Buy another tray The cat does not go to the tray If all of the above has been done, and puddles or other inappropriate "gifts" appear again and again - change the tray. Often, owners use closed toilets because they are more aesthetically pleasing. However, the pet may not think so. We can wonder for a long time why the cat stopped going to the tray “for the most part”, and the reason will turn out to be much more prosaic.

It seems to her that the closed tray is too cramped - it is difficult to turn around there, but in order to properly bury her affairs, at least some space is required. In addition, an odor accumulates inside, which is unpleasant for the animal. If you have an open litter box, then you should make sure that its walls are not too high for a cat, especially an elderly one. Buy a different litter Change the type of litter, maybe your cat does not like it. A common cause of dislike is a strong fragrance or sharp, unpleasant granules for the paws. If you took an adult cat into the house, then perhaps she is already used to some particular type of litter and does not want to go to another. According to research, loose litter with activated charcoal is the favorite for cats. Quarrels between cats or the introduction of a new animal in the house often cause urination in the wrong places. It happens that a showdown takes place just near the tray, and in this case, the loser of the battle will begin to bypass it. We hope our tips will help you figure out why the cat does not go to the tray. What to do, however, is strongly discouraged? Remember that scolding a cat, yelling at it, and even more so beating (alas, this practice of raising children and cats is quite common) is not only pointless, but also harmful. An animal that has lost its cleanliness for one of the above reasons is unlikely to recover from your cry. You will add to the stress caused by the discomfort of an uncomfortable or dirty litter box, an unpleasant filler, an aggressive fellow or a new contender for the owner's love, one more, and only reinforce the wrong behavior.

 (c) L. Solodovnikova