No matter how much you adore your little furry pet, you don’t want to spend your day cleaning up after them as they go around peeing everywhere, except inside their litter box. Also, it could be very disheartening to witness them dirtying your expensive carpet or linen on a routine basis. So how do you break this annoying habit and get your cat to use the litter box? Let’s find out.
Tip#1: Check for an underlying medical issue
Before you begin to address your cat’s problem, it is important to assess whether it is medically fit or not. Sometimes a cat may appear to be absolutely fine, but a detailed veterinary exam could help reveal a complete picture of its health.
So what is the connection between your cat’s health and peeing outside the litter box? Well, veterinarians inform that resistance to pee in the litter box could be a clear sign of a medical problem in the cat. In majority of the cases, the cat might be experiencing excessive urination, urinary incontinence or painful urination. Therefore, a visit to the pet is critical to ensure that there isn’t any medical reason behind this behavioral problem.
Tip#2: Keep the litter box clean
You know how cats are naturally inclined towards cleanliness, right? A dirty litter box might discourage them from using it and cause them to find other places to urinate (such as your carpet or living room floor). Therefore, it is important to keep your cat’s litter box clean throughout the day.
Tip#3: Get an extra litter box
For most cats, a single litter box may not be enough. It is a good idea to have a second litter box in the home so that the cat does not have to run to another floor or to the other end of the house to pee. The idea is to make it easier for your feline buddy to use its litter box. An alternative litter box could prevent it from dirtying other general areas of the home.
Tip#4: Check for territorial problems
Often when there are too many cats in a single home, territory-related issues are likely to arise. These problems can also affect the cat’s peeing behavior. There might not be enough litter boxes placed at different locations in the house. Cats like privacy; so you need to ensure that there are sufficient litter boxes, preferably placed in private spaces for all cats. Covered litter boxes are even better.
Tip#5: Positive reinforcement
It is a great idea to reward your cat with a treat or a playing session whenever it does end up using its litter box. Similar to dogs, cats also respond well to any kind of positive reinforcement.