The first thing many people think when they find their cat has peed outside the litter box is that it’s time to get rid of Fluffy and get a new pet. It can be frustrating when you can’t figure out why your cat won’t use his litter box, but don’t panic! There are plenty of steps you can take to get your cat back in litter box before you give up on him completely. These five tips on getting your cat back in litter box again should help!
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1) Get rid of the smell
The smell from the urine is one of the most common reasons why cats will stop using their litter boxes. Fortunately, getting rid of that smell is easy to do with a few household products. First, place a small amount of baking soda on the soiled area. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Then, rub some vinegar on it and let that sit for another 15 minutes before washing the area with warm water and soap.
2) Reintroduce them to the litter box
Your cat may have started using litter box again because you were paying more attention to them. However, some cats will only go outside the box if they feel a certain level of stress or if they’re feeling sick. In this case, there are a few things you can do to help your cat become comfortable and use their litter box again.
First, place their favorite items in the area around litter box. Maybe it’s a sleeping mat or toy, like a wand or ball with bells on it that they enjoy playing with. If possible, place these items right next to the litterbox so that when your cat enters the room they can see them right away and feel reassured that everything is okay.
3) Add more boxes in a specific pattern
When your cat begins to urinate outside box, it is important that you do not punish them. Punishing the animal after they have already urinated will only make them think that they are being punished for peeing outside of box, which could lead to a vicious cycle.
Instead, try moving their favorite litter box closer to where they are urinating and make sure it is not being blocked by furniture or other objects.
4) Make it hard for them
If your cat suddenly has issues with litter box, you may be experiencing a behavioral issue. There are several reasons cats stop using the box, but most likely it is because of one of the following: 1) They have a medical issue, 2) You changed the type of cat litter or 3) The location of box is not convenient for them.
5) Play games with them
If you have a cat that is starting to pee outside of litter box, the first thing you should do is figure out why. Then try some of these tips to get them to use it again:
- Clean box thoroughly with soap and water.
- Put a liner in litter and scoop out clumps every day.
- Add more litter than usual. One for each floor and one outside is usually enough but if your cat likes going on one side of your house more than another, you may want two or three litter boxes there too.
If you own a cat and have ever had to clean out the box, then you know that it’s not something that anyone really wants to do. Unfortunately, every cat owner has to deal with it at some point, and one of the hardest things to deal with is when your cat stops using litter box altogether.