4 cat litter box problems and how to solve them

Posted by Argos, 13 September 2018, last updated 2 September 2022.

Toilet training with a new cat can seem a little daunting. Maybe your cat has even picked up some unwelcome habits. We talk litter box problems and how to solve them.

Is your cat scared of their litter box?

Cats are easily startled creatures. They can associate fear with their litter box if they are scared while around or in the tray. This is one of the litter box problems that can be solved with some patience.

What you need to do is retrain your cat not make negative associations with the box. Try removing the cover, your cat may not recognise it as the once-scary object. You can also move the litter tray to a different location.

It could also be the smell that they associate with the litter box. Change the litter to see if your pet responds positively to a new scent. You can also make the area familiar by leaving toys or treats around the box.

Are there enough litter boxes in your home?

If you have more than one cat, you need more than one litter box. Having one more tray than the number of cats in your home can help to eliminate any litter box problems.

Cats are territorial animals and need their own space. If they are forced to share a tray, they may look for other areas in your home to use the bathroom. You don’t want that!

Young ginger cat looking startled

Does your cat’s litter box come with an unwelcome smell?

No one enjoys cleaning out the litter box, but it’s part of being a responsible pet owner. Your cat dislikes a dirty litter tray just as much as you do so this can be a big litter box problem.

Scoop the litter at least once a day. Once a week, empty out the litter. Use warm water and unscented soap, or specialist cleaner to clean. Fill the trays with fresh litter and give it back to one happy cat.

Is your cat struggling to go in the litter box?

If your cat is having litter box problems and going elsewhere in the home, they may not be able to help it. Your cat could be struggling to urinate all together. Keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • Frequent urination
  • Straining to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Crying when using the litter tray

These could be a sign of a bigger problem. If you see these, get in touch with your vet.

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