||The Scoop On Litter Box
Few behavior problems strain the relationship between
cats and owners more than when the cat refuses
Such problems-which are not entirely the fault of the
finicky feline-can be resolved, with a little extra effort
1) Replace your current litter. If cats could buy
their own litter, they'd opt for one with a natural outdoor scent and a
"paw friendly" particle size. A new 100 percent guaranteed product called
2) Freshen up. You don't like a dirty bathroom,
and neither does your cat. Remove clumps daily. If your cat
3) Destroy the evidence. Once a cat has soiled an area, it may naturally regard this area as an appropriate place to relieve itself. Do all that you can to eliminate any trace of odor from the "trouble spot." Clean the area thoroughly with a liquid enzymatic cleaner. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners, which actually contribute to the problem. If your cat still can't resist the area, try placing its food there; cats are unlikely to "go" where they eat.
4) Consider a litter box makeover. Hooded litter boxes are for owners, not cats. Try removing the hood and rethinking the location. Litter boxes should be in quiet, easily accessible areas, away from bright lights, loud noises and vibrations such as high traffic family areas, washing machines or furnaces.
5) Treat your cat to some R&R. Stress is a leading
cause of litter box problems. In multiple cat
Cat Attract is available at PETsMART as well as selected
PETCO, grocery and independent pet stores. Every bag contains a copy of
Dr. Elsey's Litter Box Solutions booklet. This informative booklet is also
Bringing a "problem" cat back to the litter box may be easier than you think.