Eliminating outside the litter box
In terms of potty training, cats are so much easier to potty train than dogs. For cats, you just put out the litter box and for the most part, they understand because of the scent, that is where they’re supposed to go.
However, if you notice that your cat is not going to the litter box right away or if they go to the litter box sometimes and other times they go somewhere else, that’s definitely an issue. This could be due to medical reasons or could be due to the change in their environment like adding a new family member or a new pet or something like that.
As with any behavior problem, talk to your veterinarian first. This is especially important when it comes to your cat having litter box issues. You want to make sure that the elimination problem isn’t occurring because your cat’s in pain or has other medical conditions.
Some conditions can make urination painful or getting to the box difficult. Some cats also spray or mark areas when they are stressed. If your vet has confirmed that your cat is indeed healthy, here are some things that you should consider when it comes to your cat’s litter box.
Is the litter box too small? The litter box should be at least one and a half times the length of your cat’s body.
Does it have a motorized cleaning function or a cover? Some cats are okay with these but others not so much. It’s scary and they don’t like being enclosed or things moving around.
Is it the litter that you are using? Most cats prefer clumping, non scented litter. One indication if your cat likes their litter is that they are actually doing a lot of digging.
Are you cleaning the litter box well enough for your cat? They should be scooped out at least twice a day and cleaned with non scented cleaners.
Litter box should not be shared with other cats and should be placed in easily accessible areas. They should be placed in low traffic areas so that your cats can have some privacy.