3 Reasons Your Cat May Not Be Using The Litterbox

Thursday, 08 August 2019 10:23

Untitled design 3Your seemingly healthy, happy cat has decided to start using the bathroom outside of the litterbox. This frustrating behavior may have you scratching for answers and we've listed some of the more common reasons below. A sudden change in your cats bathroom behavior should signal a trip to the vet for a thorough checkup as it may also indicate a treatable medical condition.










Stress is probably one of the top reasons cats urinate in the house once a medical condition has been ruled out. Cats are sensitive creatures and a mild, but sudden change in their environment can trigger stress. Stress can be triggered by 

  • Environmental changes (moving, new family members, new furniture etc..)
  • Routine changes (different feeding schedule, different work schedule etc...)
  • Introduction of a new pet
  • New neighborhood cats your cat may have spotted out the window

If you suspect your cat is stressed, consult with your veterinarian who can advise you on ways in which to help your cat feel less stressed. We offer a variety of different natural products designed to lower the stress level of cats.

Litterbox Aversion

Have your recently changed your cats litterbox or the litter inside it? Cats are very particular about their box and litter and a sudden change in either could result in your cat turning its nose up to it. Being creatures of habit, cats prefer to stick with the same type of litterbox and the same type of litter.  Cats also prefer to have their litterbox changed as often as possible, especially in multi cat households. For multi cat households, the general rule of thumb is to have one litterbox per cat plus 1 so no cat feels threatened to use a litterbox. If you've recently changed the location of the litterbox, that could be another reason why your cat isn't using it. Most cats prefer a quiet area of the house to do their business. Older cats may also prefer a shallower litterbox so it's easier for them to climb in and out. 

Marking Behavior

If your cat is urinating on the same spot every time, they may have formed an unwanted habit. Cats sense  of smell is much more sensitive to ours so its important to thoroughly clean up any areas where your cat may have used the bathroom. Your cat may be drawn to the same area because their scent is still there. We can advice you on clean up products and ways in which to discourage your cat from marking.