Litterbox Guidelines

Find out why cats abandon their litterbox, and how you can better understand this feline behavior.

By Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, Ph.D. | Posted: Thu Nov 18 00:00:00 PST 2004

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7. Keep cat food away from the litter and put the litterbox in a place where the cat is comfy and likely to be undisturbed.

8. Restrict the cat to a smaller space, like a bathroom, and provide plenty of attention until it uses the box regularly.

9. Finally, use a good stain and odor eliminator on the inappropriately soiled areas. Use a product that both enzymatically breaks down the urine and binds its compounds so that they are too heavy for the cat to inhale. First, rinse with club soda. Then blot. Repeat as many times as you can. Then use the stain and odor eliminator.

If you address toileting issues when they first arise and do not assume that (a) the cat will catch on by itself, (b) the cat is just being spiteful or (c) that the cat isn't "trainable" the trifecta of incorrect myths you'll be on your way to meeting your cat's needs and communicating well with it. And communication is really what urine and feces are all about in a cat's world. 

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