Not just infants have potty problems: your cat may have one too. If you’re wondering why your cat’s started going outside the litter box, first you need to rule out any health issues. That means taking kitty to the vet for a check-up. Once given a clean bill of health, you can figure out what’s making your cat’s trips to the litter box so stressful.

Here are some things you can do:

"Ahem. Some privacy please?"
“Ahem. Some privacy please?”
  • Place your litter box in a location that’s best for kitty—not you. Cats like their litter box to be in a quiet, easy-to-access spot that offers some privacy (just like us humans!), not a high-traffic or noisy area.
  • Have multiple litter boxes if you have multiple cats. The gold standard is one litter box per cat, plus one extra.
  • Use a litter that kitty likes. Choose a cat litter that has a smell they like and is soft on their paws. And stays fresh and clean for up to a month, so you won’t have to constantly change it.
"I don’t go in until you change it to a softer litter!"
“I don’t go in until you change it to a softer litter!”
  • Find out if your cat prefers covered or uncovered litter boxes. If your cat has a box with a cover, try uncovering it as a test.
  • Keep the litter box clean. Sift the litter regularly to keep it fresh and wash the box every time you do a complete change of litter using mild soap and water. Or try a deodorizer spray, which completely eliminates odors – and will also keep your home smelling fresh.
"Well, it smells clean enough."
“Well, it smells clean enough.”
  • Add an attractant on top of the litter to help train kitty to use the litter box again. Once you’ve taken these steps, your cat may need to be retrained to use the litter box. Add an attractant to the top of the litter, and that should do the job!
"Alright, let’s do this."
“Alright, let’s do this.”

If you have any success stories you can share about your kitty’s potty problems and how you solved them, we’d love to hear from you! Please share your comments below.