Solving Cat Litter Box Problems
Solutions to some common cat litter box problems.
Reviewed by Audrey Cook, BVM&S
Cats are fastidious creatures, and nowhere is that more evident than in their litter box habits. When your cat won't use the litter box -- and at least 10% of all cats develop an elimination problem -- the cause could be anything from an unclean box to an illness.
Before you try some easy strategies to get her back in the litter box, have her checked out by a veterinarian to rule out a health problem. If you've just introduced a new cat to your household, make sure the litter box is as cat-friendly as possible to prevent a problem in the future.
WebMD looked at common litter box problems and solutions. Here's what we found:
Reasons cats won't use the litter box
These common litter box problems could be repelling your cat:
Medical conditions and litter box problems
Your cat may have a medical condition that makes urinating too painful -- in or out of the litter box. Common medical conditions which may affect litter box use include:
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions