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Question DetailsAsked on 8/18/2011

my cat will not use her litter box anymore.What can I do to get her to use it again?

We have 2 cats. one stopped using the litter box. Have kept them cleaned out. I have replaced the old ones, nothing seems to make a difference.

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We actually paid a pet psychologist for help with this problem. Other information first. You have to have a pan for each cat and in a place where the cat can see who's coming and feels save. Some like a covered box. Some guides recommend a box for each and an extra. The box needs to be away from food and traffic. The box must be kept scrupulously clean. Scoop at least every day and remove the waste so the cats can't smell it. Make sure that the litter is deep enough.

I've read that the majority of cats prefer unscented clay ( but our cats (we own one at a time and now have our first boy cat) have used everything from commercially purchased newspaper, corn, clay and wheat. We use unscented products that are dustless for our own benefit. We've used corn (found it all over the house, even in the bed upstairs) and are using wheat because what tracking there is is confined to a few feet around the box. You are supposed to be able to flush it but it doesn't work out well--see the directions.

Replace the litter you remove and replace all of it at whatever rate is recommended or at least when it starts to bother you. I'm doing it once a week. Make sure the box itself is clean and make sure it doesn't smell of chemicals. The psychologist said to fix the litter so it slopes from very low to very high so the cat can choose which height to use. Try to clean it after each use. His other suggestions were common ones I've included elsewhere. Our cat started using the box again.

If you want to try a new litter, add a few cups of the new litter to the current brand until the switch is made. Our cats haven't needed that. Make sure the cat isn't ill--see a vet.

Our boy cat sometimes leaves feces outside the box but near it. The other day, he came in when I was on the pot and I saw what one of the problems was. (Sometimes he won't come in or gives you the look if you try to use this bathroom when he's in it.) He prepared the litter by scooping a hole, got in with his hind end in line with the edge of the box and went. I tried to push him a little to be sure it fell in the box but it was like trying to move a wall. Luckily, it all went in.

Hope this helps.


Answered 9 years ago by keikosmom


I would start by taking her to a vet, and getting her checked.

Bladder stones, diabetes, cystitis, stress, and getting her fixed could all cause this.

If she is okay then, have you changed location of liter box? Changed type of liter? Placed box in high traffic area? Maybe she needs a cover on it, if it doesn't have one. Is the box too small for her?

Answered 9 years ago by BFF Pet Store


I am a professional cat sitter and have *gulp* 11 cats myself.

How many litter boxes do you have? The general rule of thumb is to have one more box than the number of cats you have.

If you have at least 2, if not 3 boxes, then I will suggest trying different types of litter in each box. Some of my cats prefer the wheat litter. Others prefer the crystal type. The biggest hit by far, is the Cat Attract litter.

I have also suggested this brand of litter to clients with outside the box poopers and they have all been amazed at the results.

Give it a try and hopefully you will experience the same amazing results!


Answered 8 years ago by Sit4Pet

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