Nearly 1 in 5 cats will have litterbox problems during their lifetime and the reasons why are wide and ranging.
Here are the most common causes for litterbox avoidance plus some helpful links!
A medical issue, such as a urinary tract infection. A vet visit should always be your first course of action when your cat begins peeing outside the box.
You’re using a scented litter in the box. Some cats prefer an unscented litter.
You don’t have enough litterboxes. The rule of thumb is one litterbox per cat in the house, plus one extra.
Your cat is suffering from a senior related issue.
The litterbox is too small. Your cat needs room to move and dig.
Your cat would prefer that you kept the boxes clean. Or, at least, cleaner.
The depth of litter in the box is either too deep, or not deep enough.
Is your cat a longhaired breed? Longhaired cats have their own unique litterbox issues.
Your cat could be stressed by a change in routine, such as a new house or a new baby.
Location of the boxes. Are litterboxes placed in heavily trafficked areas of the house? Your cat may want some privacy.
If you have a covered litterbox, that may be a reason. Some cats don’t like being inside the box to do their business. Try taking the cover off.
Training. It’s possible your cat was never properly trained in how to use a litterbox. Try these tips.
You’re using litterbox liners. Plenty of cats hate litterbox liners. If you use one, try going without it for a while.
Harsh cleaning products with a powerful smell could be turning your cat off the box.
It’s possible your cat simply doesn’t like his litter. Try this method for testing out a new litter that your cat will like.
If you have a multi-cat house, one of the cats may be engaged in litterbox bullying.
These are just a few reasons. Each cat is an individual so his reasons may be as well. Trying to determine the reason behind a cat’s peeing problems is often much more difficult than finding a solution. This quick reference guide to common reasons behind litterbox avoidance is a good place to start to help you zero in on your cat’s rationale so you can get him back to the box as soon as possible.