10 REASONS CATS POOP OUT OF THEIR LITTER BOX l (With Voice-Over Narration) l V-18

ten reasons cats poop outside their

litter box and how to resolve the issue

cats instinctively prefer to bury their

waste so the litter box should be the

favorite place in your home to take care

of business

unfortunately cats have delicate

sensibilities and there are a variety of

factors that can cause them to avoid

certain areas or objects if your kiss he

is leaving stinky presence outside of

her litter box

consider the following ten possible

causes for the behavior one the litter

box is too small a standard rule of

thumb is to choose a litter box one and

a half times your cat's body length if

your kitty has experienced a growth

spurt or put on some weight it may be

awkward or uncomfortable to use her

current box along the same lines the box

may be too shallow or not filled with

enough litter to adequately satisfy her

dig and bury instinct to the box is

difficult for your cat to access due to

pain or physical limitations many senior

or disabled cats defecate outside their

litter box because of its size depth or

location joint pain and arthritis often

occur in aging cats and climbing in and

out of deep or covered litter boxes may

become increasingly difficult it is also

a good idea to ensure that your senior

kitty has a litter box on the level of

your home where she spends the majority

of her time so she can avoid difficult

stairs 3 the box is offensive to your

cat census cats are finicky critters and

their aversion to a specific object

often has to do with a sensation they

find unappealing cats generally spend

about 20 seconds pouring around in the

litter box if your cat is in a hurry to

hang over the edge do her business and

run away there may be a

tangible reason for your cat does not

like the location of the box nobody

wants to have their cat's litter box in

the middle of their living room but many

of the tucked away spots in our homes

come with scary sights sounds and smells

boxes placed near doors may lead to

disturbances as people enter and exit

many cats also refuse to use a box that

is placed in close proximity to the food

and water 5 the box is too stinky or

dirty for some cats too dirty could mean

a single dab of urine in an otherwise

spotless box some finicky felines are so

prim and proper that only pristine

litter will do 6 another pet is guarding

the box multi pet households could

result in bullying while some cats guard

the food bowl others act as bounces

outside their favorite potty spot make

sure a particularly dominant cat or dog

is not preventing a more timid kitty

from accessing the box 7 there are not

enough litter boxes at home another

general rule of thumb to follow is 1

litter box for each cat in the household

plus one extra for good measure be sure

to place them in different easily

accessible spots throughout the house

including at least one box per floor in

multilevel homes 8 your cat dislikes

your litter choice cats tend to prefer

finely ground litter granules and some

may have aversions to scented or highly

dusty products once you find a litter

both you and your cat can agree on

stick with it 9 your cat has had a

painful or frightening experience

involving the litter box has your cat

suffered from constipation or diarrhea

recently did something Star

tell her while she was doing her

business it could be that an unpleasant

incident has caused her to associate her

litter box with pain or fear and she is

now avoiding it 10 your cat has a health

problem in addition to painful aging

changes many medical conditions could

cause your kitty to defecate outside of

her box she could be experiencing pain

or fatigue that makes it difficult for

her to make her way to the box or climb

inside if you suspect this may be the

case schedule an appointment with your

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