Indoor cats rely on the litter box to do their business several times per day. Indoor/outdoor cats rely on the litter box when they come indoors to eat and sleep. If your cat is having issues using the litter box, there could be an issue with the litter box, or it could have a medical condition that makes using the litter box difficult. If you are unsure why your cat is having issues, our veterinarians at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas can help.
Problems with the Litter Box
Several common litter box problems could be the reason why your cat won't use it. These problems include:
- The litter box isn't clean enough
- There aren't enough litter boxes in your home for the number of cats you have
- The litter box is too small
- The sides of the litter box are too high for your cat to get in
- There is too much litter in the box, or there is too little cat litter in the box
- Your litter box doesn't provide enough privacy for your cat
- The location of the litter box doesn't have multiple escape routes
- The location of the litter box is causing stress for your cat
- You have changed the type of cat litter to beads or newspaper litter
- Your cat is stressed after a move, or a new pet has moved into your home
- Your cat is having a conflict with another cat in your home
Certain medical conditions can make it difficult for your cat to use the litter box. These include:
Urinary tract infections (UTI): A UTI can make your cat produce a small amount of urine before it can get to the litter box.
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis: This is a disease that causes inflammation of the bladder. It causes the urgency to urinate, and the cat may not have time to get to the litter box.
Bladder stones or a blockage: Bladder stones can cause great pain for a cat. If this is the case, your cat may cry when trying to use the litter box.
All of these medical issues require immediate veterinary care.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Las Vegas, NV
If your cat is having problems using the litter box and you aren't sure why, schedule an appointment at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital. Call our team today at (702) 257-3222 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.