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3 Reasons Why Your Cat Isn't Using The Litter Box


1. Your cat is declawed.

When cats are declawed the whole first joint of the toe is removed. This can cause discomfort for your cats that use hard litters and when urination is associated with pain, your cat isn’t going to want to use the litter box. There are many alternative litter substrates that you can use to see what your cat prefers, however the best way to avoid this is simply to not declaw your cats.  

2. The problem is behavioral.

Unfortunately, cats are emotional creatures and they can be picky at times. If you’ve recently moved the litter box or changed the litter your cat might be letting you know their displeasure. Try changing things back to their original state and hopefully that fixes the problem. Making sure the litter box is maintained will also help prevent deliberate urination outside the litter box. A good rule of thumb to prevent overfull boxes is to keep one more litter box than you have cats. (Ex. 4 boxes for 3 cats.)  

3. Your cat is marking their territory.

This is common in un-neutered male cats, however, instead of being directly on your carpets this is usually on a vertical surface. The best way to prevent this is to neuter or spay your cats early. There are sprays that deter this behavior as well, if the habit has been formed. 

The first step is to take to your pet to the vet in order to determine the cause of the accidents. Next, is to get the urine properly cleaned to prevent having pungent carpets and an overgrowth of bacteria. No matter what the reason for your pet's accidents, Carine Chem-Dry is here to help. Our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.) removes odors from deep within your carpets so that the smell is gone for good! Give us a call today for an odor-free home.