Reason: Kitty may have a urinary tract infection or gastrointestinal upset and has associated using the litter-tray with pain. So consult your vet to see if there is a medical reason.
Remedy: Treat the symptoms and move the litter-tray to where the cat has been relieving itself. Once it’s back using the litter-tray, you can move it to where you want.
Reason: The cat may have taken an acute dislike to the litter-tray if they have had an unpleasant experience while using it. This may be because of a medical reason (see above), being frightened by another pet or being subjected to a frightening noise while using it.
Remedy: Get a new litter-tray and find a new safe location. If you have a dog, try to keep them out of the area.
Reason: The litter-tray smells.
Remedy: Cats have an acute sense of smell so it is best to scoop the tray every day and empty it fully every few days and give it a good wash. However, don’t use strong-smelling cleaners as these can deter the cat from using the tray. Many cat-owners like to use clumping litter as it’s easy to scoop.
Reason: The litter-tray is too small. The tray should be big enough for your cat to be able to turn around in it.
Remedy: (Obviously!) Get a bigger litter-tray.
Reason: The cat doesn’t like the type of litter.
Remedy: If you buy a rough litter, try a finer one. They may not like the feel of rough lumps under their feet.
Reason: They are in another part of the house when they want to use the tray.
Remedy: Have more than one litter-tray in the house, preferably at least one on each level.
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