Dealing with Cat Litter Accidents

From an early age, cat’s are “programmed” to be clean. The cat isolates himself to do his own thing, and then scratches the ground to bury his droppings. This innate behavior is reinforced through maternal example during the first few weeks of his life. The imitation between mother and baby reflexes congeners in their brain.

And yet “litter accidents” are not uncommon, with cats “making” at the foot of their litter bin without entering it, or in various parts of the house.
It is then that we must interpret this behavior and reorganize this “toilet” function of your cat.

Is the Bin Clean?
Cats are very sensitive to odors, and a neglected litter box reeks of ammonia, a quite dissuasive smell. Daily cleaning of the litter box is necessary, even if the cat is already clean.

Is the Litter Suitable?
There are several types of litter (vegetable, mineral, or silica-based) that can stick to the paws, release dust, or simply have a smell that the cat distrusts. Avoid so-called “scented” litters, what suits our nostrils is not necessarily appreciated by twinks. Once you have the right model, don’t change it.

Remove the Cover.
Most litter boxes have a cover to contain orders and isolate the cat to preserve his privacy. In the event of an accident, remove the cover. If you own a big cat the cover may interfere with his accessibility into the litter box (can he turn around in this litter box?)

Several cats, several litters!
Even if most cats do not mind that a congener shares their litter, some are very territorial and will ignore a litter carrying foreign odors. It is then necessary to try (though it does not necessarily work) to multiply the litters in the house, so that each cat finds his or her small, personal place.

The toilet area is not the dining area
The cat separates its places of daily life well: a place for rest, meals, and toilet use. The litter should therefore be placed in an accessible place, but away from other areas, which can pose a problem in small apartments. In any case, a quiet place that respects his privacy.

The cat is fond of bleach smell
Clean the tank thoroughly when changing bedding using bleach, which is one of the “good odors” sought by kitties.

These observations make it possible to treat 60% of cleanliness incidents.

However, there may be pathological behavior problems (anxiety, stress, and antagonism between cats), as well as inflammation of the urinary system(cystitis, urethritis) to be settled by your vet…

Jean-Yves Gauchet, Veterinarian