Proper litter habits for happy, healthy cats
Cat litter is more than just box filler and it’s about more than just disposing of waste. Litter box behavior is a crucial key to understanding cats’ health and ultimately, their happiness. A good litter box experience helps encourage regular elimination patterns, which in turn promotes overall wellness.
Cats can be quirky, but sometimes their actions can tell us something important. If your cat exhibits any of the following litter box behaviors, they may be trying to tell you that their litter experience could be better.
Using one to all paws to perch on the side of the box. This may mean that there are too many used clumps, the box is too small, the litter isn’t the right depth, or it’s not the best feel for her sensitive paws.
Hesitating to enter the box or to use it once he’s in. This may mean he wants to use the box, but there’s something he finds unappealing.
Scratching or pawing at any surface other than the litter itself. This may mean she has an issue with the box hood, the size of the box, or its overall cleanliness.
Vigorously kicking litter around and/or out of the box before using it. While this is natural cat behavior, you might consider using less litter or a high-sided box.
“Holding it” to avoid using the box, taking longer to eliminate, then exiting quickly, not burying waste. This may mean the litter box is dirty or unappealing, located in noisy area, or near other environmental stressors.
One cat from a multi-cat home returning to bury waste and clean up after another cat’s visit. While this may be natural for some cats, it may mean that you may need more boxes or more frequent cleaning.
If you notice any sudden change in your cat’s behavior, it could be a sign of an
underlying medical issue, and you should call your veterinarian
Check out more Tidy resources to learn how to improve your litter experience and help you and your cat live your best lives.
Give your cat a litter that puts them first, with cat-preferred paw feel (vs. the leading clumping litter) and a cat-selected scent.