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cat in pink Keeping your feline/human household happy means keeping kitty happy in the litter box. Or, to put it another way, a cat who isn't happy with their litter box can make for a household of unhappiness.

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Cat litter box problems can cause a lot of stress in the feline human relationship, so we've collected a bunch of resources from around the internet to help you find solutions that work!

Step 1 - Understand the Problem

To solve a litter box problem, first you have to identify the causal factor. Article: 10 Reasons Cats pee outside the litter box from the 'Happy Litter Box' is a great place to start.

Step 2 - Eliminate medical issues

There are a few medical conditions that can contribute to litterbox problems (often described by vets as 'inappropriate elimination') including feline lower urinary tract disease, urinary tract infection, cystitis, obstruction of the urethra, diabetes, cognitive dysfunction, and hyperthyroidism. Particularly if your cat has any other changes in behaviour - such as eating or drinking more or less than usual, sleeping more or less, or any sign of distress - you will definitely want to get your vet to check your cats health. If the litter box problems continue, even without other symptoms of distress, a check up is probably a good idea.

Some tips to help you discover if your cats problems may be behavioural or medical:
If it's a medical issue you suspect, talk to your vet right away. If you have any concerns that there may be a behavioural cause, any change in the household around the time the problem started for example - you may want to consult a behavioural expert. Check out our links page for information on finding a Cat Behavioural Specialist

Step 3 - Experiment to find a solution

Loads of stuff you can try... a good first step is to add another litter box. Get a new kind of litter box of a different type than the old one, and place it in a new location. You can use multiple boxes to test different kinds of litter, and particularly in a multi-cat household it's helpful to have more litter locations and box types too.

Tips and information for litterbox problems in multi-cat households

Identifying the culprit - great tips and ideas from Cat Behaviour Associates http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/litter-box-problems-in-a-multicat-home-how-to-identify-the-culprit/

Multi-cat household litter box problem tips from the Cat Fanciers Association http://www.cfainc.org/CatCare/LitterBoxProblems.aspx

Litter Box Guru offers good tips for multi-cat household litter box problems http://litterboxguru.com/multiple_cat_households

A House Full of Cats offers some good tips for a variety of litter box problems http://www.a-house-full-of-cats.com/catlitterbox.html


Our very own cat litter box article: Cat Litter List

The Happy Litterbox - http://www.thehappylitterbox.com/ - an excellent resource for all sorts of cat litter problems, solutions and information. You can sign up for free email updates too!

Litterbox 101 - from Cat Behaviourist Pam Johnson-Bennett http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/category/litter-box-101/

Taildom - a review of cat litter brands commonly available in USA and Canada - http://taildom.com/blog/reviews/the-best-cat-litter/

Catster - a review of five types of non-traditional cat litter - http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-litter-reviews

Litter Mania - http://debdak.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/litter-box-reviews-1/ A good review of different types of boxes - and cat litter review of walnut cat litter http://debdak.wordpress.com/category/cat-litter-box/cat-litter-reviews/

Covered in Cat Hair - a review of World's Best Cat Litter - http://coveredincathair.com/content/product-review-and-giveaway-worlds-best-cat-litter-forest-scent

Cat Chat - Some excellent tips from a UK Cat Rescue Resource - http://www.catchat.org/urination.html

Purrrs to you all.

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