After successfully training your cat to use the litter box, you face another problem: your cat won’t reuse it. Of course you can try changing the litter box if you think it’s the problem, but you can’t keep buying a new one all the time. Now you wonder why your cat won’t reuse the litter box when you always make sure it’s clean or as ‘purr-fect’ as it can be. But the thing is, maybe it doesn’t match kitty standards. To help with this problem, here are five tips to get your cat reuse the litter box.
Don’t Overdo Cleaning
When people clean their own toilet, using bleach and other cleaning chemicals are usually part of the routine. However, don’t do it with your kitty’s litter box. Cats dislike and resist the smell of harsh chemical products; this could be why your calico won’t reuse the litter box after you have it cleaned with such things.
Litter Box Identification
Yes, your litter box must have an identification so your cat will want to reuse it. Nope, it’s not an actual ID or a nametag or your kitty’s picture on it; it’s scent. Your cat’s own scent will help him be familiar and more comfortable with the litter box. So for these picky cats, sprinkle some old litter on the new ones.
Have More Litter Box
Having an extra litter box for a cat is recommended. It will help your cat get more accustomed to do his business in these spaces. Furthermore, if you have at least two litter boxes, you can place them in different areas in the house. You may soon find out which is your kitty’s favorite spot to relieve himself and which one he’s more inclined to reuse. Because sometimes the reason why a cat is not reusing the litter box is due to the area you put it on which your kitty hates.
Replace Your Litter Box
You may have successfully trained your cat to use and reuse the litter box. But after a few weeks, he’s hating his toilet area and not using it again. It may be due to the odors left on the litter box. While you may be cleaning it religiously, litter boxes especially those with plastic material tend to retain those foul odors. You may not notice it but your cat can. While you can clean it with chemical products to remove the odor but this, again, is a big no-no for cats. So, replacing your litter box every month or two or so can help fix this problem.
Overall Litter Box Maintenance
Cats love to practice habits and routine. So, when cleaning their litter boxes, try to keep it simple but routinary. If you always scoop out the litter in the evening, maintain that. Then, when you wash it, don’t use harsh cleaning products but just simply use hot, soapy water to scrub and rinse well. Don’t use fragrances or anything to make the litter box smell more pleasant because cats want their toilet area as natural as possible.
Now try and follow these five tips when you’ve got a cat who doesn’t want to reuse his litter box. As long as you’re sure your kitty doesn’t have medical issues, then it must be their ‘cattitude’. Cats can be finicky so if you don’t maintain their environment to how they want it to be, expect changes in their behavior and a good job of ignoring their litter box to do their business elsewhere.