There is no denying it. Sometimes litter boxes aren't the most attractive option for cats. The Nebraska Humane Society has some tips to keep your feline friend from thinking outside the box.
One of the most frustrating problems cat owners face is when your sweet fluffy suddenly and for no apparent reason decides the litter box is no longer an acceptable bathroom. That can be a monumental problem once it's established.
Consider location, location, location. Your first thought is to put the box in an out of the way spot because it's not very aesthetically pleasing. But if you end up with it on the cold, basement floor next to an appliance, that's not very aesthetically pleasing to your cat.
You have to compromise or your cat may not use the box, so putting it in an out of the way place that's quiet, maybe a closet or behind a large piece of furniture. Just make sure the door is always propped open so kitty always has access. A rug underneath is a good option to cut down on litter being tracked around.
Research shows most cats prefer fine grained litters because they have a softer feel and some cats don't like perfumed or deodorant litters, but the biggest rule is don't change it if it's working.
Sometimes cats can be put off by a new smell, a new feel or any change to their routine and don't think that adding litter is a remedy for cleaning your box. Many cats don't like litter that's more than two inches deep.
With multiple cats, you should always have one more box than you have cats. That way no one will be prevented from using a box because it's already occupied. Covered litter boxes can be inviting to timid cats, but the cover traps odors inside so frequent cleaning is a must or it will seem like a port-a-potty to your feline.
Large cats might have trouble turning around and scratching at the litter, so they might not use a covered box and might need a large uncovered pan.
We've just scratched the surface, so if you're running into problems the NHS has got solutions. It will be hosting Litter Box 101 Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with products, ideas and tips for solving litter box issues and keeping kitty smelling like a rose.
The Humane Society at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha is open weekends from from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information at nehumanesociety.org.