Q: Why won't my cat use his litter pan?

June 27, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2037 days ago

Mary T.

I thought my cat loved his covered litter pan. Why has he stopped using it?

Chosen Answer

Something has changed, all right, and it might be your sanitation habits.

Often we provide cats with covers for their litter pans because we think they crave privacy. We would rather close the door and go inside a Porta-Potty than squat in the open, right? Right for us, maybe. How often do you see outdoor cats use a Porta-Potty?

Those covered litter pans certainly are convenient, though. If your cat is a scratcher, the walls keep litter inside the pan, more or less. Another “convenience” is not having to see the mess first hand— and maybe putting off regular scooping.

From the cat’s point of view, maybe the enclosure is too small and he’s tired of bumping his bun. Or the lid is confining bad smells in the neighborhood of his delicate nose. Maybe “privacy” in the bathroom is not his number one priority, and he’d like to see something sneaking up on him. Maybe he played along with your game long enough.

Cats are allowed to change their minds. They have ways of notifying us when they do.

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