The number one concern of cat owners involves inappropriate elimination. Litter box issues are the single biggest reason cats wind up relinquished to shelters or euthanized.
There are typically two types of problems with feline elimination – litter box issues and marking. Litter box problems are usually one or more of the following:
- Won't use the box, period
- Uses the box to either urinate or defecate, but not both
- Pees and poops right next to or on the box, but not in it
- Uses the box but doesn't cover urine or feces with litter
Marking behaviors include:
- Non-spraying marking
Fortunately, the cause of improper elimination can usually be identified and prevented or successfully treated. The trick is to catch the problem as soon as it presents itself, and resolve it before the cat's owner makes a decision to get rid of his or her pet.