Possible causes of passing stools outside the litter box (but not the urine) and possible causes of urinary infections…
Sometimes the litter boxes are too full of litter (too high in volume) which causes the cat to get the litter on them and the bacteria from it. Many cats cannot reach that area well enough to keep it clean and that can be one cause of a urine infection and passing stools outside the litter boxes. There are several reasons for not using the litter box; this is just one of them.
Only use 2 inches of cat litter in the box. Think about this…The ground outside is not that high to their rear end when they squat to go. Think about it.
I once told a customer to stop using so much litter when her cat was passing stools, not the urine, outside the box all the time. This is what happens if the box is too full of litter. Think about this; when cats go outside in the yard the stools passed will land on the ground quit easily and away from the back end of the cat, but when they have a pile of litter too high under them the stools don’t have room to land below them and it keeps building back up to the cats rear end, not falling away from the cat, and that causes the cat to feel uncomfortable in the box. Therefore, the cat naturally felt more comfortable going on the floor. She took my advice, actually two customers did on this matter and the cats returned to the box to pass their stools. Problem solved. I learned this when I had the very same problem with my Caesar 🙂
This could also be a possible cause of not wanting to urinate in the box, but again. There are many other reasons for urinating out of the box that I have not addressed here in this post.
So use less litter in the box and look often throughout the day to clean them out. I have three boxes for two cats and had 3 boxes when I had 4 cats.
Life is how you see it; is your litter box half full or half empty. I couldn’t resist that!
Have a happy and healthy day!
Felice F. Arata
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