My cat poos and pees outside of the litter box..

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litter_box.jpgIs your cat pooing or peeing outside of the litter box? Join the party. I don't know of any cat owner that hasn't had this sort of problem. It happens. Depending on how fussy your cat is, it may happen more than you like. My cat Maddy usually lets me know (if I forget) that the litter needs cleaning by meowing in the basement.

Cats are very smart animals and usually when something is "off," they'll show you their displeasure by doing something you probably don't want them to do.

If you're not in the habit of removing your cat's waste on a daily basis, that may be the issue. Your cat's nose is far more sensitive than yours so he's probably peeing or pooing outside of the litter because it's dirty.

Some cat owners like to mix a small amount of baking soda into the litter to try and control the smell. Some people say the baking soda helps and a lot say it doesn't work. It depends on your cat.

The best way to control the odor of your cat's waste is to regularly clean the litter box pan. According to my vet, one of the best ways to do this is by cleaing the litter/pan with soapy water on a regular basis.

If your cat is really picky, the absolute best option is to use a ten percent bleach solution. Bleach is very effective against odours and bacteria and it is a fantastic way to rid your cat's litter of unwanted smells. If you're going to use the bleach option, make sure that you rinse thoroughy.

You should avoid using disinfectants or any other substance that has a strong scent. Remember that your cat's scent is about fourteen times more sensitive than yours. Scents that are slight to you will overpower your cat. The last thing you want to do is irritate your cat with the scent of their own waste combined with scent of pot pourri!

If you have any suggestions that have worked or not worked for your cat's litter box, please comment below and share.

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