Litter box issues are a cat owner’s worst nightmare! I’ve never experienced issues until this past week when I found poop just next to the litter box.
Possible reasons for poop outside the litter box:
- health issues
- cat doesn’t like the litter
- cat doesn’t like the litter box (too small, too enclosed, too hidden)
- cat had a bad experience in the box
- territorial issues with other cats or neighbor cats
- box is too dirty
I know it was Cornelius who did this because of the size of the poop. I believe the reason to be two fold. During warmer months the cats have access to the terrace and they frequently go in the plants outside. Therefore I cleaned the box less often because they went outside more than they went in their box. Now that its cooler they are kept inside more and I therefore have to clean the box more often.
So he did this 1. because he likes to have different options of where to go and 2. because there was already poop in the box that he did not approve of. There could also be an element of territory between the two cats. The golden rule is to have a litter box for each cat plus one. I knew this, and in retrospect I should have accommodated for this right away. I was just going off of past experiences where my cats used the same box with no problems.
We use wood pellets, which I love. But this does not cover poop like clay litters do. I scoop the poop out daily anyways but with two cats there are times when Elizabeth poops and then Cornelius won’t go in there if he sees her poop. I can respect him wanting a clean box to use.
So I’ve ordered a new box and it should be here in a couple of days. This should solve the problem! Having two boxes gives them the option of where they would like to go and if one of the box is being occupied they can use the other one in peace.