Just as you prefer privacy when taking care of your personal needs, so does your cat. This is why it's very important to place the litter box in a location that's out of the way yet easily accessible for your cat [source: Petco]. But just like people, each cat has its own preferences and, being a finicky creature by nature, may change its mind some day. If you chose a good spot that your cat liked, but it suddenly seems to be avoiding its litter box, a new location may be in order. Relocating a litter box takes some thought and planning.
Here are some guidelines and suggestions about how to relocate your cat's litter box:
- Place litter boxes at various locations at the same time.
- Place one litter box in a spot where your cat can see anyone approaching.
- Place the litter box in a place with more than one avenue of escape so your cat can make quick getaway if it feels anxious or threatened.
- Place the litter box in a location that is inaccessible to children and/or other animals that could frighten your cat.
Sometimes cats develop an aversion to the litter and not the litter box. Using a different kind of litter than the one you used previously, may solve your problem. For example, use one with a different texture or scent (or no scent). Fill the box with 1 or 2 inches (2.54 to 5.08 centimeters) of new litter [source: ASPCA].