5 Causes of Litter Box Problems in Cats

Your Cat Has a Litter Aversion
Some cats like the cosiness of a covered litter box. However, they trap odors inside, so be vigilant about cleanup. Lusoimages/iStock/Thinkstock

It may not seem like a big deal to you, but the type of litter box you purchase for your cat can make or break her elimination experience. So before you play litter-roulette based on this week's sale price, consider the consequences.

If your cat doesn't like the litter used in her box, she may begin to soil the carpets or bedding as far from the litter box as possible. She may also spend very little time in the box when she does use it, skipping the important and satisfactory tasks of digging and scratching. She may not like the texture of the litter (cats usually prefer find grains). Plus, an abrupt change in the type of litter can be picked up by her sense of smell, which keys in on scented formulas. One solution is to use an unscented formula and sprinkle it with baking soda to help control odors.

Pay attention to the litter level -- your cat certainly will. Levels that are too high or too low -- or inconsistent -- can be stressful and may cause her to seek other spots to eliminate. The ideal level is 1-2 inches (2.5-5 centimeters) [source: Johnson-Bennett].