Cat Litter Box Problems? 8 Reasons Cats Snub the Box & What To Do

Cat litter box problems pose the number one reason cats lose their homes and end up in animal shelters. That’s also the top reason an adopted kitten or cat gets returned. How sad! It’s important to keep in mind ways to prevent litter box problems from the moment you bring home the new kitten.

People want cats to stop peeing on the carpet, pooping outside the litter box, and spraying — especially peeing on your bed! But there is no single reason for hit-or-miss potty problems, and therefore, no single “cure” for bad behavior, but you can find out what to do with these common reasons cats snub the box. Note: I added one, in honor of the new Shadow-Pup!

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Too many sharing one potty is a recipe for failure!

Folks generally assume that any litter box issue is due to a behavior problem, but you CANNOT separate health from behavior. The two go together like … like… laps and cats, or kittens and toys. Here are a few of the many reasons cats snub the litter box and develop litter box problems.

Why Cats Have Litter Box Problems

Clueless Kittens. Your new baby does not come pre-programmed knowing what to do. Even if she copy-cat’d her mother’s behavior, a kitten may not know where the facilities are located, or be able to reach them in time. Make it easy for new kittens. For the first week or so, confine her in one room with a nearby litter box (and other kitty equipment) so she learns allegiance to the box. Put her in the box and praise when she’s productive. Learn more about training your kitten to use the litter box at this link.

Clueless Adults. Adult cats certainly know how to “go” but your home is new territory for them. Be sure the adopted cat knows where to find the litter boxes. Find out what type of litter pan and box filler the shelter used, and start out with the same kind (you can transition latter, if need be). If he’s previously been an outdoor cat, he may not recognize the litter pan as the toilet. Give him a clue: add a top-dusting of potting soil or leaves from outside.

Marking Territory.  If you want to stop your cats from spraying, it’s important to understand why they do it. To cats, urine holds more fascinating, important information than my Kindle. Intact felines (both boys and girls) use urine like to advertise their availability and to cow interlopers from trespassing. Getting your cat spayed or neutered prior to sexual maturity reduces urine marking up to 90+ percent. So don’t wait!


Seren learned to tolerate Karma, but his pestering led to litter box challenges. Image copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

Other Cats. Having to share potties puts many cats’ tails in a twist. Do YOU want to “go” after someone else? Didn’t think so. ;P Even when properly introduced, some cats want one box for solids and another for liquids. By age 19, Seren was not been happy about the interloper, Karma, and for the first time Seren started going outside the box. She found a spot behind a big chair, hidden from Karma but with two-way access, and left her “deposits” there. So…I got another litter box, cleaned the carpet thoroughly, and installed the new potty where she wanted it.

Rude Dogs. With the new puppy in our lives, Karma-Kat’s comfort means managing Shadow’s access to cat territory, including the litter box. We properly introduced them, and they respect and show interest in each other. The pup, confined to the kitchen, can’t reach Karma’s facilities in the master bath. It’s not unusual, though, for dogs to invade or even snack from litter boxes and that prompts kitty to find other places to “go.” And a few dogs want to copy-cat the behavior and the dog uses the cat litter box and hisses off the kitty owner.

Old Cats. As Seren-Kitty grew older, it became more difficult for her to get to the facilities on time. She also suffered from arthritis that made it hard to climb in and out of the litter box. These are not unusual problems for old cats. We offered her a litter box with lower sides, and eventually, provided “puppy pads” for her so she had more opportunity to relieve herself in a hygienic way. She nearly lived to be 22 years old, so Seren deserved every bit of help possible.

Making sure there are enough litter boxes reduces the competition so one top cat doesn’t guard the bathroom and prevent others from accessing it. I recommend the 1+1 rule: one box, per cat, plus one. The stress of other cats also can prompt urine marking, not just to claim territory, but to use self-scent to calm their frazzled kitty nerves.

Smelly Box. Keeping the toilet clean seems to be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how quickly the yucky stuff builds up. Get the cleanup on a schedule. Daily, no exceptions, will reduce the chance of lapses. And “smelly” may also mean “too perfume-y” according to your cat, so beware of strongly scented box fillers, too.

Adding an automatic litter box can help enormously, because the litter ALWAYS stays clean. However, it may take some training to teach cats to use this facility. We had a LitterMaid for many years, and Seren loved it!

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A tiny box can throw off your cat’s litter box aim.

Bad Facilities. Every cat is unique so what works for one may be awful for the next. Bad facilities may include a poor location, type of box, or kind of box filler.

  • Cats want privacy, but don’t want to feel trapped. Avoid placement in corners of rooms, or underneath cabinets, for instance. Locations that have a good lookout (so they can see the other cats coming and escape!) are ideal.
  • Most cats prefer soft, sandy textures easy on the paws for digging. They also like routine. So once you’ve found something they use faithfully, don’t mess with success.
  • Many commercial boxes are too small, and covered boxes contain odors and may make cats feel trapped. Experiment by offering a variety to see what your cat prefers. I like the translucent storage boxes from container stores, because they’re bigger for jumbo-size squatters, and the cat can see other cats approach.

Separation Anxiety. Yes, cats can be lonely and stressed when their routine changes and you work longer hours, for instance. One of the major signs is the cat peeing on your bed. Learn about kitty separation anxiety here.

Dirty Litter Box Accidents

  • Clean soiled areas thoroughly or the scent will draw Sheba (even innocent bystanders!) back to the scene of the crime. Avoid using ammonia-based products, which cats think smells like the ammonia in their own urine.
  • To find hidden urine accidents, invest in a quality “black light” and shine it around after you’ve turned off lights in the suspect areas. Cat urine glows under the black light. Here’s a black light kit designed for finding litter-ary mistakes!
  • If your cats target plastic or rubber-backed bath mats, toss out the mats. The backing hosts various microorganisms designed to keep the carpet stain-resistant, but it smells like urine to cats, and many felines eliminate on these mats because they already smell like a litter box.

Litter Box Problems & Health Issues

When your cat has been faithful to the potty and suddenly develops problems, your veterinarian should be the first call. There are a number of health issues that may underlie the cat’s litter box lapses, including Feline Lower Urinary Tract disorders.

Painful urination or defecation may result in the cat “blaming” the box for the for the discomfort. When kitty hates the box, she’ll look elsewhere for a comfy spot to go–like under your potted palm.

Buy a new box. Plastic holds odor and smelly old boxes offend cats even when you’ve scrubbed them. Cats that “blame” the old box for a scare or discomfort often eagerly embrace a new facility.

The proper diagnosis from your vet is vital in order to treat and often reverse the condition and poor behavior. Some signs of possible health conditions include any one or combination of the following:

  • break in house training
  • dribbling urine
  • straining in the litter box
  • Spending lots of time “posing” with little result
  • bloody urine or urine with a strong ammonia smell
  • crying during elimination
  • excessively licking the genitals
  • Some cats “go” in the sink or bathtub, or squat right in front of you (asking for help?)

So what about your cats? Have you had litter box challenges? Do tell!


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Kittens Thrive with Training & #FoodShelterLove


One of 30 kittens at an adoption event where I was asked to take pictures…this baby was adopted, YAY! Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s®  Science Diet® and Food, Shelter & Love™ Program, but BLING, BITCHES & BLOOD only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Nothing trumps kittens for furry love, but when March kitten season rolls around, your local animal shelters drowned in a furry tide of cats of all ages that need adoption. Kittens can become pregnant as early as 4-5 months of age! Yes, babies having babies–that explains the bumper crop of kittens, right?


Bottle babies abound during kitten season! Image courtesy of Tonya Jensen

Thank heavens for fostering, dedicated shelter staff, and you–yes, YOU, one of the folks who volunteer, visit to help socialize the pets, donate your time or toys, or just SHARE this message to help give cats a paws up. Just spreading good information about care helps ensure kitties get the best chance for adoption. Y’all do the work of the angels.


Yes, kittens (and cats) CAN be trained! I know that I’m preaching to the choir. Never doubt that you can make a positive difference while fostering, helping the babies through proper socialization. While kids are taught the three Rs, kitten socialization involves learning the Three Ts:

  • Touching: Touch the baby all over gently with pets, handling the ears, paws, tummy and more. Being taught that touch is pleasant helps with bonding to people, and hearkens back to how Mom-Cat cared for her babies. A kitten that accepts and trusts handling will be less stressed by veterinary exams, and so get proper timely care as she grows up.
  • Talking: Kittens don’t use words to communicate, but will need to pay attention to humans who do talk. She won’t understand all your words, but certainly understand the emotion. You can teach kittens to pay attention to humans simply by responding to them with the same words and phrases each time. Try saying, “You’re beautiful.” or “I love you.” or “I’ll keep you safe, baby.” And mean it–and she’ll understand, and blossom and BECOME beautiful, and more confident.
  • Timing: Kittens and adult cats pay exquisite attention to the details of their life. They easily learn consequences when they make mistakes (or do something right) if you tell them THAT is what I like, or THAT is not acceptable. Since cats do NOT respond well to punishment, think about catching kittens and cats in the act of doing something RIGHT and rewarding the behavior with praise, toys, healthy treats, or praise. Give the reward immediately–timing is key–to ensure good communication.


FoodShelterLoveMore help is always welcome, of course. That’s where the Hill’s® Food, Shelter & Love ™ Program comes in, and not just for kitten season. The company donates food to shelters across the country 365 days a year, to date $240 million worth of food to nearly 1,000 shelters, helping over 6 million pets find a new home.

How kewl is that?! but it’s the babies–kittens–that benefit most, because proper nutrition has such a lasting impact on health and happiness. Good food even impacts kitty mood.

I sure wish my two cats had the benefit of good nutrition during their first months of life. Y’all have read how my Serendipity showed up as a dumped kitten nearly 19 years ago, and then barely a year ago Karma-Kat did the same thing. I often wonder if Seren, still barely 6 pounds, wasn’t somewhat stunted by her lack of good early nutrition. Karma, on the other paw, is obsessed with food probably because he had to scrounge and struggle to survive.


Karma thinks Seren makes a great pillow. Ya think the big boy likes his food?! Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

Today, of course, they’re both spoiled rotten (sorta kinda in a way) centers of my life! Yep, they have the perfect perch on the dining room table under a stained glass lampshade (heat lamp?) in front of my laptop computer. Doesn’t every cat?


Hill’s® Science Diet® Kitten Healthy Development Original cat food provides precisely balanced, easy-to-digest nutrition for growing kittens. Image Courtesy of Hill’s

Is your shelter a part of the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program? Do you want to be? Find out all the details here.

Now it’s your turn. Do you volunteer at your local shelter? Do you foster? How did you find your kitty-of-your dreams? Do tell!

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When Losing Means Winning–Pets Gain Health With #HillsPet


Chuy at 6 weeks old and less than a pound in weight! Image Copr. Irresistible

When we first adopt a new puppy (or kitten) it’s hard to imagine that he or she might eventually grow into an overweight dog or require cat weight loss when that “fluffy” look is more than just fur. Thankfully, today there are diets for dog weight loss and overweight cats that are not only effective, but easy to use. Over the past several months I’ve written about Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution several times, including how the diet works to change your pet’s metabolism to turn him into a fat-burner, ways weight gain (and loss) impact your pet relationship, and including love in the weight loss equation. This food helps 88% of pets achieve an ideal weight, without strict protocols or precise measuring. Today, you get to put a furry face on the the whole Hill’s Metabolic Diet experience.

Five-Tips-for-Dog-Weight-Loss-by-IrresistiblePets.com_thumbMeet Chuy. My blogging colleague Aimee Beltrain (yes! another Aimee!) adopted this cute little guy when Chuy was only 6 weeks old. “He could fit in the palm of my hand and weighed less than a pound,” she says. (That’s him in the pictures at the top.)

Fast forward four years (say that fast three times!) to December 2013 and Chuy is a wee bit pudgy. The veterinarian informed Aimee that little Chuy needed to slim down. “He weighed in at 12.6 pounds and the vet said for a Chihuahua of his size, he should weigh around 9-10 pounds.”

Two or three pounds may not seem like much, but in human perspective, that’s about a 20% weight loss–the equivalent of a 170-pound person needing to lose 34 pounds! Toy breed dogs as well as cats can pack on the pudge very quickly, almost without you noticing.

“The weather gets too cold or too hot, and you skip those daily walks,” says Aimee, “and they look at you with those irresistible little faces.” It’s hard not to love our pets with too much food and treats. With Hill’s Metabolic, though, the weight comes off even if you don’t have time for an exercise regimen, and you don’t have to deny your cat or dog their treats.

Aimee had never tried a reducing diet for Chuy, until the opportunity came to try Hill’s Metabolic for Dogs. “It was the first food our vet recommended, and it’s working,” she says. “Previously he would pick at his old food and never seemed very interested in it. Chuy actually loves his new food and eats every single kibble in one sitting.”


Karma’s already got some tummy muscle. Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

Chuy has always been an energetic little guy and loves to play outside now that the weather is good. Partnering a reducing diet with exercise speeds up the weight loss, of course. But another major change Aimee says had great effect was to establish a regular mealtime routine, feeding twice a day at 8 am and 5 pm. Oh, and if he’s still a bit hungry, he’s allowed to munch one of the Metabolic treats a day, too.


Magic has as much energy today as when he was a young whipper snapper. Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC



I need to do that meal-schedule more religiously with my Karma-Kitten; he’s almost a year old and I may need to get him the Hill’s Metabolic for Cats since he’s developed quite a muffin-tummy. That’s due in part from cleaning up after Seren-kitty’s meals. Seren is teeny at 6 pounds and needs to eat many times a day to get enough nutrition, and Karma (and Magical-Dawg) both feel deprived if they don’t also get a taste. Thank goodness, Magic at almost 8 years old is still at an ideal weight and continues to be very active.

So how did little Chuy do on his diet? Check out the before and after pictures–He’s down to 10 pounds and still loving the food, exercise and meal schedule! What’s really cool is Chuy can stay on the food for life, and it’ll maintain his ideal body weight.

Chuy-Chihuahuas-Weight-Loss-Journey-Before-and-During-Pics_thumbThanks to Aimee for sharing pictures and her story–read more about Chuy on So now it’s your turn–has your dog (or cat) pudged up a bit? How have you managed weight loss or maintaining best body condition? Do tell!


MetabolicCanineKit2014_smThis post is sponsored by Hill’s and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Amy Shojai’s Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


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10 Guilt-Free Ways to Love Pets with #HillsPet



Image courtesy of Hill’s Pet Nutrition

We don’t often think of cat weight loss or doggy dieting in the same breath as loving our pets. More often we think of pet love in terms of dog toys, kitty cuddles and with proper vet care just to name a few. Oh, and food. Lots and lots of yummy-icity.

After all, love doesn’t “deprive” your pet with something he or she adores, and at my house, the Magical-Dawg adores treats! Seren-Kitty, the 17-year-old, isn’t quite so treat motivated, but the new Karma-Kitten never met a taste he didn’t like.


Magic is seven year’s old and still quite the canine athlete. Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

Magic at age seven is in good shape with a healthy body condition, thank heavens. That’s not wishful thinking, even the veterinarian says so. Seren, though, is a little tiny skinny thing at barely six pounds, and so we struggle to get enough nutrition into her.


Karma plays a lot–but still manages to add to his “tummy” power. Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

Karma is almost a year old. He’s a tank, and has already developed some (ahem) table muscle. Get a load of that tummy! But he still loves treats and wants to graze from everyone’s bowl or plate. Heck, he even countertop cruises and absconds with anything reachable. One day last week Karma executed a dash-and-grab in order to swipe kabob off my husband’s plate!

Here’s the thing. Feeding a weight reduction or maintenance food like Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution actually IS a way to love your pet where it counts most–by keeping him or her a healthy weight. It’s not withholding love–it’s redefining love with the help of great nutrition.


Food can be a huge issue for pet parents. Choosing the right one, and feeding the correct amount, can be a challenge and because food and attention are so closely linked, it can feel like we’re depriving them of love when we restrict those yummies.


My 17-year-old Siamese wannabe still rules the roost, despite weighing barely 6 pounds. Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

At my house, Magic and Karma look betrayed with Seren gets extras (she needs it!) and they don’t. Managing feeding time when you have pets with different needs gets complicated, and feeling guilty about depriving them doesn’t help. So finding other ways to love them keeps pets happy and pet parents doing the right thing. We don’t have to feel guilty when we feed Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution treats, because they’re formulated to work the same as the diet. How cool is that?



Image courtesy of Hill’s Pet Nutrition

New routines are one of the best ways to get into healthy habits and redefine the way you love your cats and dogs. Besides offering a Hill’s Metabolic Treat, here are 9 more tips for how to love your pets–what have I missed? How do YOU redefine pet love?

  1. Love With Grooming: Seren adores being combed and groomed. Magical-Dawg sheds like crazy so grooming him also prevents mats and satisfies that itch.
  2. Love With Training: Both dogs and cats relish exercising their brains–and it prevents boredom.
  3. Love With Toys: Find what floats your pet’s boat and provide fun toys. Cheap thrills, like empty paper bags for cats or old socks for dogs, can offer inexpensive hours of fun.
  4. Love With Games: I just discovered Karma likes to sled! That is, if I drag a towel on the floor, he hops aboard and wants to be towed all over the room, what fun for us both! Magic will play Frisbee fetch until he collapses.
  5. Love With Pets: Scritches and cuddles and massages not only feel good to your pets, it also has health benefits for you.
  6. Love With Walks: Teach your cats to walk on a leash, and take them for rambles around the house or over to Grandma’s house. Dogs adore exploring new places, so give yours a new leash on life with a new vista on your walks.
  7. Love With Vets: Proper routine care keeps your cats and dogs healthy, reduces health costs, and ensures they’re around as long as possible to share the love.
  8. Love With Laps: Seren never enjoyed lap sitting until she turned 14 years old or so. I’m loving the lap-sitting time we now share.
  9. Love With Sniffs: Dogs don’t have to gulp to enjoy a treat. Scent an old sock with something stinky–like old cheese or pungent fish–for a sniff-treat that delights nosy dogs. And for cats, offer some catnip.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s and the BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Want to do something healthy and loving for your pets? I’m telling all my friends–and you can, too, so share away! Here’s a $25 Wellness Visit Rebate (fill out this form) to help you and your pet with a wellness veterinary visit. Instructions are on the rebate. You’ll also get a valuable $25 rebate for Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food. Wow! That’s a $50 dollar value. Click here and spread gift of health!

BlogPaws will collect the interested individuals’ information and Hill’s will mail out rebates to all who fill out the form. One rebate mailing per household. As a blogger, all you need to do is spread the word!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered–post in the comments. Do you have a new kitten and need answers?  Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Rediscover “Lost” Loves with #HillsPet

Awww, now that made me cry! When you think about dog weight loss or cat weight loss, one rarely thinks how this impacts the loving bond we share, but this video about Bear drives home the point. “I gained a friend,” says Bear’s dad. Those four words explain the importance of keeping pets slim.

To see a beloved pet in such pain and discomfort, and make that awful but ethical choice to stop the suffering–and THEN instead to regain your friend with something as easy as a diet change–now that’s something to howl about! That’s why I’m so pleased to bring you this information.


Lenny BEFORE on Day 0 at 14.6 pounds. Lenny is the “clinic cat” at Fundy Veterinary Animal Hospital, and “helped himself” to food that was always available. Cat images courtesy of Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

It can be frustrating when our pets pack on the pudge, and can’t get rid of the extra poundage. After all, many of us love to “love” our pets with treats (you CAN treat your cats and your dogs with healthy treats!), and it can be difficult to deny them this kind of special attention. Even when we try to do the right thing and slim down Tubby Tabby or Rotund Rowdy-Dog, the challenges continue and we feel like heels when pets look at us with pleading eyes. The overweight pet can’t interact like he used to. Walk time becomes a chore for you and your pet so there’s less time spent out and about. Kitties that aren’t lean-mean-playing-machines sleep more and we miss that c’attitude we fell in love with.


Lenny lost 1.3 pounds AFTER eating the Metabolic…meee-WOW what a difference 180-days make! He’s inspiring other clients to slim down their tabbies, because it was so easy.

Unhealthy overweight pets just aren’t happy when they can’t physically spend quality time with us. It’s like we’ve lost our best friend. That’s what happened with the dog in the video and maybe that’s what’s happening with your cat or dog, too. Has your pet’s extra poundage impacted how you interact? Details, we want details! Did the dog used to beg to fetch the ball, and now has no interest? Does the kitty have trouble staying spiffy because it’s hard to pull off those kitty-yoga moves for good grooming?

Even cats and dogs without the severe weight issues like Bear can benefit from a bit of slimming to get to a healthier weight. It not only improves the pets’ quality of life, it enriches your relationship, too. That’s because eating Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution changes an overweight animal’s metabolism to act more like that of a lean animal, so that even after the target weight is reached, this higher efficiency metabolism continues.


Magical-Dawg loves his treats! and an empty bowl offers opportunity to offer sad puppy eyes and say, “I’m starving…fill ‘er up, pleeeeeze!” Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

Do you have an overweight pet? Have you tried to slim him/her down? Older pets reluctant to move might be enticed by placing the food bowl at the top of the stairs or on a cat tree, so they must move their furry nether regions to get fed. But what goes in the bowl matters, too, and you’ll see a difference in only 60 days by feeding the Metabolic. I want my pets to stay with me as long as possible–and be happy and healthy at the same time–and keeping them slim can add to both quality of life and length of our companionship, so to me it’s a no brainer.


6-year-old Suzie BEFORE, when she weighed 82 pounds. Image courtesy of Hill’s Pet Foods


120 days later and 20.1 pounds lighter! Suzie has more spring in her paws and wag in her assets! Photo courtesy of Hill’s Pet Foods

If your pet has a weight problem, have you asked your veterinarian about Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution? Last month I blogged about how it works and why it’s such a great product here. And you can read testimonials here (type in “metabolic”) and learn more about product here as well.

Today’s blog, though, captures the true benefit–LOVE.

Now, to get the legal stuff out of the way: This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Amy Shojai’s Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered–post in the comments. Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!