There are many reasons why your cat may not be using their litter box.
Location and privacy are key. Try putting the litter box someplace quieter and safer. Maybe that downstairs or little-used bathroom, or a quiet corner in the laundry room. Try a covered litter box if you can’t relocate the litter box itself.
Does every cat in your house have its own litter box? In a multiple cat household, if someone is missing the litter box, that could be the issue.
Cats can be very finicky about their litter. From recycled paper pellets, to traditional clay based litters, pine shavings, and silica based sand like litters, there is a litter to please most cats. There’s even cat litter with a special additive that’s attractive to the cat looking for a spot. Ask us about different litters that may entice your cat to eliminate in the right place.
With litter boxes, cleanliness is next to godliness. Thousands of years ago cats were worshiped as gods. They haven’t forgotten! Keep the litterbox as clean as possible. For some cats, that might mean a self-cleaning motorized version.
If all else fails, consider that your cat might have a urinary tract infection or other problem, and visit your vet. Please let us know if you have any questions about your cat’s litter box!