There are far too many customer reviews for cat litter boxes that go along these lines “Complete rubbish. One Star. Cat wouldn’t go near it” or “Waste of money because I couldn’t get my cat to use it.”. These types of comments are concerning because they suggest that some cat owners assume that their cat will instantly love this new device just because owners are told that it is wonderful and beneficial. Also, there is the worry that some cats may be forced to use a toilet they are not comfortable with. Cats need a cat litter box that they are comfortable to use. Instead of blaming the faulty merchandise or disobedient cats, it is better to learn why the cat may be uncomfortable, to find a solution and to simply have some patience.
Why does your cat dislike this new litter box?
The first clue here is the word “new”. You are presenting them with something they have never used before within their territory and now expect them to urinate and defecate there. It the case of some of the more high-end automated cat litter boxes and self-cleaning options, there could be a lot to take in. Is it making a strange noise? Does something move when they use it? It may be perfectly understandable that they are a little wary. Help them to understand that the machine is safe and encourage them inside without forcing them. Keep the old litter tray around for a little while during the transition.
You may find that the style of box and its function is fine, but it is not a comfortable space to be in
Another common mistake with these cat litter boxes is that owners buy something that is too small. There is the sense that cats want a cozy, secure place to go, but it can’t be so cramped that they can’t get comfortable or turn around easily enough. Consider the dimensions of a box and the size of the entrance when choosing the best model for your cat.
Give them the time to get used to the box and make up their minds about using it
Some owners that write the sort of product reviews mentioned above may be a little impatient. It can take us time to decide whether we like a product or if something is really comfortable to use or not – it is why we are so keen on the money back guarantee. Therefore, we should allow our cats the same period to get to know the box and realize that it is safe to use. Perhaps they can smell something in the new plastic that just needs to air out. Perhaps after a week or so, they will seem happier to use it. You won’t know if you return it after a couple of days of no use.
If it turns out that these approaches don’t work, and there is something that really doesn’t suit your cat at all, look for an alternative. Don’t accept an uncomfortable litter box when there is sure to be a more suitable option.