It doesn't matter if you have a young kitten or a full grown cat, it's still just as frustrating when they are not using their litter box, as they should. However, it is NEVER OK to discipline your feline friend. This is not how cats learn, and will just make them fear you. Before you make any attempt to repair the situation consider the following 4 tips:

1. Inexperience

If your cat is brand new to your home, there is a chance that they might be unsure about where it is appropriate to do their business, and as a result, this might mean that they ends up making messes in various places. If the whole problem is only a lack of experience, you'll find that you should introduce them to the litter box by setting your cat down in it at least once or twice. Once they realize that they have litter that he can knead and kick under their paws, they'll instinctively know to seek this place out.

2. Aggression or Territorial Marking

Many unaltered males spray to mark their territory. So, in most instances if you have an unaltered male, the way to fix the problem is to neuter them. You may also, want to start keeping the window shut so your cat doesn't catch the scent of another male roaming in your yard. This could cause a battle between that cat and your cat. Leaving your cat spraying around your house to keep the other cat out.

3. Physical Issues

One reason that your cat is not using the litter box is because they might not be able to. If a cat is feeling weak or lethargic, they might not be able to make it to the litter box and thus might make messes around your home. You'll find that this might mean that they are having physical problems and that your cat should be taken to the veterinary office at once. If you are considering what to do in this case, you'll find that a veterinarian might be the prime person to help you come to a decision.

4. Stressed Out

You'll find that cats are creatures of habit. When things change, or when their environment changes it stresses them out. When a cat gets stressed out or afraid they act out. Usually in an aggressive nature, hiding and acting fearful of everything, or doing their business in different parts of the house. If your cat is showing any of these signs, you may want to take a second and see if something in your house has changed to cause them to be overwhelmed or scared. This may include moving to a different house, someone moving out, or in to your home, or even just a different arrangement of furniture could do the trick. Leave familiar objects, like toys, or their blanket around the house to make them feet safe and secure.

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