Litter box issues, such as going outside of the box, are one of the most common cat behavior problems experienced by owners. Sometimes these problems are solved with an easy fix, like adding extra boxes in a multi-cat household, cleaning the box more often, or placing the box in a quiet, isolated area.
Another major factor that contributes to litter box problems? The type of litter you are using may be bothering your cat. A recent study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior examined litter box filler preferences among a group of 18 cats.
The researchers gave the cats a choice of clay granules, silica granules, silica microgranules, and wood pellets. The cats demonstrated a significant preference for clay and silica (both sizes) over the wood.
A second phase of the study gave 12 cats a choice between clay and silica. The researchers found that the cats showed a significant preference for eliminating in the clay litter over the silica.
If your cat is not happy about that fancy new litter you bought, consider switching back to good old-fashioned clay and see if that makes a difference in your cat’s litter box habits!
Still having problems? Check out this guide to solving litter box issues.