The Vet Exam Was Clear, Now What?


The next steps on handling your cat’s litter box issue …

If your cat is having litter box issues, you did the right thing taking them to the veterinarian. After a thorough exam, many cats with litter box issues are given a clean bill of health. If your cat’s accidents aren’t health-related, then they are likely environmental or behavioral.




There are many environmental factors at play in your cat’s litter box preferences: location, number of boxes, type of litter, brand of litter, type of box, etc. It can be challenging to identify which one of these factors might be turning your cat away from the box. If you suspect your cat dislikes something about your litter box set up, but can’t figure out what it is, try the printable Litter Box Cafeteria Kit. This kit shows you how to scientifically "ask" your cat what they want by isolating variables. This five week, do-it-yourself program collects valuable data on your cat's needs. To download the Litter Box Cafeteria Kit and get started today, click here or on the image to the right.


If a medical exam and Litter Box Cafeteria Kit reveal a healthy cat using their favorite litter box set up and you still are finding accidents, something behavioral is going on.


A cat behavior consultant, such as Best Behavior, can come into your home to investigate further. Is your cat spraying, peeing, or pooping outside of the box? Are there other cats in the home? Outside the home? What do your cat’s daily routines look like? What does your daily routine look like? All of these factors and more determine what is going on with your cat’s litter box habits. When it’s time to ask for help, you can reach Best Behavior at or (240) 720-7609‬.


  1. Scoop the litter at least once a day. Twice a day or more with multiple cats.

  2. Have at least one litter box per cat plus one. For example 2 boxes for 1 cat, 3 boxes for 2 cats, etc.

  3. Cats’ sensitive noses prefer unscented litter.

  4. Make sure your litter box has more than one entrance/exit.

  5. Keep your litter box in a quiet, climate controlled place.

  6. Use a baby gate with a cat door to protect curious dogs or children.

  7. Only use mild soap and water to clean boxes, no strongly scented detergents.

  8. Make the litter box easy to find.

  9. Simple is best. Door flaps, automatic scooping, and privacy barriers are all unnecessary.

  10. Remember: you’re setting up the litter box for your cat’s preferences, not yours!