Why Has My Cat Stopped Covering Poop And Urine?
1. Burying poop is a cat’s instinct and in modern family life, kittens need to learn and reinforce this behavior from the mother cat.
There are many reasons why cats don’t bury their feces: for example, the cat has left the cat’s mother since she was a child, the cat’s mother is not a good teacher, or the environment of the home is not too the cat’s liking … This is when you need to deal with it, otherwise, it is not conducive to your home hygiene.
2. It is recommended that you first rule out the disease. If the following conditions occur, the disease may cause a behavior change and you should promptly take your cat to the hospital for examination and just listen to the doctor’s judgment and treatment recommendations.
- Unusual meowing in or around the litter box;
- Frequently going in and out of the cat litter box, the number of times is much more than before;
- Change in the frequency or status of urination or defecation.
3. If your cat has no disease, then a healthy cat poop not buried, most cases are the owner set up the environment is not in place, rather than the cat’s behavior problems. It is recommended that you observe the reason first, and do not punish the cat.
4. Check the litter box first: it is not very recommended to use a completely closed litter box because the space is too small for the cat to stand and turn around in it, and it will not be buried if it cannot be opened.
The basin is too small will also affect the cat’s judgment of the boundary between the litter box and the floor, and the cat may scratch the floor or wall in front of the litter box.
Fully Enclosed Cat Litter Box
Semi-enclosed Cat Litter Box
5. The length of the cat litter box should be at least 1.5 times the length of the cat, and the height of the semi-closed basin should be higher than the height of the cat when the cat is half-squatting.
6. The litter box should not be placed in a small corner, but in a spacious, ventilated, and quiet place. If placed in a narrow corner, there is not enough space for operation, and the cat’s behavior is easily restricted and may not bury the poop, scratch the wall or scratch the side wall of the litter box. A spacious and ventilated place is the only way to give the cat enough space and a sense of security.
7. Next, check whether the cat litter is chosen correctly: do not choose one that smells too good and has too coarse particles, otherwise, the cat will be very uncomfortable in contact and will only want too quickly, and don’t want to bury it at all.
You should choose cat litter with no obvious smell and particle diameter less than 2 mm. The thickness should be at least greater than 5 cm, and the cat litter should be cleaned up in time. If the cat litter box is too dirty, the cat may refuse to bury the poop.
8. After completing the above environmental improvement, you can also demonstrate to the cat in person: after the cat goes to the toilet, you need to do the action of burying the excrement with your hands in front of the cat, so that the cat can imitate and learn.
Once or twice the cat may not learn, you need to patiently demonstrate several times to strengthen the cat’s memory, of course, you must remember to wash your hands after the demonstration to disinfect.
9. There is also a special case: if there is more than one cat in your house, then there is a problem with not burying feces. In addition to the above reasons, it is also possible that the cat is declaring sovereignty and telling other cats: “This is my territory, I It’s marked, you guys pay attention.” Especially when a new cat is in the house, the old cat is likely to do this.
Then it is recommended that you slightly separate the two cats for some time, or do not completely isolate them, but do not let the new cat “occupy” the place where the old cat likes to stay for a long time and observe whether there is any improvement.