Tips To Help Your Cat Use The Restroom Like A Gentleman #ad #PreciousCat

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Garfield: The friendliest cat ever – can’t you tell by that face. :P

As many of you know, I am a dog person. And my husband is a cat person. Thus, we have lots of animals. We have 2 dogs and 6 cats, to be precise. Don’t get me wrong, though, I love the cats, too, just like he loves the dogs. But, no matter how much you love your pets, there can definitely be those “trying” moments, too.

Before I met my husband, I had a gorgeous cat named Garfield. He was a big orange fluff of finicky. Though I like to label myself a “dog” person, Garfield was the coolest cat ever. ;) I often joke that perhaps my husband married me, in part, because of my awesome cat.

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When we moved in with my husband, Garfield acted out for a little bit, didn’t use the cat litter box and had the occasional “accident.” Garfield eventually got over the move and used the restroom like a gentleman. But, years later, the behavior started again.

Why Do Cats Use The Restroom In Inappropriate Places?

Cats spraying or using the restroom in inappropriate places is one of the main reasons people get rid of their cats, drop them off at pounds and abandon them at shelters. According to Dr. Elsey, the vet behind the Precious Cat brand, says that many times cats do not use the cat litter box due to stress. So, you might have to work with them more. Also, you need to follow some basic steps to encourage the cats to use the cat litter box. “You have to start with hygiene. People need to scoop the box every day. Next, the box needs to be large enough; it should be one and one half times the length of the cat so he can easily turn around in it,” says Dr. Elsey. “If you have multiple cats, you need multiple litter boxes; one box more than the number of cats in your home.” Dr Elsey also goes on to say that plastic little boxes can pick up smells which will cause the cats to not want to use it anymore and that cats can be picky about the location and style of the cat litter box.

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Danger Kitty helping us with a filter change.

What Causes Cats To Mark Their Territory?

Cats are also very territorial. The more cats you have, the more likely they are to start marking their territory. The number of cats in a household increases the incidence of marking; more than 10 cats is the “tipping point” with fewer than eight cats it may diminish. Bottom line, the more cats you the higher the chances of marking there will be,” says Dr. Elsey. So, if you do not want cats marking, then you should have fewer. Six is our absolute limit and they are divided up. We have 2 that stay in the basement, one stays upstairs {primarily in my daughter’s room} and we have 3 outdoors. This tends to keep the marking behavior to a minimum and the cats have their own cat litter boxes.

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What Can You Do To Help Your Cat Use The Cat Litter Box?

The main point to takeaway is that if your cat is having accidents, it is probably frustrating for the cat, too. Just like we love cats, they love us, so we all have to work together. You can help your cat learn that he needs to go in the cat litter box by using products like Cat Attract Litter which is specially formulated with a natural herb attractant that cats love. It’s a great teaching tool for kittens and is great for bringing problem cats back to the cat litter box.

Dr. Elsey has 30 years as a feline only veterinarian and has helped over 8,000 cats live longer, happier and healthier lives.


About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for Eat Play Rock and State By State Travel. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her chihuahuas, Puppy Mister and Daisy Baby.


  1. Thanks for this post. I have an elderly cat who sometimes chooses not to use the litter box. I don’t know if any of the tips here fit her situation, but you’ve inspired me to try to work with her a little more to be sure she’s not unhappy with the box for some reason.

  2. Sherry Compton says:

    I didn’t realize that you should have one more litter box than you have cats. I know the boxes take on smells, but I wouldn’t have thought it discourages cats from going there. It’s good that they have products to help combat these problems so both you and your cats can live harmoniously.

  3. Cats can be very strange. I am a cat person and love them. But, they truly have a mind of their own.

  4. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    We have 5 cats only 2 of them mark. The alpha male and the alpha female. Our issue is not having enough litter boxes. We have 2. There is not enough room for more boxes were we currently live. We are moving later this year to a bigger place ane will have many more boxes. I hope this will solve the problem.

  5. Thanks for the informative post. I guess working with your cat (just as you would with a toddler) over time will lead to a better situation for everyone involved. I’ll have to remember the multiple litter boxes requirement for cats; it does make sense as you said, they are very territorial animals.

  6. I don’t have cats, but this is good to know :) Thanks for the tips.

  7. I didn’t know that the box itself could pick up odors! I try to replace mine (not really mine, per se!) annually, but I think it’s been more than a year. Time for a new one, I guess.

  8. I got lucky that my cat was always pretty good about using his box. Now that he lives with my parents, he’s an outdoor kitty so there’s no need to buy litter anymore!

  9. I don’t own pets. But my sister in law has a cat named Percy. he is black in color and so adorable. Garfield here is very striking by the way :) I will certainly send this post over to my sis in law

  10. Good stuff! When our cat was a kitten she suddenly decided that behind the front door was a great place to pee. Out of nowhere – I still have no idea why she did that. So we put tin foil down in the spot and she hated the sound it made, so she never did it again! LOL Trial and error sometimes :)

  11. I am not a cat person. I think mainly because I am so allergic to them.

  12. Thanks for the tips. I don’t have cats but I will be sure to pass this on! Thank you!

  13. So far so good with my cat–but it is good to know. And maybe I will buy her a new litter box just to be on the safe side!

  14. This sounds like a very interesting cat litter! We have 2 cats, and sadly they will use only 1 litter, and 1 litter only. Curious though if they would use this one if I bought it…

  15. My daughter has two cats and she’s pretty careful about scooping the litter. She still gets annoyed with certain potty behaviors though. lol

  16. One of my daughter’s cat has had a few “accidents” due to stress. These are all great tips!

  17. Those are all very great tips.. Thanks for sharing those!

  18. Great tips for those who own pets. My parents own a cat so I will have to tell them about your article.

  19. I am lucky because my girls are really good about using only one potty box. I do have one however that when she does not feel well uses our walk in shower. We have not yet figured it out but we are grateful she picked an area that is easy to clean! I could never part with my fur balls, even my little dog that is in diapers because he will not get potty trained.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      You know that is funny. My dog Daisy Baby LOVES to jump in our tub. She only peed in there once that I know of, but it’s so funny. She will just jump in there and turn circles. She has also been known to jump in the shower with someone if they don’t close the curtain fast enough, too. Haha!

  20. This is some great information. I’ve always loved cats but, since we are allergic to them, we have a dog instead.

  21. Cute cats! And great tips for cat owners!

  22. what great information we have two kitties we have rescued over the last three years so thank you

  23. Very interesting. I have no cats so for me, your post was very informative.

  24. That’s interesting that cats can be particular about the type of litter box. If the plastic ones pick up smells, I can totally see why they wouldn’t want to use them. Makes sense to me. :)

  25. aha! didn’t know that
    will be sharing this around.
    animals are incredible

  26. I haven’t had a cat in over ten years. great information!

  27. I don’t have a cat, but that looks like a great product to keep the cat litter fresh

  28. Great tips and Garfield looks so cute in that pic,our cats always go outside and we have not had any problems so far with them doing anything in the house.

  29. Our cats have had “accidents” over the years, but they’ve been pretty good overall. I think the main thing is making sure the litter box is clean. Cats don’t like stinky bathrooms any more than we do!

  30. I am not a cat person, but I will play with them. I doubt if I’ll ever do a litter box cleaning if my hubby gets a cat…

  31. We have a big fat cat. lol He’s pretty good about using the box but thanks fot the info!!

  32. I also am a dog person… but I used to have kitties and will again some day. I wonder what my dad is using for his cat. I’ll have to pass this onto him!

  33. wow 6 cats? that a whole lot of cats =) Great review, never really had any pets but i bet cat lovers will love this!

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      Yeah, we keep them at different places in the house, so it doesn’t seem like so many. I often forget that we have that many, lol.

  34. I’m a cat person and we have a cat who thinks he’s a dog… This is a great article with useful information in it. Our cat came potty trained so accidents are not part of our experience… TY!

  35. Phew. That’s tiring. I’m allergic to cats, so I have a reason not to get one! I’m a dog person anyway.

  36. So far we haven’t had this problem with any of our guys….knock on wood!

  37. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    These are great tips for how to make sure cats use the litter box. People can get lazy and then blame the cat for the mess.

  38. Deborah says:

    I hadn’t heard of this brand of litter before. Thank you for doing such a thorough review of it. So far, (knocks on wood) we haven’t had a problem with the litter box. BTW, I know you are a dog person, bou have such beautiful cats!

  39. I do rescue(cats/dogs/horses) & am currently fostering 3 kittens for the shelter. For some reason these kittens will not use a litter box. I’ve got multiple boxes, different litters, nothing works. They are also sickly, not thriving, so that may play into it.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      Oh no, that is too bad. I hope that your kittens start to thrive soon and learn to use the bathroom appropriately.