How do I get my cat to use her litter tray?

Dr Pete Wedderburn / 22 January 2019

A reader's cat always urinates next to her tray instead of inside it.


My cat has taken to urinating on the carpet next to her tray. How do I get her to use the tray?


First, make sure you clean the tray regularly: cats don’t like using a dirty tray. Second, try a different litter substrate: cats are fussy about what they like to use.

Third, get a bigger tray: the standard ones are too small for some cats. And finally, try a different location to change the routine and break the bad habit.

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