Going Next to the Pan
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a mess next to the litter box—so close, yet so far. Well, your cat is frustrated, too. He knows where to go, and he wants to, but something is stopping him.
“This is definitely a message you need to take seriously,” says Loehr. “The cat is clearly trying to use the box, but there's something about the litter box itself that is repelling him.”
It could be the type of litter, but another common culprit is the type of box. In general, says Loehr, most cats prefer large, rectangular, open-top boxes over domed or covered boxes. Filthy boxes are also a big turn-off for fastidious felines.