Getting a cat to choose kitty litter over grass?
February 23, 2010 5:26 PM Subscribe
Tips for getting an indoor/outdoor cat to use a litter box, when he much prefers to go al fresco?
My cat will use a litterbox very neatly when he's locked inside for whatever reason (usually moving house or sickness). The problem is, he normally has freedom to go outdoors whenever he wishes; but the house we're currently renting only has a small, neat patch of lawn surrounded by decking. This isn't conducive to good pooping - he has trouble digging it up the runner grass to do a proper burial, and consequently the backyard is extremely smelly.
We figure the solution is to get him to poo into something specific - an outdoor litter box would be fine. We could even tolerate an indoor one if necessary. But even though the grass is uncooperative, he prefers it anyway, presumably for territorial reasons. We've tried putting a litter box out on the grass but so far he just ignores it, even when we've seen him start scratching and plonked him into the litter tray.
- He loves being outdoors, and he has done so all his life, so I'm not very keen to make him an indoor cat.
- He is usually incredibly neat and conscientious about burying his crap, but we've always lived in houses that have some loose soil in the yard.
- Our lease on this house is pretty short and the grass is carefully manicured, so making a garden bed probably isn't an option.
- The poops are semi-buried, so finding them and picking them up ourselves isn't easy.