Sometimes your cat might change their toileting behaviors all of a sudden.
They may stop using the litter tray and make messes in other places throughout the house. This can be quite frustrating!
Here are some common reasons as to why your cat may have changed their toilet habits.
Dirty Litter: Some cats don't like it if the litter tray has already been used. Try to solve this by keeping the littler tray as clean as possible, you may need to remove any soiled litter every day. There are also some high-tech options now available such as self-cleaning litter trays! Who'd have thought!?
Different Litter: Cats are creatures of habit. If the type of litter they are familiar with is changed, this can sometimes be enough to make them go find somewhere else to toilet. Some types of litter may not be the most comfortable for their paws to step on either. You can try to combat this by slowly introducing the new litter in with the old litter, until you have eventually reached the point where you can stop using your old litter all together.
Location of litter tray: Cats are generally private creatures, and may prefer their toilet to be in a private, quiet spot. You may want to try moving the tray to a more secluded area for them.
Smell of the Litter: Sometimes a cat might not like the smell of the litter in their tray. It may have a particular perfume or scent that deters them from coming near it. Perhaps it's time to try changing to a different brand or style of litter?
Training accidents: Sometimes training a cat or kitten to use a litter tray can take time. Accidents are to be expected! You can make your litter training experience a little more streamlined by ensuring that you take the cat to the litter tray every few hours and by making sure that your cat has access to the little tray at all times. You may start to notice your cat's body language when it needs to go to the toilet, meaning you can be more vigilant in taking your cat to the toilet. You can lock your cat in the room where the litter tray is for short periods of time so that they know where to find the tray. Sometimes adding a little bit of dirt from outside can also help to attract your cat to the tray.
Reference: My Pet magazine, www.vetnpetdirect.com.au