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3 Reasons Cats Stop Covering Their Poop

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 by

A black kitten sits on the edge of its litter box.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

Has your cat stopped covering up their feces in the litter box? Here are three reasons that may be causing the issue.

1. Litter aversion

Your cat might have an aversion to the litter. For instance, they don’t like the way it feels on their feet. Or possibly they don’t like the way is smells when raked. It could also be that your cat doesn’t like the dust created when covering its feces.

2. Size of the box

Simply put, bigger cats will need a bigger box. A large cat may feel too confined in their box, so moving up in size to a larger box may help.

3. Location

Where you place the litter box can be very important for some cats. This is because some cats prefer the litter box to be more private. So if the box is out in the open, they feel too exposed and not want to take the time to cover their feces.

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  1. JD Roberts says:

    How about if your cat digs in the litter BEFORE he leaves feces? He digs before he goes, and then runs like a shot after! I don’t blame him! Help!

    • Amy says:

      I thought all cats dig before they use the litter box. To make the hole that they then use, and hopefully cover. I have a cat that digs all over the litter box. She plays in it! Fn cat.

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