A new family member, a move or a problem in the past: The causes of stress in cats are very diverse and can be expressed through various warning signals. The clearest of these is when the cat suddenly stops going to the litter box. We have summarized some possible causes for this below:
Typical stress factors for cats
If the cat does not go to the litter box immediately after major changes in the family or in the living situation, the cause of the problem can be clearly seen. Relocations, family growth, new cats in the house or the loss of a partner are among the most common stress factors for cats. In addition, there are also cats who have an anxiety disorder and are constantly under stress from an early age, for example because they were given up too early as a kitten.
Even small changes can be stressful
Sometimes, however, it is also very small things, which are not immediately understandable for us humans, that cause our sensitive room tigers to suddenly no longer be house-trained. Even small renovations, new or converted furniture and other changes to the living space are so unhappy to some cats that they suddenly tend to protest. Others, on the other hand, react very sensitively to new people entering and leaving the apartment, for example when their owner has a new partnership. A new litter box can also ensure that cats are no longer house-trained due to stress.
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Help from a cat psychologist?
If neither your vet nor you find a cause, let alone a solution, to the litter box problem, there are several things you can try. You can consult a cat psychologist or homeopath, or, in consultation with your veterinarian, administer Bach flowers or sprays with simulated happiness hormones. The most important thing is that, even if it is difficult, keep calm and give your stressed cat a lot of attention. Scolding is taboo because it exacerbates both stress and its effects!