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Dear Christopher Cat

My cat Linus never covers his excrement in the litter box. Do you have any suggestions on how to solve this problem?

Christopher Responds

That’s a problem? You should live with my sister Claire who thinks the bathroom sink is her litter box.

But if what Linus leaves in his litter box is stinky, I can understand your frustration.

Some cats, like my sister Carlie, won’t bury their poop in heavy, pelleted litter but will in soft, clumping litter. So try an unscented, finely textured, soft litter in one of Linus’ litter boxes and see if that helps.

If Linus is declawed, he may have residual toe pain that prevents him from digging in the litter to cover his bowel movements. If he balks when you press his toes, schedule an appointment with his veterinarian.

Also, a small litter box makes it difficult for sizable cats to complete the burying ritual. If Linus is large or his litter boxes seem cramped, try something more spacious, such as a plastic under-bed storage box.

Finally, if these ideas don’t work, recognize that refusal to bury excrement is undoubtedly normal in some pet cats.

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