Cats don’t like frequent change. So, if you’re planning to introduce a new type or brand of cat litter (for example, going from non-clumping to clumping cat litter, or to a different scent), be prepared that your cat might reject using it. Whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure: you need to have a plan of action.
Gradual is good
Rather than making an abrupt change and presenting your cat with the unfamiliar (they hate unfamiliar), give your cat time to adjust to something new. Get it right, and your cat may not even notice you’ve switched.
Begin by mixing a small amount of the new cat litter in with the current brand every day for several days. Continue this method for three to five days. If your cat is particularly adverse to change, you might want to give yourself even longer for the changeover.
Put it to the test
If your cat is rejecting your current brand and you want to know what type they might prefer, put it to the test. Set up an additional box with a new type of cat litter next to your existing brand. It shouldn’t take long for your cat(s) to let you know which they prefer. Once their mind is made up, you can remove the other box.
Speak to an expert
If your cat continues to take issue with their cat litter box, speak to your vet. You might find there are underlying reasons that your cat isn’t using the litter box. Cats are complicated creatures!