I have tried everything: picking it up and putting it in the box; scolding him when I catch him and then gently bringing him over to the box; changing the litter to a different brand; cleaning the boxes every time one of them uses it. I have three different boxes. Neither cat covers what they do in the litter box, whether it is urine or poop. They scratch around the box or even on the wall, but not the litter. I would appreciate any help.
— D.R., Newtown, Conn.
Dear D.R.: Not covering excreta does seem to be a problem with the breed. Persians have long fur and “feathers” around their hindquarters, which can get matted with cat litter, not to mention the litter getting trapped between their paws. This can be a deterrent for the normal covering-up behavior. Try a litter like Purina’s Yesterday’s News (recycled newspaper pellets) that I have found to be less cat-adhesive.
Many cats choose to defecate outside of the box because they are constipated and they associate the pain of evacuating with being in the box, so they develop a litter box aversion. Feed your cat moist food and a teaspoon of pumpkin or mashed butter beans, or Laxatone.
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