Forget the people-pleasing scents. Forget special formulas or alternative ingredients. Your cat is more likely to prefer unscented clumping litter, according to preference tests. And if you want to keep your cat using “the bathroom,” be sure to keep it clean, place it in a quiet, cat-friendly place and don’t use any liners in the box — cats don’t like them. None of these changes will address a cat who has stopped using the box because of illness. Urinary tract infections and other health issues need to be addressed by your veterinarian before box re-training can begin.
I know people use scented litter so they won’t smell the nasty smell of poop. But really, if you scoop the box daily, and clean it as often as possible, you don’t need a scented litter, right?
Now, I admit, I don’t always scoop daily. But I try to!