Modern purebred Persian cats are known for their unique flat noses. It comes with some disadvantages, like breathing problems. These issues only get worse when coming into contact with certain substances, such as dust.
In most cases, the problem is a dry food diet. This food type will make their feces harder with a rough texture that will get stuck in their fur. A simple solution would be switching over to a wet food diet. You can even balance their food between dry and wet to ensure a non-sticky feces output.
Health problems could be another reason behind your Persian's aversion to the litter box. The following three issues tend to be the main ones behind these issues:
• FELINE INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS • URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI) • KIDNEY STONES
• The litter box hasn't been cleaned thoroughly. • Your cat's litter box is too small for them. • The box's design makes them uncomfortable. • You haven't provided enough litter boxes within your home. • There's too much litter in the box.
Some cats will develop a preference for relieving themselves on certain surfaces or locations. A few favorites among felines include carpets, bedding, or potting soil. If your Persian has grown fond of peeing in a particular place, the next move would be making it less appealing.
Senior Persian cats or ones with physical limitations will have trouble using certain litter boxes. The problematic ones would include types with top entries or high sides. These designs could make for a difficult entrance and force them to take their business elsewhere.
A widespread cause for this issue would be a painful bathroom experience. For instance, a cat with a previous medical condition that caused painful bathroom visits might associate the box with those memories. This association might even haunt them when they return to full health.
Stress can do quite a number on a cat's litter box confidence. These animals can become stressed by situations that their owners don't see as too troubling, such as moving or new family members. Honestly, any significant change to their daily routine can make cats anxious.