Dear Paws: I read Linda’s letter (“Cat’s Aim Is Off the Mark”) and we also had said problem. I bought a large plastic tote that was “above the aim,” used that in place of the lid by setting it up sideways and sliding the litter box into it. Problem solved! – Sharon L., Kissimmee, Fla.
Dear Paws: We used a small doggie litter box to address this problem with an older cat at my workplace. We also placed pee pads underneath and against the wall just in case her aim was way off. Just another idea for you! – Ann in Rochester, N.Y.
Dear Paws: I had this problem with “Gabriel,” our 8-year-old Maine Coon. After observing him I realized that as a senior cat he couldn’t squat to pee as well as he used to and so he would overshoot the box. I finally made Gabriel a “custom” litter box that solved the issue permanently. I bought a large Rubbermaid storage container and simply cut a doorway into it for him. With the container’s almost 18″ walls, there simply is no overshooting or spraying over the top. You have to use a box cutter or carpet knife to cut out the opening and you must be very careful not to slip and cut yourself. I’ve included a picture of Gabriel’s litter box. Both Gabriel and I are happy campers! – Brett N., Atlanta
A. Thanks for writing, all of you! I’ve definitely had a lot of responses to this issue, suggesting that even though a cat missing the litter box is usually a minor issue, it’s very, very common.
Again, if you’re worried about a cat’s spraying over the edge of the box, you can always consult your veterinarian and bring your cat in for a checkup, just to rule out anything physically wrong.
Originally published in print October 4, 2010.