From the August 2014 holistic newsletter
Marking is a normal way that felines communicate, but it could be hormonal or stress related. These are some reasons your cat may be marking:
If one of these circumstances is happening in your home, you can communicate with your cat or cats and ask them what would help and why they are marking or muscle test to see if a custom Bach Flower Essence, crystals or homeopathic remedies would be best to help. Bring the home back to balance by removing the "stressers" from the environment. Muscle testing their best color will always help.
Environmental or Litter Box Avoidance is when your cat avoids the litter box, walks to it very timidly or won't go near it. This is a very common cause for cats going to the bathroom outside of the box for many reasons:
We have had many cats tells us when we communicate that they don't like a certain litter or their box is too tall, not tall enough, they don't like the hood, etc., but by communicating with them we were able to resolve the problem with one conversation.
Behavioral and emotional reasons are a top reason for many of the cats we have talked to. Pay close attention to the reasons listed under marking. They can cause a cat to not use the litter box. Stress comes in many forms. Cats can express their dominance, irritation, unhappiness, grief, etc. by not using the box. If your vet is unable to find a physical cause, then most likely it is emotional based. Until you determine the why, the behavior will probably continue. It is amazing how communicating with them can resolve the issue. And yes, anyone can learn how to talk to their animals!
The litter box issue can be due to a physical, mental or emotional condition, and it is important to look at each cat as a whole - body, mind and spirit to get to the root of the issue. Be aware of where your cat is marking or going to the bathroom outside the box; be aware of what is happening in your home that may have changed; recognize if your cat is displaying symptoms of a bladder infection or straining; notice where the litter box is placed and if it could be too small, tall or too covered.
Muscle test to see which issue is affecting your cat the most and and then muscle test to see what natural tools are best to help resolve the problem like flower essences, animal communication, homeopathic remedies, natural litters, crystals, color and diet. If you do not know how to muscle test, we offer an instruction ebook that teaches you how to muscle test both people and animals.
Know that every cat would prefer to use a litter box unless they live outside or on a farm, so be patient and send loving energy and know when they choose not to use the box, there is a good reason. So explore the reasons and learn to think outside of the box!