Sadly, the reason many cats are surrendered to shelters is because of problems like inappropriate litter box use, and these very often solvable problems are a real threat to some cats' homes.
But how can inappropriate cat behavior be solved and prevented? I spoke to an expert who suggested keeping three key ideas in mind.
"Cats have three essential needs: safety, security and stimulation," K.C. Theisen, director of pet care issues for the Humane Society of the United States, told The Dodo. "Safety is that they are not threatened or harassed, and have easy access to fresh food, clean water and shelter."
"Security means they can get away from people or things they don't like, can get to elevated hiding places and have a routine they can count on in the home."