Most people keeping cats desperately fear the day their cat won’t use the litter box. Thousands of cats find themselves homeless after refusing to use the litterbox and instead urinating or defecating in any number of places. Many cats choose the bed, or the laundry. Others choose the bathtub, or defecate just outside the box itself.
Sometimes their owners don’t even know that they’ve stopped using the box–they just smell an odor and eventually find a mess. Maybe they punish the cat–but the cat has no idea why. The cat had a specific reason for refusing the box, and punishing only means they must try harder to hide their mess.
Most cats stop using the box for one of these major reasons. Most problems resolve quickly if treated quickly.