Litter Box Tips & Tricks

Litter Box Tips & Tricks

Do you ever wonder why you cat poops in places other than their litter box? Or maybe your cat digs around but never actually goes in the litter box? Do they void the box like the plague? If this is the case, here are some tips that might inspire your cat to use their own litter box rather than your hardwood, tile or favorite carpet.

  • Make sure the litter box is clean! Felines are incredibly fussy about their living space being clean. If there are two cats in the home, there should be two litter boxes. The litter should be scooped daily and the their entire box cleaned out at least once a week.
  • Privacy please! While you want your cat to have easy access to their box, definitely keep it away from their food and water in a low traffic area in the house.
  • Use your nose! It seems like today you can buy everything scented. Just because that wild berry scent smells good to you doesn’t mean your cat is going to like it. Try an unscented clumping litter.
  • Many of the fancy new boxes are now covered, but your cat might find it to be scary, especially if you own another cat or dog that sneaks up behind them. A covered litter box could make them feel trapped because there is only one way in and one way out. A covered box could also contribute to the consolidation of strong odors.
  • Size does matter. A standard litter box is perfect for a kitten, but it might not be suitable for a large tabby cat or Maine Coon. Larger cats need extra large litter boxes. And, you might have to think outside the box (literally). According to Arden Moore, author of Fit Cat: Tips & Tricks to Give Your Pet a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life, giant cats need larger litter boxes more comparable to a sweater storage box with higher sides. Conversely, a kitten, senior or special needs cat might need a box with lower sides.

These are basic tips to improve your cat’s litter box culture, but if it doesn’t, seek out a veterinarian. There could be a hidden medical condition that needs attention.

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Moore, Arden: Fit Cat: Tips & Tricks to Give Your Pet a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life

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