Many cat owners have the same problem — their cats just won’t use the litter box. This can be frustrating, to say the least. The good news is that there are many different methods that will encourage your cat to use their litter box. Below are several tips and tricks we recommend you read before taking on this project, as well as some helpful information about how to set up and maintain a clean litter box for your cat.
Cats aren’t born knowing how to use a litter box properly and it can take up to four months of training before they start doing so consistently. Don’t get discouraged, the time and effort spent on training your cat will be worth it.
The first order of business: what kind of box?
There are several different styles of litter boxes available in the pet industry today, but they all serve the same basic function — to keep the cat’s waste contained. It’s best to choose a litter box that’s large enough for your cat to turn around comfortably. Some cats don’t like covered boxes because they feel like they are being closed in. Your preference may be different than your cats’, so you should visit your local pet store and try out a few different types before deciding which one is right for you and your cat.
Most cat owners use a box that has a hooded lid. The hood helps keep kitty smelling fresh, but it also serves an important function when it comes to training. When your cat is using the litter box, she won’t necessarily go into a corner of the box every time she feels the urge to pee. In fact, you may find urine and feces scattered around the inside of the litter box or on the floor near it. Having the hood will help contain those odors until you can scoop them out.
The most common style of litter boxes are rectangular in shape with rounded corners and a door on one side for easy access. They can be made out of plastic, metal, or sometimes wood. Even a closet can be turned into a place for your cat to use the bathroom.
How many litter boxes are needed?
You will only need one litter box per cat plus an additional box for every other cat in the household. If you have more than one litter box, it will help keep the cats from fighting over who gets to use which box and make it easier on you since you won’t have to clean so frequently. Each litter box should also be placed in an area where it is convenient for you to scoop and where there is enough privacy so that your cat won’t feel too exposed when using it.
How big should the litter box be?
The size of the litter box is very important for a number of reasons. For one thing, you don’t want your cat to feel that she can not fit into the box. Otherwise, she will start avoiding it altogether. On the other hand, it shouldn’t be too small. If your cat feels cramped in her litter box, you’ll end up with a lot of urine outside of the box since she will try to find a more spacious spot to relieve herself. It’s also important that there be enough room for her to turn around inside the box without touching to sides or stepping on any waste material.
There are other factors to consider when choosing a litter box. First, the shape and size of the box should match any furniture in your home. If you plan on placing it in an enclosed area, such as a closet, you will want to make sure that it is big enough to avoid any interference with your cat’s movement. If you plan on placing the box outdoors, be sure to make note of wind direction and how many sides the box has. You may need multiple boxes depending on how much your house faces south or east and whether or not there is a lot of shade where the box will be placed. Finally, cost should play a role in your decision. It may be more economical to buy one large litter box instead of two smaller ones.
What kind of litter should you use?
There are a number of different types of cat litter on the market today. Some specialize in keeping odors confined to one area while others keep them contained within the litter box so that they don’t escape and make your home smell bad. Whatever type you choose, there are certain things you should consider when purchasing it:
The type of litter that is right for your cat will depend on several factors. Some cats prefer clay litters over silica litters because they produce less dust and stickiness when scooped out each day. Others prefer products that are low in dust and high in absorbency. You should also consider how much odor control you prefer.
You will store the litter in its original packaging until you are ready to use it for the first time. Some cats do not like the way that litters smell when they are new and may develop an aversion to them as time goes by. The packaging will also help keep the litter from clumping together during shipment or transit to your home. It is always best to purchase cat litter in a bag rather than a box. This will help to keep the amount of dust in the litter lower.
It is also important to note that you may have to change your cat’s litter if you’ve had a new baby or adopted a new cat. If you don’t remove the old litter, it can lead to health problems and expose your pet to dangerous bacteria. It is important that you know what type of litter has been used and where it came from so that you don’t inadvertently expose your cat to bacteria from other animals or pests.
How do you dispose of cat litter?
If you keep your cat’s litter box clean and sanitary, you don’t need to worry about what is done with the waste within it. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you will need to dispose of the waste, there are a few options open to you.
There are a number of trash bags that are specifically made for cat litter. You can use these bags as regular garbage bags for your home or business and dump the contents into them when they become full. In order to avoid any accidents with the waste, it would be wise to put these on top of itself before removing them from your home or office.
If you live near a mall, you may enjoy the services of a garbage dumpster. This type of dumpster is specifically made for disposing of cat litter and other types of waste. You can dispose of the waste in them without worrying about it being harmful or making your home smell bad.
How can next time be better?
Keeping your cat’s litter box clean and sanitary will help to prevent many different health problems down the road. It also ensures that you will have fewer problems removing the waste yourself from your home or business in just a few short steps.
If the litter box isn’t maintained properly, your cat may decide to go elsewhere. This could lead to health problems and create a more difficult time removing the waste in your home. By keeping the litter box clean and sanitary, you can ensure that these problems do not occur.
Remember that cat litter is a natural product that comes from trees. If you have a lot of money or it is important for you to go green, there are environmentally friendly cat litters available on the market today that will help to maintain your kitty’s health while keeping your home cleaner and providing an aesthetically pleasing environment for you and your family.
Have you ever considered how much time it takes to clean the litter box and how much you are spending on different litter? There are many ways to make a litter box waste less.
Less clutter in your house means less time cleaning, which saves you money on buying new cleaning products plus the time spent cleaning is far more enjoyable. Knowing that your home is as clean as possible means that fewer health problems will occur. By using any of the tips listed above, you will be able to cut back on costs and minimize health risks for both your cat and household.
*Disclaimer: I am not a vet. Nor do I claim to be an expert on cat products. The advice I have offered is based on my knowledge and experience as a cat owner. As always, please consult your vet before making changes in your cat’s diet or home life.