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Litter Box Basics 101

Cats are fastidious and can be very fussy about their litter box, its cleanliness, location and the type of litter used.

If your cat is not satisfied with its litter box, be careful or it may well choose another location in your house more to its liking!

Therefore, it makes sense to keep your litter box as clean and comfortable as possible for your cat. And remember, even the best cats may need reminders from time to time about litter box habits.

Choosing a Litter Box

A full-size litter box, available from your pet store is appropriate for your cat. Kittens may use a smaller box. It should be made of a non-absorbent material, like plastic, for easy cleaning with soap and warm water and to prevent odors from being absorbed by the box.

Placing the Litter Box

When selecting a location for your cat's litter box, choose a quiet, out-of-the-way place that is easily accessible and will ensure your cat's privacy. Keep the litter box away from the cat's eating and sleeping quarters, but still within easy reach. Once you choose a location, don't move it or you might confuse your cat. If you have more than one cat or a large house, you might want to consider two separate locations, one on each side of the house.


Switching Fillers

At first, your cat may reject a new filler brand because it smells and feels different. Ease your cat into the new brand slowly to reduce stress and confusion. Begin by mixing one-third of the new filler with two-thirds of the old. Then, gradually increase the amount of the new brand until your cat becomes used to it.

How much Filler should you Use?

Maintain a depth of about three inches. Kittens will need less.

Cleaning the Litter Box

Cats do not like to use a dirty litter box and will choose another location if they are dissatisfied with the environment provided for them. Conventional filler should be cleaned daily by removing the waste. It should be completely changed once a week. The box itself will need to be occasionally disinfected on a regular basis to remove odors.


Disposing of Litter

When disposing of litter, wrap it in two bags and tie it securely. Do not flush the litter down the toilet as it can be extremely harmful to plumbing. As some clumping litter may be flushable, but may not be friendly to septic tanks, it is a good idea to bag instead of flush your litter.

Do not use cat box filler as a fertilizer in your garden. Dumping cat waste in your garden will not only attract flies and neighborhood cats, it will be unhealthy to you if you eat fruits and vegetables fertilized by concentrated amounts of it.

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