Get ready to make your kitty's litterbox experience a purr-fectly happy one! We all know how important it is for your furry friend to feel safe and secure while taking care of business. That's why the size, depth, and shape of your cat's litter tray play a crucial role. Let's dive into the details that will make your kitty's paws do a joyful dance.
Cats are true cleanliness aficionados! Just observe how they dedicate hours to grooming themselves with utmost precision. It's no surprise they prefer using a litterbox whenever possible. However, cleanliness matters to them too! They prefer avoiding a litterbox that's overly dirty. In fact, faced with the choice between a dirty litterbox or the floor, most felines will opt for the floor, and that's not ideal for toilet training. Let's keep things sparkling clean, shall we? By spot-cleaning the litterbox daily and completely changing the litter at least once a week, you'll make it a haven your kitty will adore.
Now, let's talk about another feline desire—covering their business. After your kitty has done her duty, she'll have the instinct to dig and cover it up. To cater to this natural behavior, make sure the litter is deep enough for her to dive into. Give her the satisfaction of fulfilling her instinctual needs.
And here's the cherry on top: choosing the perfect location for your pet's litterbox can make all the difference in the world! It's the secret ingredient to successful toilet time in your home. Follow these guidelines we've shared, and you'll hit the jackpot on your first try. Your kitty will thank you with her adorable purrs and happy litterbox visits.
Where should I put the box in my house?
Place the box in a quiet, well-ventilated place that is away from the cat’s food and water dishes. Choose a spot that is open and easily accessible for the cat.
Places to avoid:
Near their Food
High Traffic Areas
Against a Wall
How Many Boxes Should I Have?
If you have multiple cats, avoid placing their litterboxes side by side. Trust me, to them, it's like having just one mega-litterbox extravaganza! Can you imagine the line forming? "Excuse me, Mr. Whiskers, it's my turn!"
Now, let's get serious about cat bathroom etiquette. Be generous with the litterboxes!
Aim for one per cat
Is the size of the litter box important?
Listen up, cat enthusiasts! We've got an important tip to ensure your kitty's potty experience is a roaring success. Give them the pawfect space to dig and twirl inside that litterbox! The golden rule is to have a litterbox that's 1.5 times as long as your cat's body. Yep, we're talking about a luxurious litterbox fit for a feline superstar!
Now, let's dive into the depths of this litterbox extravaganza. Deeper boxes can be a game-changer. Not only do they help contain the litter like a boss, but they also give your cat that extra sense of privacy, like a hidden treasure chest of secrets. Just remember, when setting up these deep diving zones, make sure the entry point is low enough for easy accessibility. We don't want our older or chunkier cats struggling like they're in a feline Olympics high-jump event!
Should I use a covered/hooded litter box?
While some cats prefer covered boxes for privacy, some cats prefer an uncovered litter box so they don’t feel trapped and can see everything around them. In addition, larger cats may have difficulty turning around in a covered box.
What is litter aversion?
Litter aversion is a cat’s strong dislike of a particular litter. Cats with litter aversion may partially or totally avoid the litter box. Common signs of litter aversion the cat may exhibit include;
-Rushing while using the box
-Not digging in the litter or burying waste
-Scratching the area around the box
-Trying to balance on the edge of the box
-Choosing to go right beside the box
What causes litter aversion?
Rapid changes to the type of litter used can cause litter aversion. Litters that are strongly scented are more likely to create aversion issues. Cats naturally have more sensitive noses than humans; your cat may not like the same scents you do. Cats often prefer unscented litter, such as HempyCat™. Other common causes include having too much or too little litter in the box, not receiving enough privacy in the box or the litter box may not be clean enough; most cats prefer their litter as clean as possible.