Monday, October 12, 2015 | NHS Behavior Department
Providing a litter box that’s appealing to your cat is the easiest way to encourage them to use it and prevent problems.Our tips are a great starting place when setting up a new litter box or if you’re having trouble with your cat going outside the litter box.
Be sure the litter box is 1½ times bigger than the cat’s current size.
Under-the-bed storage bins can serve as a great litter box for bigger kitties.
Most cats prefer unscented, scoopable litter.
Use about 2 inches of scoopable litter. (More litter does not equal less scooping.)
Litter Box extras
No lids. Cats feel safer with multiple exit routes.
No liners. Most cats do not like the feel of liners on their paws.
There should be a box for every cat in the home;,plus one (2 cats = 3 boxes).
A litter box should be provided for each level of the residence.
Set up the litter box(es) in a quiet and private area. Avoid areas with loud machinery that makes unpredictable noises, such as a laundry room or in a basement near the water heater.
Spread your boxes throughout the home.
Keep kids and dogs away from litter boxes using baby gates.
Cat food and water should be placed away from litter boxes.
Don’t move the litter box around. Cats do best with a consistent environment and routine.
Scoop the litter at least once a day.
Clean out the litter box about every two weeks, dumping all the litter and rinsing with mild dish soap.
Over time, odors will seep into the plastic permanently. Use the “sniff test” to determine when to buy a new box. If you can smell it, it’s a safe bet your cat can.
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