Litter box duty is not the best part of having a cat in the house, but our head nurse has some suggestions to make it a happier experience for both you and your cat.
People often make the mistake of setting up a litter box in terms of what they want, not what makes their cat comfortable. But the way cats use a litter box is based on their survival instincts. In the wild kittens learn from the mothers to cover up urine and faeces to help ensure they don’t attract predators.
Here are some tips for setting up your litter box to ensure your cat uses it properly, but if you have any questions on litter training, Cat & Rabbit Clinic's team will have the answers, so feel free to contact us.
Setting up the basics
First, choose the right type of litter. It should be soft and sandy as that’s what cats would seek in the wild. Unscented or minimally scented litter is best as cats are very sensitive to smell and may turn up their noses at heavily scented litters.
Litter trays should be cleaned at least twice a day and washed at least once a month.
A household should have one litter tray per cat, plus one additional box at a minimum. In homes with multiple cats, the litter trays should be scattered in easily accessible areas, not grouped together. Cats need to feel secure in their own space when they use their litter trays.
Katie also suggests that uncovered trays are best or your cat may feel trapped and unable to escape from a predator.
- You should keep your cat's tray in an area of the house that is both quiet and easily accessible.
- As soon as a new pet arrives, show them where the litter tray is.
- If that doesn’t seem to suit them, just put the litter tray wherever your cat feels comfortable then gradually move it to your preferred location. But be sure to keep it away from their food and water.
- You should also put your cat in the tray after they have slept, eaten and played.
Remember, if you have any questions about litter training, our kitten advisors will be happy to help. Simply call us on 01604 478888.