Try different kinds of litter.,
Scoop any clumps.,
Maintain the litter level.,
Replace the litter.,
Scrub the box.,
Consider using a liner.,
Purchase a covered litter-box.,
Consider litter mats.,
Keep the litter-box in a quiet place.,
Observe your cat.,
Adjust to your cats’ needs.,
Don’t buy scented litter.,
Stick to one type of litter.,
Provide a sufficient number of litter boxes.,
Pick the right type of box.,
Place litter-boxes in the best places.
When you home the kitten, ask the previous owner what sort of cat litter the kitten is used to, and offering that litter to start with. Some kittens can be very fussy about what they pee and poop on, and you don’t want to change too many things for the newbie in the house. Give the kitten a few days to settle in and become confident where the tray is, then you can start to think about changing over litter for whatever reason. Some types of litter are designed to clump or deodorize any smells from your cat’s waste. You or your cat may find a certain type of litter to be best. Review the following types of litter to learn which you and your cat may prefer:Litter that is safe for kittens. Find a litter that is made of larger, more coarse ingredients such as pine. Many litters will also say “safe for kittens” on the packaging. Some litters however may not be appropriate for kittens, such as clumping-type litters or litters that produce a lot of dust. Clumping-type litters may be ingested by your kitten and can cause stomach discomfort. Overly dusty litters are bad for your kittens lungs and might cause respiratory problems.
The scoop-able or clumping-type of cat litter. This types makes cleaning easy and requires less thorough replacement than other types of litter. These are also good at reducing the odor and well-liked by most cats.Non-clumping litter. This type is good at removing odors and is usually less expensive than the clumping type. However, urine might saturate the litter and cause frequent, full changes of the litter.Crystal-based/silica gel litter. This type of litter is highly-absorbent, sucking up moisture, urine, and odor. Once the crystals fully absorb, you will need to change the full amount of litter.Plant-based/bio-degradable litter. These may be pine pellets, wheat, and/or corn that neutralize the odors. This type is that it does not create as much dust or tracking as other litters.Plant-based litter may be a safer option for cats with respiratory problems.;
, Using a scooper made of metal or sturdy plastic, remove all the clumped urine and the feces. Keeping the box free of waste will prevent odors and encourage your cat to use the litter-box.Scoop at least once a day, more if you have multiple cats.
Make sure to remove all waste.
Clean your scooper to prevent the spread of bacteria.
For the sake of the hygiene of garbage collectors, put the waste in a dog poop bag and knot it before putting it in the trash.
If you use flush-able litter, flush waste down the toilet.
Always wash your hands after cleaning the litter-box.
You may want to try wearing gloves.
, After scooping the litter-box or cleaning it, make sure to fill it up with an adequate amount of litter. Your cat may have its own preference when it comes to litter depth, so pay attention to its usage.Make sure the litter stays about two inches deep, as most cats prefer this.
Some cats with long hair may prefer shallower litter.
, Dump out the old one entirely, replacing with fresh, unused litter. The number of cats you live with, the number of litter boxes available to them, and the type of litter you use, will determine how often you have to replace the litter.
Replace non-clumping-type litter twice a week at least.For the clumping-type litter, if you scoop the litter box everyday, you can replace it every two to three weeks.If you notice an unpleasant odor or a lot of clumps, replace it sooner.
, Every time you replace the litter, wash the box thoroughly. You can use some mild detergent like dish soap and warm water.The packaging labels usually tell you if the product is mild or not.Empty all the litter in the box.
Gather your detergents and a disposable sponge or cloth.
Avoid using detergents that contain ammonia, bleach, citrus oils or those with strong smell; these substances could turn cats away.
Some cleaning products, including laundry detergents, toilet-bowl cleaners, and disinfecting wipes, can be toxic to cats.Check the label for any warnings such as “”Keep pets and children away from area until dry”
, A litter-box liner may make it much easier when it comes time to replace the litter. Litter-box liners are designed to hold the litter, just like a bag, making for easy removal and disposal.
Use a litter-box liner for easy disposal.
In many cases, the liner ends up being shredded by cats,
Some cats hate liners, and the use of them may possibly deter your cat from using the litter box.
, Covered litter-boxes are a great option to help keep the area surrounding the box clean. Keep in mind the advantages and disadvantages of a covered litter-box:
The cover may prevent a lot of litter from escaping the box.Some cats may even prefer covered litter box.
You’re more likely to forget to clean because it’s out of your sight.
It traps more odors inside. Therefore, frequent cleaning is necessary.
If your cats are large, it may not have enough room.
, Litter mats are a simple method you can make use of to help contain any mess around the box. They are used to collect any excess litter that you cats may push onto the floor.Place the litter mat underneath the litter-box to catch any litter that may fall outside the box.
Litter mats may be placed just outside of the litter box opening.
Alternatives to the commercially-available mats are small cuts of carpets, rags or towels.
, Cats appreciate a quite, private bathroom experience. Try putting your litter-box in a place that is removed from the busy areas of your house.
Keep small children away from the litter-box as they may disturb the cat or try to play with the litter-box.
Avoid interrupting your cat when they are using the litter-box as this may discourage future use.
, Keep an eye on your cats usage of the litter-box. Notice when they may or may not be utilizing the box. There may be many causes as to why your cat is not using the litter-box, such as:The litter-box needs cleaning.
The litter-box is in a busy area.
The cat doesn’t like the type of litter you have selected.
The litter-box isn’t big enough for your cat.
If you can’t find a reason, talk with you veterinarian.
, There may be a time when your cat refuses any litter you offer. This situation arises most often with outdoor cats. Try the following ideas to get your cat using the litter-box again.If your cat used to be an outdoor cat and likes to use houseplants as bathroom, try mixing some potting soil in the litter.
If your cat rejects all the commercially available litter, sand may work.
If you have a kitten, consider using non-clumping litter such as a pelleted litter (e.g. newspaper pellets).
Make sure to discard the entire litter when needed to maintain cleanliness., Although convenient, scented litter can deter your cat from using the litter-box. Try some other methods to reduce any unpleasant odors.
Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda at the bottom of the litter box.
Keep up with the cleaning of the litter-box.
, Once you find the one that your cats like, look no further. Switching the litter type may cause your cats to stop using the box. Keep your litter choice as consistent as you can.If your favorite type is discontinued, try to make the new one as close as you can to the original.
, One litter box per cat is not always true – in fact, it is often insufficient. The amount you should place in your home depends on the number of cats you live with you. Not having enough litter boxes around your house may result in house soiling.If you have more than one cat, provide boxes in several locations so that no one cat has to wait in line.
The general rule is one box per one cat plus one more.
Provide at least one litter box on each floor in the house.
It’s best not to place all the boxes in one location.
Make it as convenient as you can for your cat to make use of your litter-boxes.
, There are many types of litter-boxes to choose from. Most features on litter-boxes are for the owner and some of these features may not be enjoyed by your cat. You may need to try different kinds before finding the right ones for your cats.Keep in mind the basic size and shape of the litter-box.
Research features on litter-boxes such as covers, air purifiers, or built in cleaning mechanisms.
, There are some general rules about where it is best to place a litter-box for your cat. Following these guidelines can help ensure that you cat makes use of the litter-boxes and avoids having accidents.
Don’t put the litter box close to its food or water.Spread the boxes out. If you have multiple boxes, put them apart from each other so that the cat will always have at least one close by.
Put it in a quiet space. Cats don’t like being disturbed while using the bathroom.
Try to find a place that will make it easy for you to clean it. It may be tempting to put it out of direct sight, however, it then becomes easy to forget to clean it.