There are three important litter box considerations to
account for whether you're a new kitten owner, or someone
who has had a cat for a while. If kitty isn't happy with
any or all three of these, you may find she'll start
urinating outside the box.
1. Litter Box Location:
Location is all-important in real estate. The litter box
location is important to your kitty. As an owner, you need
to be certain her box is in a quiet location, away from
traffic and noise. Ideally, a room that is seldom visited,
such as the basement or laundry room is a good choice.
Cats need to be left alone while tending to their business.
A child's room, the hallway by the front door, or the
family room may be too noisy for her.
2. Litter Box Type:
New cat litter boxes are marketed constantly. The final
decision may rest with kitty. If you buy her a box, and she
doesn't use it, think about the way she does her business.
For example, my boy, JJ (who is fixed), urinates standing
up. He's 14 years old, and it may be too much effort for
him to squat. We have tall sided, and hooded litter boxes
to accommodate the splash on the back wall.
You may consider the mechanical, self-cleaning litter box.
They rake the results of kitty's visit into a small
container. The drawbacks are that your cat may be scared of
the motor noise. If so, she won't use it. The rakes, or
tines, need to be cleaned regularly. They're close
together, and can be a real trial to clean properly. What if
you lose electrical power for an extended period of time?
The motor won't operate, and the box won't get scooped, if
Bottom line? Observe your kitty doing her business, and
formulate a strategy about the best box to buy.
3. Cat Litter:
There are lots of different types of cat litter you can
purchase. There are different blends of clay; some are
perfumed, some are not. Again, your cat may decide for you.
If you purchase a certain brand, and kitty eliminates
somewhere else, you'll need to experiment with different
types until you and she agree on what will be used.
Perfumed, or scented litter is for us humans, not the cat!
Some cats will refuse to patronize a box with heavily
scented litter. As bad as the smell may be for you and your
family, the end goal is find the right litter she'll use
About the Author: Nancy E. Wigal
Cat Urine Odor Advisor
Nancy has successfully eliminated cat urine odor from her home, and kept the kitty that caused it. The Cat Urine Odor Advisor helps you save money and stop the damage in your household by
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