Having a well-trained cat makes for a clean, happy and healthy home. But before you just run out and buy the first litterbox you see, there are some things you should take into consideration to ensure that your cat adjusts to and sticks with litterbox training. Below, an experienced Welland veterinarian discusses the basics of litterboxes.
Just like the kitties that use them, litterboxes come in many shapes, sizes and styles. You may have to try a few to determine which one your particular cat prefers. Some have covers, others are designed for easier litter cleanup. Discuss your cat’s particular behavior and personality with your Welland veterinarian to see if he or she can offer some specific suggestions for you to try.
The litter you use also plays a role in how your cat responds to using the box as his or her bathroom. Cats have different preferences – some do better with sand, others prefer clay litter, while still others like paper-based products. Try a few out and see which one works best for you and your cat, and then stick with it.
If your kitty is going to be good about using the litterbox, it has to be placed in an area that is easily accessed by your feline companion. If you’re having issues with your cat going outside the litterbox, discuss the layout of your home with your Welland veterinarian. It may be a simple matter of moving it to a more convenient location for your cat.
Believe it or not, the scoop you choose to keep your cat’s litterbox clean is also a big decision. Try to find one that has slats that are wide enough to let clean litter slip through, back into the box, but not so wide that smaller clumps of waste can end up back in the clean litter. Your Welland veterinarian can provide some specific recommendations.
Perhaps the single most important rule about litterboxes is keeping them clean. Cats are naturally clean animals, and they don’t like to have to eliminate in piles of their own waste. Scoop your cat’s litterbox at least once a day (more if you have multiple cats), and change the litter completely at least once a week.
Getting your cat to use the litterbox doesn’t have to be a challenge. By carefully selecting the right products, being diligent about keeping the box clean for your kitty, and working closely with your Welland veterinarian, you’ll have the litterbox mastered in no time!