It’s no secret that our feline friends can be picky about — well — just about everything! The same is true when it comes to using their litter boxes (but after all, can you blame them?). Below, check out 5 basic “rules” for keeping your kitty’s litter box clean and comfortable for them to use. This helps keep your purring pal happy, healthy, and willing to potty in the appropriate place!
1. Consider Size & Shape
If you want your kitty to be content in her litter box, make sure there is got plenty of room to move around without stepping in her own waste. When in doubt, a bigger box is probably the best choice. Another thing to note: litter boxes with tops may not be ideal for your feline friend. Sure, it may keep odors from escaping into your house, but it also traps smells in, and your cat doesn’t like the stench any more than you do.
2. Keep It Clean
Cats are very clean creatures, and if their litter boxes are dirty, you may find that they have “accidents” around the house to avoid going in it! Their boxes should be scooped out at least once or twice a day. After all, would you like using a dirty bathroom?
3. Location, Location, Location!
It’s also important to find a convenient but quiet place to put your cat’s litter box. While you may be tempted to keep it out of the way in a laundry room or down in the basement, this could be difficult for your kitty to find or get to. Keep in mind that noises from appliances are also unpleasant for a cat, so the litter box should stay out of the vicinity of washers, driers, or loud furnaces. Also remember that cats don’t like feeling cornered or vulnerable, so tight spaces are not the best location, either. What’s more, kitties don’t enjoy doing their business in high-traffic areas that are noisy and busy. Another bad place to put their bathroom is too close to their food! So, where should you put your pal’s litter box? Find a convenient place where they can feel safe while still seeing everything that’s going on around them. Animal Planet [http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/best-place-to-put-a-litter-box/] suggests, “The best place for a litter box is a clean, quiet and low-traffic area where the cat feels it has privacy. Depending on the layout of your house, a quiet corner in a family room or a nook in a spare bedroom might fit the bill.”
4. Practice The +1 Rule
This one is simple: have a litter box for every cat you have, plus an extra one, to give them plenty of places to do their business. For instance, if you have two cats, there should be three litter boxes in the house, all in different locations. This is not only convenient for your cat, it ensures that each kitty in multi-pet households has their own place to potty.
5. Not All Litters Are Created Equal
Your furry friend has very acute senses, and that includes the sense of smell. As mentioned, they don’t appreciate overpowering odors, and that includes scented litter. Instead, opt for an unscented variety that also traps the bad odors of their waste.