Owner-Friendly Tips For Setting Up, Cleaning, And Introducing Your Cat’s Litter Box

Tips for your cat's litter box

Bringing home a new kitten is a memorable and exciting occasion in the life of any cat lover. But unless you want your joy to turn to aggravation, you’ll need to get your adorable ball of fluff litter-trained sooner rather than later. In this article will find tips to help your cat get started using a litter box and give you some great ideas on dealing with some of the more unpleasant aspects of keeping your cat’s litter box clean.

When Should You Start Litter-Training a Kitten?

Ideally, you should introduce your kitten to a litter box on the day you bring them home. The good news is getting a cat to use a litter box typically isn’t difficult. Cats are tidy animals and they possess a strong instinct tp burry their waste. If you have trouble getting your kitten to use its litter box, talk to your veterinarian to ensure your cat is in good pet health.

How to Train Your Kitten to Use a Litter Box

A litter box should be placed in a quiet area of your home. Clumping litter is the preferred type of litter to use as it tends to make cleanup easier. You may need to experiment with different kinds of litter to find one your feline likes and will use. When training a kitten, leave a small amount of urine and feces in the litter box so that the kitten can smell it and associate the box with going to the bathroom. Once the kitten is trained you can fully clean the litter box as necessary.

To ensure proper cat health care and limit accidents, it’s a good idea to put your kitten in the litter box after it has been sleeping, eating, or playing. If you notice your kitten scratching the floor or displaying other signs that it may need to relieve himself, place him in the litter box immediately. In the beginning, you may want to confine your kitty to one room until they get used to using the litter box before giving them free rein of the house.

Eventually, you’ll want to put a litter box on each level of your home. Having multiple litter boxes will ensure that your kitten can get to a litter box in a timely manner. It is also recommended that you have one litter box per cat to ensure that a box is always available.

5 Tips for Dealing with Litter Box Smells

Of course, litter box training a new cat is only half of the job. Maintaining the litterbox to reduce smells and keep your home clean and comfortable for its two-legged inhabitants as well as your furry feline is another challenge. Below are some useful tips on concealing both the smell and the appearance of an indoor litter box.

Effective ways to control litter box odour:

1. Clean your litter box every day. It can be time-consuming but cleaning your cat’s litter box regularly is a sure way to prevent odours and keep waste from building up. It also enables you to keep an eye on your pet’s health. Often times, irregular bathroom habits can be the first sign of illness. At least once weekly empty all the litter, clean the litter box itself, and refill with fresh litter.

2. Put baking soda on the bottom of your litter box. Then add kitty litter, another layer of baking soda, and then more litter. Combining a quality cat litter and baking soda forms a powerful odour-destroying team.

3. Use an odour eliminating air freshener in between each usage. Many air fresheners on the market trap airborne particles containing odours and reduce them on contact.

4. Cover your litter box with a lid. A covered litter box traps many of the odours that escape with open-air models. You might also consider buying a litter box that includes a lid with a built-in air filter.

5. Place your litter box in the bathroom or a laundry room, away from things like carpet or furniture that can absorb the smells. Carpet, furniture, pillows and curtains can all absorb cat odours. Be careful if you hang clothes in your laundry room, because they might end up absorbing cat odours!

Training a Cat to Use the Toilet

So what about training your cat to use the toilet? You had to know that was coming! But it is feasible to toilet train your kitty, among many other things. All you need is time, lots of patience and a toilet that can be off-limits to humans during the training period.

However, there are some serious considerations and potentially negative aspects to training your cat to use a toilet. Pets Best in-house veterinary expert, Chris Roth, DVM, doesn’t recommend training cats to use a toilet bowl in favour of a traditional cat box. For one, balancing on a toilet seat can be difficult or stressful, especially for young or older cats with bone or joint issues. Second, while disposing of your cat’s waste isn’t always pleasant, it can provide a valuable insight into your cat’s health.

The consistency, content, and frequency of your cat’s waste could signal a more significant health concern. If it’s being flushed, it could lead you to miss a health warning sign.

For most people, litter boxes are a reality of having cats. But by utilising some of these tips, or using them as a springboard for your ideas, you’ll find an arrangement that works for both you and your four-legged family members.

Original Article written by Marc Asher for PetsBest.com 


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