The Scoop on Litter Habits
Whether you have just adopted your first cat, or you have 3…or 4…or 7.. okay maybe 9… one thing is for certain…every cat potties. Enter the age old litter box! Simple right? You get a cat, you get 1 litter box… Get another cat? They can share that same box right??? Not so fast… Read on to see how the number of litter boxes, the location of the box, and even the type and depth of the litter can all have an effect on your cats commode habits and even health![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Location of the Loo
Location, location, location is a common saying when house hunting or building a business. Same applies for where your cat is taking care of its business! Most owners opt for a secluded area of the house, which makes complete sense. Some things to avoid however are placing the litter pan in an inconvenient or uncomfortable area of the house. Loud appliances like washers or dryers can make cats nervous and opt to not use their box. Same goes for out of the way places like the dark basement next to the furnace. Ensure the litter box is easily accessible (especially for kittens and elderly cats) otherwise they may just make your house their public restroom. Avoid placing the pan near their food and water bowls as well. We don’t feel the need to explain why cats don’t enjoy that!
When a One Bathroom House isn’t Enough
If you are providing a home for more than one feline, adding bathrooms should be on your to do list. The recommended amount of litter pans is one per cat plus one extra for good measure. Example 3 cat homes should contain 4 total litter pans that are cleaned regularly. Cats can be particular about their bathroom arrangements, and if there are not enough options they may make use of your laundry basket!
Depth of the litter, the type of litter, and the type of box can also play a role in your cats habits. A good rule of thumb is to have around 2 inches of litter in the box at most, as some cats prefer being able to stand on a slick surface. Research also shows that felines prefer finer grain litter. New scoop-able clumping litters generally have finer grains and should be perfectly acceptable for cats. If your cat was previously outdoors and has been urinating on the soil of your indoor plants, you can place medium sized rocks on top of the soil to deter the inappropriate urination. Using an air freshener plugin near the litter box may put the cat off and deter them from using the pan. There are litter choices that are meant to freshen the scent of the area. Some pans will come with a cover for some extra privacy for your four legged friend. Some cats however do not like the cover and will avoid utilizing that pan. This seems like quite a few side notes, but the main point is finding out what is working for your cat(s) and going with that!
Health Issues to Watch For
If your feline is resisting the litter pan it may be a result of any one of the previously discussed scenarios not being in order. Your kitty can also develop a urinary tract infection or other medical condition that impacts their bathroom habits. If your feline is straining when using the box, or going outside the box, give us a call as this can certainly be health related and lead to even worse problems! Read our pet health article for more information on this topic by clicking below.