Litter box Guidelines for Cats

Kitty Litter box Guidelines

1 more litterbox than cats-some cats like to urinate in one box and defecate in another, and cats for not
have to wait to use the box
At least 1 litter box per floor of house to minimize distance the cat needs to travel to the box
Keep at least 4-6 inches open all the way around the litter box-cats like a clear line of sight and escape
routes on all sides. (Some, but not all, cats like covered or enclosed boxes)
The litter area should be out of the "general Iine of traffic"-in a quiet area
Generally cats do not like plastic liners or mechanically self -cleaning boxes
Use unscented litter- cats find strong fragrances (especially citrus scents) unsettling
Scoop the box daily, completely change litter about weekly or every 2 weeks.
The depth of litter preferred is different per cat. Try placing lr "litter in one box and about 1" in another.
Keep food/water away from litter box (At least 5 feet)
lf cat urinating outside box
1,. Check for medical causes-blood chemistry and urinalysis
2. If "marking"-which is urinating on vertical surfaces (walls, furniture edges , place scratching
posts in the area (an alternative source to mark-with paws)
3. Provide lower sided and larger litter box
4. Provide high places for cat to feel safe-have L-2 cattrees on each floor of house.
5. Call use for an in-home consultation
6. lf cat urinating on horizontal surfaces (floors, clothes, beds) schedule an in-home
consultation. This behavior is usually anxiety or fear related'
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