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Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Best Way of Cleaning Cat Litter Boxes

If you have just a basic plastic box the best way of cleaning cat litter boxes is to scoop the dirty litter out into a plastic bag.  Do this at least once a day. Flushing cat litter down the toilet is not a good idea.  Many people have overflowing toilets from doing this.  Especially, if you are using clumping litter, you should never flush it down the toilet.

Simply scoop out the feces and urine with a plastic scooper, that is in the box once or twice a day and throw it in the trash.  Once a week the best way of cleaning cat litter boxes is to completely empty the boxes and wash them out with soap and water.  This will prevent them from retaining the odor of urine and feces.  This can build up on the bottom of the box and eventually the cat will stop using the box.

If you have multiple cats, you should have one litter box per cat.  The best way of cleaning litter boxes for multiple cats is to pay attention to which boxes are used more often.  Sometimes cats will use one box more than others.  Just clean all the boxes everyday and the more frequently used box might need to be cleaned twice a day.

When cleaning cat litter boxes out each week with soap, make sure that you rinse all soap smell out of the box.  Use an unscented cat litter.  Most cats don’t care for scents.  If you have not removed all the clumped litter or feces from the box with the weekly cleaning, dilute some bleach with water about 1 part to 30.  Spray the litter box completely and wipe the liquid out of the box.  Let the box dry completely.  Bleach can cause kidney problems in animals if they are around it too much.  After the box has completely dried add fresh litter.

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Cat Litter Boxes – Larger Rather Than Smaller Are Best

Monday, October 25th, 2010

If you have full grown cats, it is a much better idea to have cat litter boxes larger rather than smaller.  Only small kittens should use small litter boxes.  If a litter box is too small you may as well not have it at all.  The cat or cats using it will likely get their urine and/or feces outside the box if it is too small anyway.  Most of the time, they will just find a different place to relieve themselves, which defeats your purpose in the first place.

Cat litter boxes larger than normal will give your cat room to move around.  In the wild a cat does not go to the bathroom in the same tiny spot all the time.  They find a different place each time. They would never go in the wild over the top of a spot they had used earlier.  Your cat is the same way.

Many people wonder why they have problems with their cats urinating or defecating outside their boxes.  Would you like to use a very small toilet that was dirty all the time?  Of course you wouldn’t.  A cat feels the same way.  Give him/her a clean large bathroom to use though and you will not have any problems.  

Don’t you love going to a hotel with a huge bathroom.  Cat litter boxes larger than normal probably give your cat that same feeling.  They are not cramped up in a very small place and they feel more natural.  If the box is too small, the cat will find a different place to go to the bathroom.  If is best to just get a larger litter box and fill it with enough litter so the cat can do his/her business and do it where you intend for them to do it, in their boxes.

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How to Set Up a Litter Box Your Cat Will Actually Use

Monday, October 18th, 2010

How to Set Up a Litter Box Your Cat Will Actually Use

1. Use the right container. Size counts, and bigger is better, as long as the sides are low enough for the cat to get in and out of easily. A good rule of thumb is that the box should be at least large enough for the cat to turn around in, to dig in, and to situate himself in comfortably.

2. Use the right litter. Cats can be fussy about the type of litter they use, but most seem to prefer fine-grained litters (like scoopable or clumping litter), which are softer and less dusty. Most cheaper clay litters are more coarse-grained, but high quality non-scoopable litters are fine-grained enough to suit most cats.

Avoid scented litters – lots of cats hate them. A thin layer of baking soda on the bottom of the litter box will keep odors down, but regular scooping and cleaning is the real answer.

3. Use the right amount of litter. Don’t make it too deep. Cats prefer a relatively shallow depth of litter, usually in the 2″ to 3″ range. If your litter is at a depth over 4″, your cat may not be comfortable using it.

4. Have the right number of boxes. The optimum is to have as many boxes as you have cats, plus one extra. While that’s not always practical, you should definitely have more than one litter box if you have more than one cat. Even if you only have one cat, it’s a good idea to have a litter box on each level of your house.

5. Put the boxes in the right locations. Cats like their privacy, so put the box in a place that’s quiet and out of the way. But not TOO far away! For one thing, if the box is so far away that you forget about it, you’re less likely to keep it scooped and clean. And if it’s so far away that it’s inconvenient to get to, your cat is going to find alternative places to take care of business.

6. Most important of all: clean, clean, clean!! Cats vary a great deal in their tolerance for soiled litter, but eventually every cat will simply refuse to use a box that’s too dirty. Scoop daily, and add litter as needed to maintain a depth of 2″ to 3″.

Change the litter and wash out the box regularly. Scoopable litter usually only needs to be changed every two or three weeks, while standard litter should be changed at least once a week.

Don’t use strong or potentially toxic cleaners or chemicals to wash out the box – the could be harmful to your cat. And even if they’re not harmful, if they leave a noticeable smell behind, your cat may refuse to use the box.

 

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Are Automatic Cat Boxes Worth the Price?

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Are Automatic Cat Boxes Worth the Price?

For the person in the household whose duty it is to clean the cat box every week, automatic cat boxes can be a blessing. But, to the cat who is using it, it may not be. Before you invest in a high-end, expensive automatic model, make sure that your cat is fully potty-trained and able to use a traditional box.

Once your cat is trained, and this rarely takes more than a week, then you can start to look at some of the many automatic cat boxes on the market. Some experts say that you should not introduce an automatic model until the cat is at least one year old.

This is for two reasons. First of all, because kittens are so very small, if there is some type of mishap within the box while they are in there, they could get hurt. Secondly, the noise and motion can frighten them, and make them scared of kitty litter trays altogether.

That being said, for the adult cat who is not afraid of the sound or the action within the litter box, automatic cat boxes can be a blessing to any household. They work as if they were automatic scoopers, pulling the clumps of urine and feces away from the fresh litter almost immediately.

Because this material is kept in a separate and contained area, the automatic cat boxes will always smell fresher to both you and the cat. There are many different kinds of litter boxes and the one you choose will depend on many factors – the size of your home, the number and size of your cats, how often you expect to clean it, and the location where you will put the box.

Do your research before you pay out big money for a top-of-the-line model and you won’t be disappointed.

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Choosing Litter Boxes for Cats

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Choosing Litter Boxes for Cats

When you get your first kitten, the first thing you do, before anything else, is go out and buy a litter box. But, you might be amazed at the selection that is available these days. Gone are the times when there was just one rectangle plastic litter box for sale in the pet store. There are now boxes that are battery operated, electric, with or without a dome, with a flap or not, and in all types of shapes and different colors. If you are choosing litter boxes for cats, you have a little deciding to do.

The first thing to keep in mind when you are buying litter boxes for cats is the space you have and where you will put it. Many people put their cat’s litter box in the bathroom which is not actually a very good idea. The smell is unpleasant, especially if visitors are using that same bathroom, and the likelihood of you coming into contact with your cat’s feces is very high.

It is much better to put the litter box in a closet (with a floor instead of carpet beneath it), that is as far away from the front door of the home as possible. This will enable your cat to have privacy and also enable visitors to your home to walk in without the slap in the face of cat aroma when they arrive.

Litter boxes for cats come in all shapes and sizes, so even if you have a small corner space in a closet or in the washroom, you will still have room. If you are working with a small space, you may want to get one that has a dome or cover to eliminate the amount of kitty litter that your cat kicks out after he or she is done. This will make the area more livable for both you and the cat.

 

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How to Properly Care for Cat Litter Boxes

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

How To Properly Care For Cat Litter Boxes

If you have only one cat in your home, properly caring for the litter box is a synch. You just can just use a pooper scooper everyday and add clean litter every other day. That is, if you use scoop able litter. No matter what you use, you should scoop out the solid pieces everyday. If you have more than one cat, you should have at least two cat litter boxes. When there is more than one cat in the house, they will not always use the same litter box as the other cats.

Proper Care Of Cat Litter Boxes

The key to proper care of cat litter boxes is to make sure that your cats use only the boxes for urinating and defecating. If they are not happy with the amount of litter or the mess that builds up, you will soon have a problem. Getting the cat urine smell out of your house is not easy once a cat starts going on your carpet or furniture.

Clumping Litter for Litter Boxes

Clumping litter is a good kind to use for litter boxes because you can remove both urine and feces each time you scoop. You should have litter boxes that are deep and contain enough litter. Many people try to save money by using only a small amount of litter. You will have problems eventually. Cats like to be able to cover their messes and if you don’t have the litter deep enough, they will eventually find a better place to relieve themselves.

If you are keeping the cat litter boxes fresh and clean and your cat still goes to the bathroom outside the box, you need to take them to a veterinarian because this is usually an indication that they are having a urinary tract problem. Cats do get infections sometimes, and one of the signs is that they stop using their boxes.

Simple Cat Litter Boxes Are the Best

If you are wondering what type of cat litter boxes you should have in your home, it is usually best to have simple ones. Have a separate cat box for each cat you have. Make sure that they are deep and large. Your cat needs to have enough room to move around inside his/her litter box. If they don’t have enough room to move around they may look for another place to go to the bathroom.

It is best to have deep cat litter boxes so that you can put a lot of litter in each one. With more litter it is easier for your cat to dig and cover their waste. This is a natural thing for a cat to do. If they can’t do it because their boxes are too small or don’t have enough litter, you will have a problem.

I think one of the best cat litter boxes is one that does not have a lid. The cat can move around more easily and if it is scooped out daily, it does not cause a problem with odor. A simple deep plastic box that is put in a quiet private place seems to work the best for my cat. We don’t ever have mistakes outside the box.

If you have multiple cats, you should have several boxes. You can put them in different locations throughout your house. The cats will get to know where they are and you just need to keep them clean. If you have multiple cats, it is best to put the boxes in different locations, because you may have a dominant cat that is keeping the others away from one of the boxes. Having several in different locations, makes it easier for the less dominant cats to use a completely different box in a different room.

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