Adopting a Cat? Here’s the Scoop on the Cat Litter Box

If you’re a new cat owner, or thinking about adopting a cat, the litter box can be very confusing. On one hand, you are told that it’s easy to train cats to use the litter box because their instincts attract them to the litter box. On the other hand, you hear of finicky cats rejecting the litter box due to the type of litter, the location, or some combination of factors that you have to figure out before your kitty decides to use the laundry basket instead! Don’t worry though, it’s not confusing once you get the hang of it. This article will give you the information you need about litter boxes, cat litter, litter box furniture, and how to teach your new cat to use it all.

The Cat Litter Box and Where to Put It

Many cat litter boxes come with a small shovel for scooping out feces and litter clumps. If yours does not, make sure you pick up a sturdy one (metal is better than plastic). If you are adopting more than one cat, it’s best to get a separate litter box for each cat. You may also want multiple boxes if you have a more spacious home so that you can spread them across your home to prevent accidents.

The Purrrfect Cat Litter Box Furniture

The Refined Feline also makes a Litter Catch to go alongside the cabinet to catch any stray litter as your cat exits the litter box. Being a cat parent no longer means having to deal with litter around your home or an unsightly litter box sitting in the middle of a room. The Refined Feline also makes modern cat trees, cat wall shelves, and more!

The Right Kitty Litter

Litter is something that cats can be finicky about. While scented litters help cover unpleasant odors, cats have a very strong sense of smell so it can be too strong sometimes. Cats may also reject a type of litter because it irritates their sensitive paws, or they can develop an allergy to it. When starting out with a new cat, it’s best to purchase litter in small amounts so it’s easy to change brands until you find one that you and your cat both like. The biggest factor for keeping your cat happy with his litter box, however, is cleanliness.

At least once a day, scoop out feces and urine clumps (if you are using clumping litter). The more regularly you scoop, the happier your cats will be with their box, and you will also be able to go longer between complete litter changes. Non-clumping litter should be completely changed one to two times per week; clumping litter that is regularly scooped can go up to two weeks without being fully changed. When you do a complete change of litter, empty the old litter into a trash bag. Wash the litter box out with hot water and a little soap, rinse well, and dry thoroughly before refilling with fresh litter.

Using the Cat Litter Box

If your cat has been using its litter box and then suddenly stops, there could be a few reasons. As mentioned above, if something about the litter irritates the cat, it won’t use it. Other reasons could be stress or that the area with the litter box is not private enough, maybe it needs to be cleaned more often, or the cat wants its own box away from other cats in the household. However, a sudden change in litter box habits such as going outside of the litter box, going more frequently, or not going at all is often a sign of an illness. Most illnesses can be cleared up quickly but should be treated right away. You should have your cat checked by your veterinarian quickly if you ever notice a change in their litter box habits.

With these tips, you will be an “expurrrt” on cat litter, modern cat furniture, and all things litter box in no time!

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