Addressing and Preventing Litter Box Issues

THE SCOOP ON CATS AND LITTER BOX ISSUES

 
 

STEP 1: THE FIRST STEP IS TO RULE OUT AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL CAUSE.

That means a trip to the vet. Explain in detail, what the cat is doing or not doing. One of the most surprising things I still encounter are pervasive old myths like: Cats don’t need to see a vet unless they’re sick or my cat looks okay so she must not be sick. Cats are hardwired to hide any symptoms of illness. Their survival as a species over thousands of years depended on it.

 

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STEP 2: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Some homes have limited choices for litter box placement but every home can have an improvement location. Study your home as if you were a cat. Crouch down low and notice what they notice. What is near the litter box? Is there carpeting or other material that could retain odor? Is it a busy traffic area not offering peace and quiet? Is it noisy like laundry or furnace room? Does it have a light source and good ventilation? Cats don’t like to feel cornered.
 

STEP 3: THINK OUT OF THE BOX

We’ve come a long way in terms of cat litter box design. They come in every shape and size, covered and uncovered, low sides and high sides. Most cats prefer the space and open air of an uncovered box some like the privacy of a cover. Vertical peers need high sides. Older cats might need lowers sides but all cats like space.
 
 

STEP 4: NOT ALL CAT LITTER IS CREATED EQUAL

There are so many choices these days from clay, silica, corn, wheat and pine or newspaper pellets in textures from very fine to granular. They are available clumping and unclumping formulas, unscented and scented in natural and synthetic scents. Declawed cats can develop litter box issues because cat litter is painful post-surgery. They need the softest litter possible or better still, don’t declaw. Most cats don’t like scented litters especially the artificially scented ones that are designed to please a human’s nose and not a feline’s.
 
 

STEP 5: APRIL FRESH

Cats have a far superior sense of smell than a human’s. If you think a litter box smells bad, imagine how intolerable it is to a cat. There is no reason for stinky boxes. Only fill the box with about an inch and half of litter. Scoop every box at least once a day.
 
 

STEP 6: LITTER GETTER BRINGS THE OUTDOORS INDOORS NATURALLY

If you’ve ever watched a cat urinate and defecate outdoors, you’ll know how much they enjoy it. Cats are very scent-oriented. There is room to stretch in the fresh air and natural scents of grasses, woods, leaves and earth entice and attract cats. But most cats are indoor-only. How can we bring the great outdoors indoors? A sprinkling about an ounce of Litter Getter after the daily litter box cleaning and scooping is the ideal finishing touch. The fresh natural scent of Litter Getter is pleasant to humans and acts as an attractant to cats. Cleaning litter boxes is a necessary chore made more positive with this “scent reward”. The end result is a happier human and a happier cat.
 
 
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By Layla Morgan Wilde holistic cat behaviorist at www.CatWisdom101.com