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10 Tips for Creating a More Appealing Litter Box

10 tips for creating a more appealing litter box

The litter box is a very important part of your cat’s life, yet we often don’t do our part when it comes to making sure the set-up is appropriate and the box is clean and appealing. Cleaning and maintaining the litter box may not be your favorite thing to do when it comes to being a cat owner, but it’s vital to your cat’s health, comfort and happiness. Here’s a list of quick 10 tips to help you maximize litter box appeal:

1. Right Type of Cat Litter

Typically cats prefer a soft, sandy litter. Soft, unscented or minimally scented scoopable litters generally fall into this category. Texture is important to cats and the feel of a soft substrate on their paws is generally more comfortable. Also, with a cat’s excellent sense of smell, the highly scented litters can be offensive. If you’re keeping the litter clean then you shouldn’t need to use a highly scented litter. Keep in mind how close your cat’s nose gets to the litter so imagine how offensive a litter with a strong perfumed scent must smell.

2. Don’t Cover the Litter Box

Use an uncovered box to allow for maximum comfort and to increase escape potential. Cats, especially in a multicat environment, need to feel they can easily escape from the box in order to prevent being ambushed by a companion cat. With a covered box there’s only one way in and out. Even in a household where the cats are friendly, it can only take one time of being suddenly surprised in the litter box to convince a cat that safer elimination places need to be found. When it comes to litter boxes, cat parents tend to think too much in terms of privacy but for a cat, privacy takes a back seat to safety.

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3. Right Amount of Litter in the Box

Keep the litter level inside the box at about three inches. As you scoop soiled litter, top off the box to maintain a consistent level. Too little litter will result in urine pooling on the bottom of the box and creating a major odor problem.

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