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.
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.