Prevent elimination problems and fights in multicat households by purchasing the right litter box and setting it up correctly in your home.
What Kind of Litter Box To Buy
Cats prefer litter boxes that are at least 1.5 times the length of their bodies. Many commercial litter boxes are too small for larger cats. Plastic storage boxes, cement mixing tubs, and small dog litter pans (for dogs up to 35 pounds) all make excellent cat litter boxes. A study conducted by the late Dr. Sophia Yin showed that cats have no preference between a covered or uncovered litter box, but some timid cats may prefer a covered box.
How Many Litter Boxes To Buy?
You should have a litter box for every cat in your home as well as one additional one. Shop litter boxes on Amazon.
Location of Litter Box
Here are some guidelines for where to place litter boxes in your home.
- Have at least one litter box on every floor of your home.
- Locate the litterbox in a quiet part of your home.
- In multi-cat homes, do not place litterboxes in view of one another.
- Do not group litterboxes in one area. Cats will view the group as one litterbox.
- Prevent blocking litter box exit or entry of one cat by another. Have at least two ways for cats to enter and exit the box.
What Kind of Litter to Buy
Most cats prefer a fine-grained, non-scented, clumping litter. Boxes should be scooped 1 or 2 times daily. Clumping litter should be completely changed at least weekly and more often if more than one cat uses it. Clay litter should be changed a minimum of every other day (more frequently if multiple cats are using it). Wash litter box with warm, soapy water and dry well before adding new litter. Many cats prefer a litter depth of approximately 1.5 inches; however, preferences vary.
Additional Helpful Tips
- Never trap or corner a cat in its litter box to give it medication or perform other procedures that the cat may dislike.
- The average cat urinates twice daily (+/- 2), and defecates once (and up to 3-4 times in outdoor cats) daily.
- Some cats sniff and cover their eliminations; others don’t. Both are considered normal behavior.
What Should I Do If My Cat is Eliminating Outside of the Box?
Eliminating outside the box often signals an underlying medical condition. The earlier the problem is corrected, the better chance for the cat to return to the litter box. Call us if your cat is defecating or urinating in areas other than his or her litter box.