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Litter Box Basics

Cats are very clean, which is one of the best things about them. Fluffy will groom herself daily, and will use her litterbox to discreetly see to her needs. Setting up a litterbox isn’t exactly rocket science, but there are some things to keep in mind. A Webster, NY vet offers some tips on a successful litterbox setup below.

Litter

There are many types of litter to choose from. For the most part, this is just personal preference. We do recommend avoiding clay or clumping litters for kittens. Baby cats tend to be quite clumsy, and they can sometimes accidentally ingest litter. These litters can cause serious intestinal blockages if swallowed. Just pay attention to what your cat seems to like or dislike. Some kitties don’t care for perfumed litters, while others may like or dislike certain textures.

Position

Choosing the right spot is also important. Understandably, cats prefer to have a bit of privacy when doing their business. Ideally, Fluffy’s litterbox should go in a quiet, out-of-the-way place that is easy for her to get to. Some people use an extra bathroom or storage closet. That’s fine! Just don’t put it anywhere that is dark, drafty, in direct sunlight, or too close to a fan or heater.

Size

For most cats, the average litterbox will do just fine. However, if you have a kitten, you can get a mini one for now. Older cats may prefer litterboxes with low sides.

Containment

If you have a small space, you may not have these options. You might want to go for concealment instead. There are many attractive pieces of furniture that were made to hide litterboxes. You can also conceal it behind a folding screen or fabric draped over an end table.

Smell

Fluffy’s litterbox should be kept clean, but even if you’re diligent about this, it still won’t smell like roses. Cleaning it daily is your best bet. You may also want to put some pet-safe plants near it.

Sharing

If you have more than one cat, you’ll need more than one litterbox. Kitties don’t like sharing bathrooms! Ideally, you would need one box per feline and at least one extra. It’s also recommended to gets extras if you have an older cat and/or more than one story.

Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Webster, NY animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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