There are many things to love about our feline friends. Fluffy is not only absolutely adorable, she’s also very clean. While cleaning a litterbox isn’t the best part of having a cat, it is of course necessary. Actually, there are a few things to consider when setting up your pet’s litterbox. Read on as a Rochester, NY vet discusses Fluffy’s private bathroom.
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Choosing the right spot is very important. Fluffy’s litterbox should be in a spot that is private and easy for her to access. Don’t put it in direct sunlight or near an air duct or heating vent. If you own your home, you may want to install a kitty door in a closet, laundry room, or spare bathroom. That way, your furball can always access the box, but you won’t have to leave the door open all the time.
Proper ventilation will help fight unpleasant odors. If you put the litterbox in a bathroom, keep the fan on in that room. Otherwise, get a good air purifier.
For the most part, you can use any litter you want. Just let your furball have her say. Kitties all have their own purrsonal preferences. Fluffy may prefer a specific type of litter. If you change brands, and your cat starts avoiding her litterbox, change back. If the issue persists, contact your vet.
There are some things to keep in mind if you have a kitten. Baby cats tend are pretty clumsy, and can accidentally ingest litter. This can be very dangerous, especially with clay or clumping litters, as they can form intestinal blockages. Avoid these litters until your little ball of fur is bigger. You may also want to start out with a small litterbox. You can upgrade to a bigger one down the road.
Kitties don’t really like sharing litterboxes. If you have more than one furball, you’ll need more than one litterbox. We generally recommend having one more litterbox than you do cats.
If you ever see your pet straining to go, or notice changes in the amount, odor, texture, or color of her waste, contact your vet immediately. This can be indicative of a medical emergency!
Please contact us, your Rochester, NY vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We’re here to help!