Cats can be just as confusing as they are cute and cuddly, but nothing seems to perplex owners more than the dreaded litter box. Whether it’s how to train our kittens to use it or how often we should clean it, cat parents seem to have an unending amount of questions when it comes to kitty litter. Here are 10 tips that address some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to litter box care. 

How Do I Teach My Kitten To Use The Litter Box?

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After welcoming your kitten into your home and setting up a secure and safe place for its litter box, introduce the cat to where it should “go.” Every morning, the kitten should be placed in the litter box, as well as after meals and playtime. Help your kitten drag its paws in the litter so it learns to dig and cover its waste. (Petfinder)

How Many Litter Boxes Should I Have For Two Cats?

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If you have a multi-cat household, you should have a multi-litter-box household. There should be at least one litter box per cat in the house. Not providing ample places for your cats to potty can result in more odor and accidents. It can also affect all of your cats’ health and happiness. By making your house more litter-box friendly, you are helping to create a better living environment for your furry friends.

What Is Cat Litter Made Of?

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There are a variety of different kinds of cat litters on the market, but most are either clay-based or silica-based, and biodegradable. Clay cat litter is the oldest type of commercial cat litter. It can absorb its weight in cat urine and helps with odor control. Silica cat litter, or crystalized cat litter, is formed from a silica gel.

You may have found a similar product packed in a pouch to help preserve food, medication and other products. Biodegradable cat litters are a great alternative if you’re concerned your cat will eat its litter. It’s also more eco-friendly, as it is made from recycled paper products or plant-derived materials. (petMD

How Often Should I Clean My Cat’s Litter Box?

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In general, cat owners should scoop their cat’s litter box at least once a day. This will help reduce the spread of infectious organisms, bacteria, viruses and parasites. As far as how often you should fully clean out the litter box — meaning, completely removing the litter and using an antiseptic cleaning solution on the box — you should plan on doing that at least twice a month.  

How Do I Control Odor From The Litter Box?

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There are many different ways to help keep your cat’s litter box fresh and clean. The easiest and most basic way to keep odors to a minimum is to scoop and clean the litter box at least once a day, if not twice. You can also use litter deodorizers, such as baking soda, to refresh the litter box when needed. Picking an open, well-ventilated location for the litter box will also help air out odors. If none of the above seem to reduce bad smells, it may be time to consider changing your cat’s diet. For a complete list of odor-fighting tips, click here

What’s The Best Kind Of Litter To Use?

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According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Americans use 1.18 million tons of cat litter. This means that just one cat is contributing countless pounds of kitty litter to their local landfill every year. While clumping litters are highly popular and effective, the USDA ARS suggests cat parents use a biodegradable option since they “prove to be more environmentally friendly than popular but non-biodegradable, clay-based litters.” Think about the planet the next time you’re at the pet store! 

What Litter Is Best For Kittens?

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It’s best that kittens start out with a litter made from recycled materials, like pellet litters that come from processed newspaper or pine. Avoid using clumping or silica cat litter until a feline is about three or four months old. Ingesting clumping or silica types of litters can cause gastrointestinal problems, and kittens are more likely than adult cats to take a curious nibble of their litter.

What Size Should My Cat’s Litter Box Be?

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As a general rule, a proper litter box should be at least one and half times the length of the cat. If you’re not quite certain, always opt for the larger option. Litter boxes that are too small can make for an uncomfortable experience for cats, causing them to not want to use it. (Petfinder

Why Does My Cat Sleep In Her Litter Box?

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While some cats can be quirky, spending too much time in the litter box can be a signal that something is not right with your pet. Your cat may be undergoing emotional or physical distress. Spending unnecessary amounts of time at his or her litter box can be because the feline considers it a safe place. If you see this strange behavior, be sure to bring your cat to the vet for a full examination.

Where Should I Put My Cat’s Litter Box?

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The location of your cat’s litter box is crucial to your furry friend’s overall happiness. It also happens to be a deal-breaker when it comes to whether your cat wants to use it or not. Make sure to keep the litter box somewhere that gives your cat a little bit of privacy, but is also conveniently located so it can get there easily. Avoid places that are next to noisy appliances, which can make cats nervous. Lastly, keep the litter box far from food or water bowls, because no one likes to eat where they go to the bathroom. (Humane Society)  

Why Does My Cat Go Outside The Litter Box?

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It happens to the best of cat parents. Their beloved cat pal went to the bathroom outside of the litter box. While you may put the blame on your cat, it might actually be your fault. If you aren’t cleaning your cat’s litter box enough or making sure it’s in a place that’s both easy and safe to access, your cat won’t want to use it. If you have found, however, that it’s not environmental factors causing your cat to have potty accidents, seek your vet’s advice ASAP. You need to make sure there isn’t a medical problem that’s prompting your feline to go outside its litter box.

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