Please find below a Guest Post by Amber Kingsley with useful tips around keeping your house safe without harming your cat.
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6 Tips and Tricks For Dealing With Litter Box Issues
Dealing with a litter box is just one of the many responsibilities of having a cat in your flat. But you’re certainly not alone since sales of cat litter in the UK is estimated to be worth up to £120 million. Britain’s kittens (and older cats) use up to 260,000 tonnes of the dusty substance annually, that’s a lot of litter!
So unless you’ve trained your feline to use the toilet, which is possible in some cases, you’ll need to scoop daily and change the litter box regularly. In this light, here are 6 tips on making this routine and space as clean and simple as possible:
#1 – Automate The Process
There’s always the option of purchasing one of those automatic, self-cleaning, electric litter boxes, but is this really a better choice? Well that depends, on the plus side:
- There’s no need to deal with the litter box on a daily basis
- Simple disposal of waste
- Less odor in and around the litter box
But on the down side, you still have to change the litter and “out of sight – out of mind” may have you neglecting your duties and those automated options are:
- Pricey and use power which also comes with a cost
- Not pet friendly at times and could frighten your feline
- The cleaning cycle can be loud and irritate you or your cat
#2 – The Cat Mat
If you’re doing it the old fashion way or have a new device, be sure to put some kind of mat underneath the box that’s little bit larger than the box itself. This is a great way to keep those stray granules under control, which makes the process better for both you and the cat.
#3 – Deodorize
Although some litter brands claim to have deodorizing capabilities, some cats can be put off by this scent and find it unpleasant. Since it’s not a good idea to use chemical based materials around your kitties, try baking soda or charcoal instead. If your kitty doesn’t have a problem with scented litter, then by all means, use what you both prefer.
#4 – To Line or Not To Line
Cat box liners are meant for the convenience of the owner and as advertised, they can be gathered up like a bow and tied up like a rubbish bag. But given a cat’s natural curiosity and playful streak, they’re likely to tear them into shreds before you have the chance to change them. Also, some pet owners think it’s like double-duty, putting plastic on plastic. But again, to each his own.
#5 – Spend More and Get More
If you buy the cheapest kitty litter you can get your hands on, you’ll get exactly that. Those less expensive brands are dusty, messier, grainy and do little or nothing to control the odor. Spending a little more on a clumping brand for example, you won’t use as much, change it less frequently and actually save money in the long run.
#6 – Solving Problems
If your cat does unexpectedly stop using the litter box, especially when it’s just been changed or cleaned, your first call should be to your veterinarian. There are medical conditions that can cause a cat to change their bathroom routine which includes not using the litter box. Don’t assume that this is a behavioral issue when there could be something seriously wrong with your cat.
What about your routine? Do you have a particular brand you prefer? Share your thoughts and suggestions below.