Prevent litter box problems

It may seem tempting to try to mask litter box odor by using scented litter or placing an air freshener nearby. But this smell may actually repel the cat and force it to relieve itself elsewhere. Use unscented litter and then sprinkle baking soda inside the box to help absorb odors. Baking soda should not offend the cat.
According to the Humane Society of America, research has shown that many cats prefer fine-grained litters because they have a softer feel. Clumping litters may be preferable to clay litters. Picky cats who resist commercial litters may like sand. Once a litter material is found that the cat likes, stick with it.

The primary way to prevent litter box odors is to keep the litter box clean. If the odor offends you, it is likely it will offend the cat, too. Clean the litter box of waste at least once a day, replace the litter twice a week, and at least once a week remove everything and wash the box down with warm, soapy water. Make sure there is plenty of ventilation around the litter box so that odors will not build and fester.

Treat your cat to a new litter box once per year. Over time, a cat may scratch its litter box, creating small crevices where bacteria can thrive. This may make odors worse, and the box could be more difficult to clean. Think about donating the used litter box to an animal shelter.

Cat owners don’t have to put up with litter box odor and soiling around the house. Maintenance and finding the right location and litter material go a long way toward having a happy, well-behaved cat.

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4 thoughts on “Prevent litter box problems

  1. It is very important to maximize the number of cat litter boxes and place all of them in convenient areas. With the increase of the cat ages, if you change the place of the litter box, there will be more chances of forgetting the place by the older cat. If there are stairs in your house, then it will difficult for older cats to going up and down the stairs.

    It is so important to constantly check the health of your older cats. While scooping the litter box, try to ensure to monitor the health of your cats as well as look for the symptoms of diarrhea and constipation. Try to check the urine clumps size. If the size is more, then the cat suffers from diabetes or renal failure. If the clump is in shrinkable form, then he or she may have the urinary tract issues and is not eating suitable water.

    If your cat urinates during sleep, then cover the sleeping area with a towel. In case when the cat has decreased bladder control, then the owner should examine her carefully because urine may scald on the cat’s skin or have dried urine.
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