Common Litterbox Mistakes, and How to Fix Them

Common litterbox mistakes

One of the most talked-about topics is that of litter boxes, or more to the point, litter box avoidance. Cats by nature are clean; they like to bury their waste because, in the wild, there is always the danger of larger predators, therefore burying their waste serves to not draw attention to their territory, which is especially important for female cats nursing a litter of kittens.

A cat who goes to the toilet outside the litter box will do so for two reasons, behavioural or medical. This article looks at common litter box mistakes which can lead to litter box refusal.

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Choosing a Cat Litter Tray – What To Look For

There is more to choosing a litter tray than pulling one off the shelf at your local pet store. Litter trays are available in all shapes and sizes from the standard plastic rectangular tray to customised trays which are hidden in furniture.

Choosing the right type of litter tray, providing the correct number of trays and placing them in different locations will all help to guarantee litter tray success.

Litter tray basics

  • Provide one litter tray per cat plus one additional tray. Two trays for one cat, three trays for two cats, four trays for three cats.
  • Place litter in different locations and at least one tray on every level.
  • The ideal length of the litter tray should be 1 to 1.5 times longer than the cat.
  • Large storage boxes can be useful for large cats or cats with a tendency to flick cat litter out of the tray.
  • Trays with low sides are recommended for kittens and older cats with mobility issues due to arthritis.
  • Remove solids twice a day and empty them and replace them with fresh litter once a week.
  • Add a 3-inch layer of cat litter to the tray.

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Inappropriate Urination (Periuria) In Cats

Cats are clean animals by nature, so when a cat starts urinating outside the litter box (medically known as periuria), this is usually a sign that there is something wrong with either the cat or the litter box. There are two types of periuria, marking (which is the marking of vertical objects such as walls … Read more

Cat Spraying and Urine Marking

Urine spraying is a marking behaviour that enables cats to communicate with one another, it is also a leading cause of cats being surrendered to shelters. While we humans consider it a problem, it is actually quite normal and is their way of marking their territory.

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