We would like to congratulate you on the acquisition of your new cat/kitten. Owning a cat can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it is also a large responsibility. We hope this article will give you the information needed to make some good decisions regarding your cat/kitten’s litter box environment.Owning a cat can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it is also a large responsibility.
We are grateful that you have chosen us to help you with your feline’s health care. If you have questions concerning any subject related to your feline’s health, please feel free to call our hospital. Our veterinarians and staff will be happy to help you.
How should I introduce my cat/kitten to their new environment?
A cat is naturally inclined to investigate its new surroundings. It is suggested that the area of exploration be initially limited so that you can supervise your cat’s activities. After confining the cat to one room for the first few days, you should slowly allow access to other areas of the home. It will be during this time that you can introduce your cat to the litter box. If you are adopting an older cat and know what size box and type of litter was used in the past it would be best to continue with the same plan. If you do not know your cats history or you are starting out with a kitten here are some starting guide lines to help you get started.
The Basics: What do cats like?
- They like for their litter box to be clean. This means cleaning it out at least once daily by removing stool and moist areas of urine. Little boxes should be totally emptied and cleaned approximately once a week. Avoid strong detergents or cleaners that might leave a residual odor since this may cause an aversion to the area.
- In most cases cats prefer boxes that are uncovered and unlined. A covered box may allow other cats to ambush a cat as they exit. Covered pans can also hold in odors that are associated with infrequent cleaning.
- The size of the litter box should be sufficient for the size of the cat. Try to keep a large enough box that your cat can easily get into, with enough room to turn around in for digging and then turn around afterwards to bury their elimination. A larger obese cat will require a much larger cat box than most commonly found in pet stores.
- Litter box(s) that are easily accessible and free from loud noises or obstructions. Choose an area that is away from heavy traffic, but easily accessible in the core of your home. Loud noises, such as a furnace or water heater that turns on suddenly, might frighten a cat while in their box. Avoid any areas that maybe shared by dogs or other obstructions that might prevent your cat from wanting, or physically being able, to get near their box.
- Most cats prefer litter that is of a clumping sandy texture and unscented.
- Keep litter boxes an adequate distance from food and water bowls.
If you are unsure about what is the best combination of litter type, box type or location try experimenting by setting up multiple types of boxes with different litter types and see which ones your cat like the most. If you have any problems or concerns feel free to contact our office and we will answer any questions you might have.
The DVMs and Staff at Aztec Animal Clinic.