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And Meow, a Word About Litterboxes

March 15, 2020

Did you know that cats are now more popular than dogs in many places? Kitties certainly are purrfect little pets. They’re not only absolutely adorable, they are also cuddly, playful, and clean. And, because Fluffy uses a litterbox, you don’t have to walk her. A Greater Cincinnati vet discusses litterboxes below.

Choosing Products

Picking a litterbox isn’t exactly rocket science, but there are things to keep in mind. If Fluffy is a senior, she may prefer one with low walls, as it will be easier for her to get in and out of. If you have a kitten, you can get a baby-sized one to start with. If you have more than one kitty, you’ll need more than one box. The rule of thumb is one box per cat. You can also experiment with modern types, such as self-cleaning ones or stackable ‘sifter’ boxes

Placement

Fluffy’s personal powder room should be in a spot that is quiet, easy to reach, and offers her a bit of privacy. Don’t put the box in direct sunlight, in a drafty area, or too close to a heater or air vent.

Concealment

We probably don’t have to tell you that litterboxes aren’t very pleasant to look at. If you don’t have a good spot for it, such as a laundry room or spare bathroom, you may want to take steps to conceal it. One option is to hide it behind a folding screen. You can also upcycle an end table, storage tote or bench, or even a buffet. Cut a door in one side for Fluffy, and use the doors for access.

Odor

The best way to combat odors is just to keep the box clean. Scoop it daily, and change the litter every week or so. Setting out some pet-safe plants will also help. You can find a full list online at the ASPCA website here. You may also want to invest in a good air purifier. Putting a timed-release air freshener near the box can help as well.

Warning Signs

Cleaning the litterbox isn’t the best part of having a cat. However, it can be useful. Watch for changes in the amount, size, color, or texture of your feline buddy’s waste. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Please reach out to us, your local Greater Cincinnati pet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!


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