Cats make it easy for us as they will use a litter box when needed. However, litter box maintenance is imperative to keep them going to the litter box and keep them healthy. In my 25 years of providing pet sitting for many kitties I have found several mistakes that cat owners who adore their cats make.

Did you know that a cat’s sense of smell is 14 times greater than a humans?

So that means a regular cleaning schedule is important.

Cleaning a litter box is more than scooping the box.  

Scooping the litter box at least daily is a must.

Litter should be totally changed on a regular basis.

The litter box washed with soap and water on a monthly basis.  Litter boxes should be disinfected with 1-10 part bleach solution and rinsed thoroughly when needed.

The number of cats you have dictates how many boxes are needed. My recommendation is at least one litter box per cat. Ideally, each cat should have access to two litter boxes in their environment.

How much litter you put in the box is important. You don’t need to fill the entire litter box.  It is recommended that you keep around two inches of litter in the box.

Selecting a litter box

There are many different styles to choose from. Some are open and then some are enclosed. Remember not all cats like the enclosed box.

The size of your cat(s) will determine the size of the litter box.

The height of the box could be a key factor if you have a geriatric cat. As they age they might not be able to get in and out easily.

Placement of the Litter box is important!

If you live in a multi-level house there should be a litter box on each level.

The litter box should be easy to get to but out of a high traffic area

If you cat’s litter box use changes you can almost always trace it to a dislike in the environment, a medical problem or some sort of stress. Do not yell or punish the cat.

Cats do not like change!

Don’t change the litter box location or litter as cats like routine.