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Welcome back! To follow up on part one of Tales of The Litter Box, we’ll be diving deeper into the litter box and answer a common question that most cat owners ask, which is: How many litter boxes should I have for my cat(s) and what litter should I choose?

As we said, this is a common question, so don’t feel alone if you’ve found yourself pondering the same thing. Here are some helpful hints for when it comes to litter boxes:

  1. The cardinal rule is one litter box per cat, plus one. So, one cat equals two boxes.
  2. Put your litter boxes in a convenient area for both you and your cat(s). Do yourself a favor by not placing litter boxes in busy areas of your home.
  3. Select boxes that are not so deep that your older, arthritic cat has trouble getting in; but not so narrow that your cat is kicking litter all over the floor.

When it comes to choosing kitty litter, as we’re sure you already know, there are all kinds of litter! This can make things confusing when you aren’t already sure which litter you’re looking to buy. So, when shopping for litter, remember that the two most popular kinds are regular and scoopable litter. In addition, remain mindful that there are litters made of wheat, pine needles, etc. If you can, check with the person or rescue that you got your cat from and use the same litter product if possible.

If you haven’t already done so, and you feel the stench of your cat’s litter box is too much to handle, consider a deodorizing litter. However, not all cats are fans and will avoid the box if they dislike the scent. Another reason a cat could turn away from a new litter is if they notice you’ve made a sudden change. Cats are creatures of habit and don’t always appreciate when something they are used to is switched up. So, if you must change the brand and/or type of litter, do so in a separate litter box and/or make the change over a gradual period.

If you have multiple cats in your household, it’s very possible that one cat will take on the role of being a “litter box hog.” This is a cat who does not like other cats in their litter box and may terrorize other cats who attempt to use it. Be sure to follow the rule of multiple litter boxes here.

If you have questions, don’t let the cat get your tongue! Please, always feel free to contact us here at Southwick Veterinary Hospital.

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