Litter basics for the new cat owner
Cats are picky about cleanliness, location, and type of litter. Remember this, or your cat may choose to do her business in another spot in your house. To avoid cat litter box issues, below is some easy-to-follow litter box advice.
Choosing a litter box
A full-size, easy-to-clean, plastic litter box is available at your pet store.
Picking a location
Choose a quiet, easily accessible spot away from the food dish. In a large house, consider multiple locations. Once you pick a spot, don't change it - that will only cause confusion and unwanted cat litter box issues.
How much litter?
Check the package for specific levels. With TIDY CATS, for example, about 3 inches deep for TIDY CATS® Clay or TIDY CATS® Scoop litters, 1" - 2" for TIDY CATS Crystals®.
Cleaning and disposal
Remove waste daily, and replace litter as directed on the package. It's a good idea to thoroughly wash your cats' litter box each time you change the litter. Use warm water and a mild soap, rinse well. Avoid ammonia, because it causes some cats to avoid the box.
Box liners can help simplify cleanup. Do not flush used litter, as even flushable litter can harm plumbing. And don't use it as fertilizer; it will attract flies and other cats.
If new cat litter smells or feels different, your cat may reject it. Switch gradually, starting with 2/3 old and 1/3 new, increasing the new over time.
How many litter boxes?
If you have multiple cats, animal behaviorists recommend multiple litter boxes (one box per cat plus one additional box). Some cats will not use litter used by another cat. Some cats will not use litter used by another cat.
- Information provided by Purina® TIDY CATS®