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Litter Box Lowdown


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Cats and kittens are naturally very clean animals, and most kittens are litter box trained by around 12 weeks old. However, the stress of moving to a new home may cause kittens and adult cats to forget their littler box habits. Following are some hints to make sure they practice what they've learned.

Place the litter box in a quiet area, away from food and water dishes.

Remove clumps and solid waste daily.

Use the litter your cat prefers and use the same kind every time; you might have to try a few varieties before you find the one that's a keeper.

Provide a litter box for every cat in the family.

In addition to scooping daily, clean the box once a week; use warm water and mild detergent, be sure to rinse well.

Smart Tips
Advanced litter offers better odor control and allows fewer litter box changes per month.

A covered litter box offers your cat privacy and helps control odors.

If your cat eliminates outside the litter box, use an enzymatic odor neutralizer to remove all traces of the odor. This will help keep her from re-marking the same area.

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13 Sep 2010 12:32 pm

julie45 said:

Have there been any changes to your households that could cause your cat stress? A move, a new family member, loss of a family member, even changing the brand of litter your cat uses could cause this type of behavior. Make sure that you continue to give your cat plenty of attention and maybe try changing to a different type of litter

11 Sep 2010 10:45 am

AnneMarie said:

I have the smae problem, but he poops in one spot in house and pees in another. I change out litter box daily and use an enzymatic oder neutralizer and still goes in those spots. What else can be done?

06 Sep 2010 1:58 pm

paulinenannie said:

i have a cat that poops on the floor and today she peed on the bed. she has a clean ltter box; we take everything that she does in the box out; she has no excuse for doing stuff out of her box. i am at my wits end with her

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