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Error-Free Kitten Raising Tips 
by Rolan Tripp, DVM and Susan Tripp, MS/P

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Getting Started - Litterbox tips

Here are six reasons why cats - typically - stop using their litterboxes:

1) Boxes are not cleaned enough (1 - 2 times daily minimum).

2) Boxes are in a location that makes the cat uncomfortable.

3) Cat does not like the litter type (feel or smell).

4) Cat has an undiagnosed urinary tract infection or other medical problem.

5) The box is too old. After one year odors may be impregnated in the plastic.

6) The box was cleaned with a chemical cleanser that left an aversive smell instead of cleaned with soap and water. 

Would you like to use a toilet that isn't flushed?  Most cats prefer you clean the litter box after each use. Felines are fastidious and value cleanliness.

For two-story homes, prevent your cat from getting side-tracked and not making it to the litterbox in time, by providing two litterboxes - one on each floor. Provide more than one litter box in a large home to keep toileting convenient for the cat. For multiple cats, the rule of thumb is to provide one more litterbox than the number of cats.

Felines are individuals. Just like some people like rap music and others prefer classical, cats have personal preferences. Try different types of litterboxes, different types of litters, and different locations for the box and you will discover your cat's personal preferences.

Many cats value their privacy.  Do not place litterboxes in high traffic locations. Would you feel relaxed using a public toilet if there were no stall doors provided? 

For your education...


Litterbox Training

Litterbox Tips

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