In a previous post, NuVet shared with you 5 helpful tips to help you keep Fluffy’s litter box smelling clean and looking fresh. Because we think keeping your litter box at its best is a topic that never gets old, we thought we would share 5 more helpful litter box tips.
To keep odors away, in a freshly washed litter box sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the bottom before you add your new litter. After adding the litter, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on top of the new litter as well. Cats don’t mind baking soda and it helps tame nasty odors.
Put a mat under the box
Have you ever noticed how your cat tends to track litter around the house after using her box? Well, one way to combat this is by placing a mat, old rug or piece of remnant carpet underneath your cat’s litter box. So next time your cat exits her box, she will also be able to walk off the litter debris that may be stuck to her paws, which will keep it from getting all over your house. Shake out and vacuum the mat, rug or carpet regularly to keep it at its best.
The Litter Box Rule
It is generally considered a good practice to have one litter box per cat plus an additional litter box. In other words, if you have two cats you should have three litter boxes available at all times. This will prevent overcrowding because nobody – not even your cat – is happy about having to wait to use the bathroom. A cat with no place to relieve herself is a cat who may feel obliged to leave a mess where you are most likely and least happy to find it.
For the most part, cats do not appreciate strong scented litter and if you are cleaning out your cat’s box daily (with a thorough washing and litter change once a week), you should not require a strongly scented litter. The objective of these products is really to just overpower the scent of cat waste and nothing more. If your litter smells too strongly and is not your cat’s favorite, she’ll make sure to let you know by leaving a strong smelling gift of her own – and not in her litter box.
Have a spare
Litter boxes can take quite a lot of abuse, which is why it is always a good idea to have a back-up box available should your cat’s current litter box crack or break. Because most litter boxes are made of plastic, it is not uncommon for them to break after a while. You wouldn’t want to be stuck with a leaky box at a bad time.
We hope you and your furry family member found these tips helpful. Keeping your cat happy is important to keeping a harmonious, pleasant smelling home.