There are lots of different types of cat litter

There are lots of different types of cat litter

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  • Three Important Litter Box Considerationsby: Nancy E. WigalThere are three important litter box considerations to  account for whether you're a new kitten owner, or someone  who has had a cat for a while. If kitty isn't happy with  any or all three of these, you may find she'll start  urinating outside the box.  1. Litter Box Location: Location is all-important in real estate. The litter box  location is important to your kitty. As an owner, you need  to be certain her box is in a quiet location, away from  traffic and noise. Ideally, a room that is seldom visited,  such as the basement or laundry room is a good choice.  Cats need to be left alone while tending to their business.  A child's room, the hallway by the front door, or the  family room may be too noisy for her.  2. Litter Box Type: New cat litter boxes are marketed constantly. The final  decision may rest with kitty. If you buy her a box, and she  doesn't use it, think about the way she does her business.  For example, my boy, JJ (who is fixed), urinates standing  up. He's 14 years old, and it may be too much effort for  him to squat. We have tall sided, and hooded litter boxes  to accommodate the splash on the back wall. 
     
    You may consider the mechanical, self-cleaning litter box.  They rake the results of kitty's visit into a small  container. The drawbacks are that your cat may be scared of  the motor noise. If so, she won't use it. The rakes, or  tines, need to be cleaned regularly. They're close  together, and can be a real trial to clean properly. What if  you lose electrical power for an extended period of time?  The motor won't operate, and the cufflink box won't get scooped, if  you forget!  Bottom line? Observe your kitty doing her business, and  formulate a strategy about the best box to buy.  3. Cat Litter: There are lots of different types of cat litter you can  purchase. There are different blends of clay; some are  perfumed, some are not. Again, your cat may decide for you.  If you purchase a certain brand, and kitty eliminates  somewhere else, you'll need to experiment with different  types until you and she agree on what will be used.  Perfumed, or scented litter is for us humans, not the cat!  Some cats will refuse to patronize a box with heavily  scented litter. As bad as the smell may be for you and your  family, the end goal is find the right litter she'll use  every time.

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