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Many cats aren't picky about the location and type of their litter boxes, so long as they are scooped regularly. If your cat urinates or defecates outside the litter box, please call us at 414-962-6662 to schedule an appointment. If the problem isn't due to a medical condition such as a urinary tract infection, it's time to evaluate your litter box set-up against the guidelines below.

Guidelines for Litter Box Success

A. Do you have enough litter boxes in the house?

  • You should have one more litter box than the total number of cats in your household.  Example:  If you have 1 cat, you should have 2 litter boxes.  If you have 2 cats, you should have 3 litter boxes...

B. How often do you scoop/clean the litter boxes?

  • Fecal material and urine clumps should be removed daily.
  • The litter should be changed completely and the litter box should be washed monthly. When washing the boxes try to use a mildly scented or unscented cleaner. Cat's noses are much more sensitive than ours and they don't like the scent of cleaning solutions.

C. Where are the litter boxes located?

  • If you have multiple litter boxes, they should not be located right next to each other.
  • If you have multiple floors, you should have one on each level of the house.
  • Make sure they are not in a high traffic or loud area of the house.
  • Locate away from loud appliances like washers, dryers, sump pumps and furnaces.

D. What kind of litter boxes do you have?

  • Most cats prefer large, uncovered boxes, but some have various preferences between uncovered or covered, low sided or high sided, automatic cleaning, etc. You may need to try different kinds until you find one your cat likes.

E. What kind of litter do you use?

  • Most cats prefer unscented litter. There are many different types and textures of cat litter, including clay, recycled newspaper, and wheat. Try different kinds until you find one your cat likes.

Recommended Book: The Fastidious Feline: How to Prevent and Treat Litter Box Problems by Patricia McConnell, PhD (available for sale in our lobby)

If you are still having litter box problems, please call us at 414-962-6662 for further guidance.

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