And Meow, a Word About Litterboxes

Cats are very lovable and charming, and have many qualities that make them wonderful pets and companions. The fact that they are naturally litterbox trained is definitely a plus! However, while Fluffy’s litterbox can make life easier for you, it isn’t the best part of having a kitty. Here, a Marietta, GA vet discusses Fluffy’s purrsonal powder room.

Multiple Kitties

Do you have more than one cat? We recommend getting one litterbox per furball, plus at least one extra. Cats hate sharing bathrooms! (Tip: don’t put the litterboxes side-by-side, as your kitties may think of them as one big box.)

Location

Keep the litterbox is in a place that is quiet, private, and easy for Fluffy to reach. If you have more than one floor, put litterboxes on every level.

Litter

Kitties all have their own individual tastes and opinions. Some cats can be quite picky about litter! Most brands are fine, so use whatever your cat prefers. However, if you have a kitten, you should avoid clay and clumping litters until little Fluffy is fully grown.

Cleaning

Keeping Fluffy’s litterbox clean is very important. No one likes a dirty bathroom! We recommend scooping daily, and replacing the litter every week.

Litterbox Woes

Is your kitty avoiding her litterbox? There are many possible reasons for this, ranging from anxiety to illness. Get Fluffy examined right away, to make sure the issue isn’t being caused by health problems. If Fluffy gets the all-clear, you can start looking at other potential causes.

Camouflage

A litterbox probably won’t help your décor much. Why not hide it? Get an old end table or coffee table with doors, and cut a hole in one side for Fluffy to get in and out of. Then, use the doors for access. Or, put the box under an end table with legs, and drape fabric over the table. Look online for more great options. You can also look for custom pieces that are designed to hide litterboxes.

Smell

We know, litterboxes can get pretty stinky. Cleaning Fluffy’s powder room daily is the best way to fight foul odors. Air fresheners, deodorizers, baking soda, and pet-safe plants can also help. (Tip: check the ASPCA site for a list of non-toxic plants.)

Please call us, your local Marietta, GA pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!