Our veterinarians understand that accidents outside the litter box can be a hassle. There are many reasons an accident may occur: undiagnosed medical condition, substrate preference, dirty litter box, aggression between house cats and other stressors.
By far, the most important way to make cats love their litter box is to keep their litter boxes clean by scooping them at least once a day. You should also have one more litter box than the number of cats in the house. If you have two cats, you should have three litter boxes. This increases the chances that a clean litter box will be available.
The litter boxes should not be all in one place. If you have stairs, you should have one litter box on each level of your home. The best place to put a litter box is in a private, quiet area because no one likes to be bothered when they are in the restroom.
Kingbrook Animal Hospital recommends large litter boxes so your cat has plenty of room to scratch and move around.
Most cats prefer litter boxes that are NOT hooded, because they can hold in the odor.
Make sure the litter is at least 3-4 inches deep to allow for proper coverage.
Lastly, completely dump out and wash the litter boxes with a mild soap (not bleach or ammonia) every 2-4 weeks.
As always, if you have any questions about your cat’s health contact us at 301-631-6900 for an appointment.