by Diane Burket
We rescue cats (and dogs), so we normally have at least 4 cats in our home. The rule for the number of litter boxes is: 1 litter box for every cat. If you can—provide 1 extra box. We’ve got 4 cats and 4 boxes—2 covered boxes and 2 uncovered.
We scoop the littler at least 2 times a day…more if we smell something gross. If you maintain enough boxes and keep them clean, you probably won’t have problems getting your cat(s) to use the box.
- It stinks
- The litter is scented
- The box is not scooped often enough (would you like to use a toilet that already had poop in it?!)
- The litter is old, smelly and/or dusty
- The cat doesn’t like the type of litter you’re using. Try another kind.
- Too much litter in the box
- Not enough litter boxes in the house and the box is occupied by other cats
- The cat doesn’t like covered boxes; the cat doesn’t like uncovered boxes
- Geriatric cat cannot easily get into the box. (We built a little ramp for an old cat)
- Litter box is in the wrong place—too much traffic or noise. Hard to access.
- A medical condition that has not been addressed
A word about automatic litter boxes:
They’re not cheap…so make sure you do your research. After speaking with a friend who LOVED her LitterMaid Automatic Self-Cleaning box, I bought one. What a nightmare! My old cats were having trouble navigating the ramp and doing their business in the right place, poop was getting stuck in the rake and falling in-between the waste receptacle onto the floor. Often, the rake couldn’t push the crap to the receptacle, it was very noisy, too expensive and I spent way too much time trying to clean it. If you buy an automatic box, I hope your experience is much better than mine. Read the reviews on Amazon before buying anything.
|Our cats LOVE this box!|
It cleans the litter off the cats’ paws before stepping onto the floor.