There are many reasons to love our feline pals. Fluffy is cute, cuddly, highly entertaining, and very clean. She’ll also use a litterbox, so you never have to run home to walk her. However, there are some things to keep in mind when setting up your kitty’s private bathroom. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet offers tips on setting up your cat’s purrsonal powder room.
Location is very important! Just like people, cats like to have some privacy when they do their business. Choose a spot that is out of the way, yet easy for your furry buddy to access. It shouldn’t be in a drafty area or in direct sunlight.
In general, most litters are fine. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you have a kitten, it’s best to avoid clay or clumping litters for now. Kittens are fairly clumsy, and may accidentally swallow litter. These products can cause serious intestinal damage if ingested!
If you have more than one cat, you’ll need more than one litterbox. Cats don’t like sharing bathrooms! The rule of thumb is one box per feline, with at least one extra. Keep in mind that kitties all have their own purrsonal preferences for things. Fluffy may not mind the scented litter that Muffin can’t stand.
Older cats often have a hard time climbing over high walls. If Fluffy is a senior, get a litterbox with low sides. If your home has more than one floor, put litterboxes on every level. That way, your kitty won’t have to use the stairs as much.
While Fluffy’s litterbox does make life easy for you, it can get a bit stinky. Feel free to experiment with different options, such as liners and deodorizers. A simple solution is just to sprinkle baking soda on your pet’s litterbox. Setting some pet-safe plants near the box will also help with the smell. Spider plants and Boston ferns are both kitty-safe plants that are great for purifying the air. You can find more pet-safe plants listed on the ASPCA website
Please reach out to us at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!