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Good Litter Box Management

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Did you know that more people surrender their cats to animal shelters because of litter box issues than for just about any other reason? 


ForestWind Siberian kittens come to you fully litterbox trained. By following a few simple guidelines the chance of ever needing to address "a litterbox problem" is greatly reduced.


Real estate agents are all about “location, location, location.” So is your Siberian. His litter boxes should be easily accessible and should offer a combination of privacy and escape.


Keep Litterboxes at least 6 feet from food / water: Do not keep a litter box near your Siberian's food and water. Not only is that unsanitary but many cats will not toilet near their food. Since they can't move their food, they'll move where they toilet...


Choose Private Locations: If you have a dog, your Siberian's litter box should be in a place where the dog cannot get to it.


Pick Quiet Locations: Litter pans should not be located near noisy places like the laundry room or the basement. If the washing machine or the furnace goes on while your kitten is doing her business, it might scare her away from the litter box.


Size counts. Your kitten's litter box should be large enough for her to turn around in and have several places to dig, so that she can use the box more than once without stepping on her previously deposited waste. Purchase extra large and tall sided litter boxes.  They need to be large enough for the full grown Siberian to be able to move comfortably in. They also need to be able to toilet in a clean spot in the box before you get to scooping it that day. An extra large box fits these requirements.


What's under her feet? Cats' litter preferences are usually formed in kittenhood, and most cats seem to prefer a sandy texture with clumping litter. For your convenience in removing liquid waste and keeping odor to a minimum, I recommend a clumping litter. You can get clumping litter in the traditional clay, or you can opt for more environmentally friendly versions made of corn, wheat, or other grains. Do not use scented litter; the smell is overpowering to a cat's sensitive nose and can cause litter box avoidance. Cats particularly dislike "poky" litters like the ones made of "crystals."


Keep It Tidy. The most important thing you can do to ensure that your kitten does her business where she should is to keep the litter box clean. This means scooping out solid and liquid waste at least twice a day and washing the entire box with soap and water once a week. (You may get away with less frequent washing if you use clumping litter, but whatever type of litter you use, you must wash the litter box it at least once a month.) Use dish soap—preferably the unscented kind—and warm water for your weekly cleanings and rinse the box very well afterwards. If you're dealing with disease or a worm infestation, rinse with a weak bleach mixture after you wash with soap and water.


Keep It Open: We recommend against covered litter boxes because:

>>They are easy to forget: it's easy to forget to do the routine scooping if you can't see the mess.

>>They stink: Covered boxes trap urine and fecal odors, so when your kitten goes inside, she's entering a miniature gas chamber. Would you want to use a bathroom where you had to step in sewage to get to the toilet and you were gagging from the reek in the air?

>> They are too small:  Siberians are large cats and cats use the litter box crouching upright, this makes them taller than they are when walking around. If a cat is uncomfortable in a litter box, he may very well choose to create a new spot in your home for his personal latrine.


If you keep your Siberian's litter box clean, accessible, and the right size for your kitten, you shouldn't have any trouble with litter box issues.

Happy Housekeeping!

 

Categories: Litter box, Problem Solving, Care Practices