Did you know that one of the biggest reasons cats are abused, abandoned or surrendered is because of litter box issues? This is sad, but true. The good news is, with proper education, cat parents can avoid these outcomes and the story can have a very happy ending.
|Saffy had no trouble with other kinds of boxes.|
At one time our Saffy had an issue with urinating outside the litter box. She's always been an anxious cat and we've had to make several changes to our household and routines to accommodate her. We eventually came to realize when we added an extra litter box to our three existing ones, her inappropriate urination was reduced.
|Saffy and I are both happier!|
There are actually a few reasons why cats don't use the litter box, including too few litter boxes. Dr. Bruce Elsey, a cat-only veterinarian who founded a practice in 1978 in the Denver area, says these are some actions we can take to avoid this issue.
- First, rule out any medical reasons.
- Scoop boxes every day.
- The box should be 1 1/2 times the length of the cat, so he can easily turn around in it.
- You should have one more box than the number of cats in your home.
- Plastic boxes can pick up smells over time, so replace the box regularly.
- Feeding your cat canned food increases water intake, which cuts back on urinary incidences.
- Place the boxes in quiet places -- furnaces and washers/dryers can scare cats.
Cat Attract. Cat Attract is a scoopable litter blended with herbal essences to make it more attractive to cats. Dr. Elsey says, "Cats like litter that is as close to sand as possible, from a texture standpoint; studies back up that point. Using sand isn't an option because, even though cats like it, it doesn't absorb." He developed Cat Attract to closely match the sand texture, but with the benefit of clumping action.
Next month, the cats of Catladyland will be testing the litter, reporting results and hosting a giveaway for our readers. We trust Dr. Elsey's expertise and are excited to test Cat Attract, so stay tuned!
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