Cat Litter Tray
Choosing the best cat litter box
Most cats learn to do their business outdoors. However, if your pet is an indoor cat or is confined to the home due to illness then you will require a cat littler tray. To ensure that your cat uses their tray, locate it well away from their food and water and in an area where they feel comfortable. If your cat doesn’t want to use their cat litter tray, then it is always worth trying a new location to see if that makes a difference.
4 Reasons Why Cats Don’t Use Their Litter Box
Have you noticed a change in your kitty’s toilet habits lately? Is your once perfectly trained feline suddenly treating their litter box like a distant stranger?
There could be many reasons as to why your furry companion has decided to turn their perfectly tuned nose up at their faithful litter box. From litter issues, box placement, health issues, and even certain household changes, read on to find out exactly what the issue might be when it comes to your cat’s litter resistance, and how to get them going again.
Because the last thing you want is to come home to some precariously placed wet spots.
If your cat has gone from using their litter box like clockwork, to outright refusing to go, the first rule of thumb is to get them checked out by your vet to assess their health.
Your cat is a very clever ball of fluff and by refusing to use their litter box, that’s their way of telling you something is up. There could be any number of medical conditions causing your puss to stop using the litter box and you’ll be keen to rule out any potential conditions.
It’s possible that your cat could be suffering from a urinary tract infection and due to the painful and frustrating attempts at urination, they may not want anything to do with their litter box. Other health issues could related to their kidneys, liver or thyroid - all of which will cause your pal to drink lots more water, meaning potentially more accidents.
If your cat appears to be straining to urinate or grooming their genital area to excess, or if you notice blood spots in the urine, and lots of dashing in and out of the litter box, it could mean a visit to the vet - stat. Your vet will take your kitty through a thorough physical assessment to try and find out what the cause could be. Luckily, most health issues associated with litter box avoidance can be easily treated.
You’ve probably noticed that fluffy is a very meticulous creature. From perfectly controlled grooming, to lots of licking after a messy meal, cats are notoriously clean. And because they appreciate cleanliness, they expect the same from you.
It’s essential to keep your kitty’s litter box clean, not only for hygiene reasons but to encourage your cat to use it when they need to. Make sure you scoop regularly, change the litter as often as is required and clean out the box in its entirety with a mild, non-fragranced soap once a week. If your kitty uses their box quite often or you have more than one kitty calling it theirs, you may want to clean it more regularly. Your cat will thank you for it!
Alongside being clean, cats are also creatures of habit, so it’s important not to move their cat litter box in a sudden attempt. Your puss needs time to adjust to new surroundings. So in the same way you would give them time to adjust in a new abode, make sure you apply the same rule to the necessary movement of their facilities, particularly their litter box.
If you don’t need to move the litter box, then leave it be. But if you have to move a box from an dedicated area, make sure to do so gradually so that your kitty doesn’t end up confused and therefore unwilling to utilise theirs. Giving them time to adjust is key if you want a happy kittycat.
It’s also wise to note that litter boxes bode well in suitable areas, such as easily accessible and quiet places, so if you do have a peaceful place for your kitty to do their business, ensure to leave their litter box there. And keep their box away from their food and water. No one wants to do their business in close proximity to their next meal.
The litter itself
Again, as four-legged creatures of habit, your kitty may have an issue if you suddenly change their brand or type of litter.
Many cats have specific preferences about litter, and with sensitive little noses, over scented litter is generally a no-no. But with so many different types of litter on offer, it’s a good idea to try a few out initially and let your cat (or your cat’s nose) be the judge.
From clumping, non-clumping, sawdust and wood pellets to sand and even vegetable fibres, there are a huge variety of different litter types for your cat to point their paw at. Try to offer them different types side by side, and if you do need to change the litter for any reason? Make sure to do so gradually, mixing a bit of the new litter in with the old until you’ve fully converted.
Whatever the reason for your kitty’s sudden aversion to their litter box or increased household soiling, it’s always best to check it out with your vet first to eliminate any health problems and then take it from there. Your kitty might just need a little encouragement after some recent residential change.
From large, hooded cat litter trays with lids, to slim corner trays - We have them all!
At Time for Paws we have practical and affordable cat litter trays including styles designed to sit in the corners of the room. These can be a real boon when space is at a premium. Some cats prefer the privacy of a covered or hooded litter tray and these styles are also effective in minimising odours. Furthermore, a large cat litter tray with a lid can be a good as it helps to reduce the odour escaping into the room
Our range also features a handy pail to store your soiled Cat Litter and helps to keep your home both hygienic and odour free. In addition, litter tray disinfectant is a great investment and will eliminate the bacteria which lead to nasty niffs.
Keep your home smelling fresh!
Cats are naturally clean and fastidious animals and so rarely mess in the home. But sick or elderly cats may have the occasional accident. The Simple Solutions Stain and Odour Remover is a wise investment if your cat is messing in the home. This uses Pro-Bacteria™ and enzymes to break down the proteins in urine to eliminate both stains and odour from your carpets and upholstery.
Buy cat litter trays online at Time for Paws
Many cats require the provision of a cat litter tray at some point in their lives and at Time for Paws we offer the perfect solutions to provide your cat with everything they need and to keep your home smelling clean and fresh.
How to decide on the right cat litter box for your kitty?
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home offers some great advice on choosing the best cat litter tray.