A LITTER BIT OF ADVICE
Litter Box Tips for the Best Litter Box Experience
Finding the right litter is just one part of providing a happy home for you and your cat, but an important one! Since we get lots of questions about litter and litter cleanup, here are some tips to help you create the best possible litter box experience!
Choosing the right litter
All cat litters are not created equal, and not all cats have the same preferences. So how can you tell which one your cat will like (and use consistently)? Try a litter buffet. Offer several different litter boxes, each with a different type of litter, and see which ones your cat gravitates toward. World’s Best Cat Litter™ offers a variety of different litters that meet the needs of different cat-owning households.
Clumping litter. In general, cats prefer litter with a soft texture that’s easy to dig in and clumps firmly. Litter that is made up of very large pieces or is extremely lightweight can be a turn-off. Cats may also prefer a clumping litter such as World’s Best Cat Litter™, because it ensures the litter box stays cleaner.
Low dust. Dust can be irritating to cats and their owners. Though no litter can lay claim to being completely dust-free, World’s Best Cat Litter™ is 99% dust free and doesn’t contain the silica dust found in clay litters.
Outstanding odor control. Ammonia and other odors can accumulate quickly and are offensive to cats long before they are noticed by their owners. Look for a litter that traps and neutralizes odors, such as World’s Best Cat Litter™, rather than one that uses artificial perfumes to mask the odor.
Natural or unscented. Because cat noses are much more sensitive than human ones, your cat may not like the same scents that you do. World’s Best Cat Litter™ never adds artificial perfumes. Our Clumping, Multiple Cat Clumping, and Zero Mess™ litters have no added scent. Our Lavender Multiple Cat formula uses real lavender oil, and our Zero Mess™ Pine Scented formula uses real pine for a light, natural scent.
How to switch litters
When introducing a new litter, make sure to make the switch gradually. We recommend starting with only one-third of World’s Best Cat Litter™ added to your current litter. Once your cat is more familiar with it, gradually increase the ratio until you have completely transitioned to World’s Best Cat Litter™.
Picking the right box
Size matters! It’s crucial to give your cat plenty of room to do his business. The litter box should be at least 1.5 times as long as the cat’s body. Deeper boxes help keep the litter in the box, but need to have a lower entry point, especially for older or heavier cats.
Some cats prefer to have an uncovered litter box so they can see everything around them, and don’t feel trapped.
Litter box maintenance
Problems with cats not using the box (aka litter aversion)
Litter aversion is a cat’s strong dislike of a particular litter, and partial or total refusal to dig, eliminate, and bury waste in it. Cats with litter aversion may rush while using the box, or try to balance on the edge of the box. They also may go right beside the litter box.
Sometimes, cats will urinate outside of the litter box to mark their territory. This is more common in cats who haven’t been spayed or neutered. In cats who have been spayed/neutered, marking is usually due to anxiety caused by abrupt changes in the household. Marking is different from litter aversion in that it usually involves only a small amount of urine being sprayed onto a vertical surface or place of social significance (e.g., a favorite spot) to the cat.
Rapid changes in the type of litter used can cause litter aversion. Also, litters that are very dusty, have very large pieces, or are strongly scented are more likely to create aversion issues. Another common cause is a box that seems too dirty or smelly to the cat.
If your cat has gone outside of the litter box, clean it up as soon as possible. Enzymatic cleaners are recommended to eliminate any residual odor. If your cat continues to go in the same spot, you may need to restrict access to that area.
Select a litter with excellent odor control and an attractant added to draw your cat to the box, like World’s Best Cat Litter™ Picky Cat™ or Attraction Action™. Always transition to a new litter gradually. If your cat continues to go outside of the box, seek advice from your veterinarian to rule out a health problem. Never punish a cat for going outside the box, because this can actually make the problem worse by stressing out the cat even more.
Living with multiple cats
You should have one more litter box than you do cats. This gives each cat good choices for going where you want them to go, and avoids potential conflict. Consider placing the boxes in different areas of the house, rather than right next to each other.
Seeking professional help
Cat behavior problems, including inappropriate urination, are complex issues that sometimes require help from a professional. If you’ve tried several approaches and nothing seems to help, consult your veterinarian or a certified cat behaviorist for help.