How to Choose a Litter Box for Your Cat
– Cat litter box: training
– How to Choose?
– Cat litter box: where to put it?
– How much does it cost?
The litter box is an essential part of a cat’s hygiene. The choice and location of a litter box are very important, as inappropriate placement can lead to litter problems. In addition, a cat bowl and a cat carrier will complete the essential accessories for your pet.
Cat litter box: training
With few exceptions, all cats are housebroken and develop more or less the same elimination behaviors:
– Cats will keep their young clean until they are old enough to do their own business.
– Until about the 40th day, the cat licks the anogenital area of the kitten to promote urination (emission of urine) after each feeding.
– However, as early as 30 days of age, the kitten begins to approach the litter box and observes her elders using it.
– The kitten does not have complete control over its sphincters (muscles that allow it to hold back or not the evacuation of urine and feces) until it is 3 to 4 weeks old.
– All kittens have the instinct to use a litter box. If, after placing the kitten in front of the box, it does not use it, you must be patient and repeat the operation until it is successful.
How to choose?
There are different kinds of litter boxes:
– Litter box: rectangular, it has edges of about fifteen centimeters. It is the most basic and the most economical. Its major disadvantage, apart from the diffusion of odors, is that some cats, who scratch their litter box, spray it all around.
– Nest litter box: provided with a roof, it allows the cat to isolate itself a little (what the felines appreciate), and it avoids the diffusion of odors and the projection of granules.
– Electronic litter box: there are different types of litter boxes that allow the evacuation of odors, the automatic replacement of litter, etc.
– Travel box: made of cardboard, it is sold with litter.
Once you’ve made your choice, try to stick with it for the rest of your pet’s life, as cats are creatures of habit and don’t like change. If the new box doesn’t work for them, they’ll let you know by relieving themselves somewhere else – anywhere in the house. And cat messes can be a complicated problem to correct.
Tip: To prevent your cat from littering around the house, you can install a small plastic litter mat in front of the box.
Where to put your cat’s litter box?
The location of the litter box is an important choice. If it’s unsuitable, your cat won’t feel comfortable and will relieve itself anywhere but in the box. To avoid this, the box should be
– installed in a place away from traffic (cats like to have their privacy to relieve themselves);
– as far as possible from the cat’s feeding and resting places;
– in a place that will not be too disturbing for you.
How much does it cost?
Depending on the type of litter box, the price range will vary quite a bit:
– box: $10 approx;
– box ” niche “: from $20 to $50 approximately;
– electronic” box: from $100 to $200 approximately;
– travel litter box: about $10.
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