The cat litter box is an essential 'toiletry' item for an indoor cat.
Owners of outdoor cats often provide their cats with litter trays in order to 'monitor' the cat's toilet habits for health care reasons.
Why your cat needs a litter box.
For wild cats (and domesticated cats) it is a natural instinct to bury their waste.
Cats like to dig a hole, deposit urine and feces in the hole and then cover it up afterwards.
They do this for two reasons:
Choosing the right receptacle (and filler) is important and will go a long way towards keeping both cat and cat-owner happy.
There has been significant innovation in this market. Today you have a wide selection to choose from.
There are inexpensive, disposable boxes, sturdy plastic pans and the more luxurious, automatic, self-cleaning litter units.
For discerning home-owners or those cat-lovers looking for a hidden kitty box, there is cabinet-type cat-furniture, designed to blend into the most stylish decor.
Cats are fussy creatures, so don't become despondent if your cat rejects your initial purchase.
Mechanical or Electronic self-cleaning kitty cat litter units
Stylish, multi-functional and versatile litter pan covers and Covered Kitty Litter Boxes
Plastic or Metal cat litter trays and pans
Biodegradable boxes, throw-away cat litter trays
Generally, a kitten does not need to be taught how to use a litter tray or pan - once you have shown the kitten where to go, it will generally return to the spot.
Litter training a cat is really a case of waiting until the kitten is 3 weeks old - at this time the urinating and defecating reflexes will trigger and you can introduce the kitten to its kitty box and litter.
To avoid cat litter box problems later on, it's important to ensure that you have the right litter tray and cat litter. (e.g. Clumping cat litter is dangerous for kittens).
Be patient, kind and gentle when introducing your new kitten to its cat box.
We have compiled a guide for cat owners who need to know why their kitten or cat is not using the litter box.
All cats, wild or domesticated, like a secluded, private area to hide when relieving themselves.
They need a spot where they are undisturbed and less vulnerable to other cats, small children and dogs.
Place the pan or tray in a quiet area, out of the way of all family activities e.g:
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