Cats are incredibly clean animals and will be litter trained by their mothers by the time they are weaned or have reached 3 months old. What can you do to help maintain a clean environment for your cats?
Causes of Litter Tray Accidents
However, some cats that have been litter trained regress and start to use the litter tray inappropriately by eliminating outside the litter tray, failing to cover their waste and other habits that are a cause for alarm to cat owners. The stress of moving, and the introduction of a new cat can unsettle an established cat, which is why some cats will have “accidents” outside their litter tray.
Keep the Litter Tray Away from Food Sources
Would you eat or drink in the bathroom? It is highly unlikely. Some cat owners do not see any harm in placing their cat’s litter tray close to their food and water bowls. However, cats are finicky animals and will not want to have their litter tray close to their food and water source. As a result, some cats will stop using the litter tray and go elsewhere, away from their food and water.
Basic Cat Hygiene
Cats must have access to a clean litter tray. Scoop and remove clumps and solid waste each day and use a brand of litter that your cat feels comfortable with. Sometimes cat owners have to experiment with a variety of different cat litters before they find one that their cat prefers. If possible, provide a litter tray for each cat in the family. If you cannot provide for every cat, make sure you clean out the litter trays regularly.
Scooping eliminates cat waste, but more is required to keep the litter tray clean. Make sure you clean the tray out completely using warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse the litter tray or use disposable paper towels to dry it off completely before refilling it with fresh litter.
Eliminate cat odours by investing in an advanced formula cat litter. Some brands are so effective that the litter does not require as many changes per month. Covered litter trays not only offer your cat increased privacy, but they can also help to contain odours. If your cat has started to eliminate outside the litter tray, use an enzymatic odour neutraliser to remove every last trace of the odour. This will prevent your cat from returning to the same spot to re-mark the area.
Cats require a clean environment, which is why cat owners should take care to provide a clean litter tray that is scooped daily and washed out with soap and water each week.
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