Jamaica Plain Animal Clinic

10A Green St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

(617)524-7300

www.jpanimalclinic.com

Litter Info

 

Litterbox issues, especially urinating outside the box, are one of the most common reasons cats are surrendered to shelters.  Therefore, it’s important to understand what cats do and don’t like when it comes to litter boxes.

 

Cat Litter

 

  Type:

  • Most cats prefer finely textured, unscented clay type clumping cat litter.
  • Many of the cats we see who have a behavioral cause of urinating outside the litterbox are using corn or wood based litter.

 

Litter Boxes

 

  Location:

  • The box should be in an area that’s easy to get to, but quiet and private.
  • The basement may be the best place for you to keep a litter box, but your cat may not agree, especially if they are young kittens or senior citizens.

 

  Type:

  • Many cats are fine with covered boxes, but if he/she is having litter box issues try an uncovered box/es.
  • Make sure the litter box/es are large enough for your cat/s and the edges are not too high for small kittens or older, arthritic cats to easily step over.
  • Avoid top entry boxes.

 

Number of Boxes

  • A good rule of thumb is to have as many boxes as cats, plus one.

 

Cleaning

  • Boxes should be scooped daily to prevent cats from developing an aversion to going in them.

 

For more information on litterbox preferences and issues, check out this article from Dr. Sophia Yin, a veterinary behaviorist: Litterbox Happiness for Cats of All Ages