For many people, cat litter boxes are the worst part of owning a cat. Not only is it something that people dread to clean but it is also dusty and dirty. And, those who have to clean it can find themselves more susceptible to cat diseases that are present there. Sure, it’s a bad job but it doesn’t have to be a hard one.
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Taking a Look at Cat Litter Boxes
There are many new cat litter boxes being designed to make the job, well, easier. One of them is the hooded litter box. These give privacy to cats who are more sensitive and they also keep the dust down considerably.
They are ideal for single cat owners as long as they are cleaned regularly. Those who do not want to handle the litter can use removable liners made for these boxes.
They can lift out the whole liner and throw it out. All you need to do is put in a new liner and add fresh litter.
Self Cleaning Cat Litter Boxes
Another option is a self cleaning litter box. These are ideal for families that have more than one cat. They are also a good choice for anyone who doesn’t want to deal with handling soiled cat litter.
A automated rake removes the soiled litter into a removable receptacle which leaves the box clean. All you need to do is to discard the contents of the receptacle right into the trash.
To teach your kitten to use the litter box, all you need to do is to position it in the right place and keep it very clean. Cat litter boxes should never be located next to where the cat sleeps or near where their food is.
Show Them What It's For
Once in the right place, you’ll need to show them what the litter box is used for. To do this, place the cat in the box and rake your fingers through the litter. The cat may decide to start using the litter box right away.
When they do, praise them greatly. If they just want out, play with them for a few minutes and then put them back in. Repeat this several times but don’t push it. You don’t want to make them frustrated.
When to use the Box?
About ten to fifteen minutes after your cat eats, put them back into the litter box. When they use it, praise them for doing so. When they are napping, watch them so that you can take them to the litter box when they wake up.
Remember that cats respond better to praise than to scolding. If they become angry or frustrated, you will not accomplish anything. Place cat litter boxes in the spot where they most frequently have accidents and encourage them to use it.
Cats May Stop Using Cat Litter Boxes
Cats may stop using cat litter boxes if you don’t keep them clean. Most cats will continue to use their litter box once they have done so several times, but you need to keep it clean. Also, a dirty litter box can lead to cat health problems so make sure to keep it clean.
These are some quick and easy tips for keeping cat litter boxes clean. If you use them your cat will certainly appreciate it and be your best friend.
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