Litter Box Tips

Litter Choice

Any cat may resist a new litter if it smells or feels different, so mix in Yesterday's News® a little bit at a time. Learn more about transitioning your cat from other litter use

Litter Maintenance

Cats are meticulous about how they groom themselves and will avoid a foul-smelling litter box. Periodically wash your cat's litter box with mild soap and warm water and replace with fresh litter.

Keep 2-3 inches of litter in the box. Remember that, different from clay litter, Yesterday's News® will absorb urine from the bottom so having the litter too deep will make it more difficult to find and remove the soiled litter.

Litter Box

There are many choices when it comes to litter boxes – hooded, not hooded, shallow versus deep sides. Experiment with several until you find the one your cat prefers.

Dirty Litter Box

Cats are very fussy about cleanliness. Remove waste daily and replace litter weekly. Use warm water and mild soap to clean the litter box. Avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia.

Multiple Cats

If you have more than one cat, you may need multiple litter boxes (one cat per box plus one is recommended by animal behaviorists). Some cats will not use litter used by another cat (additional litter boxes usually help).

Territory

Some cats will not use litter used by another cat. Multiple litter boxes are an option. Never have more than two cats per litter box. One cat per box plus one additional box is recommended.

Privacy

Avoid placing the litter box in a high-traffic area. Most cats, like humans, prefer privacy.

Illness

Cats can't talk, but they can give you clues. One of the most common symptoms of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is failure to use the litter box. FLUTD is a serious condition. If you notice any changes in your cat's litter box behavior, consult your veterinarian immediately.

If you notice your cat eating litter, you should contact your veterinarian. It may be a sign of an underlying health problem.

NOTE: We want to remind those with suppressed immune systems and pregnant women that a parasite sometimes found in cat feces can cause toxoplasmosis. Please wash hands thoroughly after handling used cat litter.

A change in litter habits can indicate serious health problems, so try to be aware of your cat's habits. If you notice a change or suspect a problem, have your cat examined by a veterinarian.