Did you know that around a quarter of American households have kitties? Fluffy isn’t quite as popular as Fido, but she is the purrfect pet for many. You don’t need to walk your feline pal, and she doesn’t need her own yard. She’ll also discreetly do her business in a litterbox. Here, a local Fort Myers, FL vet offers some advice on setting up Fluffy’s litterbox.
Location, Location, Location
Choosing the right spot for Fluffy’s purrsonal powder room may be half the battle. It should be in a spot that is easy for your furry pal to reach, yet offers her some privacy. If you have more than one floor in your house, you may want to put litterboxes on every level. This will be particularly helpful for senior cats.
For the most part, you can pick any litter and litterbox you (and your kitty) like. However, there are a few caveats. If you have a kitten, you’ll need to avoid clay and clumping litters for now. Baby cats are clumsy, and they sometimes accidentally ingest litter. These products can cause intestinal blockages, which can be very dangerous.
Do you have more than one kitty? You’ll need more than one litterbox. It’s generally best to aim for one box per furball, plus at least one extra.
Even Fluffy’s litterbox has gone through a technological upgrade. There are several types of automated litterboxes. You can also try the sifting type, if you like. Ask your vet for tips on these.
If you have a laundry room, garage, or spare bathroom, you may be able to find a discreet spot for Fluffy’s bathroom. However, if you don’t have much space, you won’t have as many options. Consider getting a piece that was made specifically to hide litterboxes. Or, go the DIY route and make one out of a piece of old furniture.
Fluffy’s litterbox will probably never smell like roses, but it shouldn’t be overpowering, either. The best way to beat odor? Keep the box clean! Pan liners and deodorizers can help, but you can also just sprinkle baking soda in your pet’s bathroom. Another option is to put some pet-safe plants nearby: they’ll help filter the air.
Is your kitty due for an exam? Contact us, your Fort Myers, FL animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!