How to use a cat litter tray
Litter trays are an important part of your cat’s life. Cats can be very particular about their toileting habits, and so a suitable area where they can do their business happily is important to their wellbeing. A privately placed and clean cat-tray is ideal, as is the right litter and size, depth and shape of the tray.
Which cat litter tray is best?
We answer the most asked questions about everything 'cat litter' so that you can have the happiest cat and the cleanest home, always.
Where should you put a cat litter tray?
Cats prefer privacy, so we advise placing litter trays in a quiet area of the house. Some cats may like the option to use a covered litter tray. Either way, try to never disturb cats whilst they’re toileting!
How often should you change cat litter?
Ideally spot clean your cat tray daily, and replace the litter at least once a week. If the tray is left to become dirty, cats may prefer to use the floor instead!
What should you use to clean a cat litter box?
We urge owners to always make sure any cleaning products used are safe for cats. Keep in mind that any strong-scented cleaning products and scented litter may put your cat off using their tray.
What type of cat litter is best?
Some cats have preferences for certain kinds of litter. If your cat is avoiding their tray, try changing to a new litter. We saw wood pellets perform best in our trials; however, some cats may prefer a fine sandy litter.
If changing your cat’s litter, we advise mixing in the new one gradually over a week or to place in a separate litter tray so that your cat can choose. If you’re house training a kitten, add a little of their old litter to the fresh when cleaning the tray – the familiar scent encourages them to use it until they’re fully housetrained.
What size cat litter tray is best?
The size, depth and shape of your cat’s litter tray needs to allow them easy access with plenty of space for turning freely. If you have more than one cat, make sure you provide enough litter trays – we recommend one tray per cat, and a spare is also beneficial. Litter trays should always be made of robust, non-toxic, sturdy and durable material.
How deep should a cat litter tray be?
Some cats prefer shallower litter and others deeper – however, always make sure there’s enough for them to dig and cover their business!
Accidents at home
If your cat has occasional accidents at home, this could indicate stress or anxiety. It’s important not to punish them, as it’s often counter-productive, they won’t understand and it may increase stress. To clean accidents, wash the area with a solution of biological or enzymatic washing liquid/powder. It’ll help remove any residual smell and may help break the habit of your cat going in less-than ideal places again.
If your cat is toileting regularly at home, please consult your vet, as it may be health related.