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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, so a suitable area where they can do their business happily is important to their well-being. A privately placed and clean cat tray is ideal, as is the right litter and size, depth and shape of the tray. Here are some of the most frequently 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 your cat while they're toileting!

How often should you change cat litter?

Ideally, you should spot-clean your cat's litter tray every day and replace the litter at least once a week. If the tray is left to become dirty, your cat may prefer to use the floor instead!

What should you use to clean a cat litter box?

Always make sure any cleaning products you use 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 a preference 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 you change the type of litter you use, we advise mixing in the new one gradually, over a week, or placing it 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 need 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 a good idea. 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 counterproductive, they won't understand and it may make them more stressed.

To clean accidents, wash the area with a solution of biological or enzymatic washing liquid or 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 talk to your vet, as it may be a sign of a health problem.

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