Cat litter tray tips
Litter trays are an important part of your cat’s life. Just like you and I, cats can be very particular about their toileting habits, so as their owners it’s our responsibility to give them a suitable area to do their business happily.
We’ve come up with a guide to cat litter so that you can create a suitable toilet area for your feline.
Our guide to cat litter
- Cats prefer privacy, so place litter trays in a quiet areas of the house. Some cats may like the option to use a covered litter tray. Remember, never disturb cats whilst they’re toileting.
- Make sure the litter is spot cleaned daily, and replace litter at least once a week. If the tray is left to become dirty, cats may prefer using the floor instead.
- When changing the litter, mix in the new one gradually over a week or place in a separate litter tray so 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.
- Litter trays should be made of robust, non-toxic, sturdy and durable material.
- The size, depth and shape of your cat’s litter tray needs to allow them easy access with plenty of space for turning freely.
- Some cats prefer shallower litter and others deeper – however, always make sure there’s enough for them to dig and cover their business.
- Some cats have preferences for certain kinds of litter. If your cat is avoiding their tray, try changing cat litter. We saw wood pellets perform best in our trials, however, some cats prefer a fine sandy litter.
- Make sure any cleaning products you use are safe for cats. Also, any strong-scented cleaning products and scented litter may put them off using their tray.
- 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.
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.
If your cat is toileting regularly at home, please consult your vet, as it may be health related.
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 there again.