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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Lola and Lexy's Top 5 Litter Box Tips

Lola: Hello, and Happy Wednesday! As you know, we had to re-think our blog a little bit this year because of the "pause" in New York. Well, Lexy and I came up with a fab idea!

Lexy: I agree, Lola. I think it’s quite outstanding.

Lola: Okay, let me tell you all what it is. Drumroll, please…… *chases tail in a circle*

Lexy: While Lola is making herself dizzy, allow me to elaborate. Lola and I are starting a series on the blog called “Lola and Lexy’s Top Five.” We’re going to talk about different subjects and give you our top five tips, or the top five reasons, or the top five ways…. you get the picture.

Lola: It’s going to be just great! I’m so excited to be taking over the blog again.

Lexy: To start it all off, today we have our Top Five Litter Box Tips.

Lola: We hope you enjoy it! 

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Lola and Lexy’s Top Five Litter Box Tips

1. Have the Right Number of Boxes

A good rule of thumb to follow is one box per cat plus one. According to Jackson Galaxy, your cat should have more than one place to “do their business.” So three litter boxes for two cats. Make sure they are all places in different locations and if your house has multiple levels, place them on different levels. (nationwide). If you live in a small living space, like I do, just do the best you can with the number of boxes

2. Location is Everything

Location isn’t only important for real estate, it’s also important for your cat’s litter box. Here are some tips for litter box placement.

  • Place the litter box in an area where your cat spends the majority of their time, and this may mean the living room. While the idea of having a litter box in the living room is not ideal to many people, there are attractive boxes on the market, and even litter cabinets if necessary. Placing the box in an area that is hard to reach or in a place where your cat feels unsafe can lead to letterbox issues. You know that old saying “out of sight, out of mind?” If the litter box is out of sight you may be less likely to remember to clean it regularly.
  • If using multiple boxes, they should be placed in different areas of the house. Avoid placing boxes side by side.
  • Your cat should have an “escape route” from the box. Feeling like they’re “cornered in” can cause your cat to feel threatened and create fear of using the box and lead to litter box issues. If you live in a multi-cat household and there is the occasional (or frequent) “litter box stalking”, making sure your cat feels like that have a safe exit will make them feel more secure.
  • The box should be placed away from your cat’s food and water. Instinctively, cats do not like to urinate and defecate near where they eat. Think of it this way… would you like to be served your dinner in the bathroom? Exactly. Keeping everything separate also reduces the chance of bacteria from getting into your cat’s food and water, which can make them ill. If they do have to be in the same room allow for five feet between them.

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3. Choose the Right Box

The Right Size

The size of the box matters and may be the most important factor to consider. You want the box to be large enough so your cat can fit comfortably and have enough room to turn around. Remember these two rules of thumb when choosing the right size:

The box should be at least 1.5 times the length of the cat from the nose to the base of the tail OR The box should be at least as long as your cat, from their nose to the tip of their tail (when extended), and its width should be at least as wide as your cat is long (with their tail not extended).

The Right Height

If you have a senior cat, or a cat that has mobility issues or arthritis (or even if you have a kitten), you’ll need a box that is very low in the front (approximately 2.5 to 3.5 inches high).

If you have a cat that is a “sprayer”, kicks a lot of litter out of the box, has bad aim, etc., look for a box with three sides that are high enough (around 8 to 12 inches) to prevent urine, feces and/or litter from getting on the floor and one side that is low enough (around 5 to 6 inches) so your cat can get in and out easily.

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Covered or Uncovered?

If you decide to try a covered box, make sure the opening is large so your cat can enter and exit easily. Regular scooping should be done since the cover can trap odors inside. We have the Modkat Flip litter box. The top flips back which leaves the box only half covered, and provides some extra room for us to stand up. It’s a win-win situation for all of us here at the White House. 

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4. Choose the Right Litter

Let’s face it. Cats and humans have different preferences when it comes to litter. We cats prefer smaller, odor free particles while humans prefer litter that is low- tracking, low-dust, clumps well, and controls odors. You and your cat need to meet somewhere in the middle. You may scoop our… umm.. poop, but you’re not the one actually using the box.

Cats prefer litter with finer particles because it feels better on our paws. Before litter was invented cats did their business outside and covered it up with dirt or sand. And we have very sensitive noses and heavily perfumed litter can be a real turn-off to us. (Luckily our mom doesn’t like a scented litter, either.) Luckily, we found a litter, Boxiecat, that checks of the boxes for all of us. 

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It may take some trial and error to find the right litter, but once you find it, stick with it. If you do have make a change, make sure to do a gradual change over.

5.  Keep it Clean! 

Cats are very clean creatures by nature and a dirty litter box it a turn off to us. Having to tiptoe around our clumps to find a clean spot is no fun at all. Imagine if you had to do that? We need your help to keep our box an inviting place to go to the bathroom. 

Create a Routine

If you put scooping the litter into your daily routine you’re more likely to do it regularly. Our mom does it in the morning after Lola gets her meds and dry food, and in the evening before she goes to bed. This way it’s always done and our box is always clean. And don’t forget, a complete change should be done once per month (with a good wash of the box) or more frequently if needed. 

Keep Supplies Handy

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Keep everything you need to do the job right near the box. This includes the scoop, bags to put the dirty litter in (our mom either uses our Litter Genie or poop bags.), small dustpan and broom, etc. If everything is right at your fingertips litter box maintenance will be a breeze! 

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We hope you liked our first Top Five post! Join us next time when Lola and I share our top five reasons to adopt a cat. 

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  1. Wow, there is a lot to cover there!

    Well, we eat upstairs and the litter boxes are downstairs. And we have 4 for us 3, "one of us" especially loves using 2 for different purposes. They get cleaned daily, of course. We also "go" outside. But Ayla is funny about that. She will come inside, "go" and then run back out.

    Laz (of course, being new) isn't allowed out yet.

    But that was a lot of good advice and we made sure TBT read it all.

  2. That is all very good advice. I had 4 litter boxes of varying sizes for the boys. The biggest was the base of a parrot's cage which I am sure Eric appreciated.

    1. yur mum did KNOT due what her said her did...say it iz knot sew ~~~~~~~~~~~


  3. These are great ideas. And perfect for first time cat people! I didn't really find my litter box groove until a few years ago and I've had cats for 30 years.

  4. I'd have to say mom and dad got it right for this old gal. My large, covered (with privacy door) box does the trick.

  5. Lola and Lexy, the last thing that I recommend is making a cool pattern in the litter after it's scooped...doesn't do much for the cats, but it's sorta fun for the scooper! LOL!

  6. Those are all great tips. I am one box short, I have 10 boxes all around the house for 10 cats. XO

  7. we waz gonna commint... but eric N flynn's mum haz made uz speech lezz ~~~~~~~~


    1. I knew you were going to comment! You Tabbies are ON it!!!

  8. That was really good info and we're pretty happy with our set up here.

  9. Great info about our purrivate house, Lola and Lexy. I have two litterboxes, but they were both of Granny's angels, but at least they fix my size and one is in pink, and that's all a lady wants, right๐Ÿ˜ธPawkisses for a Purrivate Day๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

  10. This is such a great post! Humans sometimes do stupid things when it comes to our litter boxes.

  11. Great tips! Just one litter box here because I'm an only cat. I like it clean so Mum gives it a good clean twice a week when she changes the litter.

  12. Good tips, Lola and Lexy! We are going to get a litter box with a lower entrance for Gracie, who is 20 years old now. It will make getting in and out easier for her.

  13. Tips from you guys, Lola & Lexy are very useful for cat lovers so that they understand what their beloved cats like and don't like.
    You are both cute and smart.

    Greetings from Indonesia

  14. Mom wishes she had learned some of these things even when the Admiral was still here. Looking back, the box was too small. But she adapted. I wish she hadn't had to adapt. But she always kept it clean.

  15. Very good advice! We have a rule in our house, if you walk by the litterbox, check it and scoop if necessary - no putting off litterbox duty until the end of the day!

  16. These are great tips that every cat owner can use!

  17. We've never followed the #cats + 1 rule and luckily never had problems (3 cats, 2 jumbo boxes). But all the tips are great and whatever helps kitties have good potty habits and not be put out or surrendered is valuable information.

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  19. Cat litter has improved so much since I had my three cats! I have a Pet Genie for outside when I pooper scoop but they quit making the refills. Are your square-shaped? I wonder if they are interchangeable.

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