Thinking Outside the (Litter) Box

How many per cat? Scented or Unscented?

One cat, two litter boxes?

One cat should have two litter boxes; two cats need three boxes, etc. Why? Cats are fastidious. Some will poop in one box and pee in another. Some won’t share with another cat. This is a good thing. 


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Scented or unscented

Scented litter is for the benefit of humans, not cats. Cats’ sense of smell is 14-times better than ours, says Garber. Their sensitive noses have an aversion to strong, perfume smells. 


Clumping or non-clumping

Clumping is for human ease of cleaning, not for cat health. Most experts recommend more natural litters. Ask your vet.

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Location, location, location

Put the box where your cat has privacy and easy accessibility. 


When it’s a no-go

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 If your cat isn’t using her litterbox, she may need more frequent cleaning. Sometimes a change of litter brand—often to a less-scented one—will do the trick. If the problem continues, visit your vet to screen for medical issues.