If there’s one time when your cat wants to be left on their own, it’s when they go to the toilet. In fact. That’s why it’s important to have a litter tray in a quiet, safe, place where they can get to it easily and use it discreetly.
Many cats may insist that their litter trays are cleaned out once a day, whilst others are happy to wait a few days. In either case, make sure maintenance of your cats litter tray is carried out on a daily basis.
The location of your cats litter tray is very important. The tray should be easily accessible, well away from their food and water and protected to avoid your cat from being ambushed by other pets and children.
If you have more than one cat you should provide as many litter trays as there are cats, plus an extra one. For example, if you have two cats you should provide three litter trays. Each litter tray should be in a different part of the house. This is because cats need their own separate toilet areas. Having to come close to other cats to go to the toilet can be a cause of stress. This can result in medical conditions, such as stress-related diseases of the urinary system.
Kittens often develop a preference for a certain type of litter that lasts throughout their life. If you change from this type of litter when they are older, this may cause them to stop using the litter tray. Superpet Warehouse stocks the following varieties; –
- Wood based
- Paper based
- Clay (clumping)
- Clay (non clumping)
- Silica gel
If A Cat Stops Using Their Tray
If your cat refuses to use their litter trays and begins to urinate in other areas of your house, this could be the first signs of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder, kidney disease or diabetes. When their habits change for no apparent reason, its best to seek medical advice to rule out any medical disorders.