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Solve Your Cat's Litter Box Issues
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Solve Your Cat's Litter Box Issues


(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

You thought bringing a new cat home would be easy and fun – and it should be! But it's frustrating when your cat takes to spraying outside of the litter box. If your cat is otherwise healthy, chances are that a litter box mishap may simply be your cat's way of telling you something isn't quite right.

“Each year, millions of cats are surrendered to already overflowing shelters due to litter box issues,” says Mieshelle Nagelschneider, a cat behaviorist, author and spokesperson for Arm & Hammer. “Ironically, with a bit of patience and care, litter box problems are some of the easiest to solve.”

Follow these simple tips and take your cat from box-avoiding to box-abiding:

Placement: Make your cat's litter box as appealing as possible. People tend to place the boxes in areas that are convenient to their own lifestyle which means placing it in the basement or closet. If you find these locations unwelcoming, so will your cat. Try to create an environment that would fall within their natural instincts.

Accessibility: The litter box should be placed somewhere that is easy to find and access. Your cat should be able to see the box as soon as he enters the room and feel relaxed enough to use it. This can be done by having an uncovered litter box in a slow-traffic area where the cat will not feel threatened.

Quantity: Make sure that you are providing your cat with enough litter boxes. This is particularly important in multi-cat homes. There should be at least one box more than the number of cats in the home.

Cleanliness: Keep boxes tidy by scooping often, ideally at least once a day. Using a litter with a neutralizer like baking soda, such as Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Extra Strength Clumping Litter, will help eliminate odors and help keep scents to a minimum.

More information is available at www.armandhammerpets.ca.

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)

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