Your cat's litter, essential care
Your cat's well-being and development in your home depend to a great extent on your choice of litter, so choose the winning combination!
LITTER TRAY OR HOUSE?
The first choice you will need to make is the litter receptacle. Various options are available: an open litter tray or a litter house with a removable cover to give your cat more privacy (and avoid that staring contest when he does his business!).
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LOCATION, TWO GOLDEN RULES
In most homes, our toilet is tucked away in a corner rather than right in the middle of the living room; so the same should apply for the litter tray! Cats need peace and quiet to do their business, so it's best to place the litter tray in a quiet corner away from noisy household appliances (washing machine, dishwasher).
Cats by definition have an extremely finely tuned sense of smell which allows them to detect odours that are imperceptible to us. So avoid placing your cat's litter tray next to his food bowl: this could cause him to turn his nose up at the food due to odours of urine or faeces which alter the smell.
WHAT ABOUT MAINTENANCE?
First of all, there is no defined “cleaning cycle” for changing your cat's litter. Keeping the litter tray clean will allow your cat to maintain a healthy balance. Poor litter tray hygiene increases the risk of your cat developing urinary tract infections due to reluctance to urinate. You might also find little surprises in the form of dirt or odours around your home...
For daily maintenance, remove droppings and replace urine-saturated litter. Change all the litter every week and take this opportunity to clean and disinfect the tray. Choose the product you use for this carefully; check that it is not toxic for your pet.
1, 2, 3 LITTER TRAYS?
To make sure each cat has its own space, it is essential to provide at least as many litter trays as there are cats in your household. Ideally, provide an extra litter tray over and above the number of cats.
If you notice any abnormal signs in the litter (traces of blood, diarrhoea, no signs of urine in the litter tray of a house-trained cat, etc.), contact your vet.