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Jan 17

Your Indoor Cat

Your Indoor Cat

With a few simple steps, your cat can have a happy and fulfilling life as a totally indoor cat. Indoor cats need appropriate access to clean litter areas and mental and physical enrichment.

The Baker House Vets recommend one litter box for every cat in the household plus a spare. If you have a particularly large house, you might want to have a few more. The litter boxes should not be lined up in a single room or banished to a far corner of the basement. Instead, they should be in easily accessible locations but not in excessively high traffic areas. Downstairs a corner of the kitchen or laundry room usually works well. While upstairs, a bathroom or a corridor is usually appropriate. Remember to keep the doors open to allow the cats to enter. If the dog bothers the litter, try using a baby gate or a cat door.

Most cats prefer open style litter boxes with unscented litter. However every cat is an individual, your cat might prefer a closed box or perfumed litter. All cats prefer a clean litter box. We recommend that the box be scooped at least once a day and completely cleaned weekly.

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  1. March 30, 2013

    I had an automatic. It would have worekd well with just one cat. It was a Litter Maid. However, I have 7(8 at that time) who all preferred to use the automatic litter box over their regular boxes. It was quite a thrill for them to see the stools being hoisted into the litter tray. They were all fascinated with the process. They had that thing going day and night until one day I smelled some smoke coming from my utility room. The automatic litter box was slightly smoking. I noticed that all my very large cats were around this thing and the motor was making a humming sound trying to hoist a very large stool into the litter tray.It just burned out after the constant use. Maybe they each should have had their own? I think with all the activity from my large well fed kitties, it was too much for the poor motor. Next time, I will look for one with a Brigs and Stratton motor!:) But Litter maid is a good one for just one kitty. It would be ideal for him. It is a good product. Just not intended for the large group I have. They have since been reduced to using the regular boxes and all the excitement has died down. The party is over for my kitties!


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