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What You Need to Know About Litter Boxes Part 2

When it comes to providing for your cat, the quality of the litter you use can contribute significantly to their wellbeing.

In our last post, we discussed a few of the things you need to know about litter boxes. But now let’s take a look inside them at the most important ingredient in your cat’s bathroom routine. When it comes to providing for your cat, the quality of the litter you use can contribute significantly to their wellbeing. With these tips, you can make sure your cat stays happy and healthy.

Types of Litter

With so many different brands of cat litter, picking one by trial-and-error might sound expensive and time-consuming. But getting an idea of which type fits your lifestyle will help narrow down the options. For example, non-clumping clay litter was one of the first types of cat litter available; only a few modern cat owners still use it because, although it is excellent for absorbing liquid waste, it makes for difficult cleaning. Clumping scoopable cat litters are the most popular type because they are easy to clean and come in a variety of scents. Your cat will prefer an unscented litter, but as long as you avoid ones with too strong a fragrance, you can find a happy medium for both of you. Some other signs that your cat does not like their litter are scratching the side of the litter box to wipe off their paws, only putting two paws in to use the litter box, or going right next to the box. If you are looking for more natural options, shredded newspaper is an environmentally-friendly litter alternative. Or you can put a layer of baking soda at the bottom of your litter box for a cat-friendly alternative to harsh deodorizers. But once you have decided on a litter that your cat likes, you should try to stay with that exact one for the life of your cat.

Filling the Litter Box

How much litter you put in the litter box will affect how you clean it later. Too much litter will cause your cat to spill it out of the litter box when digging. High-sided litter boxes are recommended to reduce spills unless you have a kitten or elderly cat that needs easier access. But as long as your litter box is larger than the length of your cat, they will have plenty of space to move around and dig inside without sending litter onto the floor. On the other side, if there is not enough litter, then it won’t absorb properly, which leaves the litter box wet and smelly. If this happens, you can wash the litter box with cat-safe cleaners. A good rule of thumb is to start at about two or three inches deep with litter to avoid over or under-filling frustration. But remember, always clean your litter box before adding fresh litter.


For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat! For more updates and advice, be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+! You can get in touch with the Catonsville Cat Clinic by giving us a call at 410-869-0800 or visiting our contact page.

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