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And Meow, A Word About Litterboxes

April 1, 2017

There are many things to love about our feline friends. One of Fluffy’s best traits, however, is the fact that she is so clean and easy to care for. You won’t have to rush home to walk her, nor will you have to remove her messes from your yard. Your cat will use her litterbox to discretely do her business. An Oconomowoc, WI vet discusses litterboxes in this article.

Choosing a Box

Litterboxes are not one size fits all. If you have a kitten, get a starter litterbox for now. As your feline friend ages, she may develop certain preferences for a specific type of litter. If you have a senior furball, you’ll want to get a litterbox with low sides, which will be easier for Fluffy to get in and out of. Last but not least, if you have more than one cat, you’ll need a few litterboxes. A good rule of thumb is one box per kitty, plus at least one extra.


If Fluffy is a kitten, avoid clay or clumping litters until she’s fully grown. These can be dangerous for baby felines! Aside from that, there aren’t too many caveats when it comes to buying litter. The main thing is choosing a brand that your furry buddy likes.


Fluffy’s personal powder room certainly makes life easier for you, but it probably won’t do much for your décor. If you don’t have a utility room or spare bathroom to keep the litterbox in, you may have to look into some creative camouflage options. One thing that works well is repurposing a wooden end table with doors or a plastic storage tote. Just cut a hole in the side, so your cat can get in and out. You can also use a folding screen. Look online for more options.

Litterbox Issues

Sometimes kitties stop using their litterboxes. There can be many different reasons for this, including stress or health problems. Sometimes felines just have specific preferences for how and where their litterboxes are set up. However, the first thing you’ll want to do is rule out the possibility of medical issues. Have Fluffy examined by a vet right away. If your furball checks out, consult a professional cat behaviorist.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Oconomowoc, WI animal hospital, today. We’re here to help!