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When we adopted Pumpkin, I knew there would be a major learning curve, however, I wasn’t expecting to be completely overwhelmed by nearly every aspect of owning a cat.
Switching from a dog to a cat has been rather trying for us. Our boxer Hannible was nearly ten years old, so all of the kids were used to him, and they knew how to properly handle him, and so did I.
With Pumpkin, we are having to do major trial and error with different products and it’s been quite the adventure, to say the least.
One of the hardest things thus far is deciding what type of kitty litter to use. Cats are very low maintenance. But as we are also learning, they are clean freaks, and Pumpkin can literally spend hours each day grooming herself. Pumpkin is so picky about everything from her cat litter to where the litter box is placed (crazy right?).
Before you start trying to choose the right litter, the first step is to choose the right litter box. You want to make sure that your cat can fit comfortably in the box, as well as be able to effectively get in and out the box with ease.
Keep in mind that what you put inside that box — the actual cat litter — is also important. There are lots of different types of litter from clumping to scented to even pellets.
We opted to go with a top entry litter box for Pumpkin. It offers her more privacy (which you will read more about below) and it’s big enough to give her the space she needs to effectively get in and out. Also, it’s so discreet, that most people visiting don’t even realize that it’s a litter box!
When it came to choosing the right litter, because there were so many options I quickly became overwhelmed. However, after talking with a few friends, they each recommended that we try out LitterMaid® Premium Walnut.
LitterMaid® Premium Walnut is fragrance-free (which is a major plus, because we have noticed that she seems to have an aversion to smells), and helps to neutralize tough litter box odors. Unlike a few other litter brands we have tried, LitterMaid® Premium Walnut is also 99% dust free.
The quick and easy clean up aided by it’s clumping feature makes it a breeze for me get the litter box nice and clean so I can continue with my day. Plus, LitterMaid® Premium Walnut is made with natural walnut shells.
While you’ll want to ensure your cat is amicable to the litter you choose — some cats can’t stand scented cat litters, while others would rather avoid the box then go on pine — making sure the product you use works and is of high quality is important to mutual happiness for you and your pet.
Now that you have your litter box and litter, if you aren’t sure where to place it, here a few tips that help you decide where it should go.
Cats are clean creatures. And like humans would prefer not to use the bathroom where they eat or sleep. Also like humans, they like to use the bathroom in private. To make sure your cat is using their litter box, place it in a low-traffic area that offers them privacy. We keep ours in the corner of a back room, away from her food.
Get an Extra Box
If you have a large home, it may be beneficial to grab an extra litter box to place on each side of your home (or one upstairs and downstairs).
Get the Right Size
You want to make sure that the box is big enough for your cat to get in and out of comfortably. But if you have a baby kitten, even a regular size box may be big. If that’s the case a shoe box may do until he/she is old enough/big enough to climb in and out effectively.
Do you have a cat? What type of litter do you use and where do you place your cat’s litter box? Follow me on social and let me know @NatashaVBrown and Littermaid
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.