Litter Trays & Hygiene
Your kitten started using a litter tray as soon as it could climb into a tiny one, and was fully litter-trained within a week to 10 days afterwards. Despite this fabulous instinct, you must have absolute patience and stay calm if there are any problems using litter trays in your home. Although this is highly unlikely, it can be a sign of loneliness or unhappiness if the kitten doesn’t use their tray, and puddles somewhere else. If that happens, just put them in the tray as soon as you notice them starting to go in the wrong place and repeat as necessary. Move a litter tray to any location they use incorrectly. Being cross with them will make any problem far worse. Contact us for advice if there are issues.
You’ll need a minimum of two and ideally three large litter trays with one spare. Litter trays for kittens are probably too small, and for some reason older cats always seem to use them! Place trays strategically around the house in appropriate places but try not to change more than one location at any time. Your cats will want to use litter trays that are kept clean and are changed regularly. Having multiple litter trays helps here, even if you only have one cat, as it gives the opportunity for one to be cleaned whilst the other is in use, and the more trays you have the less often then will need to be changed. It also means that if for some reason the cat decides one trays needs to be changed, the other is still available to it. If possible remove poo from the tray as soon after your cat has finished burying it, but not before as the burying process is driven by instinct.
We use BreederCelect litter, and buy it in 30 litre sacks. It is the best we’ve found so far. Poo and small quantities of paper based litter can be flushed down the toilet, full trays can be emptied into old plastic bags and disposed of in household rubbish. Change entire trays at least every 5 days, probably more often if you have more than one cat, or as soon as it smells significantly of stale urine. It’s a good idea to check covered trays more regularly as the cover can often mask the smell that would otherwise tell you to change the tray. No need for disinfectant to clean, just a good rinse outside with cold water and some washing up liquid and dry off with paper kitchen towel.