It SmellsIf you can smell your cat’s litter box, it’s not clean enough. I’m not talking about smelling whatever piney or powdery scent accompanies the cat litter itself. I’m talking about your cat’s waste. I know, it’s no one’s preferred topic of conversation – but your official title as a cat parent is Cat Servant, so you get to deal with poop.
Here’s the thing: cats have 200 million scent receptors, and can smell easily 14 times better than we can. You think that faint smell of ammonia or buried poo is annoying? To your cat, they’re sitting right next to a filthy portable toilet at high noon in the summer. It’s offensively disgusting, nevermind the fact that it came out of their own bodies. (Our grey tabby Daenerys – who came by the kittenhood nickname of Stinky Dany quite honestly – looks so offended after she uses the litter to go number two. It’s downright comical.)
It’s Not Being UsedAnother super-obvious tell that your cat’s litter box isn’t clean enough: they’re not using it. If you don’t scoop the litter box often enough you may risk your cat deciding to avoid it altogether. Which means you get to kiss your security deposit and/or carpets goodbye as the rest of your home becomes your cat’s new preferred bathroom.
Of course, if you do regularly and fastidiously clean their boxes, there are other possible reasons for their avoidance. Other situations that may drive your cats out of their litter box include your kitty not liking the brand of litter you use, certain types of illness, or your cat being bullied by their fellow felines when trying to use it. Our enormous orange tabby Tiger Jack had a bout of cystitis this summer, which meant that urinating was painful for him. He started associating the pain with the litter box and trying to pee in other places until treatment kicked in.
A Self Cleaning OptionIf the idea of proper cat box maintenance makes you tired, there’s a fix for that! The Petree is a full-sized cat box that flushes and cleans itself. It uses dust-free Washable Granules that never need changing, so you don’t have to constantly buy and throw away litter by the pound. Petree Litter Box is a professional brand of Automatic Self Cleaning Litter Box. Petree is the highest-rated, automatic, self-cleaning litter box for cats. It can greatly simplify the management of your kitty’s bathroom habits, saving you time and effort from daily scooping. Plus, the fresh scent will leave both you and your cat purring. The Petree is also effective in households with up to 3-4 cats, meaning even large cat families can benefit from the self-cleaning features. It’s a great choice if you’re ready to level up your cat box game.
If your cat isn’t using their litter box, don’t despair! Make sure it’s clean enough, then check for other issues that might be affecting their behavior.