How Your Cat’s Litter Box Could Be Affecting You

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To cut down on the pebbles that can stick to your cat’s paws and get all over the floor, set the litter box on a mat made for this purpose. Some are made from easy-to-clean, waterproof plastic. Others look like a sand sifter. As your cat exits the toilet area, any clay on the feet drops down inside the tray.

You might be tempted to use a litter box liner to cut down on cleaning time. Some liners have holes in them. You insert the entire package of liners in the box. Then, you remove one at a time, sifting out the clean litter as you pull it off. Other liners just work like garbage bags. They prevent the inside of the pan from getting dirty, reducing the need to wash it with soap and water when you replace the litter. However, cats like to bury their poop, and as they scratch away at the litter, they can shred the liners to bits.

Should you use more litter to keep the box cleaner? Some cats won’t use the box if the litter is too deep. Using lots of material won’t keep the pan any cleaner, either. If your cat isn’t using its toilet pan but doesn’t have a medical problem, try changing up the amount of litter you’re using to see if that’s the culprit.

Preventing Health Problems

According to Catster, you can keep an eye on your cat’s well-being by checking its rear end and the stuff that comes out of it. If you’re maintaining a clean litter pan, you’re more likely to notice when something has changed. Wear gloves and a mask when cleaning the litter box so that you don’t inhale the dust or get germs under your fingernails. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after handling the litter. You don’t have to worry so much about your cat transferring these health conditions to you just by snuggling. The parasites and bacteria that linger in dirty litter don’t tend to hang out on the cat’s fur.

Learn More About How to Care for Your Feline at PetPlace

If you have any questions about your cat’s health or want additional advice on providing optimal care for him, then be sure to contact us today. We value the happiness and well-being of your feline just as much as you do, and we’d be happy to set you up with any additional resources or counsel that you need. And remember, if your cat begins to experience a health problem or medical emergency, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Safety first!


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