Does your cat approve of her current Home set-up?

Read on to learn about how to set-up your cat's dream home!

The "n + 1" rule. 

You should have one more resource than the number of cats you have. This applies to litter boxes, preferred resting spaces, vertical perches, food, water bowls, toys and anything else your cat needs or likes.  

Check out this video to learn if your cats are friends or foes. If they aren't friends it is even more important to use the n+1 rule in your household. 

What is the ideal litter box set-up?

The ideal litter box for most cats is something like this: 

  • Big enough for your cat to turn around completely and comfortably (concrete mixing containers, kiddie pools and sand boxes, and flat bottomed clear storage bins make great litter boxes!)
  • Uncovered - lids can trap in unpleasant odors and gasses 
  • Filled deeply with litter so that your cat never gets to the bottom when preparing a toileting spot or covering it up 
  • Filled with unscented, clumping litter 
  • Scooped at least once a day and completely changed and cleaned weekly (only mild soap and water, no harsh or fragrant cleaners!)
  • On the ground and easy to access, especially for older cats who may be arthritic. You may even need to create (cut out) an entrance that your cat can walk straight into without having to step over. 
  • One on each level of the house and in different rooms 
  • Far away from food and water
  • In an area that is off limits to dogs and children who might disturb your cat while toileting
 
Multi-Purpose Mixing Tray
 

Three litter boxes in the basement really only counts as one! One cat can block access to all three or loud noises, other pets, or children might make a certain litter box unaccessible and scary. Give your cat many options to choose from so that going to the box always feels safe and easy.  

For more litter box details, click here!

Change is stressful.

Always remember to present changes as options (never forced) and don't make too many changes at one time.

For example, when switching from free-feeding from a bowl to puzzle toys, keep the bowl and kibble exactly as it is but also add a puzzle toy. Over a period of several days to weeks, begin to increase the amount of food in the puzzles and decrease the amount food placed in the bowls. The process may take a couple months to complete. Ensuring that your cat is eating should always be the priority!

MORE Resources: 

Here is a list of wonderful websites to help you learn more about creating your cat's dream home. 

Fundamentally Feline

OSU's Indoor Pet Initiative 

Food Puzzles for Cats

International Cat Care

Feliway's Interactive Cat Friendly Home App

The Cat Community

Fear Free Happy Homes