Does your cat approve of her current environment 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, and toys. 

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: 

  • Wide enough for your cat to turn around completely and comfortably
  • 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 
  • On the ground and easy to access, especially for older cats who may be arthritic. You may even need to create an entrance that your cat can walk straight into. 
  • One on each level of the house and in different rooms 
  • In an area that is off limits to dogs and children who might disturb your cat while toileting

Three litter boxes in the basement really only counts as one! One cat can block access to all three or loud noises or other pets/children might make the one area undesirable for your cat. Give her many options to choose from. 

Change is stressful. Always remember to make change an option and don't make too many changes at one time.

For example, when changing foods, place the new food in a bowl next to the old food. Over a period of several days, begins to increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of the old food. The process may take a week or more to complete. 

MORE Resources: 

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

OSU's Indoor Pet Initiative 

Food Puzzles for Cats