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    Litter Box 101: How to Set Up Your Cat’s Litter Boxes to Prevent Potty Accidents


    In “Litter Box 101: How to Choose the Best Litter Boxes for Your Cats and Why You Need To,” I gave some pointers for choosing the best litter boxes for your cats, but now I’m going to show you how best to set up and maintain your cat’s boxes. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to avoid all sorts of common litter box problems (like wayward peeing and pooping outside the box), and you’ll also be prepared to identify painful or potentially life-threatening conditions.

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    Topics: Litterbox accidents, Going outside the litterbox, Cat litterbox, Cat Litter

    7 Reasons NOT to Toilet Train Your Cat


    If you’ve already read through 101 Essential Tips for Kittens and New Cats: Health & Safety, then you’ll know I’m not a fan of toilet training cats. Don’t confuse this with litter box (a.k.a. potty) training, which is where I am a huge fan. What I'm saying is that training your cat to use an actual toilet is typically not a good idea. 

    Sure, there are a few toilet training kits for cats out there, and no shortage of cute and/or funny videos of cats using a toilet. So it might be tempting, or seem “natural” to teach your cat how to “go” in the toilet. Especially if you don’t want to clean a litter box, you live in a tiny apartment, or just because the thought of a cat perched above the bowl seems oddly entertaining to you.

    Whatever your reasons for wanting to toilet train your cat though, there are quite a few important reasons NOT to toilet train your cat that you really should consider first. 

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    Topics: Cat Tips, Cat litterbox, Potty Training

    7 Ways to Reduce Litter Box Smell (and Messes)


    Your cat is the sweetest, most adoring, cutest love of your life… until they drop a land mine in their litter box that’s toxic enough to clear buildings and send villagers running for the hills.

    “A demon has awoken!” they shout into the night, running for safety and pinching their noses.

    If your cat’s litter boxes are always a little too… ripe… here are some simple tips and tricks to tame the smell.

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    Topics: Going outside the litterbox, Cat litterbox, Does cat litter cause asthma, Is a covered litterbox a good idea, Cat Litter, Potty Training

    Cat Litter & Asthma - Yours & Your Cat's


    If you have asthmatic cats, asthmatic kids, have asthma yourself, or simply have a cat this article is for you.

    Did you know that the type of cat litter you use can have a significant impact on the comfort and safety of those suffering with asthma?

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    Topics: Cat Health, cat health problem, cat health questions, cat health issues, Blog, Litterbox, Cat litterbox, Asthma in cats, Litterbox dust, Sodium bentonite cat litter, FAB, Clay litter dust, Feline allergic bronchitis, Low dust cat litter, Silica gel in cat litter, No-dust cat litter, Does cat litter cause asthma, Recommended cat litter, Silica dust, Is a covered litterbox a good idea, Cat Litter

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