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    Litter Box 101: How to Choose the Best Litter Boxes for Your Cats and Why You Need To


    When you first get a cat, your next stop is usually the pet store for kitty supplies. A litter box is always at the top of that list, but few people give much thought to the box itself. 

    Looking at them, you might think that any one box is about the same as any other. However not all litter boxes are created equal; more to the point, not all litter boxes are created equal for all cats.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Litter Box, Litterbox accidents, Going outside the litterbox, Recommended cat litter, Is a covered litterbox a good idea

    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 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

    How Cats Eating Crayons Can Save You Time, Frustration, and Money


    Whose poop is this anyway...

    One of the more frustrating things that cats can do in a home is defecating outside of their litterbox—not just directly next to it, but sometimes in a completely separate room. And especially if it's diarrhea they're having!

    This frustration for pet owners is understandable, but it’s important to recognize that such activity can have several potential underlying reasons—which rarely, if ever, include “spiting you.”

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, cat health questions, cat health issues, Blog, Litterbox accidents, Crayon Shavings, Arthritis in cats, Cats and crayons, Litterbox, Going outside the litterbox, Multi-cat household

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