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    The Best Litter Boxes for Cats


     A litter box is probably the first thing you consider buying when you adopt a cat. And for good reason! You don’t have the luxury of taking your cat on a walk (at least not yet), and chances are you’ve abandoned newspapers long ago.

    But, despite the litter box being at the top of the shopping list for cats, very few people, including myself, ever put much thought into what type to buy. However, for me that recently changed, leading me to the find the best litter boxes for any cat or situation. Read on to find out what makes these litter boxes "heads and tails" above the rest, the best way to limit cat litter from being tracked all over the house, and the best way to dispose of your cat's deposits!

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Stop cat spraying, Litterbox

    Inappropriate Elimination in Cats: Why it happens and how to prevent it


    One of the most common complaints people have about cats is problems with eliminating (urinating or defecating) outside of the litter box. In one study, 57% of cats referred to a veterinary behaviorist were referred for this problem.1  In another study, roughly 1 in 4 cats surrendered to a shelter had a history of daily or weekly elimination outside the litter box.2 And a third study showed 9% of cats showing this behavior within three months of adoption.3
     
    While it is one of the most common issues cat owners face, it is also one of the most frustrating, and is one of the reasons there are countless numbers of cats now in animal shelters across the country. Many cat owners feel there is nothing they can do about the problem, but that isn’t the case. Making a few environmental changes can improve or even solve the problem and make everyone in the household much happier.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Urine marking, Cat marking territory, Urine marking in cats, How to stop cat from spraying, Cat marking in house, Stop a cat from spraying, Stop cat spraying, Female cat spraying, Cat behavior problems, Cat spraying, Cat Tips

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