Tips on Setting Up a Litterbox

One great thing about our feline friends is the fact that they will use litterboxes to do their business. However, setting a litterbox up correctly is a bit more complicated than just pouring litter into the box. A local Mt. Pleasant, SC vet offers tips on designing and maintaining Fluffy’s bathroom in this article.

Keep It Clean

Keep your pet’s litterbox clean by scooping it daily and changing the litter every week. We know, this isn’t the most pleasant task, but it will keep your home looking and smelling better. Consider getting an automated litterbox, or a stackable one, to make the job a little easier.

Choose the Right Size

We know, the litterbox won’t do much for your décor, but choosing one that is too small won’t help matters any. Fluffy should have room to turn around easily when she’s inside the box. If you adopt a kitten, you can start out with a small box, but you’ll need to upgrade as your pet grows.

Avoid Overcrowding

Do you have more than one cat? If so, you’ll need multiple litterboxes. Kitties hate sharing bathrooms! A good rule of thumb is one box per cat, plus at least one extra. Don’t put the boxes side-by-side: your pets may think of them as one big box, and avoid them.

Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right spot is also very important. It may seem logical to put all of your cat’s things in one area, but putting the litterbox near Fluffy’s food is a definite no-no. If the food and litterbox absolutely must be in the same room, put them as far away from one another as possible. Try to put the box in a quiet spot. Just like people, cats like privacy in the bathroom! Fluffy’s powder room should also be in a place that is easily accessible, and not too hot or too cold.


Cats can be a bit purrticular about litter. Make sure to use enough litter. (We recommend that litter be at least 3-5 inches deep, at a minimum.) Also, keep in mind that some kitties have specific preferences for litter. Pay attention to your pet’s litterbox habits, and try to avoid choosing brands she doesn’t like.

Please contact us, your Mt. Pleasant, SC vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We’re here to help!