Tips & tricks

In collaboration with Cat Educator, Intersand®’s cat experts would like to offer a few tips and tricks for new “parents” of cats, cat lovers and anyone who’s considering a feline addition to the family.

Cleanliness: the most important factor

This is the main reason why cats don’t use their litter box, after medical causes. Science has proved that cats prefer to use clean litter. A single need in a litter box can persuade the cat not using it until it is cleaned.

Separate their needs

As proof, how many times does your cat jump in the litter a second after you’ve cleaned it? “Some cats may even decide not to urinate in the same litter where they do their stools,” adds Daniel Filion, president of Éduchateur. “That’s why often cats separate their needs in the litter box, with urine on one side and stools on the opposite side, trying to keep the center clean.”

When it’s not possible, they will often try to find a clean place inside the litter box. It is very rare to find two different needs next to each other in a litter box. If the cat can’t find a clean spot to his liking, he may decide to go somewhere else in the house and it’s often where the problems of improper disposal begin. However, you must know that each cat has its own tolerance in the matter. If for some, a clean 30 square centimeters is enough, for others it is the complete litter box that must be clean at all times. In addition, this tolerance may vary depending on several factors such as age, environment, what the cat lives and what happens in the house.

Prioritize high-quality litter

However, the cleanliness of the litter remains the most important factor. This is also why it is said that the type of litter used is essential because poor quality litter often results in litter that gets dirty more quickly. Therefore, we recommend a daily cleaning for one cat and twice a day for 2 cats or more. Cleanliness is the aspect that will influence several other tips like the size of the bin and the number of bins available for cats.