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Litter Box

Placement – The litter box should be in an area that allows some degree of privacy, but not be so out of the way that the cat has difficulty accessing it. Don’t keep litter boxes in the laundry room because the noise of the appliances and the smell of the laundry products may be aversive to your cat. If you live in a multi-floor home, you should have at least one box per level. If you have multiple cats, place the boxes in several different locations to prevent one cat from guarding them. Many cats like to scratch around in the box during elimination, so you might want to place a mat or towel underneath it.
Maintenance – Scoop solids daily and clean the box at least once a week using a mild soap and water combination. Cats do not like an overfull box, so keep the level at less than two inches for maximum appeal. For long-haired cats, usually just an inch will do.
Odor Control – Cats can be sensitive to strong odors, so cleaning products and bleach may turn them off. For the same reason, scented litter is not recommended. Even an air freshener or deodorizer near the box can be a problem for your cat. A simple layer of baking soda spread under the litter in the box will control odors and keep the box kitty-friendly.

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