After your cat uses the cat litter box for a while, the litter box gets dirty, so you want to change to a new litter box . . . but sometimes cats stop using a litter box or make a mess outside of the box after you change to a new litter box.
In this post, I’ll tell you how to change the litter box without giving cats stress.
Don’t change suddenly !
When you buy a new litter box for your kitty, you may want him/her to use it immediately, but it’s not a good idea. Cats can be cautious about a litter box which doesn’t smell their own smell. Also, if you plan to change a litter box without hood to a hooded litter box, your cat might be scared of using the box.
It’s important for you to introduce your kitty to the new litter box properly.
How to change a litter box
Mix the old litter sand
Cats are territorial animals and feel at ease their own smell.
When you place a new litter box for a first time, mix the litter sand that smells your kitty’s pee and poo from the original litter box.
Keep the original litter box for a while
Place the new litter box next to the original one. By doing this, your cat can use either litter box, and your cat can change to the new litter box without stress.
If you are changing the litter box without hood to the hooded one, remove the hood from the litter box for a few days till your cat gets used to the new litter box.
Get rid of the original litter box
Don’t force your cat to use the new litter box even though he/she is not quite using it. It gives your cat stress and makes him/her unwilling to use the litter box. After your cat gets used to the new litterbox completely, you can get rid of the old one.
Make your cat comfortable environment
Cats are territorial and sensitive, and they don’t like change. Changing the cat litter box is a big event for your cat more than you think. When you have a plan to change your kitty’s litter box, introduce him/he to the new one properly and gradually.