Tips for Good Litter Box Cleaning

Cats like clean litter boxes.

Cats are finicky creatures. If they aren't happy with the cleanliness of their litter box, they can quickly develop an aversion to it. This often leads to inappropriate urination, or urinating outside of the litter box. Here are some tips for good litter box hygiene.

Warning!! Pregnant women should not clean litter boxes due to the danger of toxoplasmosis infection. Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that cats can spread thorough egg spores in their feces. Toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects in humans. Daily scooping and disposing of litter helps to decrease the risk of becoming infected by Toxoplasma gondii because the spores require incubation for several days before they reach an infective state. If a pregnant woman must clean the litter box, it is imperative that she does it every day, wears disposable gloves, and washes her hands thoroughly afterwards. The threat of contracting toxoplasmosis is also present when women are gardening (outdoor cats love to use gardening beds as litter boxes) or consuming undercooked meat. Pregnant women should wear gloves while gardening and eat only well-cooked meat.

If your cat is urinating outside of the litter box, the first thing you should do is visit the veterinarian to rule out a medical cause.

To learn more about inappropriate urination in cats, its causes, and solutions, take a look at this article.

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