To encourage good potty habits and make things nicer for your cat and you, here are some things cats would like you to know about their litter boxes:

Keep a separate litter box for every cat you have; cats like their own personal place to potty. Place the box in a quiet area. If your kitty is particularly modest, a covered litter box may also be helpful.

Cats are neat freaks. Maintain your kitty’s litter box by cleaning out clumps and droppings daily. Once you find the litter brand your cat likes, stick to it. Don’t use disinfectants and bleach to clean the litter box. Some disinfectants are toxic to cats, so it’s best to only use hot water and detergent.

Most felines master using the litter box by the time they’re 12 weeks old. However, change in their routine, may cause them to backslide for a little while.

If kitty has an accident outside of the box, clean it with an enzymatic odor neutralizer so your cat won’t be tempted to keep marking the spot.

If your kitten or cat won’t use the litter box provided, you may need to make them more appealing. Consider switching to another type of litter, providing litter boxes with lower sides, adding or removing covers to the boxes, moving them to quieter areas, discontinuing the use of deodorants, or cleaning them more frequently. Some cat will stop using the litter boxes when they have a urinary infection, so a visit to your veterinarian may also be necessary.