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Litter 101

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Tidy knows it’s important for cat owners to understand kitty’s litter box likes and dislikes. Read on for basic litter tips that will make your cat happy.

1. What kind of box should I buy?

The style is up to kitty’s personality. A hooded version works well for cats who crave privacy, but it can leave others feeling boxed in. And take it from Tidy—you don’t want the litter (or its contents) to fly overboard, so go with a box with enough room for your cat to move around in. If you have a kitten, choose a box she can get into—and grow into—easily. Got a kitten? Tidy knows how to train her.

2. How many boxes do I need?

Simple math: one box per cat, plus one additional box. So, one cat, two boxes. Two cats, three boxes. You get the picture. Considering multiple cats? Check out Tidy’s Tips for introducing a new kitty to your current cat.

3. Where should I put the litter box?

Potty time is a private affair for most cats (phew!), so pick a quiet place that’s free of chaos and obstacles. And make it easy on kitty—keep a box on every level of your home. Litter box placement is just the start; discover other ways to make your cat feel at home.

4. How much litter goes in there?

Tidy wants your cat to dig it. Definitely check the package for specifics, but about two to three inches for non-clumping and three to four inches of Tidy clumping litter will do the trick. Learn about Tidy’s LightWeight litter.

5. How do I keep the box clean?

Tidy likes clean. Kitty likes clean. It’s a beautiful thing. So be sure to scoop waste daily and change the litter at least as often as the package suggests.

Change the litter at least as often as the package suggests. Bag the old litter and toss in the trash—don’t flush (even flushable types can wreak havoc on your plumbing), and don’t use as fertilizer (it’ll attract flies and other cats). Get the full story on the Dos and Don’ts of cat litter.

6. How do I transition to Tidy Cats Lightweight?

Some would say cats are picky. Tidy likes to think of them as having high standards. So keep this in mind when switching to Tidy Cats LightWeight.

Start with 2/3 old litter and 1/3 Tidy Cats LightWeight, increasing the LightWeight litter over time so kitty can get used to it. By the time her litter box is 100% LightWeight, she’ll probably think the whole thing was her idea.

Tidy Cats LightWeight is easy to lift, but each jug is filled with the same amount of litter as traditional Tidy.

Tips to Make the Switch to Tidy Cats Lightweight: