|Purred: Fri Dec 17, '10 10:05pm PST |
|1) If 3 cats are sharing 1 litter box - that is not enough litter boxes. Ideally you should have one per cat plus one extra. I know that's not always possible. I have 3 cats and 2 jumbo size litter boxes. If you can add at least one more box, that will help.
2) I've tries several brands of litter over the years. The one my cats and I are happiest with is Dr. Elsy's Precious Cat Ultra for multiple cats. It's low dust, clumps hard, controls odors well, and is only about $16 for a big 40 pound bag. It's available at PetSmart.
3) Cleaning the box with diluted bleach is fine. Boxes should ideally be completely dumped and thoroughly cleaned at least once a month and refilled with fresh, new litter.
4) Encouraging water intake might help with the urine smell. Less concentrated urine will not smell quite so strong. Make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water available at all times. If you can afford it, a water fountain is great. Most cats do not drink enough. In the wild, cats get most of their water from their prey and do not have a strong thirst drive. You can also add extra water to canned food to increase water intake.
5) Not sure what brand of food you feed, but often times upgrading to a premium brand food can help reduce feces odor and (to a lesser extend, urine odor as well).
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