Our Blog

April 2018
18: Congratulations friends of dogs and cats everywhere!
March 2018
28: Good Friday 2018
February 2018
28: Parasite Prevention
15: Family Day 2018
January 2018
11: Dental disease is a real and serious issue
December 2017
05: Holiday Closures 2017
November 2017
01: Thank you for your support in the 2017 October Farley Foundation Fundraiser!
October 2017
03: Prizes and pie for our annual Farley Foundation Fundraiser!
September 2017
13: Keetah's Story
11: September is Cancer Awareness Month
August 2017
28: Labour Day 2017
10: What's that smell?!
July 2017
27: Clicker Training
24: Our Commitment to a Low Stress Environment
13: The threat of rabies in southwestern Ontario
07: Wildlife in the city
June 2017
21: Lyme Disease
March 2017
06: The Value Of Education
January 2017
17: 33 years of practice, the changes I have witnessed
December 2016
20: Holiday Closures
November 2016
28: 2016's October Farley Foundation Fundraiser was a huge success!
September 2016
20: Cajun's story
01: September is Cancer Awareness Month
July 2016
21: Cat Carriers
June 2016
29: Dog Park Etiquette
May 2016
31: Heartworm Q & A
12: Tick Troubles
March 2016
10: Anticipated tick bloom
February 2016
22: Introduction to TCVM – Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
January 2016
14: The difference dental care can make
December 2015
30: Raccoon Rabies reported in Hamilton, Ontario
08: Understanding Aging
November 2015
25: Our new, state of the art, Ultrasound machine
October 2015
09: Fun and Delicious Fundraising for the Farley Foundation
September 2015
23: Cancer Awareness Month: Texas' Story
14: September is Cancer Awareness Month
July 2015
28: Exciting news for our hospital!
June 2015
11: Mosquito Prevention
May 2015
08: Heartworm cases
April 2015
24: Changing your pet's food
March 2015
01: Veterinary Technician Specialties in Dentistry!
January 2015
13: January and February are Dental Education Months!
December 2014
18: The Internet at its Best
November 2014
28: Westbridge's Change of Hours
October 2014
07: October is Farley Month - Spa Day's, Paw Prints and Pies!
September 2014
22: Cancer Awareness Month - Ruby's Story
20: September is Cancer Awareness Month!
02: Ways to a Happy, Healthier Pet
July 2014
03: A New Way to Save Your Pet's Teeth!
June 2014
26: Veterinary Dentistry in San Diego!
March 2014
20: Happy Smiles
January 2014
22: The 15 Steps to Your Pet's Dental Cleaning!
15: January and February are Dental Months, and We Have a Contest to Celebrate!
09: Baby Teeth in Puppies and Kittens
06: An Update on Dr. Hylands
December 2013
27: Dentistry in New Orleans!
17: Wishing Dr. Hylands a Safe and Uneventful Recovery
13: The Holidays are Here!
04: A Potential Mandible Fracture - A Tale on Missing Teeth
October 2013
10: Fundraising for Farley
July 2013
11: Tried and True, For Humans Too!
June 2013
20: Therapeutic Laser's Beneficial Effects on Arthritis
12: Pet Education Day and Open House a Huge Success!
May 2013
25: 5th Annual Pet Education Day and Open House!
April 2013
29: We've Brought 'Light' into our Clinic!
March 2013
10: We're Constantly Learning!
February 2013
21: Small Dogs Require Big Dental Care!
08: Missing Teeth in Your Pets - Should You Be Worried?
January 2013
13: Periodontal (Dental) Disease in our Pets
December 2012
19: Senior Month - It's Not Just Old Age!
04: Senior Month - A Focus on Kidney Disease
November 2012
15: Farley Month a Huge Success!
October 2012
27: Possessive Aggression in our Dogs
22: Thinking of Breeding Your Dog? Here Are Some Things To Consider First
03: October is Farley Month!
September 2012
20: Litter Boxes - Everyone's Favourite Task!
August 2012
14: Exercising Your Pets in the Summer - Heat Stroke
June 2012
28: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasound Case Study
21: A Heartfelt "Thank You" for Attending our Pet Education Carnival!
19: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasonography
May 2012
23: A Logical Approach to Unwanted Barking
07: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use in Companion Animals
April 2012
21: Wellness Examinations Help to Maintain Your Pets Health
10: OVC Pet Trust Animal Cancer Centre Needs Your Help!
01: Heartworm Disease in Ontario
March 2012
19: A Dedication to a Great Man and an Dedicated Veterinarian
February 2012
06: Why Anesthesia-Free Dental Care is Wrong, Cruel, and Medically Inappropriate
January 2012
16: The Why's and What's of Dental X-ray
09: Cats Are a Unique Species, with Unique Dental Disease
05: Six Easy Steps to Brushing your Pets Teeth!
02: Dental Awareness Months!
December 2011
21: Chocolate... Good for you?
November 2011
11: Farley Month was a Huge Success!

Litter Boxes - Everyone's Favourite Task!

Posted: 2012-09-20

Cat exits his fancy litter box!Litter box hygiene is one of the most crucial factors in maintaining the health and well-being of our feline friends. Cats are meticulously clean animals, or at least they try to be, and poor little box cleaning habits on our part can negatively affect their lives. Below are some tips to allow your cat to have a happy elimination, every time!

  1. Litter Box Number
    As a general rule, you should have two litter boxes for the first cat in your home, and an additional one for each thereafter, so follow the golden rule of “one litter box per cat, plus one! Cats generally do not like to share territory, and therefore prefer their own place to eliminate and mark territory. Furthermore, litterboxes should be available on all levels of a house that your cats occupy frequently. Cats can get lazy, too, and no one wants to walk up or down a flight of stairs to use the washroom!
  2. Shielded Litter Boxes
    No one likes to look at the contents of a litter box, or have litter flung across our floors. Litter stuck to the bottom of your socks is a curse that affects us all! Covered or shielded litter boxes can offer a solution to both problems, however potentially at the cost of your cats nose. Shielded boxes can trap in odors, so it is particularly important for these boxes that they be cleaned very regularly. If you’re going to use a shielded box, ensure that your cat can comfortably stand up inside.
  3. Litter Box Size
    If given the choice, cats prefer a larger litter box, and one that is uncovered as mentioned above. Your cat should be able to comfortably turn around and maneuver without coming in contact with the sides. Remember that kittens will prefer a box with lower sides to facilitate entry and exit, as do some geriatric cats. Arthritis that comes with aging may make getting in and out of the litter box difficult and cause pain and discomfort, making them avoid using it.
  4. Litter Type
    Being an essential part of cat ownership, many companies have jumped on the opportunity of creating their own brand of cat litter, frequently adding scents to combat the odor of uncleaned litter. Research has been done to determine what cats prefer, which have suggested that a finer grained, unscented litter is ideal.

    Sticking to these basic concepts can greatly contribute to a happy cat. Cats are creatures of habit, and have a tendency to avoid things that they have associated with a negative experience. Following the above recommendations can help to prevent inappropriat elimination around the house, and can provide your cats with a more suitable place to mark their territory.


This blog entry was written by Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, an animal clinic in Mississauga dedicated to providing high quality, modern veterinary care to our beloved pets and their families.

Bookmark and Share