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How to Make Your Litter Box Inviting for Your Cat

Is your cat urinating everywhere but the litter box? There may be a reason why. Here are some tips to try at home to give your cat the best chance to use the litter box every time.

First thing, are your litter boxes in appropriate areas of your house? Your litter boxes need to be spread out throughout the house that includes every level in your house. The litter boxes should be in a quiet, private area where your cat will feel safe. Avoid a noisy furnace, washer or dryer or a central vacuum unit because loud noises will scare your cat and they will not want to use their litterbox. The second thing, do you have the appropriate number of litter boxes in your house? The gold standard is one litter box per cat plus 1. This means if you have two cats in your house you will need a minimum of 3 litter boxes.

It may not seem like the type of litter box you have is important, but it is. Size and style can make a big difference. A large, uncovered rectangle litter box is usually the best and makes sure the sides of the box aren’t too high for older cats that might have arthritis. A covered litter box is sometimes appealing to an owner to keep the smell down. However, cats do not like to be in a covered area. The smell for them is overpowering, and they don’t like to be in something they can’t see all around for a quick escape. The type of litter you use could mean the difference of your cat wanting to use the litter box or not. A high quality, unscented clumping litter, works the best. Most of the fancy silica, paper, wheat, scented, or lightweight litters are not appealing to cats, and sometimes the wood pellets are good enough if they are cleaned out regularly. The last thing to remember is to clean your litter box every day at a minimum and if possible scoop every time you hear your cat come out of the litter box.

Give these few simple changes a try, and hopefully, you will see a difference. If your cat continues to urinate outside the litter box, there could be a medical reason. Therefore it is important to contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital if these changes do not help.

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Updated October 20, 2020

Dear Clients,

With the cold weather approaching, effective Monday, October 26th, we will be adjusting our policies to better serve you.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. You will be required to wear a mask and use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  5. Your order will be ready on a table with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up from the table on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items. To maintain appropriate distance, a maximum of 2 clients will be allowed in the building at a time to purchase items.

5. CHANGES TO OUR SATURDAY POLICY

We understand how important Saturday hospital hours are for our clients. Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital appreciates the dedication of our clients during this difficult time and we will continue to be open and available on Saturdays. However, due to the limited staff and the extra time required for proper sanitization between patients, we are not allowing clients to be present with their pet for the examination. This will allow us to continue to provide the high standard of care to our patients. Thank you for understanding.

6. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

7. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

8. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

9. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members!

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital