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The Litter Box



The Litter Box
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 2 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.1

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    indoors, automatic, container, sensor, pregnant, indoor, need, place, kinds, that, cats, scrubbed, change, woman, refuse, live


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The Litter Box
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Cats that live indoors need a place to go to the bathroom. Indoor cats need litter boxes. Litter boxes need to be kept clean or cats won't use them. Also, a dirty litter box can make your house smell bad.
 
2     A kitten needs to be trained on where the litter box is. A cat wants to be clean and will learn to use a litter box quickly. Pick your cat up often and take it to the litter box. Set the animal gently into it. If your animal goes the bathroom where it shouldn't, take it to the litter box and set the cat into it. Your cat should learn quickly that this is where it is supposed to go to the bathroom.
 
3     If you live in a two-story house, you should have a litter box on each floor. A cat should have a litter box that is big enough for it to turn around in. If the litter box is too small, the cat may refuse to use it.
 
4     There are other times that a cat may refuse to use a litter box. Moving the box around can make a cat refuse to use it. Try to keep the litter box in one place after the cat has learned where it is.
 
5     Changes in the cat's life can also make it refuse the litter box. If you have moved recently or a new pet has come to live in the house, this can upset the cat. Also, having to share a litter box can upset the cat. Try to have one litter box for each cat in the house.

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