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Is it possible to keep cat litter on balcony during winter (down to -10°C)

The short answer to this is yes, "technically" it's possible to put a litter box on a balcony in winter, but it's not at all realistic and will not work out in any way. You can, after all, put ...
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How best to discipline a kitten?

Punishing him by locking him in a cage is NOT the answer. In fact, punishment when it comes to litter-training issues in general is counterproductive, but locking the poor mite in a cage is just plain ...
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How can I get my cat to stop pooping on my kid's bed?

Your cat is not jealous of the new child. Your cat is stressed out. Most cats like calm, quiet, routine, and for their territory to not be disrupted. Unfortunately, with a new baby, all those things ...
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How can I have a cat without a litter box?

If the idea of cleaning up after a pet disgusts you, then for the sake of the cat, please don't get one. It's not fair to the cat, and it's like saying "I'd love to have a kid, but I don't want to ...
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How clean are pets?

As a cancer patient, your risk may be higher than another person's due to the possibility of being immunocompromised. I would consult with your doctor to get a better assessment as to the risk. ...
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Is it possible to keep cat litter on balcony during winter (down to -10°C)

It is not fair to the cat to demand it does his/her pooping/peeing outside in the cold. What are you going to do if the cat refuses to go outside for its pooping/peeing and does this inside your ...
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How often should a litter box be cleaned?

Rule of thumb: number of litter boxes = number of cats + 1. You should add 1 additional box to the 2 already present, boxes should be cleaned once to twice a day. Cats are clean and therefore like ...
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How can I get my cat to stop pooping on the bed?

I would suggest that you clean the litter box much more regularly than 2 times a week. We clean ours at least twice a day. Imagine flushing your toilet only twice a week - would you want to use it ...
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How do I stop my cat from peeing in her crate?

You shouldn't keep your cat any place for many hour periods without at minimum access to water and the litterbox. One of the ways UTIs can develop is by holding in urine rather than eliminating it, or ...
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Is it okay for a dog to hold their pee during the day until you come home to walk it?

As with most things, this depends on the dog. Elderly dogs, like elderly humans, often need to pee more often and want to drink more often too. This often means they need to urinate more often, and ...
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How can I have a cat without a litter box?

I don't know the last time you dealt with cat litter and litter boxes, but there have been some dramatic advances with both. Clumping litters and crystal litters all but eliminate the smell completely....
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In a multiple cat home, how many litter boxes should you have?

Rule of thumb is n + 1 litter boxes for n cats where n is greater than 1, this ensures a plentiful supply of this particular resource - with cats behaving more as individuals than a co-operative unit (...
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Is my cat pooping on my bed to get attention? How do I get it to stop?

Of course first, you need to take him to the vet to rule out medical issues. The loud meow before defecating could be pain. After you know there is no medical issues, here are some things you could ...
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Should I change litter weekly even if it is hardly used?

If you are using a clumping litter, their usual advice is to sift-and-refill daily, and do a complete replacement monthly to get the bits that escape. I have never been certain about the necessity for ...
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How clean are pets?

Can(I just need a moderate possibility of 3% or so, so as to brand them dirty) a human not allergic to them get moderately sick because of contact with their dirt, mud, dust, hair, saliva, tears, ...
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How can I teach my cat how to properly bury her own poop?

I don't know of a way to teach your cat to bury properly if it doesn't do it already. However, there are things you might try to accommodate it. The first thing I recommend is getting a larger ...
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Toilet Trained Cat... Almost

Breaking litterbox protocol can be an indication that the cat is ill. Assuming you've checked that... (1) Treat all the places she's hit with an enzyme cleaner to neutralize the smell and not ...
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How to stop kitten leaving toys in the litter box?

I think the reason he's doing this is that he's new to your home, and the litter box is the one place that he's sure is his. So naturally he wants to keep his toy there. The problem should go away as ...
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Kitten eating clumping litter

It's not unusual for kittens to chew on litter - especially if teething (as Mick referred to in his comment). Try providing him with easy access to something else to chew on (you can get chewy kitten "...
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Retraining elderly cat to use litter box

Replacing the litter box with one that's easier to get into was a good idea, as was experimenting with different types of litter. For many cats, one of those would have solved the problem. But it ...
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Why does only one of my cats use the 'Litter Robot'?

I got the litter robot too and my cat took a few weeks before using it. It may take some time for the cat to realize it’s a litter box, up to several weeks. Did you leave the litter robot turned off ...
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How do I stop my cat from peeing in her crate?

A cat is not a crate animal. (I also don't believe dogs are crate animals, but that's a different issue.) Yes, it's true cats sleep all the time, but they still have frequent periods of activity, ...
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In a multiple cat home, how many litter boxes should you have?

The popular answer is "One box per cat, plus one extra", but I think it's a bit more complex (or a bit more flexible, depending on how you look at it). You may need more than "cats + 1" boxes if: ...
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How to litter train a cat if both my husband and I work away from home all day?

To directly answer your question, litterbox training a cat that doesn't already naturally take to a litterbox is not easy, and the process can take weeks. However, cats are not like dogs. Many cats ...
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How to litter train a cat if both my husband and I work away from home all day?

Most cats require little to no litter training, as litter boxes are designed to appeal to their instinctive need to bury their waste. As long as the box is of a sufficient size (larger is better than ...
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How clean are pets?

At risk of making a fool of myself... Directly answering the question, pets are dirty. I'm avoiding specifics, you'll find reasons in the other answers. That being said: I myself have had extreme "...
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Kitten stopped using litterbox, how should I correct him?

If it's happening for more than a week, the first thing you should do is take him to a vet. There could be a myriad of problems that would cause inappropriate elimination (doing business in ...
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How do I let my dog know I'm not going to hurt her

One: Forget your mom's advice about dog-training, she seems to have some really outdated information. Now, about the puppy: you need patience now. A LOT of it. That's what puppies often need. Have ...
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Activated charcoal filters + fan for covered litter box?

A few things: You should be careful with covered litter boxes, some cats will decide that they don't like being in a confined space. Adding a fan to this situation could force a cat who is on the ...
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