Cats generally don't enjoy eating and drinking near their litter box. They are such fastidious creatures! If you can afford the space, keep food and water in a separate location from the boxes.
Keep all cat food and water bowls clean! This may seem very obvious, but you would be surprised. Have you ever noticed an orange residue in the bottom or along the sides of your cats' water bowl?
Change your cat's water at least once per day to keep it fresh and clean. I know when pressed for time, it's tempting every once in a while to put fresh food on top of old, crusted-over food. Your donation can save lives of Pets who are facing a health problem.
Keep your litter boxes clean. One way to ensure this is to use quality litter, whether it's clay or clumping (traditional sand or a more natural material like corn or wheat). Ever notice that you could really use a shovel and pick to scoop the box of waste?
It doesn't have to be that way! Using quality litter helps to keep the box clean – if using clumping, you want the waste to clump, instead of it breaking up into small pieces that remain in the box. This will often happen when using a lower quality litter.
I recommend keeping a generous level of litter, especially when using a clumping variety. This will help to remove clumps from the bottom and sides of the box without having to really dig and scrape. There is such good litter out there of every variety – you don't have to spend your valuable time doing a litter box excavation.
Another way to keep your boxes clean is to totally dump the litter out at least once per month for clumping and about once per week for clay, scrub it clean, dry it and start all over.
I guarantee you this will help to keep your boxes clean and so much easier to scoop! I find that when one just keeps adding clean litter to old, the accumulation of dirty litter just sinks to the bottom, adding to your need to pick and dig, because the old, dirty remains just stick to the sides and bottom. And your cat will definitely appreciate the care you put into the maintenance of his box!
Have toys available for your cats. I have met so many people who insist that his/her cat does not play with toys (any toys!) until I pick up an interactive or catnip toy for her enjoyment. I get so much pleasure out of seeing a cat become totally entrenched in play with a new toy – it really doesn't take much!