Kitty litter boxes are a must! Especially when you have an indoor cat. Sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge to find the perfect litter box. There’s the size, style, and function. Not to mention whether your cat will like the one you chose- and actually use it!
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LITTER BOX
The first thing you need to do before you search for a litter box is to decide on where you are going to put it. Some place where visitors will not see it is best, particularly if the smell is a concern. You could place it in a hidden litter box (described below), in a small closet, a spare room or laundry room.
Next, think about the kind of cat you have, or if you have multiple cats that will be using it. If your cat or cats have used a litter box before, what kind of box was used? Was it an open box or did it have a lid? Did your cat use the box regularly or did your cat have occasional accidents? If your cat had accidents when a litter box was available, you may need to rethink the type of box you used. For example, some cats do not feel comfortable using a litter box that has a lid. They can feel trapped, which leads to the accidents. However if your cat is fine with covered litter boxes or has never tried one, covered boxes can be a great way to conceal the litter and smell.
If you have multiple cats, remember some cats are territorial and may prefer to have their own litter boxes. It is not uncommon, for a household with multiple cats, to have multiple litter boxes.
TYPES OF LITTER BOXES
There are numerous litter boxes available, such as simple and uncovered, covered, self-cleaning, and the most favorable, hidden kitty litter boxes. Each litter box available has a different style and design to it.
SIMPLE LITTER BOXES
The most simple and inexpensive litter box is a plastic, rectangular box. It is easy for the cat to step into and do its business. Just pour the kitty litter in the box and it is ready to use. Easy to clean and maintain.
There is nothing covering the box, so litter or sprays may escape. A mat is useful to catch excess litter. It is difficult to contain the smell.
COVERED LITTER BOXES
Notable covered litter boxes: ModKat Litter Box (shown here), Moderna Flip Top Enclosed Cat Litter Box, Booda Dome Cleanstep Cat Box, Van Ness Enclosed Sifting Cat Pan, and Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox.
These boxes are covered and usually have a filter on the top of it. They sometimes have a push through door, which may be difficult for cats to use. However, the door is removable. Smells and litter debris are more contained than in the simple boxes.
Some cats do not feel comfortable using a covered litter box, so it may take time for your cat to get used to it. You can try having the lid off at first and then put the lid on. See how your cat reacts. Pheromones are a great way to calm your cat and it may help with the transition.
SELF-CLEANING LITTER BOXES
The Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box, ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box, and the Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box are great self-cleaning litter boxes.
These litter boxes actually clean themselves! Most dissolve the liquids, rake the wastes, and dispose them into a tray attached to the litter box. Self-cleaning boxes clean after the cat uses the box. All you have to do is remove and dump the wastes from the tray. Great for reducing odors and no touching or scooping of the wastes yourself! Also, the recommended tray removal is a week.
Set up is more complex, still easy, but there are most steps than just pouring in the kitty litter. The tray has to be replaced after it has been used up (may take less than a week depending on the health of your cat), so it can become expensive.
HIDDEN LITTER BOXES
Hidden litter boxes have become a new craze. There are many ways to hide litter boxes, especially since companies have begun to develop more attractive ways to store a litter box. There are boxes hidden in end tables, bathroom cabinets, plants, and more! The smell is reduced because it is hidden and usually has a cover. Litter debris is also reduced from the cover.
Great for concealing litter boxes from company. Guests might not even notice what they are looking at is actually for the cat, yet alone for the cat’s waste products!
While they may be attractive, they are more expensive than other litter boxes. Most do not provide a self-cleaning function.
Now that you have learned about the different kinds of litter boxes, it is time for you to choose which one is great for you. Have fun deciding on the style, color, and type of cat litter box! Also, don’t forget to learn about some kitty litter accessories and tools for clean and odorless litter areas.