A good quality litter box also makes a great and practical gift, especially for those of your friends who have recently adopted a kitten or a cat.
Luckily, there are many types of litter boxes in the pet market to choose from.
Don't fret. Here are some ideas to help you pick the most suitable litter box for your kitty or your friends’ kitties.
Litter boxes come in different sizes. Make sure that you cat fits inside the litter box, especially if you're buying a covered litter box. An adult cat should be able to move around inside the litter box comfortably.
If color is important to you, pet stores provide you with litter pans and boxes of different colors: from neutral shades to the brightest tones. You will certainly find one that matches your home décor.
Do you have multiple cats?
In this case, you’ll likely need more than one litter box. Cats are territorial by nature, and just having one litter box might create a problem.
It is recommended that you have the same number of boxes as you have cats.
Of course, there are exemptions to the rule. For instance, I have two cats and just one litter box. They get along just fine.
Hood or No Hood?
For my cats I prefer hooded litter boxes. Some people do favor un-covered litter pans, especially for kittens, as they afford the opportunity for potty training. As your cat grows older you might decide to get a cover or tent for the cat litter pan.
Which type of litter box is best?
Cat litter Pans: Un-covered litter pans are a great idea if you have a kitten or an older cat since they are more accessible. However, many cats prefer privacy. So… if you decide to get a litter pan, make sure to provide your cat with some privacy by putting the litter pan in a low traffic, quiet area. Keep in mind that this option can be a little messier because the litter is not contained.
Covered Litter Boxes: These are my favorite option. Covered cat litter boxes provide your cats with privacy. Plus, most of these types of kitty litter boxes come with filters to help reduce odor. Do remember to clean the litter box daily.
Self-cleaning, automatic litter boxes: An automatic litter box is the perfect option if you want to eliminate the hassle of daily cleaning. Even though they might be pricier than regular litter boxes, they are worth it.
Where to put the cat litter box?
Okay, you have seen and compared many cat litter boxes... You have finally picked the best cat litter box for your kitty. Now, where is the best place to put it?
Good question. As I said before, cats like privacy. Therefore, you need to place the litter box in a quiet spot with low foot traffic.
However, make sure that the spot you choose is accessible to your cat. I know people who have placed the litter box in their bathroom or in their basements, making it hard for cats to reach the litter box.
Again, wherever you put the litter box, make sure it is a safe and accessible spot for your cat.
The ideal place should be: somewhat secluded yet easily accessible.
Litter carpets and mats: These are great to keep the litter box area and floor clean.
Litter liners: These will help you keep the litter pan cleaner. However, some cats don't like liners. See what works in your case. Pan Liners for Booda Dome Clean Step Litter Box are a great choice.
Scoops and Carbon Filters: These are a must! Make sure you replace them on a regular basis.
...to clean the litter box every day and replace the litter on a regular basis. Cats are very clean animals and will refuse to use a dirty litter box. In addition, a clean cat litter box is essential for your cat's health and well-being.
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