Just like all cats are different, all litter boxes are different too, and some are better than others. Keep reading for help choosing the best litter box.
Not sure what's the best litter box to buy? We get it.
With so many sizes, colors, and shapes, it can get a bit overwhelming—(what if your cat doesn't like it?). Which is why we created this article for you.
In it, you'll know what options are out there. And which ones are the best for your cat (or cats!).
Read on to find out everything you need to know.
But first, why is it necessary to pick the best litter box?
Did you know that "house soiling" is one of the top problems owners have with their cats? (Sadly, it's also a reason why some cats are put in shelters.)
Some chalk it up to these furry felines having a disorder. Other times, it's just "the wrong type of cat."
However, these assumptions are very far from the truth.
To be honest, there are many reasons why some cats don't like their litter box.
Physically, cats may not be able to hold their bladders
This could be due to a urinary tract infection (UTI), or Feline Lower Urinary Tract disease. UTIs are painful, one of the symptoms being frequent urination.
The cat could also be older, not being able to hold his or her bladder.
Psychologically, the cat may be suffering from stress
Cats don't enjoy change. Something as simple as putting the food bowl or litter box in a different location can pose major stress issues. Of course, the level of sensitivity depends on the cat.
What about marking their territory?
A cat could simply be using their animal instincts—marking "what's theirs." In this sense, they're doing what comes naturally to them.
Do you have two cats and one litter box?
If so, not enough space may be the problem. 2 cats should have at least 2 litter boxes.
Don't dig the litter box
And then, yes, some cats may just not like their litter boxes. It could be the location, shape, smell, lack of privacy, you name it.
But, for whatever reason, the rug looks much more appealing than that box in the corner.
(Read on to learn what's the best litter box to choose for your feline friend!)
Small or large?
The size of the litter box is important...for your cat...and for yourself.
You don't want a small litter box for your large cat. And visa verse.
You also don't want a huge litter box taking over one corner of your living room. Or blocking one of the entrances.
This may be the case, especially if it has an awkward shape.
The key when it comes to size is minimal presence.
Red? Brown? Yellow?
The color is more for you. Choose something that will go well with the room you're placing it in. A safe bet is to go more towards earth colors. These won't make the litter box stick out as much.
Of course, in some cases, you may have a very sensitive cat. That said, he or she may be greatly affected by the color of the litter box. (So, keep your receipt!)
Which room should you put it in?
Should you put it in the bedroom?
What about the bathroom?
Maybe the living room?
This matters since you do spend some time in your house. (You don't want to be stepping over the litter box to grab something.)
At the same time, your cat wants privacy to do his or her business.
Heavy foot traffic may make your feline companion stressed out. Which stress, as we mentioned earlier, could lead your cat in soiling a carpeted corner instead.
So, the best bet is to go for a corner in a room that not many people frequent.
The exception being the garage. Garages are notorious for having fumes. Putting the litter box there could affect your cat's health. So, steer clear of that area.
Also, consider your cat's daily activities. Yes, we know you're not observing your pet 24/7. Still, you may notice he or she spends the most time in a bedroom. Or explores the kitchen for half of the day.
In this case, it's best to put two litter boxes. So your cat's daily activities can be accommodated.
In addition to this, if this isn't the first time you've had a litter box, put it in the old litter box's spot.
Cats love habit, hate change.
Steel? Plastic? Some other litter box material?
What material makes the best litter box?
The answer in a majority of cases: plastic.
Think about it.
Plastic doesn't absorb your cat's urine or feces, let alone the smell. It's also fairly easy to clean and maintain.
Steel, on the other hand, can lead to rust. Especially since it will be exposed to liquids.
What litter to use?
Of course, when it comes to litter, every cat is different. Some may prefer the clumped litter. Others, not so much.
Overall though, there are two main features when it comes to litter: texture and odor masking ability.
Like we said before, texture is more of a preference choice. With your cat, it's trial and error. Once you find a type of litter that your cat likes, keep using it. Remember, cats enjoy habit.
Odor masking ability is harder since you don't want to buy a litter that's pungent. This may deter your cat from using the litter box. (And could make your house very "febreeze-y!") So, head for a middle ground.
Or even opt out of odor masking altogether. (Consider putting a hood on the litter box to mask the scent.)
Now, there's also biodegradable and green choices. These are relatively new to the industry. But if they're good for the environment, chances are, they're good for your cat.
No matter what though, make sure you use dust-free litter. If not, the dust from the litter could cause your cat (not to mention you) irritation.
Hood or no hood?
Some litter boxes come with a hood. Others don't. Which one would make the best litter box?
Hoods are great for creating "privacy." Not to mention, prevent less spill out (and less clean up for you).
Hoods, on the other hand, may be intimidating to kittens or cats that are first learning how to use a litter box.
Now that you know what makes a fabulous litter box, check out these modern litter boxes!