If you’re a cat parent, whether for the first time or for another feline, you’d definitely want to know how to choose the best cat litter box. After all, the cat litter box is a must-have for every home is you want a happy, disciplined and hygienic cat that is meticulous about cleanliness.
A litter box is a bathroom for your cat where she’s supposed to pee and poop. If she doesn’t use the litter box properly, chances are the litter box is not clean enough that your pet chose to eliminate elsewhere.
What Are The Benefits Of A Cat Litter Box?
- Keeps your house and your outdoor environment clean: Having a litter trained cat means your house and your garden are spared from being used as your cat’s bathroom. If your cat is not trained to use a litter box, she will end up soiling your carpet, pooping in the bathroom or in the garden. Just imagine the smell of ammonia and the bacteria you have to deal with whenever you have to scoop them up. The effort is not worth it.
- It avoids neighbor disputes: Depending on your neighbors, having your cat poop in your neighbor’s backyard could lead to trouble. Of course you don’t want it to happen, that’s why training your cat to use the litter box will save you from such troubles.
- It matches with your cat’s natural instincts: Cats are creatures that like to clean themselves, and probably some of the most hygienic animals out there. However, if you don’t train them to use the litter box properly, you will see burrows of soil with her poop, and your carpet and garden in total shambles. Having your cat dump in the litter box is perfect and suits with her natural instincts because she’s free to kick and shuffle the litter, and cover her wastes with litter as well.
How To Choose The Best Cat Litter Box
To choose the right litter box for your cat, you must first go through some checklist of some sort that goes over every quality you must ponder.
- If you’re adopting a cat or kitten, ask which brand of litter box she has used. This is to avoid training her again when she has been litter trained before.
- Space: The space of the litter box you should choose must be vast enough so your cat can freely move around and not be restricted whenever she’s about to take a dump. Litter boxes are designed to accommodate the size of a typical cat, but to make sure it’s big enough for your pet, her nose up to the tip of her tail must fit in. Likewise, it must be spacious enough for her to avoid even those tiny deposits that you failed to scoop.
- Closed or open? Cats are different when it comes to closed and open litter boxes. Some cats don’t mind litter boxes with a covering – after all, it provides security and privacy, but others don’t want it. Why? A hooded litter box seems intimidating and could frighten a cat, especially if she’s looking to get out of the litter box. You as a cat parent will never know which your cat likes unless you offer her two choices and see which one she prefers.
- Material: Litter boxes are usually made of plastic and are lightweight. However, odor of the previous dumps stays in the litter box no matter how much you clean it up. A good solution to this is a liner. Using liners on the bottom of the cat litter will prevent damp litter from staying in the litter box, and prevents the awful smell from lingering there.
- Rimmed or not rimmed: Some litter boxes have a rim to avoid the litter from spilling over when your cat kicks it. You decide whether you want a litter box that has a rim or not.
- Depth: When filling the litter box with litter, fill it for about 2 inches, which is enough for your cat to shuffle with.
- Regular or electric? Litter boxes are available in traditional form or as electric, self-cleaning type. The one you would choose greatly depends on what your kitty prefers. Some cats prefer quiet and privacy, that the noise coming from the automatic litter box is enough to terrify them, even after they’re done with their personal business. There are cats, on the other hand, that don’t mind this. Automatic litter boxes come with a hood which would be a disadvantage on your cat’s part if she doesn’t like litter boxes with a hood or a cover. The only way for you to know if your cat would want to use an automatic litter box is by letting her use it for awhile, and see for yourself.
- Design: Litter boxes come in different designs. Some are available in bright colors, others in dark colors, while others are part of a furniture so they blend well with your living room setting. Others, on other hand, have a dome which offers your pet a great deal of privacy while others have an opaque body which lets you or anybody see what your cat is doing. Some traits, such as color or design, are not that important for your cat so it’s a matter of your personal tastes. But you should allow your feline friend to decide if she wants to use an opaque or domed litter box because ultimately, it’s up to her privacy and comfort.
- Number of litter boxes: If you have multiple cats, the number of litter boxes you should have should be the total number of cats you have, plus one. So if you have 3 cats, you must have 4 litter boxes to ensure you have extra in case of an emergency. If you live in a multi-story home, you should also ensure that there’s a litter box on every floor so your cat can relieve herself regardless of where she is.
- Disposable litter pans: The use of disposable litter pans is enticing to busy cat parents. After all, you just have to fill in the pan with litter and throw it away, once it’s used. This type of product is good for those who have no time to scoop up litter and keep the litter box clean regularly, but it’s actually very expensive despite the convenience it offers. Disposable litter pans are good if you have no time because you’re busy, or on vacation and it’s not practical bringing your cat’s litter box along.
Choosing the right litter box for your cat is a bit of a chore, but in the end you will be glad you did your homework because not only are you using the right product, you’re getting to know your cat much better.