How To Choose The Right Litter Box For You

By Ruth Young

Of all the many positive aspects of having a cat, dealing with their toilet is no one's favorite part. However, it is something that every pet owner has to deal with, so why not make it as easy and as positive as it can be? There are so many different types of litter box available nowadays that it is easy to find one that works for you and your fluffy friend.

There is no right or wrong answer as it really depends on your personal preference and that of your cat. You will quickly discover what you both prefer after trying out a few different options. Starting with the basic, rectangle box, this is the best option for kittens as it is easiest for them to get into and out of and easiest for you to clean regularly.

Once they are a little older and bigger and know what they are doing, you can then try a deeper one. This usually means there will be less mess as they can't kick all the litter out when they are covering up their business. It also means if you want to you can put more litter inside. This is ideal for cats that like to dig quite deep before going to the toilet.

A hooded box makes the whole toilet much more private. This is what some cats prefer, so that they can do their business without anyone watching. It is also much nicer for the humans in the house as it means they don't have to look at the litter tray and it reduces the smell a little as it is enclosed. It is important that it is more than big enough for the cat.

The self-cleaning is not a new concept, but it is improving with each year that passes. Marketed at those who prefer not to deal with their cat's toilet too regularly, it gives you the option of emptying it less regularly. However, none of them are truly self-cleaning, so you will still have to get involved with emptying them regularly.

If you are unsure how many boxes you should have in your house, it really depends on the individual needs of the cat. Some are very fussy and won't share their toilet with another cat. However, others are more than happy to have one toilet among 2 or 3 cats. The important thing is to keep an eye on their habits and make sure they aren't going anywhere other than their toilet.

One option that is a firm favorite with many pet owners, is to have none. The only down side to this option is that you can't monitor their health by observing their waste. It can take time to train a cat to do their business outside, but it is preferable for the owner and the cat and much better for the environment as it reduces waste.

After a few months you will get used to cleaning out the tray and it will become just another habit, like any other household chore. Having a tray for your cat has the added benefit of allowing you to keep an eye on their health, because many health problems are indicated in their urine or faeces, so there are benefits to this unpleasant job.

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