Choosing Your Kitties Litter Box

September 1, 2010

in Cats

Your cat’s litter box is a very important decision to make for him/her and is essential for your cat to be happy in your home. The rule of thumb is to have one litter box for each cat in the house. Shallower litter boxes should be used for kittens while deeper litter boxes should be used for bigger cats. Here are some different types of litter boxes available for your cat.

Basic Flat Box – These are the cheapest litter boxes for your cat. The flats boxes come in many different sizes, depths and colors. They are generally very easy to clean and actually preferred by many cats.

Covered Box- This would be our number one pick in litter boxes. The covered boxes have a top that covers them and gives your cat a secure private potty area. An opening at one end allows your cat to go in and out of. A swinging door is featured on some covered boxes, but we usually takes these off in order to keep our cat from feeling trapped and confined in their own litter box. Make sure your cats litter box is big enough for them to turn around in and stand up straight. These litter boxes are especially recommended for cats that spray.

Self Cleaning Boxes – One of the newest types of litter boxes are the self cleaning ones that are motion activated. When your cat leaves their litter box, a sensor is activated that triggers a rake that then scoops the cat matter into a receptacle that can then be manually emptied every couple of days. It may be necessary to experiment with different types of litter to see which one scoops the best. Be aware though that some cats don’t like the mechanical actions and always check the product guarantee before purchasing.

Sifting Boxes – These have two rectangular pans and a sifting tray. The boxes stack on top of each other and the sifting tray sits in the top pan. When cleaning the box, separate the two litter boxes and lift the sifting tray out which then removes the cat waste and leaves clean litter behind. Then you place the sifter in the top pan and place the clean litter over it. After the waste is dumped you can then put the empty box in the bottom.

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