Choosing a Litter Box

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to worry about cleaning up after your cat. Considering a few important factors when choosing your cat’s litterbox will make cleaning up after him that much easier.

  • Style
  • Size/Depth
  • Number
  • Durability
  • Cleanability
  • Odor Control
  • Location

The color and shape of your litterbox won’t be important to your cat (though if you have an elderly cat, you’ll want to make sure they can enter it easily), but they may be important for you to consider.  Other factors that might seem superficial but will matter to the cat are the size and shape of the box. The depth will be important – kittens will need a pan that is about 3 inches deep, while adult cats will need one about 6 inches deep. The box should also be large enough to accommodate your full grown cat with at least a little room to move around. Hooded litterboxes can be effective at helping manage odor and some of the mess, but a pan litterbox will be effective as long as it’s stored in an area where your cat has privacy.  

Litterboxes can be a chore to clean, but the more frequently maintained, the easier it will be. Make sure you choose a durable litterbox that is easily cleaned. As well as changing the litter, you will occasionally need to clean the box itself with warm soapy water (other cleaning products can be harmful to your cat). Cats are clean animals and may not want to use a litterbox that isn’t clean. A hood can help control odor, but frequent cleaning and the right litter should keep the box relatively odorless. Self-cleaning and “sifting” boxes are also available and they may make this chore even easier.

No matter which type of litterbox you choose, remember that your cat may be picky and you may end up having to experiment with boxes.  Make sure that the litterbox is kept in a traffic-free, private location, keep it away from your cat’s food and water and keep it clean – those things will go a long way to making sure your cat is happy with it!