Litter box selection.

When an owner suspects problems with their cat’s bathroom habits, it’s natural to question the look and feel of the litter box. They are, after all, a little choosey about certain things. It is also important to find a litter box that works in your home, however. When comparing litter boxes, be sure to consider the following:

Options Galore

There are abundant choices for cat owners to ponder over online and at pet stores. As cats are famously fastidious about their hygiene, it’s vital to give them exactly what they like. Open, closed/hooded, self-cleaning, disposable, sifting, top-entry, corner/triangular, extra-deep, extra large, and boxes hidden inside stylish decor or furniture are just a tip of the iceberg. 

Breaking It Down

When comparing litter boxes, an owner must take into account not only their cat’s tastes, but the location of the box, ease of cleaning, and appearance. Many reasons why closed or hooded boxes appeal to people is the idea that they keep any odors inside the box. That said, however, the research suggests that cats use both closed and open boxes with the same frequency. 

Litter Box Rules

Since cats are amenable to both styles in equal proportion, the two most important litter box rules must stand:

  • Every cat’s home should have one box per cat, plus one extra. Also, if your home has multiple floors, each level should have at least one box. The size of the box must be large enough for them to stand comfortably in and turn around. Smaller or senior cats may have difficulty getting in and out of a deep, or high-walled box. 
  • Cats can develop an aversion to their litter box if it’s not kept clean and fresh-smelling. This explains why self-cleaning litter boxes are so popular! Problems related to inappropriate soiling or spraying outside of their litter box can often be traced back to the smell, feel, and appearance of their used litter box.

It’s also worth mentioning that some cats don’t like fragrance, while others dislike non-clumping. Many cats will only use a fine-grain clumping litter. It may take some time to figure out which product(s) your cat will tolerate and accept. 

Lastly, it may make sense to you to place your cat’s box in an out-of-the-way spot, but consider how your cat perceives this. They may not like venturing down to the basement for their bathroom needs, or there could be impediments to them reaching their box. Certainly, they will appreciate their boxes being placed away from household noise and activity, but it must be easy for them to access. 

Comparing Litter Boxes

We hope this helps you on your quest to find the right set-up for your cat. If you have further questions when comparing litter litter boxes or litter, feel free to call us at (732) 531-1212. Our team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is always happy to help.