When It Comes to the Litter Box, Keep It Clean and Simple
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Maintaining the litter box isn’t the most fun part of sharing your life with a cat but it’s certainly a very important one. TV and print ads try to convince us that this new litter box design or that high-tech self-cleaning box will make our lives easier. The problem is, the more complicated the litter box set-up, the less likely your cat might use it.
Self-cleaning boxes (whether electronic or the kind that have removable trays or washable pebbles) can be uncomfortable for kitty to use, especially if the litter substrate isn’t a soft, sandy texture. Most of the boxes I’ve seen are also not large enough for the average sized cat. The entire box is large because it houses a motor or a self-cleaning receptacle but the actual useable surface area for the cat is too small. Motorized boxes may frighten some cats as well.
There are even boxes that are housed in cabinets in order to disguise what they really are. Pretty to look at but often too small, dark and cramped for kitty to use. Also, if air circulation is inhibited then it will take longer for the litter to dry.
When planning a litter box set-up for your cat, stick to clean and simple. Use an uncovered box that’s the right size for the size of your cat. Fill the box with a soft, scoopable litter and maintain a regular scooping schedule of sifting the waste at least twice a day. Thoroughly clean the box at least once or twice a month (if using non-scoopable litter you’ll have to thoroughly clean on a weekly basis). Place the box in a location that’s convenient for the cat but also easy for you to remember to do your daily scooping.
What type of litter box set-up does your cat like?