Cat litter and accessories
Cat litter doesn’t have to be messy. Besides, cat cuddles are worth the cleanup, especially with so many functional and tidy litter and accessories available. Some litter boxes come with trays or scoops that make waste disposal easier. Litter itself can be lightweight or deodorizing. Mats keep the box steady under digging paws, and there are plenty of options. Litter isn’t just about waste, though—it’s also crucial to the well-being of your cat. Here’s the ultimate guide to outfitting your cat’s litter box.
Choosing a litter box
One of the first things cat parents need when they welcome kitties into their homes is a litter box. Not all cat litter boxes are the same, however. There are many sizes, shapes and depths.
Litter box designs
Every cat has a personality. One cat might prefer the lower sides of a litter pan for easy entry—especially senior cats, or those with mobility issues. Another cat might want the privacy of a lid, or “nester” design. Keep in mind:
Many kitties don’t like to be disturbed when they do their business.
Covers also keep dust and odours contained for a better human environment.
If you have both cats and dogs, lids also keep Fido out of your kitty’s bathroom.
Simple litter pans come in multiple sizes. You may want to try out a pan as a starter box just to see how your cat responds. Or, consider a high-sided or hop-in box for cats who like to hide or scatter litter. Keep in mind the following:
Your litter box should be at least as long and as wide as your cat so they have room to move.
Kittens can start with smaller boxes, then upgrade when they reach adulthood.
Automatic litter boxes
Cat parents, if you’re travelling (or forget to clean the litter box on busy days), automatic litter boxes scoop out waste without human intervention. Think your cat will be spooked by a machine? Sensors stop scooping while your kitty does her business.
When to consider multiple litter boxes
If your cat is fussy about placement, or if you simply want to provide options, consider the following:
Two litter boxes placed in different locations. Multiple boxes are also a good idea if your home has more than one floor.
If you have more than one feline friend in your household, you want more than one litter box.
The general rule is: One litter box per cat, plus one extra if you have space.
Where to put kitty’s litter box, and what to fill it with
Cats are creatures of habit, and they are very territorial. Litter box location is important. Choose a quiet, private place away from noise, distractions, and food and water bowls.
Litter box location
Whatever room you choose, make sure to keep the door wide open. If you need to move the litter box, move it a little bit each day until it reaches its new destination. Switching spots drastically could be confusing for your cat. Some things to think about:
Laundry rooms are usually prime litter box locations for cat parents, but washers and dryers can be loud and unpleasant for your kitty.
If your home is small and you must use a utility room, place the box as far away from appliances as possible.
Your cat’s stage of life matters. Older cats shouldn’t have to travel far to go to the bathroom, so pick a spot close to their favourite lounging area.
When you’ve found the right spot for the box, it’s time to fill it with litter. Cat litter has come a long way over the years. Seasoned cat lovers know that litter used to be heavy and dusty. Not anymore—there have been many innovations in litter.
Scented litter is perfect for pet parents sharing small spaces.
Clumping cat litter makes waste removal easier, but non-clumping litter doesn’t kick up as much dust.
There are eco-friendly pellets, respiratory-relief clumping clay, and even litter designed for multi-cat households.
Cat litter accessories including liners, mats and scoops of every kind will make cleanup a breeze. If you’re figuring out what you need, here are some considerations:
Liners make it possible to dispose of old litter all at once.
Mats are for traction under litter boxes.
Scoops are for, well, poop.
If you chose an open litter box, then want to add a separate hood, that’s an option.
Cat litter waste disposal items like litter lockers keep waste sealed air-tight with refills that last up to two months.