While it’s always fun to play with your cat or have him snuggle you on a chilly winter day, there are other, less pleasant responsibilities you have as a cat owner, and one of them is the litter box. Choosing just the right cat litter box can be confusing, so take everything into consideration before making your decision.
1. The Right Size
Depending on how large or small your feline friend is, you want a litter box that’s suitable. Your cat should have plenty of room to step in the box, sift around and pick a place to do his business, without feeling like he’s literally boxed in. Afford him a few inches on either side when standing in the center, so he’ll be able to use the litter box without any issues.
2. A Cover or Open
Covers can be very cool on litter boxes; however, they aren’t for all cats or their humans. If you’re interested in a hooded box, try it out, but keep a close eye on your cat. If he really isn’t into it, you could have a mess on your hands, as he may refuse to go in the new contraption. As you can see, a useful cat litter catcher is also needed.
Make sure the opening for your cat to enter is big enough, to begin with, and that the box is placed somewhere he can enter and exit easily. If he likes the cover, it should reduce the amount of clean-up you have, because his litter won’t be scattered around so much anymore.
3. The Weight of the Litter Box When Filled
It’s very important that your litter box weigh enough, when filled with litter, to support the cat’s weight. Most cats like to do their business while perched on the side of the box or leaning on the side, meaning it can easily tip over if it’s not heavy enough. Fill the litter at least half-way, then observe your cat on his first trip in there. Especially if he’s a larger cat, his weight may be enough to topple the box …