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SIZE & TYPE OF LITTER BOX

The Bigger the Better: Most cat boxes are too small. They are designed for the convenience of humans, not felines. The litter box should be at least 24 inches wide or long.

Here are several ways to make a great litter box. Those large under-bed storage boxes for sweaters and such make wonderful litter boxes. They’re large enough for Kitty to have ample space and the sides are low enough for easy access. You can put the lids underneath them to help catch extra litter.

If you have a cat that tends to go over the side of the box, you can use the large plastic storage boxes and cut out an entryway. Some cats like the extra privacy provided by an opaque box that can’t be seen through. Others prefer a clear box so they can view their environment while in the box. If unsure, try both. Your cat will show you if she has a preference.

Covered Litter Boxes: These, too, are designed for the convenience of humans, not cats. Though they do help keep odor from permeating a room, they concentrate odor in the box. Kitty’s sense of smell is so much keener than yours that the intensified odors in her box may discourage her from using it.

Some cats do prefer covered boxes because of the privacy. If you use a covered box, you should scoop it out twice daily. You should also provide an open box in close proximity.

I have used covered boxes without the lids in areas where I could not fit a large sweater box. (You might want to cut an entryway in the front for easy access since the sides are so high.) It serves as an extra box in a different location. The high sides help keep litter from flying around when a cat gets enthusiastic about using the box.

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Automatic Litter Boxes: Those self-cleaning boxes are a great invention for humans. For cats? Well, it depends. Some cats will appreciate how clean their box is kept, but others may be downright scared of this mysterious apparatus and not go anywhere near it.

Automatic boxes have a sensor that indicates when Kitty has left the box and enough time has elapsed for the cleaning to begin. But here is the problem: If Kitty is still in the room when the cleaning begins, the noise and commotion in the box may startle her into thinking, ”Yikes! Lucky I wasn’t still in there,” convincing her to never to take that chance again.

Here is an example with two of my own cats. Mickey and Suki are siblings rescued from a late term spay and raised as orphan kittens. They are extremely loving, well adjusted cats. I thought I would try one of the new automatic boxes as an alternative box. Mickey quickly took to it. After his business was complete, Suki ventured in to use it as well. Just before she was going to step in the box the cleaning began. Terrified by the noise and movement, she ran out and used my bathroom sink instead.

Since the noise is loud enough to hear in other rooms of the house, I removed the box so it wouldn’t stress Suki any further. She quickly returned to her normal litter box habits with her old box and all was well.

On the other hand, self-cleaning litter boxes are great for finicky cats that won’t use the box if it is at all soiled, and many cats are not at all disturbed by the noise. The key is to provide a regular box in addition to the automatic box in a different location. If you notice inappropriate elimination or agitation at the noise, I recommend not using the automatic box.


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