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Picking The Best Litter Box For Your Cat

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There are so many options out there when it comes to picking the right litter box for your cat. How can you be sure that you’re making the best decision for both you and your kitty? Well, here’s a brief overview of the various options and what makes each a contender to consider.

What does it matter what box you pick?

According to numerous veterinarians, the choice of cat litter box matters greatly. First of all, you must be an advocate for and representative of your cat, because it can’t exactly go to the store itself and pick out the box it likes best. So, you need to be receptive to what your cat wants.

A box that is too small, too shallow, or in any other way does not suit your cat’s needs will ultimately result in your cat going elsewhere to relieve itself. This is called “inappropriate elimination” and though you will likely be more upset than your cat by this, it is important to acknowledge that it’s your decision that leads to it. Just as we would seek a cleaner, more comfortable area to relieve ourselves, so does your cat when it finds its litter box disagreeable.

Does the size of a litter box matter?

The size of a litter box matters very much! Much like the story of Goldie Locks, you need to help your cat find a litter box that is neither too big nor too small, but rather just right for its particular needs.

A box that is too big or tall can result in your cats, especially as they age, having difficulty entering and especially exiting their litter box. As time passes and their health condition worsens, older cats might stop using the litter box suddenly. Older cats with arthritis for example might struggle to use an especially large litter box. 

Unless cleaned very regularly, litter boxes that are too small will often result in your cat stepping in its own waste, which, again, will lead to “inappropriate elimination.” Your cat may even try to kick some litter outside the litter box and might pee next to the litter box as a result.

A large part of the responsibility of being a cat owner comes down to making sure that your cat is comfortable, and that is especially important when it comes to its litter box.

Different types of litter boxes

There are a great, great deal of different types of litter boxes available out there.

Standard cat litter box

small cat litter box and tabby cat in a house

You can begin at conventional litter boxes and see how your cat responds to the height, width and depth. Another viable option is using something like a sweater box or a storage container if you find that your cat is longing for more space or depth when doing its business. These can range from 10 to 30 gallons and can offer your cat a much more comfortable experience.

These litter boxes are usually a good start but may pose some odor and cleanliness issues due to their "open" style. Litter dust is more prone to disperse around your house and standard litter boxes' aesthetics are also not the greatest. 

Covered litter box

covered litter box with an orange cat

Enclosed litter boxes can be very effective for cats that appear skittish or shy about using an open litter box, but, again, some cats will feel too confined, so it’s really a matter of finding the best solution for your cat. This design is particularly useful in multi-cat households where minimizing odor is crucial. 

In multi-cat households, maintaining a fresh environment is essential. If you are looking for a covered litter box that further neutralizes odors, Litter-Robot not only provides privacy with its covered design but also ensures a consistently clean space, even with multiple users.

Self-cleaning litter box

self cleaning litter box

With new technologies becoming more prevalent, there are a number of automatic self-cleaning litter boxes on the market, such as Litter Robot. This can drastically reduce the number of resources that you go through, as well as save you time, work and money. Many cat owners are switching over to automatic litter boxes and finding great success.

The final decision is really up to you, but it should be made with every possible consideration for the cat that will be using the litter box that you purchase.

The best litter box for cats

Choosing the right litter box for your feline friend is crucial for their comfort and your convenience. There are various types available in the market, each designed to address specific needs. Consider these options when deciding which litter box suits your cat's unique requirements.

The best litter box for multiple cats

In multi-cat households, maintaining a fresh environment is essential. Cats, known for their cleanliness, avoid using dirty litter boxes. Territorial cats, in particular, may have deliberate "accidents" if they detect another cat's recent waste.  Maintaining a clean litter box in a multi-cat household is therefore crucial to ensure your cat's well-being and even prevent health issues

If you opt for traditional litter boxes, it's advisable to have an extra box beyond the number of cats in your household. Additionally, ensure that you scoop these litter boxes daily for optimal cleanliness.

Because having multiple cats requires such frequent litter box cleaning, self-cleaning litter boxes have become a very popular solution for multi-cat households. Litter-Robot not only provides privacy but its automated cleaning system ensures a consistently clean space, catering to the needs of multiple feline companions. 

Plus, with Litter-Robot, you can even create profiles for each cat and track their litter box usage! 

The best litter box for odor control

Maintaining a clean and odor-free space for both your cat and yourself can be a concern for many cat owners, especially if you live in a small apartment. For that reason, we do not recommend standard litter boxes as their open style exacerbates odors, especially if placed in a sunny area. 

Using litter box deodorizers such as OdorTrap or a covered litter box can be an effective way to better control litter box odors as well as frequent litter box cleaning.

The best litter box for large cats

For larger feline companions like Maine Coons, Ragdoll cats, or Norwegian Forest cats, opting for a spacious litter box is essential. Large cat-friendly litter boxes provide ample space for bigger cats to move comfortably and maintain their hygiene.

Larger litter boxes can however pose space issues, especially in a small apartment. In addition, larger cats usually mean larger feces and more frequent maintenance is required to keep the litter box clean at all times. For that reason, many opt for a self-cleaning litter box for large cats. Automatic litter boxes such as Litter-Robot 4 provide more space and can accommodate the largest cat breeds thanks to its large opening. 

The best litter box for messy cats

Top-entry and covered litter boxes are good solutions for messy cats who tend to kick litter around. Adding high sides prevent litter scatter and keep your floors cleaner.

For that reason, Litter-Robot is also really popular for cats that kick litter out of the box, especially since Litter-Robot 4 includes a small fence to prevent such behavior from impacting the cleanliness of your home.

The best litter box for cats overall

litter-robot unique selling points

For all these cases, there is just one solution: Litter-Robot. 

Litter-Robot 4 features state of the art sensor and litter-sifting technology for enhanced odor control, cat safety, and real-time tracking of waste and litter levels through the Whisker app. 

  • Multi-cat friendly: just one Litter-Robot works for up to four cats.
  • Odor control: maximum odor control with swift automatic cleaning. Litter-Robot provides tightly sealed, large waste drawers and features carbon filters.
  • Best for messy cats: Minimize litter tracking out of the globe. Our enclosed design helps prevent mess with cats that spray or kick over the edges of traditional litter boxes.
  • Dog-proof litter box: Waste disappears before dogs can access it.
  • Scaredy-cat proof: QuietSift provides ultra-quiet cleaning cycles, beneficial for skittish cats.