Choosing a litter box for your cat may seem like the easiest task that you could possibly undertake. I however must urge you to be cautious especially if this is your first time as a cat parent. There is much to be said about a cat and its toilet. While cat’s are clean animals and usually keep themselves and their surroundings clean, you will find that the litter box can be a sore topic among many cat owners. This is because an unkempt litter box can be smelly and cats tend to sprinkle the litter all over the house. It isn’t their fault. All poop smells. As for the litter… It gets embedded in their paws when they scratch and bury their poop. Worse still, the cat litter tends to spray everywhere when they are covering up their stuff.
So far the best option to combat both these problems is the closed litter box. Closed litter boxes are designed to stop the litter from flying all over the place. They are also designed to reduce the amount of odor that escapes. This makes closed litter boxes extremely useful.
CLOSED LITTER BOXES
Closed litter boxes are enclosed spaces that afford a cat some privacy. What attracts most cat parents to this design is the fact that it hides all the unsightly stuff away. I mean who wants to see the cat poop and pee right?
The problem with this is that most cat parents fail to take into account various factors that affect a cat when they use the litter box. Some of these factors are obvious and some are not. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
The height of the litter box is possibly one of the most important factors that you need to consider. While most of us get a litter box when the cat is a kitten, we fail to take into consideration that the cat is bound to grow. That means if the litter box is too small, the cat is not going to climb into it comfortably.
The length of the litter box is also another crucial point that you should look at. Cats tend to stretch and move around in the litter box. This is because they cover their poop and pee after they are done. Covering the poop and pee with sand is a way of eliminating smell and ensuring that they are safe from predators. It is a natural instinct and one that should be respected. A box that is too short will not allow the cat to move about easily. This in turn will make the cat hesitant to use the litter box.
From a human’s point of view, the covered litter box provides a lot of odor control. This is because most of the smell remains trapped inside the enclosed space that the litter box offers. Your cat however doesn’t always see an enclosed litter box in the same way as you do. This is essentially because we fail to put ourselves inside the litter box and experience what the cat is experiencing.
The odor inside the litter box gets trapped and if it isn’t cleaned regularly the smell can get very stifling. This means that the cat will hesitate to enter the litter box. It’s the same way we would hesitate to enter a dirty and smelly public toilet.
There is however a way around this. Choose a litter box that can be dismantled easily. This means that you will have easy access to the cat litter and it will be so much easier to clean. Once you remove the top hood, you will have a clear visual field and it also allows you the space to move. Don’t try to save time by trying to clean the litter box without dismantling it. It is not worth the effort.
Let’s compare and look at some of the litter boxes that are available on the online market.
TRIXIE VICO CAT LITTER TRAY WITH DOME
The Trixie Vico Cat Litter Tray with Dome comes equipped with a dome. This cat litter box comes with excellent reviews. The people who have purchased it have frequently said that the delivery was prompt and the product met their expectations perfectly.
One of the first things that you will notice about the Trixie Vico Cat litter is the fact that it comes in a variety of different colors. The two tone litter boxes combine light and dark colors to give the litter box a real classy look. Who would have thought that you could use both litter box and classy in the same sentence? It is true! The Trixie Vico Cat Litter tray uses colors like blue, white, bordeaux, cream, purple and liliac to give it the classy contemporary style.
This litter box has been tried and tested. The dimensions (406 mm x 406 mm x 584 mm) make it a good buy for almost any small sized cat (like our Indian cat breeds). This is because it takes into consideration all the shenanigans that you cat may want to do inside the litter box.
The flap of the device is something that all cat parents complain about. The Trixie Vico Cat litter tray comes equipped with a flap that is easy for the cat to use. The key to knowing if the flap is good is to check and see if the flap can move back and forth. This ensures that the cat can get in and yet can get back out of the litter box.
THE SAVIC NESTOR CORNER CAT TOILET
This toilet is best suited for small homes and small cats. Many of us stay in very small houses and yet we still make room for a little ball of fur. Finding a litter box that can suit our needs and fit our small houses is extremely important in such situations.
If you have an Indian breed cat in your house (which isn’t very big in height or weight like the long fur versions) you will find that the Savic Nestor Corner Cat toilet Savic Nestor Corner Cat Toilet In Fuchsia is best suited for your needs. This enclosed cat litter box is designed in a triangular fashion. This helps ensure maximum utilization of space because it can easily fit in any corner of the house.
The covered top ensures that you don’t accidentally step into the cat’s toilet. It also keeps all the smelly stuff all locked up and away.
THE IMAC 84080 EASY CAT HOODED CAT LITTER TRAY
This model measures in at 50 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm. Have you ever racked your brains wondering what to do with the litter scoop once you were done using it? I’ve tried placing it on the ground behind the litter box. Somehow the cats always get at it and I have to search for it the next time I have to use it. I’ve tried keeping it out of reach but somehow with cats nothing ever is out of reach. I really don’t know what it is about the litter scoop that fascinates them.
The IMAC 84091 Easy Cat Hooded Cat Litter Tray solves this problem. It comes with a slot to store your litter scoop. This way, the cats can’t get at it and it is still kept at an accessible distance. I find this design both innovative and thoughtful!
THE FERPLAST BELLA CAT TOILET BOX
If you are looking for a long term use product then you may want to take a look at the Ferplast Bella Cat Toilet box. It is slightly more expensive when compared to the other litter boxes but it designed to be sturdy and long lasting. In fact, this is the litter box of choice if you have large sized cats. It is also a useful litter box if you have multiple cats in the house.
It is easily to dismantle and it is easy to clean. The Ferplast Bella Cat toilet also comes with a handle which makes it easy to carry and move about. The portability is important since the litter box is larger than the other usual litter boxes.
While there may be many cheaper versions of litter boxes available in the market, you will find that investing in a strong sturdy litter box is your best bet. Cheaper products eventually break and need to be replaced. A litter box is a product that your cat will need all his life! It is important to invest wisely!