Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM is a leading veterinarian and author of more than 65 veterinary journal articles. As a vet, he's been featured on Animal Planet, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Today, Good Morning America, and Nightline.
In a recent column on Pet Health Network, Dr. Ward took a look at research published by experts at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Here's what they found.
The researchers at Ross evaluated 28 cats to see if they had a preference for covered or uncovered boxes. Each cat had access to a covered and an uncovered box during a two-week period. Both boxes contained the same litter, and cat parents cleaned both using the same technique. Only 59% of the cats studied had used a covered box before.
Not only does this study suggest that most cats don't care, but anecdotal evidence says the same thing. A few individual cats like to do their business out in the open, and a few insist on privacy. Most seem to wander into whichever litter box suits them at the moment.
Unless your cat is one of the few who exhibits a strong preference for a certain litter box style, you can go with the box that looks best in your home and feels right for your human and animal family.
Cats love a clean, accessible, and comfortable-to-use litter box filled with fresh litter. As long as you've met these criteria, your cat should love whatever style box you choose. And so should you. 🐈
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