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The best litter box for large cats may not work for kittens. And the leading cat litter box for small apartments may not be the optimum choice for a suburban home. Since litter box avoidance is a major reason people relinquish cats to shelters, the right box can make all the difference to cats’ health and happiness.
The bottom line is there’s no one-size-fits-all litter box for cats!
For all of you who have asked us, What kind of litter box should I get my cat?...
Here's our handy reference guide.
Cats can do business anywhere at anytime, but that's not what you — or they — want to happen. That's why cats need litter boxes, so they can go where they need to and when they need to.
With the wide range of cat box options available on the market, though, it can be difficult to know which is best for your cat. Depending on factors like age and size, certain litter boxes may be better than others for your pet. To help you decide, here are things to think about when choosing the best litter box for cats.
For senior cats, a walk-in litter box is often the best choice. More space and easy-access openings can be beneficial for cats with arthritis or other joint issues. These cats may lack the dexterity to jump into a top-entry box. You'll also want to pick something a little larger than regular litter boxes, making it easier for your elderly cat to climb in and out.
For kittens, the best litter box is typically small and easy to get into. Like senior cats, kittens often lack the strength to jump into a top-entry litter box. Giving them an entry-level opening ensures that they don't have to struggle to climb into it and can move around easily once inside.
If you're looking for a litter box for a small apartment, then a sleek, contained option may be best. Some cat box models are made specifically for small spaces, such as corner litter boxes or those designed to fit into tight spots. You may be tempted to consider a self-cleaning litter box, but these are often less effective than they appear. Stick with traditional boxes with modern designs.
No matter what kind of cat you have, it's important to find a litter box that fits their needs. Taking into account factors such as age and size can help you make the best decision when it comes to finding the perfect litter box for your cat.
Let's dig a little deeper into the best litter box for each kind of cat.
No cat is average, of course. Each of our pets is unique and special. But, an average-sizes cat weights 8-11 pounds, and size is a big part of what matters when choosing a box. The ideal litter box will be as long as your cat (tail extended) and as wide as your cat's length (tail not extended). It should also be high enough to prevent litter scatter or urine shots from high-peeing pets.
Now for the big question: covered litter box or uncovered litter box?
For all the conversation this question draws online, the answer is pretty simple — whichever box your cat will use. About 85% of cats willingly use a covered box. That's great because the cover helps control both litter scatter and litter box odors. But if your cat prefers to go proudly, right out in the open, then an open-top box will work fine.
Odor control really isn't that complicated. You can sprinkle baking soda in your litter, or invest in an activated charcoal filter kit. Just be sure to avoid scented litters, artificial sprays, or plug-ins that could make your cat sick.
Regardless of whether your cat is a high pee-er, a side pee-er, or a vertical pee-er, choose a litter box with tall sides, an enclosed base, and a spacious interior. Our recommendation? The Modkat Litter Box. It came in at number 2 on the 2017 10 Best Litter Boxes by Petlist. If your cat needs some extra leg room or would like the option of front or top-entry, we recommend the Modkat XL, the newest addition to our litter box line.
Age brings certain limitations to our feline friends. A senior cat may develop memory loss or lose bladder tone. If a cat needs quick, easy, and pain-free access to a litter box, make sure she doesn’t have to jump, balance, or climb stairs to get to the bathroom. Our recommendation for senior cats? The Modkat Litter Tray or The Flip Litter Box.
Got a larger cat? You'll want to find something that is spacious enough to accommodate your feline friend's larger frame. Look for a litter box with a low entry point or one especially designed for cats with limited mobility. A spacious litter box with high sides and a deep bottom will also provide plenty of room for your large cat to do their business in comfort and privacy.
If you have a larger cat, the best kitty litter box for them is one with a lid. This will give them the security and privacy they need, while also containing any odors from their waste. Additionally, look for a litter box that is made from non-toxic materials and has a non-slip bottom to help prevent your cat from slipping and sliding around in the litter.
Our recommendation for plus-size cats? Modkat XL, the newest litter box in the line, designed specifically with bigger cats in mind. It can be configured as top or front-entry depending on your cats preference. The second choice would be the Modkat Flip Litter Box, which was chosen as best litter box upgrade by Wirecutter, A New York Times Company.
Choosing the right litter box for cats with disabilities can be tricky. When selecting a litter box, the size and style of the box should be based on the specific needs of your pet.
Generally speaking, a cat with disabilities will appreciate a box with a low entry point, a wide opening, no cover, and plenty of space. Cats with arthritis, for example, may have difficulty getting in and out of a litter box, so it's important to choose one that is low to the ground and easy to access. If your cat uses a wheelchair, you can even purchase a ramp to help them get in and out of their box.
Our recommendation? The Modkat Flip Litter Box or the Modkat Litter Tray.
How many cats do you have? The more cats you have, the more boxes you need. Even if you have just one kitty, you'll want multiple litter boxes.
The rule of thumb is that you need one litter box per cat plus one extra. One cat? Two boxes. Two cats? Three boxes. And so on. If your house has more than one floor, you need at least one box on each floor.
Why so many boxes? Three reasons and here they are:
Check out the chart on our website to help you find the perfect litter solution for your cat. Whatever box you choose, be sure to scoop it daily, refresh the litter weekly, and put the box in a quiet and safe place.
Choosing the right litter box for your cat or kitten is an important step in helping ensure their health and happiness. There are several key architectural factors to consider when selecting a litter box.
Now that you have a better understanding of which type of litter box is best for your cat or kitten, it’s time to make your decision.
No matter which litter box you choose, be sure to provide fresh litter, scoop it regularly, and keep it clean for your cat's health and comfort. Don’t forget to do some research, weigh the pros and cons, and take your cat’s size and age into consideration when selecting the perfect litter box!
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