September 25, 2021 7 min read
At Modkat, we like things to be simple, minimal, and modern. We're like cats in that way. So when we talk about setting up a litter box, we don't look for the latest bells and whistles. We just ask what's best for your cat.
What do you absolutely need to set up a litter solution that works?
What cat litter accessories might be helpful?
Let's take a look at these goodies one at a time.
Every litter box needs a scoop. You're going to be digging into the depths of your litter at least once a day so you want to make sure you get a scoop that does its job. Look for something in hard plastic or maybe metal with an ergonomic design and a strong business end.
Cleanser isn't optional. You're going to be sousing out your litter box every week for as long as your cat lives on this earth. So you might as well use a good cleanser. You don't have to run out and buy something pricey, though, and you certainly shouldn't use bleach or ammonia. Mild, cheap dish detergent will do the trick nicely.
Is a liner necessary? That depends on how much extra work and frustration you want to endure. If you're using a thin plastic liner such as a garbage bag, it might not be essential. But if you invest in a Modkat, our thick, durable liners made out of tarpaulin will save you a lot of trouble when changing your cat's litter. Besides, your box comes with your first liner, and it should last you a solid three months. You can purchase replacements after that.
A cat mat and an odor filter probably aren't 100% necessary, but they sure can help you keep your home looking clean and smelling fresh. A mat serves as your first line of defense to stop litter tracking. And an odor filter, even something as basic as baking soda or charcoal, can help keep your house smelling fresh.
Altogether, these five cat box accessories don't add up to a lot of items or expenses. But some new cat owners still try to hack the system. "Why go to all that trouble of scooping, washing, and deodorizing," they ask, "when you can get a robot to do it for you?"
The reasons for buying a self-cleaning litter box are as varied as the cat parents themselves. Some people dread scooping. Others think it will make swapping out the litter easier. A few folks feel like they'll save time. And some people even invest in a self-cleaning litter solution because they want to keep the dog from snapping up the "cat treats" in an open-top box.
Basically, people who buy self-cleaning litter boxes just don't like the idea of being elbow deep in cat business. We can understand that. Nobody except the dog really wants to go nosing around a litter box.
The cold, hard truth of the matter, though, is that cleaning a litter box is part of keeping a pet cat healthy and happy. Self-cleaning litter boxes still have to be cleaned. A liner makes swapping litter easy. You won't save five minutes a week. And a box cover will keep out the dog.
All without scaring the cat or costing you an arm and a leg...
The best automatic litter box is the one you leave sitting on the shelf at the store where you saw it. If you're determined to give this new device a try, though, the New York Times suggests the Litter-Robot III Open Air. But they don't recommend it.
For the price of a Litter-Robot, you can get a simple box that is easier to clean and has more space for your cat, plus five to seven years' worth of litter. If you prefer something more contemporary, you can always upgrade to the Modkat Flip Litter Box for less money than you’d pay for most automatic designs.
A Modkat, eh? Hey, we didn't say it. The New York Times did!
There's more to accessorizing a cat than buying a litter box.
If you think your cat spends all day snoozing in the sun, you might be surprised to find out what he or she is really up to while the humans are away.One study found that cats spent 22% of their time looking out of windows, 12% interacting with other pets, 8% climbing on furniture, and just 6% touring dreamland.
Whether this study is 100% accurate or not, one thing's certain: Cats like having fun. Chasing mice, a laser dot, each other, or their tails adds real meaning to a feline's existence. Our pets also enjoy cuddles, snuggles, naps, and observing the world from high perches.
While cats don't need the same level of personal attention that dogs do, our feline friends do require plenty of activities to stay alert and active.
A cat can't live with a litter box alone no matter how many accoutrements you attach to it. To live happy, healthy lives, your cat needs a few special items along with his litter accessories:
Whatever litter box you choose, you'll need to set it up properly and then take care of it to maximize the value of your investment. Cleaning a litter box isn't as hard — or as yucky — as it sounds. Set yourself a schedule, and stick to it. Be sure to include the following:
With regular care and the right kitty litter accessories, your cat's litter box can be a safe haven to do business in. You don't need an expensive, technologically advanced box. A clean, modern solution that looks great in your living, eliminates litter scatter, and contains odors should keep both you and your cat enjoying life.
Shop Modkat's Litter boxes and accessories to keep your cat happy and healthy!
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