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  • Where is the best place to put my litter box?

    Where is the best place to put my litter box? - Modkat

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    Deciding where to place your litter box is important. You want it to match the feng shui of your home while also being safe and convenient for your cat to use. The right litter box placement can help keep your house cleaner while ensuring your furry friend is comfortable doing their business. But that’s all easier said than done, especially if you live in a smaller space or share your home with others.

    Today, we’re answering the top questions about where to put your litter box.


    Here are some tips for placing your cat's litter box in a small apartment: 

    1. Consider placing the litter box in the living room for easy monitoring.
    2. If smell is a concern, you can use odor-absorbing products like a carbon filter and be sure to scoop often.
    3. If the living room isn't an option, you can place the litter box in a large linen closet, bathroom, or even on the balcony.
    4. Adhere to feng shui principles by placing the litter box in an area not visible from main entrances or windows, away from food and water bowls, and not in direct line with doorways.
    5. Don't place place food and water bowls near the litter box

    Ultimately, consider both your cat's needs and your own comfort when deciding on the best placement for the litter box in your apartment.


    Can I move the litter box?

    When moving a cat’s litter box to a new location, it can be a challenging and stressful process for both the pet and its owner. Cats rely on their sense of smell to find their litter boxes, so moving the boxes to a new spot may cause difficulty for them to locate it. 

    During this transition, consider using litter box training methods to help your cat adjust. Praise your cat for using the box properly and provide non-food treats when they use the box in its new location. Avoid punishing your cat if they make a mistake. 

    If you are transitioning your cats to a new litter box, consider placing two litter boxes side by side – one with the old litter and one with the new litter – for a few days. This will assist your cats in getting used to the new location and give them time to explore and adjust to the new litter box. 

    It's important to maintain a regular cleaning routine during this time. Scoop the litter box at least once a day and do a full clean every week to keep the litter box smelling fresh and minimize any odors.


    Can I put two litter boxes next to each other?

    Regarding placing two litter boxes next to each other, it is generally okay to do so for a few days when switching to a new litter box. However, it's not recommended for a longer period or under other circumstances. If you have multiple cats, it's best to provide each cat with its own litter box to avoid territorial issues and competition over resources. In some cases, a more territorial cat may try to block access to the litter box, so it's important to separate the boxes. 

    Consider the size of your home and the best location for the litter boxes when deciding to have two litter boxes side by side. If your living space is limited, you may want to place the litter boxes in a closet or another less visible spot. Additionally, if you have a guest bedroom or hall bathroom where you can place two litter boxes, ensure they are out of the way and not blocking any areas used by people. 

    Ultimately, when deciding whether to place two litter boxes next to each other or not, consider both the size of your home and the needs of your cats.


    What about litter box placement in individual rooms?

    When it comes to litter box placement in individual rooms, there are several considerations to take into account. Firstly, cats feel more comfortable when their litter box is located in a quiet, private spot where they can easily access it. Ideally, the litter box should be placed in an area away from the cat’s food and water dishes, as well as away from busy areas like the kitchen or foyer.

    If you live in a spacious home, you may be able to place the litter box in a seldom-used bathroom or guest bedroom. However, if you live in a small space, you may want to consider placing your litter box in the living room or bathroom, provided it is far enough away from other activity areas. Just make sure there is adequate ventilation and easy access for your cat. 

    We don't recommend putting your cat's litter box in a basement, laundry room, or completely isolated area of the home. These are often too difficult to access for your cat and too easy to forget about for the humans in the house.

    When it comes to litter box placement, it's important to consider the principles of decorating and good housekeeping. For example, you'll want to make sure that your cat's litter box isn't placed in the direction of a main entrance or too close to any active appliances. Additionally, try to keep the litter box at least a few feet away from any furniture or places where people sit or sleep.

    Finally, it's important to remember that all cats are different and have different preferences when it comes to their litter box placement. Some cats may prefer a more private location while others may be more comfortable with their litter box in a public spot. Take time to experiment with various litter box locations and observe your cat’s behavior before making a decision on the best place for your cat’s litter box.


    How can I minimize the smell of a central litter box?

    Keep potential litter box odor top-of-mind when thinking about where to put your cat's litter box — especially if you are eyeing a central location like the living room. Fortunately, you can do a lot to minimize and even eliminate cat box smells. 

    Start by scooping out the litter box at least once a day. Removing the solid waste will reduce odors and help keep the area around the litter box clean and fresh. Additionally, only fill the litter box with two to three inches of litter. The more litter you use, the more it will trap odors and make it difficult to scoop. Wash the box weekly, and make good use of baking soda or activated charcoal odor killers.

    As for placement, consider setting up the box in an area with good ventilation. Some cat owners even put a litter box on their balcony, in a screened-in porch, or as part of an easily accessible catio. We just recommend you avoid closets or bathrooms unless you have no other choice.


    How do cats know where the litter box is?

    If you have a new kitten, you may need to show her where the litter box is or even how to use it. In general, however, cats have an incredible sense of smell, which helps them to locate their litter box. When introducing a new litter box, it is important to keep it in the same place and gradually move it until it's in the desired location. This will allow your cat to adjust to the new location.

    While your cats may be drawn to the litter box by its scent, your guests probably will not be. You don't have to let the litter box reek with sour smells just so your cat can find it. The scent of most cat litters will attract the animals right away.


    Where can I put my cat litter box if I have multiple cats?

    If you have multiple cats, the rule of thumb is to have one more litter box than the number of cats in your home. If you have two cats, then you should have three litter boxes available.

    When it comes to where you can put these litter boxes, there are some important factors to consider. Generally speaking, each litter box should be placed in a different area of the house to give your cats a variety of options. For example, one litter box could go in the living room, one in a discreet corner, and another in a guest bedroom.

    Some people like to consider the principles of feng shui when placing the litter box, as the ancient Chinese practice teaches us how to create harmonious environments for ourselves. For example, if you're not a fan of having a litter box in the living room, you may want to place it in the hallway or some other less visible area. However, make sure that the cats can still find it easily!

    If you're placing the litter box close to the food bowl, make sure they are far enough apart that your cat isn't uncomfortable going from one to the other. Also, consider whether you want the litter box and food in the same room – sometimes it's nice to separate them to keep things looking neat and tidy. 

    The best way to decide on litter box placement is to think about what would work best for both you and your cats. Place the litter boxes in spots that are convenient for you but also provide enough privacy and comfort for your cats to do their business. With thoughtful consideration and some experimentation, you'll be able to find the perfect location for your cat's litter boxes.

     In conclusion…

    When placing your cat's litter box, choose a quiet and easily accessible area in your home. Take into account how much space you have and the number of cats you own. If space is limited, you may need to be creative with the placement.

    If you want to make a design statement, follow feng shui cat litter box rules and consider placing the litter box in the living room. Ensure that the litter box is not too close to your cat's food and water bowls, as this might make your cat feel intimidated by other animals. With the right knowledge and advice, you can find the perfect spot for your cat's litter box.

    Modkat litter boxes won't scream “litter box” in your home. In fact, your guests may be wondering what the shiny white cube in the corner is for.

    “It looks nicer than any other hooded or open option we considered.”