Just yesterday I was watching a video by Jackson Galaxy from his show My Cat From Hell and saw some very weird litter box situation.
Immediately I felt about covering two very important topics on my blog.
First is what is the best place to put a litter box in an apartment and the second is making you aware that there are some really bad litter box designs out there.
The litter box design was such that in order to bring the litter out you need to rotate the entire thing such that the litter literally touched the complete insides of the litter box.
I mean damn.
No wonder the cat was so erratic and wanted to scratch and bite everything that moves.
And to top it all off, the litterbox was placed in the bedroom.
I am not saying that keeping litter box in your bedroom is wrong, I know many people do.
But you must be aware of the different strategic location you can keep your litter box in such that it is beneficial to you and your cat.
Never Break This One Rule Regarding Choosing The Location For Your Cat’s Litter Box
Now there are a lot of opinions as to where exactly you should keep your litter box coming from different experiences of different people.
And yes there is certain gravity to those opinions which we will discuss in a second.
However, there is one common rule every cat owner invariably hold true.
Never put a litter box near your cat’s feeding place.
There are many cat owners who have come to the wrong conclusion that placing a litter box close to her feeding space will somehow wire her to use it often.
This is a very wrongful comprehension from the cat owners part.
And the root cause is this.
We unconsciously have been taught that in order for our pets to behave properly we need to condition them properly via reward training.
And yes in certain cases it works.
Teaching tricks, making cats or pets in general comfortable around each other by making them eat together are very valid situations.
But you can’t use that LHS=RHS extrapolation everywhere.
Doing so will make cats erratic, aggressive and even lay the groundwork for litter box rejection.
We need to understand what needs to be done where.
That’s the most important bit.
Because in not doing so we are contradicting one key behavior regarding cats.
And that is cats are neat freaks.
By placing her food and litter box together you are sending a very confusing message regarding the location.
The cat is in conflict on whether to choose the given area as feeding station or as an elimination spot.
And since getting fed is the higher biological need for any animal, it is highly likely that she will start eliminating in undesired spaces.
Plus, you are well aware of how finicky cats are and how they can turn their nose up on anything they don’t like.
And eating in the same place where she has eliminated can easily throw her off her daily regime and lead to inappropriate behavior patterns.
So What Is The Best Place To Keep The Litter Box In My Apartment?
Bathroom Is The Most Popular Choice
One of the most common places where cat owners place the litter box in their apartment is in or near their bathroom.
And this has a lot of advantages as,
- cleaning the litter box becomes easy.
- Bathroom is also one of the least noisy places in your home, at least when you are not there :P, which means your cat can eliminate in peace.
- Your bathroom is also the coolest area of your house with interesting features like taps and cozy sinks to rest in. Very tempting if you are a kitty.
However, if your batroom is not compartmentalised hot shower and humidity may cause the litter to take longer to dry.
Second most popular choice is the laundry room.
- Laundry rooms are generally not carpeted which makes it ideal to cleanup.
- Lots of bundled clothes for your cat to exploit and rest in. Rest translates to comfort and comfort will help your cat to eliminate in ease.
Which also brings us to the downside of keeping your litter box into the laundry room.
The equipments in the laundry room such as your washing machine or washer may go into its spin cycle when your kitty is resting or is in the box.
Sudden noise can very well make any cozy room loose its appeal in a cat’s mind.
Why am I telling you both the advantages and disadvantages of these litter box locations is so that you can see if any of these problems are a part of your cat’s litter box routine.
If you see any of these problems, eliminating them can be your first step to make your cat stop peeing and spraying in in appropriate places in your house.
The whole point is,
Try to find a spot in your house which doesn’t have heavy traffic and provides your cat a sense of privacy and safety while eliminating.
Having said that don’t also choose a place which is too far away that you forget to check and clean the litter box on a daily basis.
This is very important, wherever you choose to locate the litter box, make sure to check the litter box twice everyday.
If for some reason your cat indoor/outdoor cat doesn’t use a litter box and prefers the comforting effect of outside environment, keep a litter box inside any way just in case she chooses not to go out because of bad weather.
If you have a house with multiple cats, don’t do the grave mistake of having just one litter box for all of them.
Ideally you should have one litter box for each of your cats plus one extra box.
This means if your home houses 3 cats you must have 3 litter boxes for each of your cats plus one extra box.
But if that is not possible have atleast one for each of them.
The reason for this goes beyond convenience.
Most cats don’t like to share their litter box with other cats.
Cats are deeply territorial beings and they mark their borders with their scent and elimination.
If you are not giving them a proper place to pee and poo, your whole house is going to be the victim.
Don’t worry at the end of this post I will lay out my 5 top picks of the best litter box you can get your hands on.
If after doing all of this you still feel that your cat is not using her litter box and is spraying/eliminating is inappropriate places.
Best Litter Box For Your Cats
So in addition to placing the litter box in the right place please also ensure that you choose the right products for your cat.
And right products doen’t necessarily mean expensive ones.
By right products I mean those products in which the manufacturer’s have given sufficient attention to make the product appealing in terms of usability to owners and more importantly our feline family members.
Below I am listing some of the best litter boxes and cat litter that you can get right away that wil fulfill your cat’s needs.
1.Best Overall – Catit Hooded Cat Litter Pan Kit
- Hooded cat pan; Provides privacy for your cat
- Plastic door provides easy in and out access for your cat
- Retains odors inside the litter pan; Easy to clean
- Built-in bag anchor helps keep the bag open and frees hand for scooping - Scoop included
- Great for multi-cat households; Pan: 57cm L x 46.5cm H x 39cm W (22.4in x 18.3in x 15.3in); Door Opening: 26.5cm H x 24.5cm W (10.4in x 9.6in)
2.Best Top Entry Litter Box – Modkat Litter Box
3.Best Budget Litter Box – Van Ness High Sides Cat Litter Box
- Ideal for multiple cat households or large cats that like to dig
- High polished finish that is odor and stain resistant
- Easy to clean
- color blue
4.Best Automatic Cat Litter Box – PetSafe ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box
- AUTOMATICALLY REMOVES WASTE: No scooping, cleaning or refilling your cat's litter box for weeks
- UNBEATABLE ODOR CONTROL: Crystal litter removes smell by absorbing urine and dehydrating solid waste
- NO MORE MESSY FLOORS: Low-tracking crystals are 99% dust free and don’t stick to your cat’s paws; a hooded cover helps keep kitty litter inside the box
- LEAK PROTECTION: Disposable trays have a plastic lining to help protect against leaking and keep your floors clean
- MONITOR YOUR CAT'S HEALTH: The health counter and motion sensors keep track of how many times your furry feline uses the box
5.Best Design – PetSafe ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box
- TOP ENTRY: Litter box features a large top entrance to for easy entry and exit
- FILTERED SNAP ON LID: Small holes on the lid of the large cat litter box help to remove cat litter from the cat’s paws
- HIGH SIDES: Kitty litter box features high sides to contain spraying and prevent litter on the floor
- LITTER SCOOP INCLUDED: Cat litter scoop is included and conveniently hangs on the side of the covered litter box for storage
- EASY TO CLEAN: Rounded kitten litter box with lid with high polish finish makes cleaning easy
6.Best Disposable Cat Litter Box – Nature's Miracle Disposable Litter Box
- Baking soda provides extra protection against the tough litter box and ammonia odors
- Will not shred or leak
- Made from recycled paper and land-fill safe
- Suited for use with all litter types
- Packaging and color may vary
Best Cat Litter For Your Cat’s Litter Box
1.Best Overall – Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter at Chewy
2.Best Cat Litter For Multiple Cats – Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Multi-Cat Litter
3. Best lightweight Cat Litter – Purina Tidy Cats Climping Litter
4. Best Scented Cat Litter – World’s Best Lavender Scented Clumping Corn Cat Litter
5.Best Natural Litter – Blue Buffalo Naturally Fresh Cat Litter
Alright my fellow cat lovers so that were my favorite picks on the best cat litter boxes and the best cat litters you can pick up immediately for best results.
So let me just rephrase the key points once again here.
It’s so beautiful when a pet gives his or her trust to you by choosing to live with you.
What we need to understand is, in order to make our living space an ecosystem where our pets can thrive, necessary steps are needed to be taken which are essential for them over what is convenient for us.
- So ensure that the feeding station and the litter box are at a good distance from each other.
- Try to fix a location where movement and activity is minimal or can be minimized.
- See if you can keep the litter box either in your bathroom or laundary. Make sure the environment is such that it doesn’t spook them while jin the box.
- Have at least one litter box for each of your cat.
- Buy the best cat litter boxes and cat litters by choosing ones that suit your and your cat’s needs.
- Click here to discover how to make your cat to stop spraying and how you can make your cat enjoy the location of her litterbox.
With that said I request your permission to take leave.
Take great care of yourselves and your cat and I will see you in the next one.