When it comes to choosing the perfect litter box for your cats, you have to consider two main factors:
- the size of the litter box broken down by height, length, and width of the box
- whether or not it's covered or uncovered
If you get these wrong then you might just find yourself in the unfavorable position having to get cat pee smell out.
Let's dive right in.
It's no secret that cats dig when they use the bathroom and their ability to dig will help determine how comfortable they are using the litter box correctly.
A correctly used litter box means less mess for you to clean.
As previously mentioned, size can be broken down so you know exactly what size litter box will best benefit your kitty.
The recommended length of a box should be 1.5 times longer than your cat, which can seem extreme, particularly when you consider larger breeds. Most standard boxes are 20" long, but 24" (which is often considered the "largest" size) provides a suitable box size. Anywhere from 16"-24" is recommended.
Generally, it's recommended that the width of the box be the full length of your cat (which gives them ample space to dig around) but, if you're like me, I like to work concrete numbers. You're going to want to look for litter boxes that are anywhere from 12"-16" wide.
Cats come in many shapes and sizes, but size of a thumb is 5-10" high. If your cat is older, shorter, or has mobility issues, shorter walls are acceptable but the entrance will always be shorter.
Covered vs. uncovered
Some litter boxes have vented covers while others are open, meaning their contents are exposed. When it comes to deciding whether or not your cat would benefit from a covered vs. uncovered box, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Is your cat a messy fool?
Some cats are "sprayers" or "kickers" when they use the box. This means that they either spray their urine upward or they kick their litter around. It's gross. A covered box can help to contain the potential mess.
Can you often clean your litter box?
I have two cats and I make sure to clean their litter boxes daily because it can get gnarly. If you can clean the box often, you can get away with an uncovered box because the smells won't need to be contained.
Do you want to put more effort into concealing your litter?
Covered boxes, of course, cover the litter which can be good if you live in a place where you can't easily hide a box.
Do you have a canine who occasionally seeks kitty treats?
My dog growing up loved the little cat poos and would regularly sneak them from the litter box.
There are other factors such as style, shape, and how it fits into your house or apartment in general, but the size and covered vs. uncovered are two of the most important things to consider.
But now you're ready to determine what type of litter box you need!