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Choosing a New Litter Box for a Cat or a Kitten

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The Basics

Size, material and location
Plastic is typically the best material choice because it doesn’t absorb any unpleasant odors from your cat’s waste. If you’re raising a kitten or a smaller cat, it’s usually a good idea to choose a box with lower sides, something around 2-3 inches. If your cat is full-grown, a box that is 24 inches long or wide, with 4-inch walls, should work out great.

When picking a spot for your cat’s new litter box, it’s a good idea to place it where the old litter box was. Cats are creatures of habit, and moving their box could confuse or upset them. If you absolutely have to relocate their litter box, make sure that it’s in a low-traffic area with plenty of accessibility.


Litter pans
When it comes to litter boxes, simple is good. Standard litter pans typically cost less, take up less space and are easy to clean. But, keep in mind that because a standard litter pan has an open top, odors can become more apparent and exploring dogs or babies could stick their hand or snout in the box. This type of box also allows litter to be easily kicked out of the box and can leave you with a mess.

Self-cleaning boxes
These advanced options work by sifting waste from the litter and storing it in a disposable plastic bag or container. Although this option is easier on upkeep, it costs more.

If convenience is a priority for you, self-cleaning and automated litter boxes are well worth the money. It's also important to note that some cats may feel skittish about these animated boxes, so don’t be surprised if your cat is a little jumpy about this option at first.

Covered boxes
If your little one prefers a little privacy, a covered box is a great choice. They are usually better at keeping litter and unpleasant odors under control, but they also tend to be more costly, harder to clean and less space efficient compared to tray boxes. Also keep in mind that some cats find it hard to get comfortable in an enclosed space, so you may have to test this option out first. Most cats will enjoy the privacy that a covered box provides.