The Lowdown on the Best Location for Your Cat's Litter Box
Location, Location, Location: Why It's Important to Choose the Right Spot
Where you decide to set up your cat's litter box is a major consideration. Cat's can be delightfully finicky about pretty much everything. And this includes where they go to the bathroom. However the litter box location is possibly one of your cat's biggest concerns. If the litter box location is situated where your cat is not convinced to use it, your cat may just decide, either go outside the litter box or find alternate locations throughout your home to use as their own private litter box.
And that is the last thing you want to happen, as many cat owners know, cat urine is one of the hardest odors to eliminate. Therefore, it might be in your best interest to indulge your cat and situate the litter box according to your cats needs. I have noticed if my cat's litter box is not in the ideal position, he will do a quickie and blast out of the area like a lightning bolt. So positioning the box so your cat is able to eliminate comfortably is imperative for both you and for your cat.
Where to Put the Litter Box
It is best to seek a location that is dry, easy access for your cat, quiet, and if possible a little bit roomy. Cats are not comfortable eliminating where people are coming and going, or making a lot of commotion or noise. Just as we humans, cats prefer some form of privacy when going to the bathroom. Construct the litter box location simple to reach, if it is in a closet or where stairs are present it might make your cat shy away because it is too much trouble to gain access.
If you are placing the litter box in a basement, choose a quiet corner that is easily accessible for your cat. Avoid placing the box near a washer, dryer or heating system. These kinds of noises can scare your cat, and once again they may choose inappropriate places to eliminate. If you do place the box in a closet of sorts, be sure the door is consistently open.
This is frequently the most private and convenient location for the cat litter box. You can buy boxes with lids or screens to hide the litter box, yet allow enough room for your cat to do it's eliminations privately.
Many people put the box at the end of a hallway. I personally am not keen on this placement, as it is far too out in the open, with foot traffic being much too high. If it is the only logical place for you, you might want to find creative ways to disguise the box. There are many options available for litter box housing.
At one time I lived in an apartment with a huge utility closet, the absolute perfect, most convenient place for a litter box. The water heater kept the space warm and cozy for the cat.
Another very popular solution that is catching on quickly is litter box furniture. These are decorative designer boxes that blend in with your home's décor, making it easy to hide the not-so-attractive litter box. The units can be very decorative and easily maintained. You also offer your kitty a little more privacy by hiding the litter box in a more convenient spot without creating an eyesore.
Keep in Mind Your Cat's Special Needs
If you have an older cat you may want to steer clear of all stairs if possible. Lighting is considerably important as well for an elderly cat. If your cat cannot see the box, it will more than likely miss it altogether. At night, utilize a night-light to illuminate the litter box area so your cat doesn't have to guess at the target spot. Cats have better night vision than human's, but they cannot see in total darkness.
Placing doggie pads around the litter box can help with clean-up if your cat does misfire. It is never a good idea to put a litter box near your cat's food or water dishes, that can definitely spell disaster. Wherever you place the box always make sure the doors are left open or ajar so your cat can reach the litter box with little difficulty.
Keep Your Cat's Litter Clean
Once you find the perfect place for your cat's litter box, keep it fresh and clean as possible. Many cats are turned off by stinky kitty waste, and will often refuse to use the litter box if it is not free of waste. So if you are a using scoopable clumping brand of litter, cleaning the box several times a day is sufficient and highly recommended. Using pooper scooper baggies is an extremely convenient way to get rid of waste. If you are using a non-clumping litter changing and cleaning the box at least once a week is advised.
Using a separate trash can for the baggies can simplify the entire cleaning process. You may want to keep another container outside to avoid indoor odors. And simply empty regularly when full. Some cats are picky about their litter, so you may have to experiment with this a bit. I have two cats who will not use cheap non-clumping litter, so I choose to buy a clumping scoopable litter that my cats will use freely with contentment.
Some litters have built-in odor eaters and others are just a bag of powdery dust. So choose your cat litter wisely. There are numerous litters on the market today that will satisfy you and your cat. Sprinkling baking soda into the litter box will help absorb urine smells. But if in is in your budget, buying a better brand of litter is a wise and a simpler maintenance choice.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.