Of all the home design elements we cat owners must address, litter boxes are the most challenging. You have to balance both func- tional and aesthetic considerations when planning your litter box area, but I’m here to tell you that it can be done in a way that
pleases both you and your cat!
First, consider the comfort of your cat, or you could face the dreaded “
litter box issues.” These functional bases must be covered:
1/Appropriate number of litter boxes. You’ll need one for each cat plus one extra. And remember: Two litter boxes next to each other
count as one!
2/Litter box placement. Put litter boxes in areas that are easily accessi- ble for your cat but away from heavy traffic. Also, eliminate any dead
ends where your cat could get trapped by another pet.
3/Litter box size. This is incredibly important. There must be enough room inside or around the box for your cat to easily stand and
Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to move on to style. This is
where your preferences overlap with those of your cat. The style should
accommodate your aesthetic sensibility, but also work for your feline family
members. Here are some different types of litter boxes to consider.
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The basic open litter box is always a good
choice because it’s easy for all cats to use.
Choose an open litter box with tall sides
to keep litter from being kicked over the
edge (unless you have a senior cat).
Covered litter boxes can help
reduce the amount of litter that’s
tracked outside the box as well as
odors, and there are lots of stylish options. Your cat needs to be
comfortable using a covered litter
box. Otherwise, don’t get one.