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Household pet cats need litter boxes in which they do their business. Just like people, these feline friends can get finicky over this matter, so they must make sure the litter box they have for their pet catsuits the cats’ preferences; after all, it is the cat that is going to use it. But the owner should also consider his convenience regarding this matter; he should consider his budget for the cat box as well as the ease of cleaning it.
Choosing the perfect cat box can be beneficial to both your cat’s health as well as the owners.
The most important thing is that the litter box should be attractive to the cat and comfortable to use. Rest assured, the satisfaction of the cat also guarantees success.
There are a few things to consider when finding the perfect litter box:
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Size and depth:
This can be determined by the number of cats in the house. However, it is ideal if the number of cats in the house determines the number of litter trays available instead of size. For kittens, shallow litter trays, no more than three inches deep is recommended. For adult cats, on the other hand, those about six centimeters high are desirable.
The prescribed area of the litter box is at least 24 inches long or wide.
The material of the box:
Heavy and durable plastic is the most recommended material for a litter box and is also the cheapest in shops.
And with their simplicity in style, cleaning can be a breeze.
Easy to clean:
Simple flat boxes are easy to clean due to their simple design. No need to remove lids or lids to scoop or clean. However, some cats often shovel garbage out of the box, so if you choose this option you’d better have a whisk broom and a dustpan always to hand.
Covered cubicles usually minimize the effort of spreading cat litter and litter outside the cubicle as they have hoods that keep all the litter inside. Covered boxes also tend to stink due to poor ventilation.
There are also self-cleaning litter trays on the market. The self-cleaning function of these boxes keeps the litter box neat and tidy, but they also need to be cleaned by the owner.
Every few days the litter box has to be emptied with urine and feces and sometimes the rake doesn’t get every bit of cat litter, so it may be necessary to scoop them out now and then.
Style and functions:
There is a wide variety of designs, styles, and functions for litter trays.
The owner may need to choose the one that best suits him and his cat. Below are some basic designs for litter boxes:
Basic flat box.
This is the simple rectangular pan that is usually made of plastic.
They come in different depths, sizes, and colors.
This design is preferred by most cats. Innovation in this design is to keep the cat litter liners in place by attaching them under the rim.
Covered or hooded litter boxes.
This litter box resembles the traditional open type rectangular pans, except for the addition of the hood that partially covers the box. At one end of the box, there is an opening that serves as the entrance and exit of the cat.
The hood is also placed high enough so that the cat can stand and do his job easily and comfortably. Although they provide “privacy” for the pet, they tend to smell very bad because of the poor ventilation inside.
Manufacturers of this type of litter boxes have provided a solution to this problem. Some variants of the hooded type have ventilation openings at the top and a filter that helps capture odors.
For this type of litter box, it is recommended that you choose one that is large enough to house the pet, has a hood that is easy to maneuver for easy cleaning and large ventilation openings.
Also known as “hidden boxes”, this type of litter box disguises itself as a piece of furniture or even as a plant.
A designer litter tray not only serves as a handy toilet for the cat but can also serve as an accent for the room in which it is located. Although the containers are usually not large enough, some designs are large and more open. These are the ones that are more ideal for use. Try to find one that provides good ventilation.
A few other variations of this type are available on the market, but the basic model consists of two rectangular pans and a tray that serves as a sieve.
These electrically driven high-end cat trays work with a sensor that activates the self-cleaning machines a few minutes after the cat has left the tray. The cleaning machine contains a rake that works its way along the litter to scoop out cat puddles and defecate into a litter box. It is still necessary to clean the machine from time to time, especially the cleaning mechanism itself.
Cost of cat box:
The standard flat box is the most affordable of all the mentioned designs.
The self-cleaning box is, of course, the most expensive and their warranty usually lasts only one year. This can be a risk that the owner should take into account before actually buying a unit.
Attractive for the cat:
Cats generally do very well with the type of open box. Covered boxes provide the “privacy” that some cats like, but some feel trapped inside.
Owners of designer boxes may find it attractive to place them where they will be most appreciated. However, they should keep in mind that cats usually choose to do their business in a quiet and safe place. As for automated self-cleaning litter trays, some fussy cats may find them comfortable because they are clean and spacious.
However, they can become psychic because of the mechanical action if they get the chance to see it happen. They may be afraid to use it again.
Finding the perfect litter box can be a difficult task and may require experimentation by the owner.
If the owner tries a box that his pet doesn’t like, he shouldn’t insist the cat uses it.
These experiments can make it annoying, it may be necessary to find the perfect box for your cat.
By giving the cat his favorite litter box, both the owner and the pet, and the carpet, can get good health and satisfaction! We hope you have finished reading this article and learned at least a little new information. If so, we have done our job.
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