What Type of Litter Box is Best for you Cat?
Hi again to all of my amazing pet-parents! I am very excited to be beginning a new series this week and it is “All about litter Boxes!” What better way to begin than with a question I am asked all of the time; “What is the best litter box to use for my cat?” This is such an important topic because inappropriate litter box use age is the number 1 reason why cats are re-homed, dropped at shelters, abandoned, neglected, and yes even abused!
My answer lies in the basis of everything that I practice and teach throughout my platform, which is what makes most sense for our pets from a biological, species-appropriate stand-point. We need to look at not what type of litter box is easiest for us, or less messy, or with what cool features; but what litter box is as close to how a cat would go to the bathroom in their natural wild environment. Therefore, the best litter box meets these specifications:
- Extra Large Box – at least 18″X14″ inches in length min; the more room for them to turn and dig the better.
- Short Entrance to the box – No higher than 8″ is best; an opening too tall can be prohibitive to short-cats, young cats, senior cats, cats with any degenerative joint disease, cats who are declawed, or simply some cats just don’t want the effort of climbing into a box that is difficult to get in and out of.
- Open, Non-Covered Box; convenient to us to contain litter “over-spray,” most cats are actually afraid to do their business while closed-in a box because they feel highly vulnerable.
- A Box which is NOT electronic; again while electric boxes are convenient for us, they are frequently the cause of litter box misuse due to the sound and motion of the boxes causing cats to become afraid to use the box if they are in-motion when a cat goes to use the box, or turn on before a cat is complete with the box.
I really hope this helps many of you and you choose to at least offer your cat ONE of these “Cat-Perfect” litter boxes in your home, because it breaks my heart everyday when people come to me for help because their cat is urinating all over their house, or asking for help to re-home their cat because they have failed to get the behavior under control, and more times than not it is because of an improper litter box situation for the cat.
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STAY TUNED... we will be exploring next, what litter is best for your cat, how to keep litter from tracking through your house, how to keep children/dogs out of the litter box and more!
Thank you for being GREAT pet-parents and “Giving your pets the BEST of the Natural Life!”
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Sincerely your PetCoach,
April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., P.M.H.