Cat Care: Litter Box Logic

When it comes to the cat care, cats are quite particular about their litter box.  Several things that we wouldn’t consider important matter a lot to our felines.  Size, Litter Boxlocation, and type of litter are three major points to consider.

Litter Box Size

It’s important to get a box that’s big enough for your cat to get into and out of comfortably.  He should also be able to move around in it without too much trouble.  A general rule is the box should be twice the length of an adult cat and the width should be about the same as the cat’s length.

A while ago, I purchased a long heavy plastic sweater box and removed the lid and that serves well as a litter box.

Covered Litter Boxes-Yay or Nay?

My vote is a nay.  Cats need to be able to move around freely while in their litter box, and a cover can cause problems with that, especially if your cat is very tall.  A cover can also make a cat feel trapped in the litter box, which may lead to him avoiding it and taking care of potty business elsewhere.

Covered boxes tend to be an owner preference, granted, they do contain the litter so it doesn’t make such a mess, but that cover also contains the odor, which can also serve as a deterrent for your cat to use the box.

Litter-What Type to Use?

Cats are quite particular about the litter in their litter box.  From a cat’s perspective, litter should be comfortable for them to stand on, it should be odor free and easy for them to dig to cover after their bathroom duties.

Scoopable litter has a sandy texture, similar to what a cat would naturally choose.  It forms clumps when wet, making it easy to remove from the box.  Cats are very sensitive to smells, so avoid scented litters whenever possible.

Choosing scoopable litter also helps you monitor your cat’s daily elimination.  This is important because changes in litter box activity can often signal illness in cats.

For more information on litter box logic, check out the book  Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat–Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennet.


Written by Karen


Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.