How to choose the best litter box is my experience in finding the best litter box for your pet

Before you get a cat or a cat, it is important to take care of many things so that your pet is comfortable and comfortable with you. Let's talk about the option of a suitable toilet for an animal, consider the nuances, the place where the cat's toilet will stand, the features of the animal, etc. Tips for choosing a litter box based on feedback from professional breeders.


Quite an important matter, this is the selection and acquisition of a cat litter, here I had to study everything and become an expert in this area for some time.

Someone will probably say, but what is there to think about bought any toilet for a cat in a pet store - and that's all.

how to choose a toilet for a cat?

Let me disagree, as it turned out there are a lot of nuances.
Therefore, I decided to approach the question by thoroughly examining all the pros and cons, considering various options. What now, in fact, is what my dear friends share with you, and at the end of the video, about what kind of toilet and why, I bought my pet.

There are two main types of cat litter boxes, indoor and outdoor.
 Open is a familiar tray for everyone.
The closed version is the same tray, but with a top cover, which is fixed on top of the tray, and the entrance to the toilet is carried out through a movable door.

Progress does not stand still, and automatic toilets for cats are already on sale. In such a toilet, after the fluffy has done his business, the filler is automatically flushed or sifted, but I did not even think about such options, primarily because of their high price and because of the dubious functionality that it is not known how long will last.

Therefore, the choice was between two conventional options, an open tray, or a closed tray house.
The differences between both options seem to be obvious, and each has its own pros and cons.

Open tray - It is definitely easier to maintain, if the cat has done its job, it is immediately visible, and such a tray is cheaper than a closed one, the minus of such a tray is that everything in it will be constantly in front of your eyes.

An enclosed litter box is a kind of stand-alone stall, uniquely suited for the more shy or disgusted cat breeds who like to do everything in private and without prying eyes.

cat litter box - indoor or outdoor

Also, such a tray can be safely installed outside the toilet or bathroom, and the presence of the top cover turns it into a kind of cat's house where all the details are hidden from view, and the smells are much less spread, but what is definitely a minus is that, that all the time you have to look under the cover to control the contents for release.

Probably no one needs to explain, but just in case, whatever the filler is in the cat litter, and the solid waste of the fluffy must be thrown out in a timely manner and constantly.
What else became clear when choosing a tray is that in a tray, for example with low edges, a cat who loves to dig and rummage before her business will easily scatter all the filler on the floor, it is also worth considering that some cats, doing their small things and rising, they can generally drain past.

litter box or lattice bottom?

High trays, as well as closed ones, it turns out, are devoid of these drawbacks, but in terms of their dimensions they cannot always fit into a small toilet and be placed next to the toilet. Therefore, having decided on the place for the tray, before going to the store, write down all the dimensions of the free space for it - width, depth and height.

Regarding the bottom, normal or lattice, I chose my cat without a lattice, since initially, it was decided to use selikogel, and now, by the way, I do not regret at all, but in a tray with a lattice bottom, it seems to me there is no point in using filler, the main task of which is to absorb liquid and absorb odors, since it turns out that the filler will be separate, and the liquid under the grate is also separate.

There are also semi-closed toilets, which are a high litter box with an upper entrance for a cat.
But it seemed to me that although this option is comparable in size to a toilet-house, the hole from the top will definitely not protect from odors, and in general the upper entrance is quite specific (perhaps, of course, not for cats).

Also, when choosing a tray, it is imperative to take into account the dimensions of an already adult cat; for large animals, you need to select a larger tray.

Having weighed all the pros and cons, For my cat, I chose a closed toilet, but with one big but. Namely, with a pull-out tray, which in fact turned out to be very convenient and practical.
 To look for a toilet house with a pull-out tray, I was pushed by numerous reviews of cat lovers on the Internet, who, having a closed type of toilet for a cat, often complained that in order to clean or remove solid waste, you have to snap off the top cover from the tray to remove it, latches which in the process of such work very quickly went out of order.

The size of the litter box for a cat matters, a small litter box can be uncomfortable for a cat

In the model I have chosen, the tray slides out, and accordingly, no extra steps are needed to remove the lid, take this into account when choosing. But about the charcoal filter located at the top of some cat litter boxes, I can say that this is more of a marketing, and if the cat eats well and goes to great lengths, then no charcoal filter will stop the smell from spreading from the tray.

Cat litter box size matters, large litter box is more likely to be approved by your pet

By the way, the place for the scoop for solid waste located in the top cover turned out to be a convenient feature, it does not lie around and is always in place.

But there is no smell of urine when using silica gel at all. Of course, a lot also depends on the type of filler, and if, for example, one consisting of pressed sawdust very quickly begins to miss odors, stick to paws, and cats carry it throughout the apartment, then the selikogel I have chosen reliably keeps the smell even if the filler is replaced with only 2 - 3 once a month, and does not stick to the paws, and only in an exceptional case, one or two grains can be found in front of the toilet.

The smell from the tray, if there is no special litter, can scare a cat away from the desire to go to the toilet in this tray.

And yet, the breeder advised at first to use a tray without a door installed, explaining this by the fact that a small kitten can pinch its tail with the door, which may give him a negative impression about the toilet itself, where he may later be afraid to go.

Having listened to the advice of the breeder, at first, the kitten was taught to use the toilet with the door removed, but as soon as he got used to the tray, a couple of months after that, the door was installed. The cat, seeing something new, first played with her, then apparently realizing what was happening, he began to normally go to the toilet through the door, which turned out to be not a hindrance to him at all.

Watch a detailed video about choosing a cat litter on the channel CleverBill DIY

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