Where to Place Your Cat’s Litter Box
Congratulations – you’ve just welcomed a new cat into your home and you’re kitting-out your home with the necessary gear! It’s important to make sure you have the right type of litter box (or maybe even more than one), It’s also important to know where to store them. If you’ve been wondering where the best litter box location might be then we’ll answer that for you today.
Things to Consider
Before discussing the best place to put litter box in your home, it’s worth learning some of the key things to keep in mind when you’re welcoming a new feline friend into your home. If you’re adopting multiple cats or thinking about getting more in the future, you’ll need more than one litter box. As a general rule, you should have at least one litter box per cat. This is essential for a few reasons. Firstly, some cats are picky and simply won’t urinate or soil in the same litter box or they might need a spare in another part of the house. Secondly, cats shouldn’t be made to share the same litter box as this can cause conflicts between the animals, especially when they’re becoming familiar with each other. So, if you’re planning on having a multi-cat household someday, be sure to have at least one litter box per cat, with a couple of spares in case you need them.
Accessibility is another important thing to consider. If the litter box has high sides and needs to be climbed into, it might not be suitable for elderly cats or those with mobility issues. When choosing a cat litter tray, opt for one that is accessible to avoid messy accidents.
Where to Keep Cat Litter Box
Litter box placement is important to get right if you want to avoid any unpleasant accidents or bad habits from developing. Although it might not seem like a big deal, careful cat litter box placement is essential for keeping your cat healthy, happy and comfortable in their home. When deciding on a suitable place for your cat’s litter box, many vets agree that you should consider things which you look for in a bathroom to get an idea of what your cat needs too. Things like lighting, space, privacy and accessibility are all important aspects to consider.
The following list outlines the many things to consider when choosing where to place your cat’s litter box. Of course, it’s unlikely that all of these will be viable depending on your living space and how many other pets are in the home. However, if you can find somewhere in the home that matches most of these considerations then that’s a great start.
Keeping Food Away: Keeping the litter box away from food is essential for more than just hygienic reasons (although, that’s a good enough reason alone!). Cats shouldn’t be fed near their litter boxes as aren’t the most pleasant of things and can become smelly. This can lead to some cats to stop eating as much or it can lead to the development of some generally bad habits. To avoid this, place food and water bowls away from the litter box. Keeping them in opposite corners of a room or in separate rooms entirely is the best way to avoid any problems.
Accessibility: As mentioned previously, accessibility is crucial both in the choice of litter box and its location in the home. The litter box should be placed in a location which is easy to access. This means removing obstacles or anything which needs to be climbed over to access. While that means keeping it in a clear, open area (another crucial point), it also means that litter boxes should be kept downstairs, or whichever floor your cat uses the most. While cats can happily wander around their home in their own time, they shouldn’t be made to run up or down stairs just to go to the bathroom. This is especially important for young or old cats that might need more time to get there and could otherwise result in accidents.
Privacy: Unlike their canine friends, our kittens require privacy when going to the toilet. Placing the litter box in a private and comfortable location is key to keeping them happy and healthy. This doesn’t mean putting it in a dark corner or tucked away behind obstacles. Instead, the litter box(es) should be placed in an open space where cats are comfortable, but one that isn’t busy with other humans or animals wandering around. A spare bedroom, bathroom or utility room will work perfectly if you have the space. Alternatively, you could buy or set up a screen which gives them privacy if the litter box is in a public space.
Sound and Sight: It makes sense that cats obviously want a well-lit area to do their business. You wouldn’t exactly want to go to the toilet in the dark where you can’t see well and neither do cats. If the area is well-lit during the day but not at night, a soft nightlight would be an ideal solution. This ensures that cats feel safe and comfortable to go at night and prevents any accidents. Sound is also important to some cats, but not to them all. If the litter box is placed in a noisy environment, then it can put some cats off their business. Try relocating or adding an additional litter box to a quieter area for these fussy felines.
Litter Box Furniture: It might sound new or unusual, but litter box furniture is a great option for pet parents who are tight on space. These litter boxes are built into pieces of furniture with wood, bamboo or other materials covering them to make them look good in public spaces while they do the job they’re meant for. While these might seem like an unnecessary add-on, litter box furniture is a perfect choice for pet parents who want to enjoy looking after a feline friend without compromising on space or interior design.
You’ve now learned the most important things to consider when choosing where to place your cat’s litter tray. As mentioned, these are simply just suggestions and not all of them will be possible for all pet parents. It’s important to consider them, however, and choose somewhere that matches most of these aspects.
Now that we’ve learned where you should place your cat’s litter box and why it’s important to get the location right, here is a list of some top tips to keep in mind.
Don’t Close the Doors: Although it sounds obvious, lots of us pet parents make this mistake from time to time. Once you’ve chosen the perfect location, be careful not close the door and lock your cat out, especially if you’re leaving the house. This little mistake is asking for trouble and will undoubtedly result in one or more accidents.
Multi-Cat Homes: If you have (or are going to have) multiple cats in your home, it’s important to be prepared by having at least one litter box per cat. If you have multiple floors in your house which your cats have easy access to, you could place at least one on each floor to give them all some choice. This also means your cats don’t have far to travel whenever they need to go.
Avoiding Conflicts: Conflict is another potential problem when choosing the location for litter boxes in a house with multiple cats. This could be fighting over the litter box which is why it’s important to have multiple. It could also be caused by an instinctive behavior cats have. Since going to the toilet is a private and exposing act, cats have a natural fear and awareness of other animals and people when they do their business. Choosing separate locations with open spaces will mean cats can be aware of what’s going on around them, without the fear of another cat approaching or ‘ambushing’ them while they’re exposed.
Don’t Move the Litter Box: Moving a cat’s litter box is a sure way of confusing them and could potentially lead to accidents. If the previous location of a litter box isn’t working, set up a new one in the desired location and try prompting your cat to use that one instead. This process works well if the new box is in a completely different room or area of the house. Alternatively, if you’re just moving the box to another area of the room, try moving it slowly, around a few inches per day. This will prevent accidents and won’t startle your cat as it might if you moved it entirely.
Now you know some of the top things to consider when choosing the perfect location for your cat’s litter box and some helpful hints to make the process easier. From lighting, space and privacy, you know all there is to know to make a confident and successful choice for your feline friend’s litter box.