Cats are clean animals. They groom themselves constantly, not only after they go to the cat litter box. They bury their waste with litter and afterwards they clean themselves. Continuous grooming is in their nature.
A research found that cats groom themselves about 50% of their waking time.
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Do you know why cats clean themselves so fastidiously? It’s their instinct. Wild cats want to remove all smell of food or waste from their fur. They do so after eating, after pooping and even before going to sleep. It’s their natural instinct to keep them safe from being smelled and detected by other predators. And you help your little cat friend by providing a clean cat litter box.
There are of course also other reasons why cats groom themselves. They remove loose fur and rid the coat of fleas. Their grooming increases circulation, controls their body temperature and actually speeds healing processes. And, not to forget, grooming feels good to the cats. Therefore, when you see your cat cleaning itself, you can be sure that this is a good sign for your cat’s health.
Indoor cats still have this instinct. But indoor cats need litter boxes.
A good cat litter box may have a high sided lid that is open with no hood. Generally you have the choice between open and closed litter boxes. You on the other hand need cat litter boxes for the cleanness of your home.
Always be aware that cats need time to adjust to a new litter box. Here are some steps you may take in order to make this transition for your cat as stress-free as possible.
Place the new litter box next to the old litter box and allow your cat to step freely into both of them. Your cat needs to have the possibility to explore the new litter box on her own. Cats are sensitive to changes, generally. Just give your cat time. They need to choose the new box on their own.
Sometimes you may help though by transferring some clumps from the older litter box into the new one. The known smell will encourage your cat to accept the new litter box as its own. Also important is that you give your cat privacy for exploration, some cats need that more than others. Try to not hover over the litter box and control your cat’s every step.
As owner of several cats you probably know the recommendation that you need one litter box per cat plus an additional one, meaning 3 litter systems for 2 cats. It is also recommended that you keep the litter boxes in separate areas.
Another important point is the size needed for your cat. While smaller litter boxes are perfect for kittens you will need to get a bigger one later. Generally it’s said that a 13+ pound cat needs a litter box that is around 22” high and 18” wide. Some cats like to have a lot of space around them, they don’t like to be closed in. Your cat’s needs are the key for the model you want to get for your cat.
IRIS Open Top Cat Litter Box Kit
- Open top for plenty of room and quick accessibility
- Includes a matching litter scoop and polished interior for easy cleaning
- Side and back of the litter container are high enough to keep litter from scattering on the floor
- Recessed bottom and molded-in feet allow litter pan to fit neatly in all types of spaces
- Dimensions: 19.00″L x 15.00″W x 11.75″H
Oh man, this poop bucket is perfect. I never thought I’d have preference over litter boxes, but this one is tops. I love the splash guard.
These boxes are a home run!! I have 2 cats. I replaced the big box with two of these boxes. Each cat actually favored their own box almost right away and all issues have been resolved! I also find that they fling the litter a lot less after each visit.
Loved it so much I bought a second one for my other restroom. The taller walls help keep the mess down, but still allowed my fat cat to get in and out.
Cat Litter Box Kit
- Uses specially designed, cat-friendly 99.6% dust-free litter pellets
- Outstanding odor control
- Disposable cat pads absorbs and controls urine odor for up to one month
- Anti-tracking pellets
- Kit includes 1 litter box, 1 scoop, 1 bag pellets, 4 pads
Best litter system around. Little to no smell and if your cat gets wild and kicks a few pieces out of the box easy to deal with.
I’ve had this set up for less than 24 hours and am already blown away by it. This set up is very ideal for small apartments. Not only is there absolutely no litter scent or litter being tracked all over the place, but even with poop or pee in it I don’t smell a thing.
Very easy to clean up after the cats. No need to haul the heavy bags of litter to or from the house.
Hooded Cat Litter Pan
- Perfect for multi-cat households
- Provides your cat with privacy while retaining their litter inside the pan
- Large hood lifts up for easy access for cleaning
- Carbon filter works to remove odors
Finally there is a large enough hooded litter box so your cat can turn around and stand up comfortably. I leave the fold-away door folded up on top, so it is like having a moonroof for the box.
So easy to clean with the door that flips up. I don’t have to take the lid off every time. My cat took to it right away.
I got this to replace my 6 month old kitty’s tiny box and such a big difference. It’s huge! But she enjoys it. It’s great.
* Prices are good at the time the article was written, but subject to change without notice.