Finding the Right Litter Box for Cats

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Written By Dr. Tamal Dey
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If you have a pet cat, you need some products, e.g., cat foods, beds, collars, clothes, toys, cat bathing products, and cat litter sandboxes. A litter box, sometimes called a sandbox, cat box, litter tray, cat pan, or litter pan, is an indoor feces and urine collection box for cats. Many owners of these animals prefer not to let them roam outside for fear that they might succumb to outdoor dangers. Hence, they prefer to buy cat litter sandboxes, available at markets and online.

It can be initially challenging to teach your cat toilet training. Hence, a litter box may come in handy.

Here, we have written a detailed article to assist you in choosing the best cat litter in India.

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There are several different types of cat litter on the market. The most popular ones are traditional clay litter, scooping/clumping litter, crystal-based/silica gel litter, and plant-derived/biodegradable litter.

Most cats prefer fine-grained litters, presumably because they have a softer feel. Newer scoopable and “clumping” litter have finer grains than typical clay litter and are very popular because they keep down the odour. But high-quality, dust-free clay litters are relatively small-grained and may be perfectly acceptable to your cat.

Prevent the odour: other essential items-scoops, odour, and urine smell remover.

Many people use scented litter or air freshener to mask litter box odours, but oftentimes, these smells can be repulsive to cats. A thin layer of baking soda placed on the bottom of the box will help absorb odours without repelling your cat.

A word of caution when using the litter box for cats

The cat-box that the litter is poured into can give off a strong odour if not disposed of properly. It is recommended that the litter box be kept in low-traffic areas of the home, such as a basement or laundry room, to avoid litter box aversion. There are commercially available particular types of litter to help cover or lessen the odour produced. They contain baking soda, plant extracts, and/or odorized crystals. If kept in a room with an intake vent, an air freshener may be added to the furnace filter to isolate the odour from the rest of the house.

Types of cat litter box

  • Open litter pans
  • Hooded litter boxes
  • Top-entry litter boxes
  • Self-cleaning litter boxes
  • Disposable litter boxes
  • Litter box furniture and cabinets
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More accessible and Cheaper alternative to buying cat litter sandboxes

Instead of using a litter box, training cats to use a toilet is possible. But for cats, it goes against their instinct of burying waste. Cats may find using a toilet stressful.

FAQs

How Often Should You Change Your Cat Litter?

Changing the litter box every 2-3 days is recommended to maintain hygiene and cleanliness.

How do I keep the litter box from smelling in my house?

Scoop Daily. The best way to reduce litter box smells is to eliminate the smelly stuff. Wash thoroughly every day. Replace the Boxes periodically. Add More Well-Sized Boxes. Ventilate your house.

Where should I put my cat’s litter box?

The best place for a litter box is a clean, quiet, low-traffic area where the cat feels it has privacy. Depending on the layout of your house, a quiet corner in a family room or a nook in a spare bedroom might be good enough.

Why do cats get crazy after they poop?

Like humans, cats have a vagus nerve from their brain stem. Pooping can stimulate the nerve, leading to feelings of euphoria. So, cats may be running to burn off the extra energy from stimulating the vagus nerve.

Should you wear a mask when cleaning cat litter?

You should wear a mask when you clean your litter box. Wearing a mask can help protect you from inhaling any airborne germs. It may also help reduce the amount of litter dust you inhale. If your litter has a lot of dust, you may consider wearing goggles, too.

Can a cat get a UTI from a dirty litter box?

Yes, a cat gets a UTI from a dirty litter box.

Can I flush cat litter down the toilet?

Only flush cat litter that is labelled as flushable. Otherwise, it can cause plumbing issues and harm the environment.

Can I mix different types of cat litter?

Mixing different types of litter is not recommended as it can affect odour control and clumping ability.

Conclusion

Choosing the best cat litter in India can be challenging, but with this guide, you can make an informed decision based on your cat’s needs and preferences. Remember to consider factors such as type of litter, odour control, clumping ability, eco-friendliness, and price when selecting a cat litter. With suitable cat litter, you can ensure your feline friend stays healthy and your home stays clean and odour-free.

References

  1. Litter Box Problems‘ by ASPCA

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