Litter Box Enclosures
It is remarkable how many litter box enclosures there are on the market. Often times cat owners are bombarded with marketing materials, claiming that one litter box is better than another. It is very hard to step back and realize that the best litter box is not the one that costs the most but is the one that your cat will use comfortably, and one that causes the least amount of work for you to keep clean!
Out of all the types of litter box enclosures on the market one of the best advertised is the automatic self-cleaning litter box. Self-cleaning litter boxes seem like the best thing available for cat owners. You get all the joy of owning a cat without worrying about the daily scooping of the litter box. With the automatic self-cleaning litter box enclosures you often find a very hefty price tag. For many cat owners, the price tag is worth it but for others, they find the prices far to steep.
Many automatic self-cleaning litter boxes run on a motor that can be noisy and disturb some cats. Other times the motor might start while your cat is still in the box – which can scare them even to the point that they will start avoiding using the box. Then there are some that need to use a special litter that some cats can find offensive. Your cat may or may not like the feel of the different litter on his or her paws or the smell offends them. As a result, an owner might find themselves with a very expensive gadget and still cleaning up poop off the floor. When you are looking at replacing your litter box enclosures with an expensive automated self cleaning one it is important to take time to research the box. What do other people say about it? Make sure to pay special attention to reviews that are similar to your situation. For example, if you have multiple cats, what do multiple cat owners have to say about the box? Here are some very popular self cleaning litter boxes (and their reviews).
- ScoopFree® Self-Cleaning Litter Box
- LitterMaid LM900 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box
- Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Beige
If you decide that the automated self cleaning litter boxes are not your thing, then the next ones to look at are the self cleaning litter boxes. These are un-motorized and are cleaned by sifting the litter. The owners will still need to sift the litter but there is much less waste contact. These are a good thing for nervous cats that might not like the sound of the motor or pet owners that want to limit the amount of interaction they will have with the waste. Often times waste will be sifted into a compartment to be disposed of. Here are some of the self cleaning boxes on the market:
- Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Green and Beige
- Sifting Enclosed Cat Litter Pan, Giant Assorted Colors
- SageKing Litter Quick Sifting Litter Box Color:Blue
- Tidy Cats Breeze Cats Litter Box System, 1-Count Kit
Some owners might find that the best thing for them and their cat is a $2.00 plastic litter box. While these take constant monitoring and scooping, many cats take very easily to them. They also are cheap enough that they can be easily recycled if the odor should become trapped in the plastic.
No matter what litter box enclosure you chose make sure that the litter box is in a comfortable area for your cat. A cat might not use the box should they feel trapped or in the public eye. When introducing your cat to the new litter box try placing the cat in litter box. Try to leave it in roughly the same spot that the original one was in. Cats are smart animals that love routine. With a little training, both for you and your cat you can find harmony when it comes to the litter box.