Once you tamp down the smell, the only other litter box issue is the sight. Nobody wants to treat their guests to a vision of their cat's latest deposits gloriously displayed on a bed of clumpy litter.
So how do you set up a hidden cat litter box? A special space only you and your cat know about?
A few enterprising furniture designers have decided to answer this question with wicker furniture or similar cat box enclosures. In fact, in some sections of the cat-loving internet, litter box furniture has grown surprisingly popular. These pieces are often attractive enough, but are they functional? Will your cat use the bathroom in a planter?
The desire to hide the box is understandable, but turning a bookcase into a bathroom often creates more problems than it solves. If your cat doesn't like the spot you've chosen, for instance, you can move a litter box, not so a bookcase. Some furniture-as-litter-box solutions even require you to open the door for your cat to use.
Just because a box is pretty doesn't make it practical or healthy for your pets.
Your cats need a litter box that works for them and for you. It's got to be the right size, easy to enter, odor free, and simple to clean. It helps if the box looks good in your house and helps eliminate litter tracking, too.
Like the cats that use them, litter boxes come in all shapes and sizes. How do you know which size box works best for your kitty?
Conventional wisdom says to get a box that's 1.5 times as long as your cat (minus his or her tail), and as wide as your cat is long.
Also, remember that litter kickers, high-pee-ers, and cats with bad aim will need tall walls — about 12 inches instead of the usual eight inches. (Our Modkat litter boxes have tall, seamless walls for extra protection.)
And of course, if your cat has mobility issues — or is a tiny kitty — you'll want to make sure the doorway isn't too high for them to enter with ease.
In general, the bigger the cat, the bigger the box. You don't have to buy a cat hotel for your Munchkin or other small cat breed to eliminate in, though. Bigger isn't better. Go for the just-right size.
Now, where should you put your cat box?
The best place for a litter box is the place your cat likes it. Living rooms, guest rooms, closets, some bathrooms, and even sunrooms can make great resting places for your litter box. Even in these out-of-the-way spots, most people want their box to look good.
In fact, the fruitless search for a good-looking, cat-friendly litter box is what got us started here at Modkat. We thought, why hide the litter box when you can make it beautiful? Even with a sleek box like one of ours, however, you may still want to tuck it more out of sight than the family room allows.
No problem, if you don't go for one of these bad real estate deals...
Don't put your cat's box in these locations:
A hidden box can become a forgotten box pretty darn quickly. To make sure you remember to clean your cat's bathroom, create a check-off sheet and stick it on the front of your refrigerator. Your plan should include daily scooping, regular refilling, weekly washing, and a full litter change every time you wash the box.
Keeping your cat's box clean and tidy doesn't have to be a smelly chore. And with a box that mostly stays out of sight (but not out of mind), you won't have to worry about inviting friends over for drinks or a meal.
You can all just enjoy your cat together — if he's a party animal — without worrying about unsightly sounds, smells, or sights emanating from a public kitty potty.
Shop the Modkat litter box line to find the purr-fect litter solution you will be proud to leave out!
At Modkat, we like things to be simple, minimal, and modern. We're like cats in that way. So when we talk about setting up a litter box, we don't look for the latest bells and whistles. We just ask what's best for your cat.
Dealing with litter is part of loving a cat. But you don't have to cope with pebbles scattered all over your home.