There is so many different litter boxes to choose from, it's hard to determine which one is right for you. Always consider things your cat may be skeptical of and avoid those points. Here are things to consider when comparing litter boxes:
Always consider the size of your cat before determining other facts. Your cat should always be at least one and a half times bigger than the litter box. This will allow them to use the restroom without feeling cramped.
2. Hood or No Hood
We always recommend using a litter box with no hood. Hooded litter boxes trap lingering odors and makes your cat resist using it. You might find that your kitty is beginning to avoid the litter box all together by the smell of it. Not only does it trap odors, but cats do not like being cornered or having a one way out litter box. She may feel stressed out and on edge by intensely focusing on her surroundings during her privacy time.
3. Fancy or budget friendly?
Automated litter boxes make things so much easier but they for sure put a dent in your wallet. It is always more practical to clean it out yourself then risking a $300 machine getting damaged from clumps or urine finding its way into places it shouldn't.
There is definitely an abundant amount of materials to choose from - plastic, disposable, metal, cardboard, etc. but the one we recommend most is a plastic litter box with high walls. This will contain litter and it's easy to wash (unless you're using clay), lightweight, and if properly cared for, it can last a lifetime.
5. High Wall or Low Wall
For lightweight litter, always choose a high walled litter box. It can easily be kicked out and high walls prevent it from escaping. Low wall litter boxes tend to be okay for heavy litters if that is what your cat prefers.
6. Top Entry or Ground Entry?
Just like hooded litter boxes, top entry litter boxes enable odors to get trapped inside when it's recently been used. This makes the smell unbearable for your kitty and they may avoid it all together. We always recommend a ground entry litter box.
Cat Litter Hack: If you use a light weight litter, velcro your litter box to the ground with Command Strips to prevent tipping and it still enables you to change the litter box with no problem!
I am not a cat behaviorist or veterinarian and my statements are all from my own experiences and online research. The Kitty Corner is just for fun and general knowledge provided for our fellow kitty parents. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Cocokitty’s customer service team: firstname.lastname@example.org.