Not long ago, I talked to you about litter box size. Yes, it's true - size DOES matter. Cats want a box that is roomy enough to move around in. Some litter boxes are definitely too small, but it is nearly impossible to have one that is too big.
There are several things that affect how (and IF) a cat uses the litter box. One of these things is size.
Another important factor is whether you have ENOUGH litter boxes in your home. Do you?
How many litter boxes do you need? There is a good rule of thumb that will tell you how many litter boxes you should really have in your home to help avoid inappropriate urination problems. You should have one litter box per cat, plus one. OR, you should have one litter box on every floor of your house, plus one. You should use whichever number is higher.
So, let's see how these rules work. If you have three cats in a one-floor apartment, you should ideally have four litter boxes. I know that sounds like a lot but that is the correct recommendation. Providing ample little boxes will help to minimize the desire for your cats to urinate OUTSIDE of the litter box.
Likewise, if you have a two-story house with two cats, you should have three litter boxes.
The litter box you choose is so important. I have looked high and low for the best commercial litter box, and the best box I have found is this one - the SmartCat® Ultimate Litter Box
. This box is big - approximately 25 inches long by 18 inches wide. And it has nice rounded sides that cats like. The unusual shape makes it easy for your cats to access the box (and easier for you to clean it). It is also transparent, which is really important. Cats need to feel safe while they are in the litter box. A transparent box lets cats see what is going on around them, so they can use the box without feeling vulnerable.
The SmartCat® Ultimate Litter Box
really is a great litter box and it's inexpensive - you can pick it up at PetProductAdvisor.com for under $20. The unusual shape also helps prevent litter from being kicked out of the box, which cuts down on tracking
. I used to think that a litter box was just a litter box, but that is NOT the case. This is my cat's favorite litter box. I have different types of litter boxes around but they go in this one. It's also my favorite. The shape makes it easy to pick up and clean, and it has a nice sleek style. Check it out
Remember that it is important to place the litter box in the right location and to provide the right litter box care. Choose a low-traffic area that isn't "scary" for your cat. The bathroom or a spare room is generally a good spot.