When you first get a cat, one of the many things you need once you arrive home is the proper kitty litter and a litter box for your cat. As there are many choices on the market, it can be difficult to find one that will match your cat’s needs. Before we get down to the nitty gritty of cat litter, let’s look at some other essentials you need to have.
Litter boxes are, of course, where the litter is going to go, and where your cat will spend a little time each day. Depending on your household and how many cats you have, you might need to have multiple litter boxes, so finding the right one type can be an important step. According to HappyFriendy, they go by the “n+1” rule, which means if you have one cat, you should have 2 litter boxes.
There are a few different models out there. You might have the standard dish style litter box, which is usually made out of plastic. This type doesn’t have tall walls, and while it’s easy to get into, it’s also easy for your cat to kick the litter out of the box and make a mess.
Another type is a variation of the standard tray with taller walls. Because the walls are taller, it means there is less spillage, but it does still happen. In addition, there are types of litter boxes that are covered. This type may or may not have a swinging door in which cats can step through. It’s recommended that covered litter boxes are best because they eliminate spillage and give your cat privacy.
In general, it’s important to make sure that your cat’s litter box is roomy enough where they can fit comfortably. They should be able to turn around with ease. A bigger litter box will also help keep the litter inside and not dragged out when your cat leaves the box.
Now, you don’t have to have a litter scoop if you’ve decided to get an automatic litter box. Yes, these do exist! If you choose to forgo the price of an automatic litter box, you will need a litter scoop. Litter scoops are basic, so choosing the right one is pretty simple. Get one that is heavy duty and slotted, so it will leave leftover kitty litter without breaking.
Just as there are choices in litter box types, there are many cat litters on the market. You have a choice of materials as well as choosing between non-clumping and clumping formulas. Clumping litters are meant to clump when wet. This means that it will be easier to clean without the additional waste. Often, these litters contain bentonite clay, which is considered generally safe for most cats. It’s also better not to use a scented formula as it may cause issues for your kitty.
There are also non-clumping formulas. Non-clumping litter is beneficial at removing odors as different particles will absorb the liquid and the odor over time. Your cat also may prefer this type of litter as it more closely resembles dirt outside.
Regardless of the type of litter formula you choose, it’s imperative that you make sure that the ingredients are non-toxic and safe for you and your cat.
Getting your house ready for your cat can be one of the most important stages. While many cat parents don’t think about their cat’s litter box needs, it’s crucial to have the right set up from the start. Get a proper litter box and the appropriate little, so your cat can have the best experience possible.