Covered litter boxes reduce a cat’s escape potential

Pierson, Lisa A.
Litter box preferences: Most commercial litter boxes are too small to comfortably accommodate adult cats, so try a large plastic storage box (such as the ones designed to fit under a bed) and see if a little more room might make a difference. In addition, some cats, especially senior or overweight cats, have difficulty getting into litter boxes with high walls. Covered litter boxes may feel too confining to a stressed cat, so unless your kitty is really shy, try removing the covers. Also, plastic liners are convenient for us, but some cats don’t like them.
The location of litter boxes can be the difference between cats using -- or avoiding -- them.
For some cats there’s nothing wrong with the box or location. These cats may have just had a painful incident, such as diarrhea or constipation, or fearful experience, such as a sudden loud noise piercing their peaceful pooping episode, which they now associate with the box. That’s one reason why it’s best to keep the litter boxes away from loud areas or appliances, such as a laundry room or furnace. A sudden loud, Bang! or the thud of a detergent box landing on your head is enough to keep even easy going cats away from that dangerous litter box location. Still, others cats just happened to discover a new location or special surface that they like much better. After filling the litter box, give the litter a final leveling off so the cats have a nice, smoothYou are now ready to proceed again with filling the box with litter. Your cats will be happy.So why do we expect our cats to use dirty litter boxes instead of just going some place else?
10 Ideas For Hiding Your Cats Litter Box // Don't sacrifice style for your cat's litter box. This modern looking cabinet will fit right into your home without looking like the dirty litter box it actually is.Cat owners sometimes become the Grumpy Cat when they have to deal with their furry friend's litter box. Remedying with the odor is one issue, but these 12 projects will at least help you integrate your cat's lifestyle into your fabulous indoor decor.Litter box cover from 2 IKEA side tables and fabric! This is a great DIY for cats, better than traditional covered boxes because it doesn't have plastic on the sides, which can trap odors and make some cats reluctant to use the box as often as they should.So, what now? Is a covered litter box bad for cats; is forcing them to use one something only a selfish person would do? We don’t see it that way. There are several recognized cat behaviorists who advocate strongly against covered boxes, though they are not as bad as described.Unfortunately for cats, all the advantages of hooded boxes are there to serve cat owners’ needs, which is why they are so popular. After all, cat owners, not cats, are the ones making buying decisions. But what about cats? There are several cons of covered litter boxes that do bother some of them a lot. Let’s take a look at them one by one.
Medical Causes: A variety of medical conditions — , , bladder stones and bladder infections — can cause cats to urinate outside their . Owners who witness "accidents" should not assume that the problem is behavioral. If your cat stops peeing regularly in the litterbox, schedule a visit with your veterinarian.I have a small cat boarding business in Seattle Washington and always looking to improve my business and make it better. One issue is controlling litter and the urine of cats that are older, and the ones that stand when they pee! I have tried many litter boxes. The high sided litter boxes on the retail market are not high enough. One can make them from storage boxes, but they are ugly. Some feline specialists advise having one extra litterbox per the number of in your household — so one kitty should ideally have two litterboxes, and two felines should have three etc. Sure, some owners can get away with less, but once you have three cats, you are risking your felines’ comfort — along with your household’s aromatic integrity.