How to properly set up your cat's litter box may seem an uncomplicated task. However, you should know that this will affect the way your cat relates to this area.

The primary thing you should consider is that setting up the litter box does not depend on your wishes. It needs to make your cat feel comfortable. There are a few tips to finish this job in the best possible way. Let's see.

Litter Box Setup

The primary things you should consider before setting up the litter box for your kitty include:

Litter box size

Before picking out the best litter box for your cat, you should determine the proper dimensions depending on your kitty's size and age. The crucial things to consider include:

• Desired size
• Height of three sides with the lower entry
• Covered or uncovered model

Check if your pet agrees with the hidden litter box you probably prefer. Also, keep in mind that some female cats pee over too shallow sides while old cats and kittens can't appropriately use the litter box with too high sides.

The best option is to find the right place for the box and avoid moving it around. On the other hand, you should change a model as your cat grows to allow its comfortable turning inside.

Covered, uncovered, or self-cleaning litter box

Most people choose the litter box according to the aesthetic and try to pick out the model that fits their decor. They also try to avoid any inconvenience connected with odor and littering. For them, the covered model is usually an ideal solution.

On the other hand, most cats, especially large ones, don't like to come inside the box while using it. They need enough space and view. Keep in mind that these animals prefer observing the environment to ensure they are safe and that there are no predators around.

In the end, some kitties may have an issue with the too sensitive upper respiratory system. That means they will avoid covered boxes that contain high ammonia concentration.

Nowadays, you can find a practical self-cleaning litter box, but some kitties avoid this model because of its noise.

Be aware that you can't force your cat to use the litter box it doesn't like. The best option is to experiment with a few models until discovering the right solution for both of you.

Appropriate litter

You can find different litter types in the local store or online. Nowadays, most people choose one of these:

• Traditional clay litter
• Scooping (clumping) litter
• Silica gel litter
• Crystal-based litter
• Biodegradable litter

Most kitties prefer soft and fine-grained litter. Popular clumping litter with the finer grain is an excellent option since it keeps the odor from spreading.

The rule of thumb is to stick to one litter once you discover the right one for your cat. Often switching litters may stress your pet out, and it will probably stop using its litter box.

Once you adopt a stray cat, it will probably keep using your pots instead of the litter box. Solve the problem by placing medium-sized rocks over the soil on the top of every pot.

Avoid using scented litter since most cats don't share our love with the fragrance. Instead, you can place a layer of baking soda on the box's bottom, and it will absorb odor without disturbing your kitty.


Since you shouldn't change the cat's litter box's location, it is crucial to determine the best place for it from the very beginning. Always try to find a place that will be convenient for your cat without bothering you.

Easy access - Ideally, the litter box should have at least two options for entering. That way, your cat can use one entrance when the other one is blocked.

Separate them - Never place the boxes in one line in one room. If possible, spread them in different rooms. Otherwise, provide enough space between boxes and put them at least 12 inches (30.5 cm) away from the wall.

Good air circulation - It is essential since cats avoid using the stinking litter. Clean litter boxes regularly and never place them in a basement or small cupboard.

Necessary distance - Never place boxes close to the food and water bowls and sleeping area. Avoid choosing a high-traffic location next to noisy household devices and air vents.

Never hide the litter box - The living area is never an ideal solution for placing the litter box, but you need to find a compromise. Find a corner in the bathroom or balcony for that purpose, and your kitty will be satisfied.

The area accessible 24/7 - Make sure that a chosen place is at your cat disposal without limitation. Only that way, you will avoid unwanted accidents.


The best litter box is the one you can clean and scoop effortlessly. I prefer a round shape without hard-to-reach edges and corners. The bad news is that you need to clean this box at least twice a day.

Additionally, it is necessary to empty it and wash thoroughly with warm soapy water at least once a week. After rinsing and drying, refill it with clean litter.


You will always need a litter box for each cat plus one more. Choose the box's right size and model, put them at proper places, and clean them regularly. In most cases, it will be enough for both you and your cat.

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