You've heard that in real estate location is everything. This applies equally to your cat's litter box. Successful, consistent cat litter box habits depend upon several factors, and litter location is crucial.
This article will highlight how you can successfully locate your cat's litter box to her (and your) satisfaction.
To begin, try to think like a cat. Where would you like to have a cat litter box? Eliminating one's waste is a vulnerable time. Cats need to feel safe and undisturbed while eliminating. If cat doesn't feel comfortable, she'll seek out a location that satisfies her - but probably not you!
Ideally, you will locate your cat's litter box in a part of your residence that isn't heavily trafficked by family members. Some possibilities are:
- Basement (keep door open at all times for easy accessibility)
- Bathroom (this depends upon if you're comfortable with set up)
- Bedroom (consider noise and smell factor, particularly if kitty does her business at 3 AM!)
- Closet (a place many feline owners don't think about, but can be very desirable for kitty)
If your home has a basement, this is often most advantageous location for everyone. It's out of way, you rarely go there, and smell and mess isn't intrusive. You do have to remember to visit several times a day to scoop out your cat's waste production. If cat litter box is full, your cat will avoid it, and find another spot to do her business.
Many feline owners set up cat litter box in their bathroom. The tile floor is easy to clean. It's a room that isn't occupied except for essential business, and your cat usually has her privacy to eliminate with grace and dignity. However, if you're in middle of your shower, putting on makeup, or otherwise engaged, cat litter box smell may be something you need to consider.