March 15, 2022 3 min read
We would never dare give you our opinion about your finicky feline's favorite bathroom style.
But we would like to share how scientific researchers have answered the question.
A leading veterinarian, Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM has authored more than 65 articles in veterinary journals. As a vet, he's been featured on CNN, Today, Nightline, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and Animal Planet.
In a recent column on Pet Health Network, Dr. Ward took a look at research published by experts at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
Here's what Ward found:
Ross University's research team evaluated 28 cats. Each cat had access to a closed litter box and an open litter box during a two-week period. Only 59% of the cats studied had used a closed litter box before.
In the study, both boxes contained the exact same litter. Cat parents cleaned both using the same technique.
According to this study — the only scientifically designed study on this question we know of — the answer is:
Most cats don't care.
Anecdotal evidence agrees. Sure, few individual cats like to do their business out in the open. A few urinary introverts insist on privacy while doing business. Most cats, however, seem to wander into whichever litter box suits their taste at the moment of decision.
Unless your cat is one of the finicky few who exhibits a strong preference for a certain litter box style, you can go with the box that looks best in your home. Just make sure it feels right for both your animal and human family members.
Cats love a clean, accessible, and comfortable-to-use box filled with fresh litter. As long as you've met these criteria, your cat should be delighted with whatever style box you choose — covered box, uncovered box, or Flip.
And so should you.
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