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Once you've eliminated the smells, your only other litter box issue is sight.
Clumps of cat litter don't make a good decorative piece for you, your housemates, or your guests. To avoid treating your friends and family to unattractive displays, you have two options — a covered cat litter solution or a hidden cat litter box.
How do you set up a hidden cat litter box, secret space known only to you and your cat?
A few enterprising furniture designers have decided to answer this question with wicker furniture or similar cat box enclosures. Are these devices really innovative cat litter boxes your pets will enjoy? Or will your cat turn up his nose at doing business inside the end table?
We understand the desire to tuck that litter box out of sight, but turning your bookcase into a bathroom often creates more problems than it solves.
Let's say your cat doesn't like the location you've picked for your hidden cat box. You can move the litter box, but you can't always move a bookcase.
Some furniture-as-litter-box solutions even require you to open the door for your cat to use the bathroom. That's not practical.
Just because a box is pretty doesn't make it practical or healthy for your pets.
The best cat litter boxes are those that work well for you and your pets. They control odors, simplify cleaning, and offer your cat enough space to enter, turn, and squat freely. It helps if the box looks good in your house and helps eliminate litter tracking, too.
Here's how to choose a modern cat litter box solution:
How to select the perfect size litter box.
Cat litter solutions, like cats themselves, come in a variety of sizes and shapes. What litter box will work best for your kitty?
The rule of thumb says a cat needs a litter box that's at least 1.5 times as long as she is, stem to stern, and about as wide as she is long.
High pee-ers, litter kickers, and cats with bad aim also need tall walls — usually about a foot tall instead of the usual 12 inches. Our Modkat litter boxes, for example, feature tall, seamless walls for extra protection.
Special cats such as tiny kittens or pets with mobility impairments need doorways that don't require them to make leaps and bounds to get to the bathroom.
As a general principle, big cats need big boxes. But remember that bigger isn't always better. You don't have to buy a sprawling litter box complex for your Munchkin or other small cat breed to do business in. Go for the just-right size box.
Now that you have the box, where should you put it?
Where to park your cat's litter box.
The best place for a litter box is the place your cat likes it.
Great resting places include your living room, guest room, closet, bathroom, or sunroom. Even in these out-of-the-way spots, however, most people want their box to look good.
In fact, the fruitless search for a good-looking, cat-friendly litter box is what got us started here at Modkat. We thought, why hide the litter box when you can make it beautiful? Even with a sleek box like one of ours, however, you may still want to tuck it more out of sight than the family room allows.
No problem, if you don't fall for one of these bad real estate deals...
5 worst spots to hide your cat's litter box.
Don't put your cat's box in these locations:
5 smart spots to hide a cat litter box.
Crouching tiger, hidden litter box.
A hidden box can quickly become a forgotten box. To make sure you remember to clean your cat's bathroom, create a check-off sheet and stick it on the front of your refrigerator. Your plan should include daily scooping, regular refilling, weekly washing, and a full litter change every time you wash the box.
Keeping your cat's box clean and tidy doesn't have to be a smelly chore. Even better, a hidden box means you won't have to worry about inviting friends over .
You can all just enjoy your cat together — if he's a party animal — without worrying about unsightly sounds, smells, or sights emanating from a public kitty potty.
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"This litter box keeps everything in, nothing gets out the sides."
"Modern and compact. Looks good in any space."
"My beautiful ragdoll cat and I both love the new Modkat Litter tray!"
"It looks nicer than any other hooded or open option we considered."