|I often see ads for litter boxes designed to look like furniture. The problem with these is that they’re often too small to fit the average cat. Additionally, the enclosed box makes it less comfortable during elimination. The enclosed box can also get smelly since there’s limited air circulation. And, worst of all, if you have to open the back of the cabinet and slide the box out in order to scoop it, there’s a good chance you won’t do it often. The box should be open, convenient for kitty to get to and convenient for you to clean, and it needs to be the right size. If you have a cat, you can’t pretend you don’t have a litter box. It’s an important part of a cat’s life so make it easy to get to.
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of seven best-selling books on cat behavior. Her website is www.catbehaviorassociates.com.
November 11th, 2010