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Litter Box Related

The Litter Box

Cats are incredibly picky about the way their litter box is set up. Litter box dislike is one of the four main reasons cats stop using the box. They want it to mimic what is natural to them; what calls to their instincts. A lot of the newfangled, fancy, automatic boxes are off-putting to them. Size is important, as is accessibility and having escape routes. I've created a sheet that identifies the aspects cats prefer in their box. You can download it here.

Decoding Litter Box Issues

Cat not using the litter box? Learn the main reasons why and treatment plans for modifying the behavior. With Cat Behavior Specialist, Molly DeVoss

SmartCat All Natural Clumping Cat Litter, 20 Pound

This is the best litter I have found thus far. I love its odor control, very low dust, renewable resource origins, 100% biodegradable, and cats love it! Be sure to make the transition to new litter (and all things cat related) slow; start out with 50% new litter and slowly increase. I find this litter doesn't need to be changed as often as clay litters, which makes it ultimately less expensive.

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Litter Mat

I've used a lot of litter mats and until this one, hadn't found one that I thought did a good job. I bought it for a client and when I saw how well it was working, bought one for us too. 

Check it out on Amazon here


Bon Tool Tub Utility - 36" X 24" X 8" , Brown

Sometimes simpler is better. You don’t need a fancy litter box – heck, you don’t need a litter box at all! It’s challenging to find a box that’s big enough to support 1.5 times the length of your cat. Pico is 18” from nose to tail, which means I need a 27” litter box – minimum! I buy large concrete mixing and utility tubs like this to use as litter boxes.

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Disposable Litter Box 

I may prescribe you a "Litter Box Line Up" where we test the cats like/dislike for the litter box set up. These Jumbo disposable boxes are good for most sized cats.

Click here or image to the right to purchase the Jumbo Sized 4-Pack disposable litter boxes.

XL Designer Open Top Box

I had a foster who was kicking litter all over the place, and decided I needed a high wall box. But, knowing that Pico might be using it too, it had to be big enough for him to use as well; he’s a HUGE cat. I found this very nice looking box option. Interestingly, Pico prefers this box to his low sided one. This litter box is also very slick for cleaning. 

Click here or images to purchase this open top box. 


Corner Litter Box

Sometimes a corner configuration works well for your space. This one is still a good size for most cats.

Click here or the image to the right to purchase the corner litter box. 

Stainless Litter Box

Stainless steel won't hold the odors that plastic boxes do. Check the size of your cat to be sure this one will work - 1.5X the length of your cat measured from nose to base of tail.

Click here or image to the right to purchase the 2-Set Large Stainless Steel Litter Box.

Litter Box for Senior Cats

Remember size matters! The litter box needs to be 1.5 times the length of your cat - that is measured from the nose to the base of the tail. I like this low side, large litter pan for seniors and young kittens.

Click here or image to the right to purchase this low-side litter box. 

Reduce the Litter Odor

I absolutely LOVE the Litter Genie! If you have kids you'll relate to it being similar to a diaper pail. You scoop the poop (and clumped urine), dump it into the pail, pull the trap door and poof, it falls into the bottom of the unit, into a plastic bag. Once the bag is full, the unit opens in the center, and has a built-in bag cutter. You simply cut and tie off the bag. Then pull down a new handful of bag, tie the bottom and you're ready to scoop more!

And they have recently come out with the XL size - which is perfect for multi-cat households.

Click images to the right or names above to purchase a litter genie. 

I thought the refill cartridges were expensive so I tried a retrofit that uses plastic grocery bags, but a word of caution does NOT control the odor. The bags have patented odor-controlling technology and really help to keep the smell down. Jumbo Refills do not work in the XL Genie. Click on each image to purchase the refill packs. 

Natural Odor Control

It’s very important to use NATURAL odor control, rather than sprays and reeds that contain chemicals. Listen to this podcast to learn more about why this is so important: The Impact of Scents on Cats.

I like to use these charcoal bags.


Right next to my litter box and Litter Genie XL, I have this dustbuster to clean up and litter tracking. The lightweight litters track more than the heavier ones, but some cats prefer the softer litter - which is a texture more natural to them. So I buy what suits my cat best (Tidy Cats Clean/unscented Featherweight) and vacuum up all the particles after I scoop.

Click here or image to the right to buy the dustbuster. 

Piddle Pads

Sometimes older cats with kidney disease become incontinent and you have to put piddle pads down where they insist on going. Years ago I had an older cat who lost control of his bladder (common with diabetes and CKD) and I had to use piddle pads in his favorite out-of-the-box areas. Piddle pads saved my hardwood floors!

If you have a healthy cat, I do not recommend encouraging them to use piddle pads instead of the litter box. Get to the cause of the inappropriate urination and fix it.

Sometimes I recommend using piddle pads in the litter box line up system to determine substrate preference.

Click here or image to the right to purchase pads.

Cleaning Urine/Feces

If you email me, I will send you my cleaning instruction sheet. On it you will see the suggestion to use Zorb it-up sheets for removing urine from carpet. I have a link to those to the right.

Then you must get the odor out or the cat will continue to use that spot; either in confusion of where the litter box is, or to cover up another cat's scent. The enzyme cleaners consist of "bugs" (similar to live probiotics) which eat the urine bacteria. But the challenge is, the bugs don't last long and the odor returns. I recommend using Live Pee Free, which is a positive ion solution. You can buy it through my boutique here Live Pee Free

You might also want to keep a small black light on hand for sleuthing out those problem areas where you can smell cat pee but can't seem to locate it. The link to the light is to the right.

Click names above or images to purchase each item.

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