Finding the best place to put a cat litter box is not always easy; definitely not when you live in an apartment or small house.
And when you’re a first time cat owner, it’s possible that you have no clue what the best places are.
If you want your cat to find its way to the litter box quickly, you’ll have to take some things into consideration first.
Tips To Help You Find The Best Place To Put A Cat Litter Box
- Avoid Noisy Places
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- Next to the washing machine might not be the best place.
If you have any cat experience, you’ll know that cats are pretty prone to noises. Loud or strange noises scare cats away and are to be avoided.
You’ll notice it when your cat is afraid of something: it will crawl on the ground with its ears down and find a safe place to hide.
So it’s best not to put the cat litter box next to loud appliances (like a noisy washing machine) or in noisy and unpredictable environments.
Create A Safe Environment
It’s extremely important that your cat feels safe inside the house in general.
Like I said above, many cats are prone to noise, sudden movements, strange people…
When a cat doesn’t feel safe, there’s a high chance that it will avoid using the cat litter box and do its business somewhere else in the house.
Give Your Cat Options
Another important thing to keep in mind is that cats usually don’t like enclosed spaces.
A cat usually always makes sure that there are enough escape routs available. (unless they are brought up in and/or used to enclosed spaces)
So you might want to consider a room where there’s enough privacy for your cat and at the same time more than 1 way to leave.
Or if you put the litter box inside the bathroom, shower or other small places with only 1 entry, you’ll have to keep the door open.
Multiple Cat Household
If your cats didn’t grow up together, using the same cat litter box might cause a problem.
Some cats have absolutely no problem with sharing one box while other cats refuse to do it.
So if you have tried different locations and still experience difficulties, you might consider getting a second cat litter box.
Limited Space Available
When your living space is limited, finding the best place to put the cat litter box might be more difficult.
Some manufacturers of litter boxes came up with the idea of designing the box as furniture. I call these litter boxes “modern cat litter boxes“.
If you decide to go down that route, you’ll have to keep in mind that not all cats will easily adapt.
Imagine what you would think if someone told you that a piece of furniture is now actually your bathroom? rolleyes
I Don’t Have A Garden…
When you’re keeping cats in a place without a garden, like an apartment for instance, you’ll have to focus on the things that I already mentioned:
- avoid noisy and unpredictable places
- make sure that the cat has escape route (preferably 2 exits)
- incorporate the litter box inside your living area as best as possible
My Number 1 Pick When You Have A Garden
As far as I remember we always had the cat litter box inside the porch, next to the garden door.
The great thing about this location is that when a cat has to do its business, it will ask to be let outside.
When it’s winter for instance and freezing cold, it will find the box on the way out (while it actually doesn’t want to go out in this cold).
When you’re still “potty training” a kitten, of course it probably won’t understand that it has to go outside to do its business.
But from my experience once it knows that it’s not allowed to do it inside the house, it will recognize the cat litter box faster when it’s on the way to the garden.
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