Cat Litter Trays, Choice and Tips.Keith
How to choose the right litter tray, and position for your cat.
Litter trays are a necessary evil, absolutely essential if your cat is housebound or has limited access outdoors and recommended even if your cat comes and goes as they choose.
There are two basic styles of tray.
Open trays with a rim of varying depth but no cover
Covered trays with a removable lid and, in some models, a cat-flap entrance
Within these two basic designs are size and shape variations. Many owners choose the covered trays as they have the notion that these will offer some privacy while a cat uses its toilet with the added benefit that odour and visibility soiling is kept to a minimum from human sight. While many cats adapt easily to a covered facility there are some who feel vulnerable confined in a small space with only one available exit, particularly if they share their home with other cats prone to using bullying tactics.
Self-cleaning litter trays are becoming increasingly popular but, once again, these could be marketed for the buyer rather than the actual user. They often make random movements or noises that can be disturbing and may even deter your cat from using it.
Polythene litter tray liners and litter deodorants are also available to aid tidy removal of the soiled litter and maintain floral-bouquet freshness but the overpowering odour and constant catching of claw in polythene can be unpleasant for your cat and may lead to soiling problems.
Litter tray tips
Research shows that cats like a depth of approximately 3cm deep.
Cats would prefer a litter tray that gives them ample space to move around; the ideal length of tray being one and a half times the length of your pussy from nose to the base of its tail!
The position of the litter tray is important. It should be located in a discreet corner, away from food and water and busy domestic areas.
Cats are often reluctant to use trays that are located near cat flaps or full length glass windows due to the perceived threat from outside.
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