Your Cat's Litter Box - Should You Go Topless?

Your cat's litter box should not have a top, and getting in and out should be easy.
Dear Thomasina...
Do you have any advice on my cat's litter box? I recently bought this one, and he won't use it! He either waits and and goes outside, or he goes on top of the box, not in it. I thought he'd love the privacy. Doesn't privacy matter to cats?
-- Disappointed 

Hey, Disappointed!
Eeeuuu... I wouldn't use that box either! Your cat's litter box is so important, and that one would be like diving into a Porta Potty headfirst. Eeeuuu...

Oh. Sorry. I hope I didn't hurt your feelings!

To answer your question about your cat's litter box, we don't really care about privacy. After all, we're just doing what comes naturally. That human need for privacy  doesn't make a lot of sense to us. All we want is a quiet peaceful place where we won't get jumped by another animal or chased by a human.

The Perfect Potty For Cats

To us, the perfect place to... ummm... eliminate... (how's that for being delicate?) is a patch of grass or a little pile of dirt in a flowerbed. We don't have to climb into a box or worry about offending other cats by covering their scents with ours. Inside, it's a good idea to think "outdoors" when setting up your cat's litter box.

Here are a few tips.
  • Put the litter box in a place that's convenient for the cat. Outside, we don't have to walk down stairs and trudge through a dark basement just to use the bathroom. A litter box on every level of your house is really best. 
  • The best places for your cat's litter box are quiet and away from lots of activity but not closed in. Your bathroom works perfectly as your cat's bathroom, too. 
  • Choose a roomy box with very low sides. Remember, outside we don't have to step into some kind of container to... ummm... eliminate (not sure why my human typist is being so proper about this). 
  • Give your cat a box without a top. We like to be able to see an escape route from our litter boxes, and that's not possible when the boxes are covered. And covered boxes trap nasty smells that only a cat can notice.
  • Use unscented litter. We like our boxes to smell like us, not some kind of cheap perfume. 
  • If you have more than one cat, you need more than one box. The rule of thumb is one box per cat, plus one. If you have several cats, they'll like having litter boxes scattered around the house so they can always get to one without having to deal with the other cats. You should see our condo. We have litter boxes everywhere! 
Our human and I wrote a couple of articles on cat litter box issues for her website.  You'll find some good information there.

Oops! Gotta go now! Mother Nature is calling, and I don't feel like using my litter box, so I have some things to take care of outside.

Natures Miracle Cat Litter Box with high sides and low front
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The Natures Miracle cat litter
box has high sides and a low front.

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