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Toilets and Litter Trays for Indoor Cats

Toilets and Litter Trays for Indoor Cats
All cats need to use the toilet. Even outdoor cats may need an indoor toilet incase the weather is bad and it’s not suitable to go outside. Cat owners who keep their cats indoors or close them in at night, a litter tray is a permanent fixture within the home, and providing that your cat uses it appropriately and you keep it all nice and clean, the chances are that you will not run into any difficulties.

By nature cats are very clean

By nature cats are very clean pets. Any cat owner will notice that their cats like to find a secluded spot to do their toilet business and then proceed cover it up. Even indoors a cat will cover their poop with litter tray granules after they have been to the loo.
Cats are very particular about their toileting habits, and will often refuse to use their litter tray if they are unhappy with it, particularly if it has not kept clean or is shared with other family cats. Another reason they may not use a litter tray is when it is in an awkward place or proves too stressful to use.

The best place for a litter tray for your indoor cat

Where is the best place for a litter tray for your indoor cat?
When a cat does it’s toileting you will notice that it has to squat in order to do so. This squatting posture leaves a cat vulnerable for attack, so cats therefore generally prefer to toilet in locations that are quiet and private.
If you observe cats toileting outdoors you will notice that they will choose a private spot in the corner of a garden or underneath a bush rather than do it in plain view for all to see. Cats like to go to the toilet in quiet places where they can do their business without being interrupted or getting stressed. It’s the same for a litter tray within the house, it should be in a corner or secluded spot and away from their food and water.
The litter tray should then remain in that spot as once a suitable site is found. Cats usually continue to return to the same location using scent as a cue, unless something about the site becomes unacceptable like draughts or heat from hot radiators.
It is also advisable that your cat has more than one litter tray, which are placed in various spots around the house. These addition places should be secluded private spots too.

How many litter trays do you need for your indoor cat?

How many litter trays do you need for your indoor cat?
Many cat owners presume that one litter tray is enough for their cat. For a single cat one litter tray is okay but two would be much better. If you have a split level house an additional cat litter tray upstairs is a good idea. Just like humans, cats like to have more than one toilet, especially if it’s a big house!
With multi-cat households one tray is not sufficient for all the cats to use together even if you clean it out regularly. For a multi-cat house there should be one litter tray per cat plus one additional tray too.

What type of litter trays are there available for your indoor cat?

There are all types of cat litter trays available and there will alwys be one to suit any cat owners budget. In addition to the bog standard basic tray style litter box there are other variations to choose from. There are cat litter trays with high sides which give your cat a little more privacy.
For even more privacy there are enclosed cat litter houses which include a cat flap entrance. There are even cat litter houses that are designed to neutralise toilet smells which are ideal for those indoor cat owners who worry about a cat’s toilet odour.
you can even train your indoor cat to use a human toilet
There are even training kits available in order for your cat to use a human toilet, which in the ideal world is great, but depends if your cat is up for using that and being trained! Some of the best cat potty training systems include the Litter Kwitter and CitiKitty. Both have proved to have worked for a lot of cats!
Which ever litter tray you decide on you need to make sure your cat is agreeable to using it.

What size and type of cat litter tray should you use for your indoor cat?

an indoor cat using a litter tray
Make sure you obtain the right size of litter tray for your cat. Obviously most trays are ideal for kittens – as long as they can enter it easily. But as your kitten grows into a cat you need to ensure that the litter box is the right size.
A litter tray that is too small for your cat will be uncomfortable for your them to use, and may cause litter and even their poop to be kicked out of the litter tray when they are using it. The cat litter box needs to be big enough for them to use it comfortably. If you prefer them to use a high sides tray ensure that your cat can get in and out of it easily, especially if they are senior or have issues with their legs or joints.
Just like litter trays there are various cat litter brands on the market. Again depending on your budget you should choose the right brand for you and your cat. Cheaper brands will do the job and help your cat cover their poop but may not neutralise the smell. Some are made to clump when been used. There are even some brands that can be flushed down your own loo!
Again whichever brand you choose should be agreebale to your cat. As for our top tips, do not use clay cat litter as this can cause intestinal blockages if your cat licks the dust off their paws, and do not use anything perfumed or strongly scented.

How much cat litter should I use and often should I clean my cat’s litter tray?

How much cat litter should I use and often should I clean my cat’s litter tray?
It’s advisable that you should fill the litter tray to a depth of at least a couple of inches. There needs to be enough for your cat to bury their poop. Over filling the litter tray will create a mess as your cat will end up kicking the litter out of the tray when using it.
Depending on how much your cat uses their tray it should be cleaned and the litter replaced on a regular basis. There is no need to replace the whole tray of litter after just one use. You can remove poop and wet patches from the litter tray around twice a day and topping up any litter that has been removed.
Once a week, empty out all of the litter, disinfect the tray and when it is dry, replace the litter with a new fresh batch.

Ensure your cat has prvacy when they use their litter tray

Ensure your cat has prvacy when they use their litter tray
As detailed above it is essential that your cat litter tray(s) are placed in secluded and private places away from draughts and hot radiators. They should also be situated away from prying eyes.
It is also advisable that if your cat is using the litter tray or even approaching the tray, it is important not to interrupt them or divert their attention. Just like humans, cats like peace and quiet when on the loo. There should be no noise nearby or watchful eyes on them when they want to do their business.
Never touch or speak to your cat while they are doing their toileting inside their litter box. Also provide your cat with plenty of time afterwards in order for them to bury their waste. This could be frustrating to you if you want to remove any poop immediately, but don’t rush your cat. Allow them plenty of time and space to use their litter tray to their satisfaction.
Below is a list of some recommended cat litter boxes and houses that will help to enclose the litter tray. Some are even designed to reduce or even eradicate cat odours which will be ideal for an indoor cat. The odour reducing cat litter houses and boxes are also perfect for small apartments which include an indoor cat. Both you and your indoor cat can be happy when it comes to your cat’s toilet habits!
Toilets and Litter Trays for indoor cats