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March 25, 2020

The Basics of a Litter Box

There are several considerations to get started, the number, size, and type of boxes.

How many boxes will you need?  The basic rule is a minimum of one litter box location per cat, plus one.  Let’s say you have two cats, then you should have three litter box locations.  If you have a multi-level home, you should have one on each floor, even if you only have one cat in the home.

If you are wondering what size, in this case, bigger really is better.  The litter box should be 1 ½ times the length of your cat’s body so that your cat has some room to move around in the box.  Plastic storage bins are a good option as they come in large sizes.  The only modification that you would have to make is too cute an entrance on one side to make it easier for your cat.

Choosing Best Cat Litter for Your Home

Cat’s have very sensitive noses so they may prefer unscented rather than scented.  This is based entirely on your cat.  What smells fresh to you may be strong and overwhelming for your cat.  Here’s a guide to choosing the best cat litter for your house.

  • Crystal – The crystals absorb all the moisture and appear dry again. It is dust-free and trackless making it a good option. 
  • Clay– This is the original cat litter and most common on the market.  Clay is not biodegradable.  If anyone in the family has respiratory issues, this is not the best choice.
  • Clumping– This litter uses sodium bentonite clay.  The litter forms to clumps after your cat has used it and it makes it easy to clean up after.  Clumping clay poses some health risks to your cat.
  • Pine, Cedar, and Sawdust – The wood pellets soak up the moisture before the material turns into sawdust. Some cats dislike the smell of the wood.
  • Plant-Based – This cat litter is 100% natural, compostable, and biodegradable. It is super absorbent, and it is naturally clean and non-toxic.  It is more economical than clumping litter, as you don’t have to change it as often.
  • Odor-control – This litter controls the smell after a cat uses the litter box. There are unscented and scented products.  Several types of litter offer this feature like crystal based and plant-based.
  • Eco-friendly – Natural litters are beneficial because they reduce your carbon footprint. There are a few types of litters that are eco-friendly in addition to their benefits.
  • Smaller Litter Particles – Smaller fine particles feel better on cats’ paws, so they prefer fine particles. 

A Brand That You Can Trust

Finding a brand, you trust will make choosing the best cat litter for you and the family easier.  With so many choices, finding a trustworthy brand is the best place to start.  Research the brand as the packaging may make claims that are not entirely accurate.  You want to find a brand that loves cats as much as you do.  Snappy Tom has both plant-based and crystal-based options that are quality litter and backed by a brand that cares about your cat’s well-being.