How to Choose a Cat Litter Box and Kitty Litter Finding the Best Litter Options for Your Cat

How to Choose a Cat Litter Box and Kitty Litter
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Picking the best litter box for you, and figuring out where to put it, can be tough. Where is the best place for something like that to go? Here are a few tips for what you should be doing with the litter box.

Selecting the right litter box and litter for your cat can make all the difference when it comes to litter box training and daily litter box use. Here are some guidelines to consider when making these important purchases.

The Litter Box

What Kind of Box?

If your cat or kitten was trained in a litter box by a breeder or previous owner, find out what kind of box was used and buy the same (you can always transition to a new box once your cat is trained). If not, do some research to determine the best box for your home. Litter boxes come in a variety of shapes and styles, but one of the most important factors to consider is size. Your kitten will grow into a cat, and adult cats need a large and comfortable space to take care of business.

Something else to consider in your new litter box is accessibility. An uncovered litter box should have sides low enough that your cat can easily climb in and out. A hooded (or covered) litter box should have a roomy doorway. The key here is the ease of entry – if it's a bother for your cat to get into the litter box, the less likely they'll be to do so.

And remember: cats should never share litter boxes. Some experts suggest that the number of litter boxes in your home should equal the number of cats you have, plus one. So if you have two cats, you should have three litter boxes.

Location, Location, Location!

The location of your cat's litter box matters. Some points to consider:

  • Set up the litter box in an area of the house that is free of clutter or obstacles, as well as loud noises or other distractions. When it's time for a bathroom break, cats prefer some quiet and privacy.
  • Never place the litter box near your cat's food and water. Cats do not like to eliminate anywhere near these things, and they may serve as a deterrent to your cat using the box.
  • Once cats know a litter box is available they will be more likely to use it than any other surface in the house – except, perhaps, for houseplants. Your cat may try to eliminate in a plant's soil, so during litter box training keep houseplants out of reach or cover the soil with rocks or tin foil. 

The Litter

If your cat or kitten was previously litter box trained, find out what kind of litter was used so you can use the same. If you don't end up liking that litter you can gradually transition to a new one, but for training purposes, a familiar litter is best.

When selecting a new litter, here are some points to consider:

  • Choose a litter that is unscented, absorbent, and as dust-free as you can find. Litters that contain dust can cause respiratory problems for cats when the dust is inhaled as the cat digs.
  • You may be tempted to purchase scented litter to mask litter box odors. Many of these scented litters are too strong for cats, and your cat may choose to eliminate them elsewhere to avoid the scent. To keep your litter box smelling fresh without scented litter, simply clean it more often.
  • Many cat owners prefer clumping litter over non-clumping as it is easier to remove both solid and liquid waste daily. There is no final word on which is better – it's a preference and you may find that one works better for you and your cat than another.


For cats and kittens who were previously living outside, you may need to use dirt and sand instead of litter while litter box training. Once your cat starts to get comfortable using the box, gradually integrate litter, eventually replacing the dirt or sand altogether.

Keeping the System Working

Always keep your cat’s litter box clean. Solid material should be scooped out once or twice a day, after which the litter should be stirred. Liquid waste can be scooped at the same time if you are using clumping litter. Non-clumping litter should be changed once a week or as needed. Be sure to wash the litter box and let it dry completely before adding new litter.

Once you find a litter box/litter combination that works for your cat, stick with it! Cats are creatures of habit and introducing a new box or litter may take some adjusting and perhaps even additional training.

Operation: Buy Litter Box

It may not be your favorite part of cat parenting, but let’s face it, litter boxes are pretty important. So what do you need to have in mind when you buy a litter box?

Think about all those plans and dreams you have for renovating your bathroom -- that great new showerhead, the heated floor tiles… We all know bathrooms are important, so why skimp on your cats? 

Not only will a pleasant potty spot make your cat happier, but you’ll also likely see fewer accidents around the house. Everything will smell nicer. The list of pluses goes on and on. 

That’s why we’ve pulled together the best in litter and accessories. Take a look, and your cat will thank you!

Litter Boxes

Your cats should have access to several litter boxes around your house. Most vets recommend a litter box for every cat, plus one. So if you have two cats, you’ll want to have three litter boxes set up. That’ll give each cat a chance of finding somewhere clean to go between scoopings.


Litter Pan Starter Kit

  • Get all the essentials at once!
  • Comes with a litter pan with a rim, litter scoop, disposable liners
  • Even comes with bonus food and water bowl, and a bonus toy!

Deluxe Hooded Pan Set

  • Comes with a zeolite filter to eliminate unpleasant smells
  • Comes with a litter scoop in its own caddy, and replacement liners
  • Latch-on hood

Booda Dome Clean Step Litter Box

  • Designed for cleanliness as well as the privacy
  • This litter box is 99% odor-free
  • The built-in ramp helps to keep litter from escaping on your cat's feet and tracking around your home

Omega Paw Roll 'n Clean Self-Cleaning Litter Box

  • Scoops waste into a tray to make your job easier!
  • Hooded for reducing odors

Litter Pan with Rim

  • Keep it simple with this rimmed pan
  • The rim prevent litter from spilling over as your cat climbs in and out

Litter Scoopers

Get the job done more efficiently with the right tools.


Handy Stand Litter Scoop

  • Durable plastic scooper
  • Comes with its own stand for easy and clean storage

Curvations Litter Scoop

  • Rounded edges make it easier for you to follow the curves of the litter pan
  • Ergonomically shaped handle
  • The handle has a hanging hole for easy storage

Handguard Litter Scoop

  • Built with a guard to keep waste and cat litter from spilling onto your hand
  • Can be used on all litter types, including sand and clay

Litterpearls Premium Crystal Litter Scoop

  • Specially designed for use with Litter Pearls Litter
  • Lets the clean pearls back through into the litter pan to minimize wasteful scooping and spending!

Catcher Mat

Does your kitty track litter over the house after a trip to the litter box? You can stop following them around with a dust pan and put one of these handy mats to use!


Omega Paw Clean Litter Mat

  • Designed to remove litter from your cat's paws
  • Easy to shake clean
  • Cute cat face and paw design

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  • Place outside your cat's pan to catch litter
  • Easy to roll for storage or travel

Rubberized Litter Mat

  • Festive and bright yellow color
  • Easy to clean or carry

Litter Box Liners

What one simple thing can you do to make cleaning the litter box easier for yourself? Line the box with a liner, and you can just throw it away when you’re swapping litter or cleaning the box! No unpleasant scrubbing is necessary.


Litter Pan Liners

  • Package of 8 disposable liners
  • Easy and sanitary to use
  • Three convenient sizes

High Back Litter Pan Liners

  • These liners have a drawstring so you can fit them right over the pan, and there won't be any gaps for litter or waste to escape
  • Made of disposable plastic
  • Makes litter cleanup a snap

Cleaner and Anti-Odor

Put the finishing touches on your cat’s perfect go spot by keeping up a cleaning regimen and using anti-odor sprays. Just a few moments to wipe, dust, spritz, or spray will have your cat’s bathroom – and your house – smelling squeaky clean.


Cat Litter Additive

  • Extends the use of your litter by eliminating odors
  • Special enzyme blend breaks down odor-causing molecules
  • Odorless and won't deter your cat from using the box
  • Completely flushable, so you can use it with all-natural litters

Ourpets Smart Scoop Odor Control Spray

  • Spray every 1-3 days directly onto the litter
  • Natural enzymes destroy odor-causing molecules
  • Safe for all animals and pets in the house

Basic Zeolite Filters

  • Replace the filters in your litter box hood
  • Filters air for odor control

Advanced Litter Box Odor Destroyer

  • Eliminates the toughest cat odors in and around the litter box
  • Especially useful for old or deep-set odors

Frequently Asked Questions

What cat litter should I avoid?

You should avoid cat litters that include certain types of clumping litter. Other than that, you should also avoid litter that contains sodium bentonite clay and crystalline silica dust. These ingredients are not ideal for your cat. It is best to avoid cat litters that contain these substances.

Does it matter what cat litter you use?

Yes, it matters to the cat what cat litter you use. Always prioritize what your cat wants and what is the healthiest option for it. Your cat might like a certain fragrance or prefer a certain litter size. At the end of the day, it might not matter to you, but it will matter to your cat because your cat is the one who will be using the litter, not you.

Is crystal or clay litter better?

Crystal litter is better than clay litter. That is because crystal litter can absorb urine and also dehydrate waste efficiently. Because of that, crystal litter can reduce odors five times better than clay. Besides, crystal is also more cost-effective. That is because cats use less crystal litter over time.

What's wrong with clumping cat litter?

The problem with clumping cat litter is that it cannot absorb urine or dehydrate waste effectively. Because of that, clumping cat litter forms a hard insoluble mass after it becomes wet. On top of that, clumping cat litter is unhealthy and can hurt your cats. This litter produces dust which your cat might end up ingesting. When this dust reaches your cat’s organs, it can cause dehydration and even restrict nutrient absorption.

How often should you change cat litter?

You should change your cat litter once every two to three weeks (2-3 weeks). Some expert sources suggest that you can change the litter once every two to four weeks (2-4 weeks). You might hear people telling you to change the litter once a week, but that is not necessary. However, if you have more than one cat using the same litter box, you might need more frequent changes. That will depend on how used up the litter gets every day or week.

Should you Scoop cat litter every day?

You should scoop cat litter one to two times (1-2 times) each day. You should scoop daily. Daily litter change is not required. You can change the litter once every two to three weeks. Make sure you do not put too much litter in your cat’s litter box. Doing so could lead your cat into digging around the litter unnecessarily. In doing so, they will end up hiding their poop and you will fail to notice it.
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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis, or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.

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