You may not want your carpets, kitchen floors, sleeping baskets and beds to be transformed into a place for making messes. Cats are neat and have a natural instinct of burying their feces in dirt or sand, making sure their far does not come into contact with the mess.
Therefore, it is important to invest in kitty litter trays. This will help a great deal in keeping things neat and allowing the cat to practice its natural behavior. Many of the cat litter boxes are available in five basic designs. Each of the designs varies with the materials and features. These litter boxes include:
1. Basic flat box
This is a basic cat litter box that features a simple rectangular plastic pan. This litter box is the least expensive and is available in different sizes and depths. The design is simple to clean because you do not have to cover to scoop or remove the lid to clean. Many of the cats prefer the basic flat box.
2. Covered or hooded boxes
Some of the litter boxes feature the traditional rectangular shape. In addition, they feature a hood which covers the box. The box has an opening that allows the pet to enter. The main benefit of this type of liter box is the fact that it offers “privacy”. It also has the ability of containing litter pieces which are likely to be pawed out of the regular flat box. However, hooded boxes can be smelly as a result of poor ventilation.
3. Designer/hidden boxes
These are litter boxes that mask the boxes as a plant or a piece of furniture. These types of boxes can be placed anywhere However, cats prefer a more quiet area. Most of the units are covered and thus can be smelly. For the best results it is important to find design that is open and big while having good ventilation.
4. Sifting boxes
Sifting boxes are available in different models with the basic ones featuring 2 basic rectangular pans as well as a “sifter tray”. Litter is normally poured on the sifting tray. While cleaning the box, the 2 boxes are normally separated; the sifting tray is then lifted to remove the waste. Then place the sifter in the empty box and pour the kitty litter on top.
5. Self-cleaning box
Some manufacturers have introduced the electric “self-cleaning” litter boxes. They work by featuring a timed censor which is activated a few minutes after the cat exits the box. The cleaning cycle is normally activated by the sensor where the rake slides in the litter to scoop the urine and feces. This feature helps to keep the box clean.