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Litter Box Varieties

Your cat needs a clean litter box available to him at all times.  This box should be kept in a private area, such as a bathroom or mudroom, out of the way of traffic and commotion in your house.  Respect your cat's need for privacy.

There are many different styles of litter boxes - open pans, covered, automatic cleaning, hide-a-ways, etc.  You should visit your local pet store to find the one that is right for you and your home.  If you have multiple cats, you should have multiple boxes.  I have three cats and we only use one pan, which is fine.  However, I live in a one- bedroom apartment.  Someone with multiple cats who lives in a two-story house may choose to put a box on each floor.

Exquisicat Large Litter Box Starter Kit
Price:  $9.99 at Petsmart

This is an example of your basic litter box pan.  You need to get a scoop, and litter pan liners (similar to trash bags in a trash can) are also a great option.  If you don't get liners, you will need to clean out your litter pan everytime you change out the whole box (needed every 1-2 weeks, depending on how many cats you have) with Lysol or something similar (avoid lemon scents, which irritate cats and may result in him avoiding the box). 
   

Kitty Komplete Covered Litter Pan by Stylette
Price:  $21.99 at Petsmart

This is one example of a covered litter box.  It gives your cat some privacy while providing a vent at the top to let odors escape.  Many of these covered boxes allow you to take off the top if your cat doesn't like it, which will save you money.  Another great investment is the floormat pictured here - it will grab some of the litter your cat brings out with him so doesn't end up all over your house. 

   

Booda Dome Covered Litter Box
Price:  $19.99 at Petsmart

This is another example of a covered box, except with a more stylish look.  This design features a deep pan and a rounded design so that odors can't get trapped in seams or corners.  Basically this one is the same as the one above, except for the fancy design.  It's all based on personal preference.

   

Litter Box Enclosure by Green Duck
Price:  $119.99 at Petsmart

This is an example of a newer variety of litter boxes - those that are disguised.  While it provides your cat a place to relieve himself, it also gives him a surface to lay and scratch on.  This particular model, made of wood and carpet, is lined with easy-clean Melamine to resist stains and to repel odors.  you lift off the lid to clean out the box.  There are many other varieties of this kind of box, varying in price, from pet stores and online.