Best Litter Box for Multiple Cats: Solutions Your Cat will Love
The only thing better than having a cat is having more than one! They can give us endless hours of entertainment, fun and enjoyment.
On the flip side, of course, is endless hours of cleaning up after them, the least favorite chore of course being cleaning the litter box.
Traditional litter boxes and litter can leave your home smelling less than desirable – if you’re wondering why you haven’t had any guests pop over for a while the answer may lie in the litter box.
If you don’t have the budget for an automatic litter box, but you still want your house smelling fresh all day every day, we’ve come up with 5 of the most popular brands available today.
**Below, you’ll find more detailed review, but you can also click links above to see current prices and read customer’s reviews on Amazon.
Getting Your Cat Used to A New Box
If you have an older cat who has been using a certain litter system and you’re going to change it, you may be met with some resistance. Like humans, cats are a creature of habit and will not appreciate being ‘told’ to do their business somewhere else.
To get around this, place the new box in front of the old one and allow your cat to get used to it; stop changing the litter in the old box. Cats hate dirty litter boxes, so once they see that it’s full they will start to use the new box. If they do their business elsewhere in the house, then remove the new box, change the old litter and try again in a week or so. Eventually, they will learn to use the new box.
Should You Get More Than One Box Per Cat?
OK, the whole point of getting a cat box for multiple cats is that you can get by with just one, right? Well, sort of. If you have two average size cats, one box may do; however, if your cats are ‘full figured’, or you have more than two, consider investing in more than one cat litter system. Place them side by side so each cat can choose which one they want.
If you purchase a quality litter box system, you’ll find that cleaning two is not that much more work than cleaning one. If you invest in a system that reduces odors you will only have to clean it once a week, depending on how many cats use the box.
The alternative is to give your other cats away – as if that was an option! To have a cat is to love them for a lifetime.
Making Clean Up Easier
While these litter boxes make clean up fairly simple, there are some ways you can make clean up even easier.
- Make sure you use the liners that are recommended with the box you buy; if you want to save some money, you can use garbage bags to line the box.
- Place a mat on the outside of your box; when your cat jumps out of the box and onto the mat, any litter that lingers on their paws will fall out on the mat. This will help keep the rest of your home clean and contain the mess within the area of the litter box.
- Make sure you buy litter that is dust-free. Most of the litter boxes we’ve recommended use quality litter or pellets; but it’s always a good idea to use clumping litter that minimizes odor and mess.
- Whether you have one box, two, or five, set a regular schedule to clean the litter box(s) so that your home stays clean and fresh.
Keeping Organized When You Have Multiple Cats
When you have more than one cat, litter is not the only thing you have to constantly clean. Between cat hair, cat toys, scratching posts, play centers and food dishes, it can seem that all of your household chores center around your furry friends!
- Toys and play centers:Keep these organized by having them in a specific corner in the room. Place the toys in a bin and only have one or two out at a time.If your cats are like mine, they love to push their toys under the couch and into any crevice they can find. Create a schedule to dig them out and place in the bin.
- Cat hair:Invest in a hand-held vacuum specifically formulated to pick up cat hair. You may not mind sitting in a chair covered with cat hair, but your guests might!Also invest in a good quality vacuum that will pick up stray litter around the litter box. Of course, if you invest in a good litter box, there won’t be a lot to pick up thank goodness!
What to Look For in A Multiple Cat Litter Box System
- Fits your budget: Of course, it should fit your budget; this is especially important if you intend on buying more than one.
- Covered: Having a box with a lid will go a long way to reducing mess outside of the litter box. Cats instinctively scratch and dig, sending litter flying everywhere; a lid will contain the mess within the box
- Side entry: Top entries may be ok for young, active cats, but once your cat reaches its senior years, he may have a hard time jumping up top to enter the litter box; and you definitely don’t want to make it hard for them to do their business – otherwise they may find another place in your home that’s more convenient.
5 Picks for The Best Litter Box Systems
Here are our 5 picks for the best litter box for multiple cats:
So is there a clear winner here? While they all possess many pros, we like the Petphabet Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Box the best. It seems to offer the best value for your money. It will suit multiple cats and the lid ensures that mess and odor are kept to a minimum.
The side entry makes it easy for young and senior cats alike to jump in and out with ease. While it’s on the more expensive end of this category of litter boxes, we think it’s well worth the price. Easy cleanup, easy maintenance and no expensive refills to buy! That sounds good to us!