Where to put cat litter box?
Author: Mary Mack
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Updated on: 12/05/2020
Your cat’s litter box is an essential part of their everyday routine—but where should you put your cat’s litter box? The answer will depend on a few different factors, including the size of your home. The following guide will help you determine the best places to put your cat’s litter box, along with the places to avoid placing the litterbox in your home.
Where to Put a Litter Box in a Small Apartment
Cats can do wonderfully in apartments, but the smaller space does require some creativity when you are choosing the right spot for your cat’s litter box. Since you aren’t likely to have spare closets or bedrooms, you will need to find a way to work your cat’s litter box into your existing furniture and rooms.
- Bathroom: The bathroom may be an option, depending on the size of your bathroom and whether or not you share a bathroom with a roommate. If it’s your personal bathroom, then a litter box may fit next to the toilet. If not, you can create a space for the box by turning the bathroom cabinet into a litter box closet! To do this, remove the cabinet door, place a litter mat inside, and then store the litter box in the now-open space. If you move out of your apartment, simply clean the inside, reattach the door, and everything will be as good as new!
- Laundry room: If your apartment has its own laundry room, it may be the best spot for your cat’s litter box. A corner of the laundry room that is kept away from laundry baskets and other clothes is best in order to avoid odors or litter from coming close to your clothes. This option may not work if your cat is sensitive to noises since the sound of a washer or dryer can be intimidating to cats.
- Linen closet: If you have a linen closet in your apartment, this can be a great option for your cat’s litter box. A litter box can fit comfortably on the floor of the linen closet, while still allowing you to store towels, sheets, and other linens on the shelves. If you choose this option, make sure you keep the door open with a stopper so that your cat is never locked out when they need to do their business.
- Bedroom: If you share an apartment with roommates, they may not want a litter box in a shared space such as the laundry room, linen closet or bathroom. In this case, you will need to store your cat’s litter box in your personal bedroom. A corner of your bedroom that is away from your clothes and personal objects is best, but you can also carve out any space on the floor by setting down a litter mat and moving furniture at least a foot away.
Where to Put a Litter Box in a House
If you have a house, you will have more options for your cat’s litter box than you would in a small apartment. In addition to the above options listed for a small apartment, you should consider placing your cat’s litter box in the following spaces.
- Guest bedroom: If you have a guest bedroom that isn’t used frequently, it can be an excellent place for a litter box. The litter box will be out of sight and won’t cause odors or stray litter to build up in more populated areas of your home. Since a guest bedroom will be quiet, cats will find it preferable to a more chaotic area of the home. Of course, guests who stay will need to share the space with the cat—and their litter box—so this is something to consider.
- Basement: A basement can be another “out of sight” space for a litter box. However, you should consider your cat’s temperament and personality when choosing a space such as a basement for their litter box. If your cat doesn’t like to go down into the basement or rarely goes down there, then it won’t be the best place to put their litter box. However, if the basement is finished and your family (including your cat) goes down there frequently, it can be a good option. Make sure their primary litter box is located on the level of the home they enjoy spending time in.
- Living room: Although the living room isn’t the first choice for many people, it can be an option for a litter box depending on the size and layout of the space. A living room may have an unused corner or behind-the-couch space that can fit a litter box. For living rooms, it’s best to consider a covered box that is designed to minimize litter tracking.
Is It Safe to Put a Litter Box in the Bedroom?
Yes, it is safe to put a cat’s litter box in your bedroom – as long as you practice basic litter box safety. Always use a cat scooper to remove cat waste on a daily basis, and dispose of cat waste in a sealed container in the trash. You should also make sure that your room has good ventilation to avoid odor build-up.
If you store your cat’s litter box in a bedroom, keep the litter box away from your clothing and personal objects. If your bedroom is carpeted, you will need an extensive litter mat to catch stray litter and be prepared to vacuum; if your bedroom is hardwood, you will want to keep a broom on hand to sweep up litter regularly.
You will also want to consider the style of your cat’s litter box; an open litter box is more likely to have odors and look unappealing compared to a litter box with a closed top. If your cat won’t go in a closed litter box, you may want to choose a different spot in your home for the litter box. If you can afford it, a self-cleaning litter box will reduce the amount of times you have to scoop out waste, especially if your cat happens to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Can I Put a Litter Box In My Closet?
Yes, you can put your cat’s litter box in your closet. However, this option will only be practical and hygienic if you are willing to take a few steps to make sure that your personal objects aren’t too close to your cat’s litter box. Stray litter, odors, and potentially even waste are not something you want around your clothes, shoes, or anything else you store in your closet.
If you want to store a litter box in your closet, you should clear the entire floor space for the litter box; store clothes, shoes, and any other objects on higher shelve. You will also need to make sure that the litter box is constantly accessible to your cat, so you will either need to prop your closet door open or take the door off the hinges.
Can I Put a Litter Box in My Bathroom?
Yes, you can put your cat’s litter box in your bathroom. Your bathroom may be the least unhygienic spot for the litter box, since you won’t keep food, clothes or other important items inside. However, you will need to have enough room to properly store your cat’s litter box so that you don’t end up with cat litter all over the floor—no one wants to step in dirty cat litter after getting out of the shower, after all. If your bathroom is large enough, storing the litter box in a corner or in an alcove next to the toilet may be sufficient. You may also want to consider using the apartment hack for storing a litter box inside a cabinet if the bathroom cabinet has enough room inside.
If the door to the bathroom is frequently shut, then the cat may end up getting frustrated and they may go to the bathroom outside the box. You will have to keep the bathroom door open as much as possible, even when showering, or consider having an extra litter box somewhere else in the house.
To cut down on the amount of stray litter, consider using a covered litter box in the bathroom; or use a litter box with raised sides that is designed to reduce the amount of litter that finds its way out of the box.
Keeping Your Litter Box Odor Free
If you want to keep your litter box from making your home smell, follow these simple yet effective tips to keep your litter box as odor free as possible.
- Scoop the box at least once a day; the longer you let waste build up, the stronger the odor
- Fully clean the box at least once a week; once a week, dump out all used litter and scrub the box with warm water and soap before drying and then adding fresh litter
- Consider a deodorizing litter; there are some litter brands that contain an odor-controlling ingredient which will cut down on smells.
Remember, a cat’s litter box can be placed in many different areas of your home; the key to finding the right spot is understanding your cat’s needs while ensuring that your own hygienic needs are met.
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