Litter and litter box are essentials when you have a cat. However, there’s no one size fits all! With so many choices out there, how can you find the right litter and litter box best suited for your cat?

Cats can be very particular when it comes to the litter and litter box type, size, and even location. And when they do not agree with any of the three, these can be the reason why they are missing their litter box, which will create an even bigger problem! Choosing one is definitely a challenge but a very important one to make. Learn more on what you need to consider to get the right litter and litter box.


Choosing the litter box:


The rule of thumb is to have one more litter box than the number of cats you have. If you have 3 cats, then you need to have four litter boxes. Having too few litter boxes can lead to toilet problems. Cats are territorial and others might have dominated the litter box already. They wouldn’t hesitate to do their business in another place if they feel uncomfortable or threatened in the litter box provided.



One of the most important things to consider is the size of the box. Make sure their litter box is large enough for them to climb in, sniff and dig around, and crouch inside the box. They should have space for them to avoid any ‘deposits’ that haven’t been cleaned yet. Also, if it’s too cramped, their rear end may hang over the edge and their stool or urine might end up outside the box.

The general rule is to have a litter box at least as long as your cat, from the tip of their nose to the end of the tail (extended). The width of the box should be a little bit wider than your cat.



For most cats, they would need around 5-7 inches in height.

However, if your cat is a “sprayer”, “kicker” or has a bad aim, taller sides, around 8-12 inches are best for them. You can have three tall sides to contain the mess, with one low side for entry/exit. Try Van Ness Litter Pan High Side Large which is ideal for cats who like to dig.

Van Ness Litter Pan High Side Large


Kittens or cats with arthritis and other mobility problems would need lower sides to allow them to enter and exit easily, around 2-3 inches, like Van Ness Litter Pan Medium.

Van Ness Litter Pan Medium



Find a quiet place that’s accessible to your cat. They would need a private space to do their business. Avoid placing it in high traffic areas (such as doors) and appliances (especially those that make noise).



  1. Open litter boxes have no top and are easier to clean. The open design can let other cats know when they can do their business. However, do note that odors may be more noticeable because it is open. If you also have children or curious dogs, you may need to place barriers to keep them out. Check out Petmate Litter Pan which comes in different sizes to fit your cat. You can also try Moderna Lift-to-Sift cat litter tray, an open litter box that provides scoop-free cleaning. It uses two pans and one built-in sifter to detain the waste and clumps for easy disposal.



Petmate Litter Pan Moderna Lift-to-Sift Cat Litter Tray
  1. Enclosed or covered litter boxes can keep litter and unpleasant odors under control. It will also give more privacy for them to do their business. You may have to clean more to remove the odor concentrate inside the litter box. If you would get an enclosed litter box, look for one that has ventilation. Nature’s Miracle Just for Cats Litter Box Hooded Corner or Moderna Litter Box Top Entry can be the solution to keep your cat happy and your house clean.


Nature’s Miracle Just for CatsLitter Box Hooded Corner

Moderna Litter Box Top Entry


When it comes to choosing between the two, there’s no definitive answer. Different cats have different preferences. Some might prefer open boxes because they feel trapped or confined in closed ones, while others prefer closed boxes for more privacy.


Choosing litter


Types of Cat Litter

Clay vs Non-clay

Clay has the ability to absorb waste quickly and neutralize odor and is the most popular type of litter. Most clay litters contain calcium bentonite (non-clumping) or sodium bentonite (clumping). Non-clay litters are considered to be more eco-friendly and low in dust. These can be made of pine, grass, recycled paper, recycled wood, and wheat. Feline Pine Natural Pine Original Litter is made of 100% pine while Fresh News Unscented Non Clumping Litter is made of post-consumer paper from recycling centers.

Feline Pine Natural Pine Original Litter


Clumping vs Non-clumping

Clumping litter absorbs the urine and creates a solid lump, leaving the rest of the litter dry and clean. When you clean the litter box, you can just take out hardened urine clumps and feces. Feline Pine Clumping Litter uses 100% pine and natural, plant-derived clumping agent to neutralize the odor. World’s Best Cat Litter Lotus Blossom is a cat clumping litter made of super absorbent corn.

Feline Pine Clumping Litter World’s Best Cat Litter Lotus Blossom


Non-clumping litter lets the urine sift through, absorbing some of the unpleasant smell. This usually contains odor-fighting ingredients such as pine, which you can find in Feline Pine Natural Pine Original Litter. On the other hand, Fresh News Unscented Non Clumping Litter uses post-consumer paper from recycling centers mixed with baking soda to neutralize odors. You can scoop the feces but not the urine since it dries up in the rest of the litter. To remove the urine, you need to change all the litter, preferrably once a week.

Fresh News Unscented Non Clumping Litter


Scented vs Unscented

Litter also has scented and unscented varieties. You can try World’s Best Cat Litter in Lavender or Lotus Blossom which contains natural scented oils and without synthetic chemicals or perfurmes. Scented types are great to cover litter box odors, but some cats might dislike the strong scent and prefer unscented ones. Unscented litters are made without additional scent agents. However, some can retain the smell of whatever it is made out of, such as clay, wood or corn.

World’s Best Cat Litter in Lavender


There are also litter box deodorizers you can add on top of litter that help contain odor. Arm & Hammer Litter Box Deodorizer and Nature’s Miracle Just for Cats Deodorizing Powder can be sprinkled on top while Skout’s Honor Litter Box Deodorizer can be sprayed of any litter to contain the scent.

Arm & Hammer Litter Box Deodorizer Nature’s Miracle Just for Cats Deodorizing Powder Skout’s Honor Litter Box Deodorizer


These are things to consider when getting litter and litter box for your cat. In the end, experiment to know what your cat likes best, and stick with it. Whichever you pick for your cat, he will let you know (or show you) if he doesn’t like it.