Most people choose litter box location in an out of the way area to reduce the amount of odor and to minimize tracking of litter throughout the house. But if the litter box ends up way down in the basement next to the washer and dryer on a cold cement floor, your kitty may develop litter box problems. After all, if you have a small kitten or older cat they may not be able to make it down a long flight of stairs in time to use the litter box. Also if the litter box is placed in a location that your cat rarely visits, she might forget where it is.
Putting the litter box near a furnace, or a washing machine and dryer may suddenly startle your cat while she is in the litter box. Such a frightening experience may cause cat litter box problems. Some cats like to scratch the surface surrounding the litter box. Your cat might find a cold cement floor unappealing.
If you want to keep the litter box location in a more private area, compromise. Go for privacy and convenience like the bathroom or a closet. Just make sure that the door is kept open to insure that your kitty is not trapped inside or locked out.
I have tried various locations in the attempt to hide the litter box from the eyes of friends and family. But hiding not only made it inconvenient for my cats but for me when I had to clean it. My “giant” litter box (it’s actually a large storage bin) is in a room that is in between the kitchen and living room. It is considered the dining room but I call it the “cat room”. I decided that for the comfort of me and the cats that I do not care what people think about the location of the litter box.