So what types of litter boxes are best? I prefer (and so do my cats) an opened litter box without a cover. When my Siamese became tormented and unhappy with a covered litter box, I got rid of it and never went back.
Many people prefer to provide their cats with covered litter boxes. For some cats this is great because some cats really prefer the privacy. But become aware that there might be problems. In a covered litter box, you might forget to clean it as often because the dirty litter is “out of sight, out of mind”. A covered litter box traps the odor inside which becomes much intensified! Whew! Your poor kitty must endure the smell. If you choose a covered litter box, make sure you clean it very often. In these litter boxes a covered one may not be large enough for your cat to have room to turn around, scratch, dig, or position himself. A covered litter box also makes it easy for another cat to wait and ambush the user as he exits the box. More than anything my cats hate being ambushed by other cats during litter box use. I have one cat, an American bobtailed cat, so mischievous and so cute, he has at time wanted to ambush, just to play with the other cats. Therefore, I have several types of litter boxes in various locations of my house.
On the other hand, for timid cats a covered litter box provides privacy that you kitty might need. Many people have remarkable success with covered litter boxes. If you want to experiment get one of each and see which one your cat prefers. I prefer an extra-large litter box. Most found in pet supplies are too small. Look in housewares and you can find larger storage bins that make the best cat litter box. The extra-large litter box is great! And it does not necessary mean that you put much more litter into and clean it less. I like them because they provide a means to keep the cat litter off the floor. I have this beautiful black cat (The Black Goddess), her main goal in life is to dig and kick litter over, and over and I mean she will stay in the litter boxes about 10 minutes at a time because she just loves to dig. So extra-large, deep litter boxes work great.
Along with the many types of litter boxes comes many types of cat litter and brands, to keep a cleaner litter box, go with a scoopable clumping litter. So what is the best cat litter? Cats prefer fine-grained litters because they have a softer feel. Most clumping litters have a fine texture. If you prefer the typical clay litters, a higher quality, dust-free type are relatively small grained. It’s good to find a brand that you and your cat are happy with and stick to it. There are some really good quality affordable litters like Tidy Cats, Fresh Step, Scoop Away, which are really good. All of these brands make dust free, ultra clump, multiple cat formula, and a crystal blend. The crystal blends are best for odor control. Once I tried just the straight litter crystals, but my cats did not like it too much.
There are also options to using an eco-friendly-cat litter. These are becoming very popular and are not only found at pet stores but department stores also. I use a corn-based litter made from whole kernel corn. This works great, is dust free, and clumps really well. I also keep one litter box that contains a ultra clumping clay litter for a particular kitty that does not like the corn based. For a great article on eco-friendly litter go here: Eco-Friendly-Cat-Litter Options
When it comes to the depth of the litter, most people think that more is better. After all, if you have more litter, than you would not have to clean it as often. Most cats only prefer a couple of inches because they like to feel the bottom of the litter box when they scratch and dig in the litter.
Now that is major odor control!