Cat litter trays are a necessary evil, absolutely essential if your cat is housebound or has limited access outdoors and highly recommended even if your cat is free to roam.
There are a huge variety of litter trays available and it can be confusing deciding which one to choose for your cat. I prefer to offer the biggest tray that the allocated area can accommodate, bearing in mind that for kittens you start with a small kitten tray but quickly progress to an adult variety when your cat grows up. Itâs important not to hang on to the miniscule kitten tray, expecting your adult cat to squeeze into it!
A covered litter tray can be useful to provide a discreet toilet in areas you would rather not share with cat poo, however I generally recommend removing itâs entrance which may just turn out to be one obstacle too many for a cat just about to relieve itself. However, covered trays can give more ammunition to any âbullyâ cat in a multi-cat household as its great sport for him to ambush a cat coming out of a toilet by sitting in wait on the top! So if thereâs any sign of this sort of thing going on I would change to an open tray. Open trays allow a cat to âback intoâ the tray and keep an eye on whatâs going on around him. Self-cleaning litter trays are becoming increasingly popular but these are marketed for the purchaser, rather than the cat. They often make random movements or noises that can be disturbing and may even deter your cat from using it.
The magic formula when deciding on how many litter trays you should have is one per cat plus one in different locations. In households with lots of cats this might not always be practical, in which case I would recommend one tray plus one for each social group. Providing a mix of open and covered trays will cater for each catâs individual preference.
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Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Pan/ Litter Tray / Litter Box, 57 x 46 x 43cm - White Tiger Pattern
This gives the option of a cover but, if the cat feels a little trapped, the top panel and flap can be removed. This gives the cat privacy without being completely trapped.
Trixie Cleany Cat Litter Tray Toilet
This litter tray is a generous size to enable the cat to move around, dig and cover with ease. The high back contains the litter and prevents any urine passed in a high posture from missing the tray.
Savic Cat Litter Tray Oval Jumbo, Black
This is a good basic open tray with plenty of room for your cat to dig and cover.
Primo XL Litter Tray, with Dome - 56 Ã 47 Ã 71 cm
This is a large covered tray with a low entry, ideal for trays that have to be placed in family areas or for cats that prefer to be enclosed.
Pack 5 50lt plastic boxes + lids
A good alternative to the traditional cat litter tray for cats that need a greater sense of security, space or as a useful way of containing sprayed urine.
Garland Standard Garden Tray Black
Standard garden trays can be a great option for those cats that have difficulities getting in and out of traditional litter trays, such as the elderly or those with disabilities or joint conditions.
Garland Chief Garden Tray Black
A size up from the standard garden tray that we use for cats that have difficulties using their existing trays or are soiling outside the tray. This measures 64.5cm long x 49.5cm wide x 12cm deep.
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