Cat Litter and Litter Trays
There have never been so many different types of cat litter tray available as there are today. You only need to look around your local pet store or search on Amazon and you will discover literally dozens of different types of cat or kitten litter trays. So which is best suited for your pet?
For most kittens and cats the simple basic rectangular tray is perfectly adequate. The import factor about any litter tray is that it’s the correct size for your pet. For example, if you have a kitten the sides should be no higher than 3 inches or else it may not be able to climb into the tray. For an older cat, the tray can have sides up to 6 inches in height. If the sides are too low the litter may get scattered outside of the tray when the kitten or cat is covering up.
The tray also needs to be large enough so that your pet does not feel cramped up whilst it is doing its business. You will soon find out if the litter tray is too small as there will be wet areas and an excess amount of litter outside of the tray. It is always a wise precaution to spread some newspaper around the tray to collect and absorb any spillage.
Some owners prefer giving their cat the privacy that a hooded litter tray provides. However, if this privacy justifies the extra expense or is needed by your cat is open to question…
It is important to regularly clean your cat’s tray and replace the litter. The alternative is to buy one of the ranges of disposable litter trays that are on the market today. They work out more expensive than using a conventional tray but save you the task of cleaning it. Disposable litter trays can also be the answer when you are taking your cat with you when staying away from home.
The amount of cat litter that you put into the tray will depend upon the size of your cat. For a kitten, an inch of litter may be enough whilst for an older and larger cat, a depth of 2 inches is about right. This allows your pet to cover-up afterward. You should scoop out any solids on a daily basis and change the litter every 4 or 5 days. You may have to do this more often if there is an unpleasant odor.