Litter Box Types:
1) Automatic Cat Litter Box – This type of litter box is designed to automatically empty the contents into a bin or container when it detects that there are no cats around.
These types of litter boxes come with built-in sensors which detect if there are any cats near. If so, they will open up and dispense the contents into a receptacle.
They have been very popular among pet owners due to their low maintenance and ease of use. However, these types of litter boxes do not provide enough space for all the cats. Some users prefer the manual method of emptying the contents into a bin or container.
2) Manual Cat Litter Box – This type of litter box requires some effort from the user since it involves opening up and discharging contents manually.
This type of litter box is usually used by larger cats and those that like to clean themselves regularly. There are several advantages to using this type of litter box over other types.
One advantage is that the owner does not need to worry about cleaning up after the cat since it does its own business. Another advantage is that the user does not have to worry about disposing of waste materials such as urine and feces properly since this type of litter box uses biodegradable material instead.
3) Compost Bin – A compost bin is a special kind of plastic container made out of recycled material.
These types of litter boxes are used by those that want to dispose of cat waste in an ecological manner. The only disadvantage is that a compost bin takes longer to break down than regular litter.
One advantage of using this type of litter box is that users do not have to worry about the smell that comes with disposing of waste materials.
4) Disposable Litter – A disposable litter is cheap and affordable for most cat owners.
It does not require any special care and is easy to dispose of. There are several types of disposable litter available on the market today.
Most of them usually come in a clumping form which makes it easier to remove the waste materials. They also usually come in different scents and colors to appeal to owners.
5) Silica Gel Litter – This type of litter box is similar to the disposable type but comes in a more solid clumping form.
It is made out of silica gel which makes it light and easy to carry around. The only disadvantage is that it tends to not clump as well as other types of litter.
These types of litter boxes are slightly more expensive than other types but can last a long time provided that the user does not overload the litter box.
6) Flushable Litter – A flushable litter is the same in texture and shape as most regular litters.
It clumps just as well and is easy to use. The only difference is that it is made out of organic materials such as plant and grass clippings, pine, cedar and corn based products.
These types of litter boxes are usually more expensive but can be disposed of by simply flushing it down the toilet.
7) Paper Based Litter – This type of litter box is usually cheap and affordable for most pet owners.
It does not require any special care or maintenance and is easy to dispose of. This type of litter is ideal for owners that live in apartments or in confined areas since the smell is contained within the litter itself.
Most paper based litters come in a variety of textures, scents and colors.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of these types of litter boxes?
1) Employed Professional Groomer – The advantages of this type of litter box is that it completely takes away the problem of odor since the cat will be taken care of by a professional groomer on a regular basis.
Another advantage is that the cat owner does not have to worry about cleaning the litter box as the litter box itself will be cleaned on a regular basis. A disadvantage of using this type of litter box is that it is usually expensive and requires constant maintenance and upkeep.
2) High Sided Litter Boxes – These types of litter boxes are usually the most commonly used litter boxes amongst cat owners.
They come in a variety of sizes and can be bought from most pet stores. The advantages of this type of litter box is that it is easy to find and costs very little to buy.
It is also very easy to clean since the sides can be removed easily. A disadvantage of these litter boxes is that some cats tend to throw up the litter whenever they cough it out resulting in a messy floor.
3) Hooded Litter Boxes – Hooded litter boxes enclose the litter box making it more privated for your cat.
It usually has a lid with a hole in the front where the cat enters and exits the box. These types of litter boxes tend to be more expensive than your average litter box and are usually designed to contain the odor as well.
The advantages of this type of litter box is that the smell is contained within and there is no mess whatsoever. A disadvantage of these litter boxes is that some cats may not like the privacy as much and tend to be more reluctant to use it.
4) Self Cleaning Litter Boxes – Self cleaning litter boxes are designed to do all the work for you.
They are usually programmed to rake through the litter at a certain time interval. They also contain carbon filters to remove odor.
Some of these litter boxes have a designated area to collect waste in order for you to dispose of it later. The advantages of these types of litter boxes is that they take away all your litter box cleaning responsibilities. A disadvantage of these litter boxes is that they can be quite expensive and may malfunction or break down on you.
5) Travel/Portable Litter Box – These types of litter boxes are exactly as they sound, designed for easy transportation from one place to another.
They usually consist of a plastic tray with high sides. They are usually not as deep as your average litter box though they do have high sides to help contain the mess.
The advantages of these types of litter boxes is that they are very easy to carry around and clean. A disadvantage of these types of litter boxes is that they do not have as much room for the cat to move around as their larger counterparts and there is a greater chance of litter being thrown around whenever the cat exits the box.
Sources & references used in this article:
Ventilation system adapted for use with litter boxes by HR Kiera – US Patent 5,655,478, 1997 – Google Patents
Litter boxes by JE Carlyon – US Patent 4,787,335, 1988 – Google Patents
Does previous use affect litter box appeal in multi-cat households? by JJ Ellis, RTS McGowan, F Martin – Behavioural processes, 2017 – Elsevier