I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: thinking like a cat is key to making your furbaby happy and comfortable.
Why is height important? Well, you want the sides to be low enough so the cat can hop into the box without much effort, but high enough to keep the litter from scattering when your cat covers and gets out of the box. For average cats, Tracie says six-inch sides are ideal. For kittens and seniors the sides should be lower.
Length and width are also important. Tracie recommends that the box be large enough so your cat can “eliminate in a couple of areas and still have a clean place to put her paws.” That’s great advice. Imagine having to smoosh yourself up to avoid stepping in your own business from a few hours before? Right, eww. You probably wouldn’t blame a cat in that situation for choosing somewhere else to go, would you? That’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid! So, as Tracie says, a good rule of thumb is at least 1-1/2 times your cat’s length and at least one-cat-length wide. That’s minimum. Bigger is better.