Choosing A Litter Tray

Visit any pet
store and you will see a vast array of litter trays. From the simple
rectangular type (pictured left) to the elaborate. From personal
experience, I have found the simpler the litter tray, the better.

The litter tray must be easy to
get in and out of and be large enough for your cat to comfortably stand
Litter trays should be made of strong
and durable plastic. They will need to withstand contact with urine,
feces, cat claws, hot water, and disinfectants.

How many litter trays do I need?

It is
recommended that you have one litter tray per cat, plus one spare. But
again, this comes down to space and personal preference. You should not
have a number of cats sharing the same litter tray, though. That is a
fast way to encourage bad habits developing. Nobody likes a dirty
toilet, and that includes cats.

Plain litter tray

 cat litter tray

The cheapest type of litter tray. It is
recommended you start out with this type of litter tray if you are
bringing home a kitten (you can get small ones with lower sides), and
see how you and your cat like it. Advantages are that this type of
litter tray is cheap, readily available and easy to clean out.

Any type of cat litter can be used in these litter

Plain litter tray with lip

Litter tray with lip

I like this style, they are still cheap to buy and
easy to get in and out of, but the lip helps prevent litter being kicked
out of the tray.

Any type of cat litter can be used in this type of
litter tray.

Large plastic tub

Large plastic tub litter tray

Not a litter tray but a good option. They are
cheap to buy, readily available and have high enough sides that once
your cat has hopped in, there is little chance of litter being kicked

Some people choose to cut a hole in the lid,
others just remove the lid entirely.

Any type of cat litter can be used.

Litter tray with dish

Litter tray

Another inexpensive option. The litter goes into
the top tray and when the cat goes to the toilet, the liquid flows down
to the bottom tray. This can then be quickly hosed out on a daily basis,
greatly reducing odours.

Generally, recycled wood pellets are used in this
style of the litter tray.

Covered litter tray

Covered litter tray

The next step up is the covered litter tray. It is
good for privacy (some cats prefer to go to the toilet without an
audience, some don’t care). Again, these litter trays are relatively

Any type of cat litter can be used in this type of
litter tray.

Self cleaning
litter tray

Self cleaning litter tray

This is a
relative newcomer to the market. The self-cleaning litter tray comes in
a variety of shapes and sizes. A few minutes after your cat has used the
litter tray, a rake moves along the cat litter removing the urine and
feces into a tray. Obviously, despite the name, the tray does require
the removal of urine and feces every few days but is a popular choice
among cat owners.

These types of litter tray come with or without
hoods, I have seen one with a counter so that you can keep tabs on how
often your cat is using the litter tray.

Hidden litter trays

This type of
litter tray is built into furniture which also removes the unsightly
look of a litter tray, but also provides your cat with some privacy when
he’s on the loo. They can be bought from specialist stores or custom
made by a cabinet maker.

Also see:

Types of cat litter

Toilet training your cat

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