Cats are great apartment pets. Clean and quiet, they’re much better suited to apartment living than dogs. Provided they have some access to sunlight through a window (or even better, able to be leash-trained to go outdoors with you), cats can live a wonderfully happy life in a small home.
The main big issue that people face is the management of cat litter.
Regardless of how clean cats are naturally, litter boxes are going to be the source of some odor some of the time. Managing this in a small space is important, as the smell will permeate your entire living area.
Luckily, with some wise planning this is easy enough to do, so that both you and your cat will be happy with a clean and odor-free litter box area!
Where to put cat litter in a small apartment
Finding a spot to put your cat litter box in small space is a task that might leave you with few options, especially if you live in a very small apartment like a studio. Regardless of the type of box and litter you choose to use, in a small home you’re likely to going to smell it if you don’t stay on top of the cleaning – with just one or two cats this is fast and simple though, and really shouldn’t take more than a few minutes per day. Using a good self cleaning litter box will make it even easier.
Even if you have no other option but to have your cat’s litter box somewhere that it’s going to be visible, it doesn’t mean you need to be stuck with an eyesore. We now have some fabulous options that don’t even look like litter boxes at all. They almost look like part of the furniture. These are my favorites:
ecoFlex Litter Loo
This piece of furniture – because that’s what it looks like – can easily pass as a cabinet or side table. Once your kitty knows there’s a hole in the front and litter inside, only you and she need to know it’s really a litter box!
This is actually a litter box house: you put your chosen box inside the structure so it’s totally out of sight inside what everyone else will just think is a lovely piece of décor.
Made of wood and plastic, the EcoFlex is built to be sealed and resistant to moisture. If your cat misses, the box does not soak up the urine so you don’t have to worry about that lingering smell, and you can simply wipe away any spills.
There are 4 colors to pick from, ranging from white to dark, so you’ll be able to blend it in well to your home. There are also 2 sizes with the largest Jumbo size being about 30″ long, and the standard size is about 24″ in length. The Jumbo size is about 7″ higher than the standard, so if you have a large cat or one that you know likes the extra space, you don’t have to be stuck with the smaller box. The other aspect to consider when thinkning about what size of the EcoFlex Litter Loo you want is the type of tray or box you’re going to put in it. The Jumbo is able to better hold most of the automatic self cleaning litter boxes, while regular litter trays will fit in the Standard size EcoFlex Loo.
The door at the front flips down so you can easily access the litter box to clean or replace it.
Now, the ecoFlex is pretty awesome, but it’s not totally unique because there are now a bunch of other similar styled litter box “houses”, so you have a good lot of options when it comes to choosing one that will look great in the space you’ve got.
The thing to look out for with wooden litter box enclosures, especially when you’re going to be using them in a studio or apartment, is the material they’re made of and what design features are in place to help with odor control, and to avoid having any spilled urine soak into the structure which would effectively ruin it and stink your home out. Well made products of this style will have a plastic internal lining of some sort, which is easily cleaned and disinfected if required and won’t soak up moisture.
If wood cabinets are not your thing, how about a litter box pot plant?
Designed to mimic the look of a clay plant pot, this enclosure is large enough for big litter trays and boxes, as well as sufficient for larger cats or those who just want more room to do their business in privacy.
The plant is indeed included with the pot, so you don’t have to worry about decorating it. Just pick a nice spot and your guests won’t look twice – except to admire the plant!
One side has a large entry hole for your cat, but if you want to turn the pot around to hide the hole at any time, simply spin the pot around and absolutely no one will be able to tell it’s a cat toilet area. This really is the ultimate cat litter disguise and one that is perfect for use in apartments – or any home.
What’s the best cat litter for an apartment?
Thinking about your priorities when keeping a cat in your small home, your litter choice will likely be based on, in this order:
– Odor control: smaller spaces trap odors, especially if you have minimal fresh air coming in. Some types of kitty litter are better at controlling smell than others.
– Tracking control: your cat will have less space to take litter and footprints through the home, and a litter that has a high tracking potential can easily wind up throughout your whole apartment.
– Cost: compared with cat food, litter is not the biggest expense of having a cat. But some litter is more economical than others over the long term, even if it seems to cost more upfront.
But it’s not just the litter itself that’s important. That’s just one part of the equation to apartment living with a cat. The litter box you use will have just as much impact on whether you can keep the odors and other toileting-related issues under control.
Where is the Best Place To Put Cat Litter in an Apartment?
Having a small space gives you significantly less options when it comes to litter box placement. Having your cat’s toilet area be the first thing someone sees when they walk into your apartment might not be everyone’s idea of interior design. So how can you hide the cat litter area, while keeping it clean and odor-free and importantly, located somewhere that your cat will feel comfortable using?