Do you live in a small apartment and have a cat or two living in that apartment with you?
We all love our feline companions, but living in a small apartment can cause all kinds of issues when it comes to where to put the litter box. Also, where you think the litter box should go isn’t necessarily where your cat thinks it should go.
If you’ve found that your cat is using the bathroom outside of the litter box, then it could be that he doesn’t like where the box is kept. However, if you live in a small apartment, your options can be pretty limited. We’ll give you a few suggestions for the best places to put the litter box when you live in a small apartment.
What the Area Should Be Like
If you’ve had a cat for any amount of time, you already know that cats are stubborn, independent, and picky about everything from their food to where they use the litter box. Therefore, the area where you put your feline pal’s litter box should include the following features:
- Easily accessed
If the place you choose to put the litter box has at least four of the five features listed above, your cat should be more than happy to use the box there. However, it’s important to watch your cat when you move her litter box to see how she reacts to that new area, otherwise, you may have a mess on your hands.
Now that you know the features needed, we’ll give you five of the best places in your small apartment to keep the litter box for the best results.
1. Linen Closet
While the linen closet is used to store your linens, it makes the perfect spot to keep your cat’s litter box as well. In most linen closets, there’s a little rectangular floor space that makes it ideal for a box to be situated.
You should remove the door to the linen closet if you choose this option, and this does work best with linen closets that don’t have carpet in them. Removing the door of the closet keeps your pet from getting locked inside the closet or outside and unable to get in to use the box when needed.
If your linen closet does have carpet, lay an absorbent microfiber mat over it. The last thing you want is cat urine soaking into your carpet.
2. Laundry Room
Sometimes a nice, quiet corner in the laundry room is the perfect place to keep the cat’s litter box. This is the best place to avoid having the box on your carpet. However, you don’t want to keep clean clothes in the laundry room if you have the litter box in there, as they can pick up the odors and need to be re-washed.
However, if your cat is scared easily, then the sound of the washer and dryer might scare him and cause him to avoid using the litter box at all. In that case, you could consider using the next room on our list.
3. The Bathroom
The bathroom is probably the most popular spot in a small apartment to keep the cat’s litter box. Most litter boxes don’t have a hood, so it’s easy to fit them between the toilet and the wall. The drawback to keeping the cat litter box in the bathroom is that you’ll have to keep the door open at all times when many of us prefer to close the door to the bathroom.
However, if your cat has a thing for toilet paper and it’s situated right by the toilet, or you have very little space in your bathroom, check out our next option.
4. The Bathroom Cabinet
If your bathroom is too tiny for the cat box to go by the toilet, then you could make space in your bathroom cabinet. It’s unconventional and unique, but it works. Simply clean out all the unneeded toiletries from one of your cabinets and put the litter box in there instead.
Again, you’re going to need to take the door off the cabinet, so your pet can get in and out to use the litter box at will.
5. The Utility Closet
This option is unique because you can either remove the door to the utility closet when you put the litter box in there or cut a small cat door so that your cat has easy access, but the litter box won’t be seen. First, however, it’s essential to keep the box and closet extremely clean and never leave clothes or other items in there.
Utility closets are small, so they hold smells easily, and the last thing you want is to open the door and have the smell hit you in the face and never go away.
These are five of the best places you can keep the cat litter box if you live in a small apartment. As long as you meet at least four of the five criteria listed above to make your cat feel comfortable going to the bathroom, then you shouldn’t have any problems with him using it at all.
Where do you put the litter box in your small apartment? Is it somewhere we didn’t list in our article? Let us know your location in the comments below.
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