Dealing with cat litter is probably one of the biggest drawbacks to owning a cat. While we love their furry faces, affectionate nose bumping and playful moments, few cat owners relish the task of cleaning up their pet´s toilet area. Fortunately there are a large variety of litter trays that reduce odour and make cleaning quick and easy.
Basic rectangular plastic litter trays cost just a few pounds, but it is well worth upgrading to a slightly more expensive version to save on mess, smells and hassle. Cat urine is slightly corrosive, so line a plastic litter tray with newspaper or a litter tray liner to keep the tray from becoming pitted and difficult to clean. Using a clumping litter allows you to scoop out any urine regularly without the need to fully empty and clean the tray, keeping the litter tray fresher. Some cat litter also contains deodorizing ingredients which help to reduce nasty smells, and this type of cat litter is well worth investing in, especially if you have more than one cat in your home.
A cat litter tray with a rim can stop litter from being kicked out of the tray while your cat is scratching. Some cat litter trays also feature higher walls at the back and sides to protect against this problem even further.
However, the peak of cat litter tray design is the fully enclosed style which provides a little privacy for cats while keeping everything discreetly hidden from any humans in the room. These litter trays come with a hood or cover which stops any litter from escaping, and air filters to help eliminate odors. The downsize is that these litter trays resemble cat carriers, so some cats may be put off switching from a conventional open tray to an enclosed one.