Criteria for evaluating a cat’s toilet

The characteristics of the pet and the owner’s preferences in the frequency of cleaning significantly affect the answer to the question: which cat tray is best suited. The following criteria will help you determine the appropriate type of cat toilet.
Material-almost all trays are made of plastic of different quality. The main thing is to make sure that it does not smell of chemicals and does not bend under a small weight. Cats have a sensitive sense of smell, and a pungent-smelling toilet is simply rejected.
Tray design-if you are the owner of a timid cat or a fan of digging into the filler to the point of insanity and throwing it out of the toilet, then you will find closed toilets with protection from prying eyes and walls to keep the filler inside the structure. The open type is suitable for owners of several cats, as it is immediately clear when cleaning is needed.
Size-small trays, although they look neat, are actually only suitable for kittens. An adult cat needs a larger toilet so that it can be safely turned over, and for closed types, it is important to choose the height of the top cover, otherwise the cat will not be able to straighten inside the toilet house.
The need to use a filler-a grid-a limiter will not allow you to spend money on a filler, but not every cat will agree to this option, it is better to train such a tray with young claws.
Cost-traditional trays with or without a grid are cheap, and you can buy two of them at once, which, by the way, are very fond of cats. Expensive toilets and self-cleaning trays are a serious purchase, and it is worth weighing all the pros and cons, because, in addition to buying filler, you will need special cartridges, cleaning products and sprays.
Convenience of cleaning-open toilets are quickly washed, but in the absence of filler in the corners of the tray can form a hard-to-erase plaque. Closed types of toilets should be easily disassembled and not have hard-to-reach places where dirt will accumulate.

The simplest option
An ordinary one-piece plastic tray, usually rectangular in shape, with low sides. Without additional tricks.
Advantages:
perfect for kittens, because it is easy to climb into;
it’s very cheap;
easy to replace the filler and wash the tray;
it takes up little space and is compact.
cons:
as a rule, part of the filler is thrown out by the cat;
it doesn’t smell at all;
a filler is required.

Tray with grid
A plastic net is attached to the top of the tray, through which cat feces flows, leaving the paws clean. Perfect for cats that don’t like filler. After the pet visits the toilet, the net is removed and washed, and the contents are poured out of the tray, after which it is also washed.
Advantages:
no filler required;
the cat never gets dirty.
Scams:
nothing prevents the spread of unpleasant odors;
after each visit, the cat requires washing;
some Pets do not like these trays, because the claws cling to the net when burying.

Tray with high sides
Many models have an additional edge that is reinforced at the edges; this allows you to cover the tray with film, pressing it with this additional edge. After the cat goes to the toilet, simply remove the film and throw it away with the contents-and the tray will be clean again!
Advantages:
high sides do not allow you to spread the filler;
because of their reliability, these trays are liked by cats, because it is almost a box, and all cats love boxes;
it is easy to keep clean.
Scams:
it takes up more space than a normal tray.

Closed tray
Tray-house provides the pet with an additional sense of security, in addition, it looks very aesthetically pleasing. Usually it is accompanied by a door that the pet can open, but many owners prefer to do without it, since not all cats appreciate this detail, many are afraid of it. It is very important to carefully select the model of the closed tray so that it is convenient to clean.
Advantages:
perfectly preserves the smell;
prevents the filler from spreading;
like almost all cats;
by such a tray, the cat will not miss, as it happens with open trays;
great for shy, insecure animals.
Scams:
some cats are afraid of closed trays or try to use them as a home rather than as a toilet;
quite a high price.

Automatic tray
The newest word in the world of cat toilets. This is a unique complex that is self-cleaning, freeing the owner of the animal from washing the tray and replacing the filler. Convenience plus aesthetic appearance.
Advantages:
all odors down-self-cleaning system after each pet visit easily eliminates unpleasant odors;
you no longer need to change the filler and wash the tray yourself;
disinfection with special cleaning products that are safe for cats will help to preserve the health of your pet;
for most models, no filler is required.
Scams:
after seeing the cleaning process, the cat may get scared, so it is better to keep it away from the tray at this time;
the cost of an automatic tray ranges from 10 to 20 thousand rubles, which, of course, is not cheap.

Do you know? The behavior of a cat in a tray is one of the most important indicators of its state of mind. So, if she often sits in her toilet for a long time, using it as a home, it means that she is deeply unsure of herself and does not trust her owners, and therefore wants to be closer to her own smell.

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