6 Things You Should Get Before Adopting a Cat

2.  Litter Boxes

There’s no way around it: Your new cat will require a place to urinate and defecate. The number of litter boxes you’ll need is determined by the size of your home and the number of cats you have, according to Paul.

He says you’ll need one litter box per cat, plus one extra. If you have two cats, you’ll need three litter boxes. You’ll also need one for each floor of your home, and they should be separated apart rather than right next to each other.

In terms of the boxes themselves, you can find a typical litter tray almost anywhere that sells pet supplies. Paul, on the other hand, recommends purchasing a large plastic tub and carving out an entrance for the cat. Even when your cat throws litter around while burying her excrement, these containers are deep enough to keep the litter in. According to Paul, cats prefer to be able to see anything coming their way when doing their toilet, so the lid of the box should be left off.

The litter boxes, regardless of type, should be at least 1.5 times the length of your cat, allowing them to spin around.

Because cats’ wild relatives go to the toilet in sandy areas, Paul recommends using the small-particle, unscented litter. While a scented brand may be attractive, she warns that it may be too much for certain cats.

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