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I moved into my current apartment last fall. Prior to the furniture arriving, I brought my cat Lily into the new apartment and set her up in the bathroom as a safe refuge from the noise and commotion of the movers. After the furniture was loaded in, I went into the tiny bathroom to get her, only to find her hiding in a bathroom drawer. Poor babe.
There’s a lot to love about my new apartment. It’s full of vintage appeal and has big windows perfect for cat-napping. (Just ask Lily.) But it’s also a smaller space than I’m used to. One big challenge of living with cats in an apartment is finding a place for the litter box. Follow my tips to get the most of out living with your feline friends in a small space.
Decide how many litter boxes you need.
Veterinarians recommend at least one litter box per cat, and sometimes one extra. If you have multiple cats, it may be difficult to find space for the appropriate number of litter boxes in a small space. In my apartment, I can get away with one litter box, as long as I keep it clean and odor-free.
In addition to scooping once or twice daily, I’m a big fan of high-quality cat litter. My favorite product is the New Purina® TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter, available at Target.
TIDY CATS Free & Clean is free of any added fragrances or dyes and uses the power of activated charcoal to lock away any odors. I found it easily at Target in the pet aisle, and even better, it was at a great price! I picked up the 20-lb easy-to-pour container, but it’s also available in a 35-lb bucket. Lily is definitely loving TIDY CATS well.
Find the best spot for your litter box.
The best place for a litter box is somewhere out of the way, but easily accessible for both you and your cat. In my previous apartments, I’ve often tucked the litter box next to the toilet or behind the bathroom door. My current bathroom is too small, so I’ve opted to put the box in a small alcove behind my front door. It’s easily accessible and offers my cat privacy.
Make sure your box is tucked away in a low-traffic, calm area.
Don’t place your litter box in an area where kitty could get easily spooked. You can also reconfigure or retrofit furniture to hide the litter box. My mom has a small end table that doubles as a covered litter box. I keep Lily’s box concealed with a small trash can, but a large plant or tree would also work well to shelter the space for both the cat and visitors. Since the box is an area I see often, I find it easy to scoop right before I leave for work and when I return home for the day.
Make adjustments if necessary.
Once you think you’ve found the perfect spot, put it to the test. Watch your cat’s behavior, make sure she can get in and out easy, and ensure her experience isn’t interrupted by closing doors, guests or loud noises. If you have to move the litter box, do so gradually or consider getting a second box before removing the first.
Keep it clean.
With the perfect box in place, be sure to keep it as clean as possible. In an apartment or small living space, you’re likely to see the litter box more often and keep it clean, something your kitty will love you even more for.
Cats are highly sensitive and prefer a clean, odor-free litter experience. Clumping litters, like TIDY CATS Free & Clean make it easy to keep the box clean. Another plus is that TIDY CATS Free & Clean is 99.9% dust-free, meaning Lily is less likely to track dust over my clean floors.
With just a few tweaks to your litter routine, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying small space living with your feeling friends! Be sure to try new TIDY CATS Free & Clean unscented litter at Target!