Catios are easily one of the best ways to enrich your cat’s life instantly. By giving your cat or kitten a protected space outdoors, the quality of his life sky-rockets. But what should your cat have access to while he is basking in sun-puddles? Should a litter box be close by so he doesn’t have to go far to pee and poop? This post is all about should a
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Putting a litter box in your cat’s
The more your cats’ needs are met, the more fulfilled they will be.
If space allows, a litter box is definitely ideal as it can serve as an enrichment to your feline’s lifestyle in the form of a
Outdoor catios are a great and practical option for cat parents wanting to give their cats an outdoor space to explore and enjoy. While cats can use the great outdoors as a litter box, it’s important to ensure that they have a safe and comfortable place to do their business. This is why having multiple covered litter boxes in your outdoor
When it comes to litter boxes for an outdoor
Another great feature to have in an outdoor
This will allow your cats to come and go as they please and have access to the litter boxes whenever they need it. It also helps to keep unwanted visitors out of the
Finally, when it comes to outdoor litter boxes, you want to make sure that they are covered. This will help to ensure that the litter inside won’t get wet from rain, or be blown away by the wind.
It also helps to contain any odors, and prevents the cats from being able to access the litter from outside the
Having multiple covered litter boxes (especially in multi-cat catios) and a cat door in your outdoor
Not only does it provide a safe and secure area for your cats to do their business, but it also reduces the amount of mess and odor in your outdoor space.
Can You Put A Cat Litter Tray Outside?
Yes, you absolutely can put a cat litter tray outside with a few guidelines. The tray should be waterproof material all around (the outside and sides) and ideally it should have a top or awning over the litter tray. If this is not possible, that is okay just be sure to bring your cat litter tray indoors when it will be unattended so there is not any chance of it being blown all over the place on a windy day or worse, getting left open outside during a thunderstorm. You can easily see why that can create problems.
Outdoor Litter Boxes
Having an outdoor litter box is the best advantage as a cat owner. Having outdoor litter boxes gives your kitty cats a super private area to do their business. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the smell of a litter box in your home. Having a covered outdoor litter box can also be ideal in case it rains. Even if your
Investing in a cat door to the
What Else Should Go In A Catio ?
Now that we know a litter box or tray should go in your
Here is a list of things you might include in your cat’s outdoor space that will make her feel like the princess she already knows she is.
Outdoor Furniture (for you and her)
String of lights
Food and water bowl
Here is a table including a column explaining why each item should be included in a
Cat Outdoor Furniture|
Provides a comfortable lounging area for both you and your cat|
Weather-resistant and durable materials|
Offers entertainment and mental stimulation for your cat|
Cat-safe and durable materials|
Provides a designated area for your cat’s bathroom needs|
Easy-to-clean and odor-resistant material|
String of Lights|
Adds a cozy and decorative ambiance to the |
LED lights with low heat emission|
Enhances the |
Non-toxic plants or artificial plants|
Offers vertical space for your cat to explore and perch|
Sturdy and cat-friendly materials|
Food and Water Bowls|
Provides a designated area for feeding and hydration|
Stainless steel or ceramic for easy cleaning|
Cat Water Fountain|
Encourages regular hydration and adds a source of stimulation|
BPA-free and easy-to-clean materials|
Note: When selecting materials for the
What Type Of Furniture Should Go In A Catio ?
The most important type of furniture that should be in your cat’s
Use this blog post as a guide for your outdoor furniture shopping needs!
10 Tips For Choosing The Best Outdoor Furniture For Your
Designing your cat’s
Building your feline an outdoor cat enclosure does not have to be overwhelming.
Here are additional resources that should help you and your cat.
Building Your Cat A Window
10 Steps To Building A
Until next time,
Headbutts and Purrs
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Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC. She has a tuxedo male adult cat currently and she has had him since he was a baby kitten; so Lisa knows well the kitten lifecycle, the teenage cat lifecycle and the adult cat lifecycle (he is currently 11 years old). Prior to her cat Finnegan, Lisa had two FIV positive cats for a decade. They inspired Lisa to invent a cat enclosure so they could safely sit outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. She brought the product to market and eventually designed a line of portable catios; they sold on Amazon, Skymall Catalogue, Wayfair and countless other websites. Her experience being a cat parent coupled with her business development and product management experience make her a trusted cat enthusiast partner. She and Finnegan (her cat) test, research and review pet products to give readers the best feedback possible.