Finding the Best Litter Box for Your Cat

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Let’s face it – waste management is the least pleasant part of cat ownership. But a good litter box can make the job so much easier. That’s why it’s important to do a little research and find a box that will best fit your needs. I wrote this guide to help you do just that.

First use this chart to choose a category of litter box:

Box Type
Pros
Cons
Example
Open top
(see boxes)
  • Cheap
  • Easy access for cat
  • Cats love jumbo-size open top litter boxes!
  • Cat might scatter litter over the side (unless you have a high-walled one)
  • Kids and dogs can get into the litter
  • Aesthetically displeasing

Petmate Hi Back Pan with Microban - Moss Bank Green - Jumbo
Hooded
(see boxes)
  • Helps keep litter contained if your cat likes to dig
  • A good model also keeps urine inside if your cat sprays
  • Contains odors
  • Harder for dogs to get into it
  • Harder to scoop
  • Cat might find the concentrated odors inside offensive
  • A small one probably isn't big enough for your cat

Moderna Flip Top Blue Enclosed Cat Litter Box
Top entry
(see boxes)
  • Keeps litter/urine inside
  • Contains odors
  • Dogs and kids can't get into it!
  • Can be good for small spaces
  • If you have an older or arthritic cat, don't make them jump in and out of their bathroom
  • Kittens can't get in
  • Harder to scoop than an open-top

Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox
Corner (see boxes)
  • Space-saver
  • Not as many models available

SmartCat Corner Litter Box
Self-cleaning
(see boxes)
  • Makes waste disposal almost effortless
  • Saves on litter
  • Might freak out the cat, causing them to lay nuggets on your comforter...
  • Some models don't work well. You have to buy carefully
  • Expensive

Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Manual self-cleaning
(see boxes)
  • Makes waste disposal much easier
  • Won't scare the cat as much as automatic self-cleaning
  • Still requires a bit of effort from you
  • Same cons as a hooded box
  • Sifting boxes may not work with certain types of litter

Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Designer
(see boxes)
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Expensive!
  • You have to make sure your cat isn't confused by it

Merry Pet Products-Cat Washroom And Night Stand

The litter box you choose has to appeal to your cat or they might poop in other areas of your house. Try not to suddenly change your cat’s litter box. When you add a new litter box, make sure she likes it before getting rid of the old one.

  • If you have a dog or small children, you can use a hooded or top-entry box to prevent them from getting in the litter.
  • If you have a kitten, you want a box that has low enough sides to let her enter.
  • If you have a nice house and you don’t want a nasty-looking litter box to cramp your style, consider one of the designer boxes.
  • If space is an issue, one of the corner or open-top boxes could fit your needs.

Litter Box Comparison Chart

This chart presents the important litter box choices available on the market today. It is categorized according to categories above. Clicking on a link will bring you the Amazon page.

Image
Box
Width
Length
Height
Category
Price
Rating
Iris CLH-12 Open-Top Litter Box with Shield and ScoopIris CLH-12 Open-Top Litter Box with Shield and Scoop15"18.875"11.6875"Open topLow4
Nature's Miracle High Sided Litter BoxNature's Miracle High Sided Litter Box17.8"22.8"11" (except the front opening)Open topLow4
Pureness Giant High Sides Cat Litter Pan
Pureness Giant High Sides Cat Litter Pan
17"21"9" (6.25" at the front)Open topLow4.3
Petmate Hi Back Pan with Microban - Moss Bank Green - Jumbo
Petmate Hi Back Pan with Microban - Moss Bank Green - Jumbo
17.3"21.2"10.3"Open topLow4.5
Van Ness Cat Litter Pan
Van Ness Cat Litter Pan
12"16"4"Open topLow4
Petmate Jumbo Litter Pan 22002, Colors May Vary
Petmate Jumbo Litter Pan 22002, Colors May Vary
16.8"22.3"6.8"Open topLow4.3
Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Pan
Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Pan
17" (door opening: 9.6")22.4"18.3" (door opening: 10.4")HoodedMedium4.5
Booda Dome Cleanstep Cat Box
Booda Dome Cleanstep Cat Box
21.5" (diameter)21.5" (diameter)19" (litter pan is 6" deep)HoodedMedium3.8
Van Ness CP7 Enclosed Cat Pan/Litter Box, Extra Large, colors are assorted
Van Ness CP7 Enclosed Cat Pan/Litter Box, Extra Large, colors are assorted
17.5"21.5"18"HoodedLow4.4
Petco Jumbo Enclosed Litter Box
Petco Jumbo Enclosed Litter Box
19"25"16.5"HoodedLow4.7
Petmate Booda Dome Litter Box
Petmate Booda Dome Litter Box
17.25 (entrance: 7.625")17.25 (entrance: 7.625")18"HoodedLow4.2
X-Large Deluxe Hooded Litter Box (Colors May Vary)
X-Large Deluxe Hooded Litter Box (Colors May Vary)
18"21.8"18.3"HoodedMedium4.6
Moderna Flip Top Blue Enclosed Cat Litter Box
Moderna Flip Top Blue Enclosed Cat Litter Box
15.5"20"14.5" (pan depth: 4")HoodedMedium4.4
Modko Flip Litter Box

Modko Flip Litter Box
15.8"20.5"16.8"HoodedHigh3.5
Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox
Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox
15"20" (opening diameter: 9")15" Top-entryMedium4.3
Modkat Litter Box
Modkat Litter Box
16"16" (opening: 8.5")15"Top-entryHigh4.3
Mox Litter Tower
Mox Litter Tower
19" (diameter)19" (diameter)19"Top-entryHighN/A
Natures Miracle Advanced Hooded Corner Litter Box
Natures Miracle Advanced Hooded Corner Litter Box
21"21"24"CornerMedium4.3
SmartCat Corner Litter Box
SmartCat Corner Litter Box
18"18"10"CornerLow4.4
Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box
24"22"29"Self-cleaningHigh4.4
ScoopFree® Self-Cleaning Litter Box
ScoopFree® Self-Cleaning Litter Box
19"27.5"7"Self-cleaningHigh3.7
PetSafe Simply Clean Continuous-Clean Litter Box
PetSafe Simply Clean Continuous-Clean Litter Box
19"26"10"Self-cleaningMedium3.3
CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box
CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box
19.25" (at the back: 17.5")24.5"21"Self-cleaningHigh3.6
Littermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Littermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box
17.7"28"9.8"Self-cleaningHigh2.9
SmartScoop Self-Scooping LitterBox 1073211347
SmartScoop Self-Scooping LitterBox 1073211347
16.8"25.5"7.5"Self-cleaningHigh3
Quick Clean Cat Litter Box
Quick Clean Cat Litter Box
18"14.5"20"Manual self-cleaningHigh3.1
Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box
22" (small size: 20")19.5" (small size: 17")20" (small size: 18")Manual self-cleaningLow4.2
Van Ness CP5 Sifting Cat Pan/Litter Box with Frame
Van Ness CP5 Sifting Cat Pan/Litter Box with Frame
15.1"19"8"Manual self-cleaningLow3.7
Van Ness CP66 Enclosed Sifting Cat Pan/Litter Box, Large
Van Ness CP66 Enclosed Sifting Cat Pan/Litter Box, Large
15.25"19.5"17.5"Manual self-cleaningLow3.8
Merry Pet Products-Cat Washroom And Night Stand
Merry Pet Products-Cat Washroom And Night Stand
18.5"16.5"18.5"DesignerMedium3.9
Designer Catbox Litter Box Enclosure
Designer Catbox Litter Box Enclosure
29.1"20.6"20.8"DesignerHigh4
Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Litter Box
Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Litter Box
N/AN/A42" (with plant)DesignerMedium4.4
Modern Cat Designs - Litter Hider / Bed
Modern Cat Designs - Litter Hider / Bed
18.5"21.5"20.75"DesignerHigh4.3
Pet Studio MDF Litter Box Cat Cabinet
Pet Studio MDF Litter Box Cat Cabinet
28"19"24"DesignerHigh4.1
LitterHouse
LitterHouse
25.5"17"22"DesignerHighN/A
Kenzi Cat litter box Moisha
Kenzi Cat litter box Moisha
16.5"21.7"16.5"DesignerHighN/A
Cat Condos Litter Box Enclosure
Cat Condos Litter Box Enclosure
N/AN/AN/ADesignerHigh4.5
Mr. Herzher's Wicker Litter Box Cover
Mr. Herzher's Wicker Litter Box Cover
16.25"19.75"18.5"DesignerHigh3.7
Iovo Designs Litterfish
Iovo Designs Litterfish
18"25"18" (fins stick out 3")DesignerHighN/A
Kitty A GoGo Cat Litter Box
Kitty A GoGo Cat Litter Box
18"21"16"DesignerHighN/A
Amish Made Corner Cat Litterbox Cabinet
Amish Made Corner Cat Litterbox Cabinet
31"23"22"DesignerHighN/A

This chart isn’t exhaustive but it does include all the important choices. If you know of an awesome litter box that isn’t on the list, or if you have any questions/concerns, contact me!

The Top Three Litter Boxes

As you can see in the chart above, there are a lot of choices on the market for litter boxes. To avoid information overload, let’s look at three of the most popular and highest-rated litter boxes in more detail. I chose these boxes because they have excellent reviews, a lot of interest online, and because of my own experience with boxes in years of cat ownership.

Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box

Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter BoxThe Omega Paw is one of the most popular litter boxes available, and for good reason. When I lived at my parents’ house, we used to have a generic hooded box that we had to scoop manually. As it was me and my brother’s duty to scoop the box, we were happy when my dad finally invested in this self-cleaning box. We found it much faster than a generic box, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a cheap self-cleaning solution.

You operate the box by rolling it over on its top and then back again. That separates the nuggets from the litter and puts them in the removable tray on the side (so it only works with clumping litter, which is what most people use anyway).

Of course, like almost any litter box, it has some issues. The Amazon reviewers mention problems like the clips breaking and litter getting out in between the cracks. Others do not like to take it apart to give it a thorough cleaning. You have to have enough space to roll it over, so it actually needs more space than the mere dimensions suggest. On my parents’ box (they still have it after more than 4 years), the clips haven’t broken but they can no longer shut them all the way. However, it is still working fine for them after years of use and has no major problems. I can only imagine how many hours of scooping it has saved us over the years!

Clevercat

Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox I haven’t used this one myself, but judging from the reviews and the amount of interest online, the Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox is one of the best choices for cutting down on the amount of litter on the floor, keeping dogs from eating the poop, and saving on space.

The number one issue that people have is that their cat doesn’t like it. Introduce this box to your cat cautiously. I don’t recommend it for older or arthritic cats because they will have a hard time getting in and out of it. It could also be difficult for kittens and fat cats.

Here is a review of the Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox

Litter Robot LRII

Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter BoxThe Litter Robot LRII is one of the highest-rated self-cleaning boxes on the market (if not the highest rated on Amazon). It’s rare to see any automatic self-cleaning box get high ratings, since so many of them have issues.

Here’s a video review of the Litter Robot:

A potential issue with this box is that your cat might be frightened by it. You have to give your kitty time to adjust to this high-tech system.

Now Choose for Yourself

This page has presented the major litter box options available on the market. Now it’s up to you to choose one that fits your situation. Remember, the most important thing is that your cat likes the box you choose. And no matter what box you get, make sure to keep it clean!

Once you’ve chosen, you also need some litter to go in the box. Check out my post on the best kitty litter!

This page will be kept up-to-date with the latest in litter box technology. If you know of any important litter boxes that I’ve missed, leave me a comment below or contact me.