Need the Best Litter Box for Cats? Here are the Top 10

Having litter tracking troubles at home, or perhaps a cat that simply won’t use the litter box you’ve purchased?  This can be an incredibly frustrating experience, especially given it is likely just as frustrating for your cat!  Selecting the right litter box can be a difficult process, especially given the number of litter boxes on the market and the lack of clarity on what works and what doesn’t.

If you’re new to cats and looking to select your first litter box then I’d highly recommend you first take a look at my 7 tips for selecting the best litter box for your home. It’ll give you several things to think about before you pull the trigger and end up with a litter box that won’t meet the needs of you and your feline family members!

But let’s get right into it. Which is the best litter box for cats? Hate to sound like a consultant, but the answer is that it depends!  It depends on what you’re looking for. I’ve compiled a list of the best litter boxes from each overall type of litter box on the market and put them here for your convenience. Take a look below and use the quick links to navigate to the most relevant litter box based on what you think you need.


The Best Cat Litter Box Quick Guide

Best Covered Litter Box  Catit’s Jumbo Covered
Best Top Entry Litter Box  Favorite’s Top Entry
Best Hidden Litter Box  Good Stuff’s Hidden
Best Disposable Litter Box  Nature’s Miracle Disposable
Best High Sided Litter Box  Nature’s Miracle High Sided
Best Extra Large Litter Box  Petmate’s Extra Large
Best Corner Litter Box  Nature’s Miracle Corner
Best Furniture Enclosed  Petsfit’s Nightstand Enclosed
Best Dome/Igloo Litter Box  Petsmate’s Dome
Best Senior Cat Litter Box  KittyGoHere’s Senior

 


covered cat litter box from Catit

Catit Jumbo Covered Cat Litter Pan in Warm Gray

The Catit Jumbo covered litter box allows your cat or cats plenty of space to take care of their business. Seriously, it is quite large, 3 cats could probably fit inside it at the same time if they wanted. A single cat will not be crowed even a bit and will get the privacy they want. But just as importantly you get the cleanliness and the scent control you want.

The swinging door ensures the whole litter box is enclosed when your cat goes in so kicking and pawing doesn’t spread litter all over the darn place. On top of this you have a built in air filter on the top so any air that comes out gets at least one cleaning before it makes it to your nose, extra bonus!

This litter box is super easy to put together (snaps and locks in) and very simple to clean.  The large hood lifts up for easy access for cleaning, while the built-in bag anchor helps keep the bag open and frees hands for scooping. It pops open using the four clips on the side, it only takes a couple of seconds to unsnap them. If you’re lazy like I am though you can simply swing the door up and out of the way and clean it with your scoop from outside then just let the door slide back shut.

A few notes:

  • The top fits over the bottom, not in the bottom so if you have a cat that sprays a bit it might still leak out
  • Dimensions of the litter box & top: 22.4 inches long x 17 inches wide x 18.3 inches high
  • Dimensions of the door opening: 10.4 inches high x 9.6 inches wide

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a top entry litter box by FavoriteFavorite’s Large Top Entry Enclosed Hooded Cat Litter Box

Top entry litter boxes are excellent for helping control the amount of litter that gets tracked all over your house. The primary reason is that they are truly fully enclosed on all of the side walls, not much can sneak out through a swinging door or an open side.  On top of this they force your cat to hop in and out of the box which shakes off a good chunk of the litter too which is an added bonus.

As an added benefit, some cats simply prefer this type of environment for their pooping and peeing, it is very enclosed and private which means nobody is going to bother them while they go. My cat Lexi loves to wait outside the litter box and pounce on Beast when she exits, but she doesn’t bother her while inside. So having a fully enclosed environment where Beast doesn’t see Lexi is very helpful.

While scooping top entry litter boxes tend to be a little more complicated than ones with a front door, Favorite makes it easy as pie. There are 4 snaps total, two on each side, that easily pop off and let you remove the top to scoop for your cat. Just as easily it snaps right back on.

A few other things worth noting:

  • The outside & inside are both non-stick surfaces for easy cleaning when yucky stuff gets stuck to them
  • If you’re looking for liners for this particular model you’ll want the Johnny Cat Heavy Duty Liners
  • Dimensions: 25 inches long x 19.5 inches wide x 16.5 in high
  • Definitely avoid top entry boxes for arthritic or senior cats

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Good Pet Stuff's hidden litter box inside a terracotta pot with a plant on topGood Pet Stuff Company Hidden Cat Litter Box

If you’re looking to keep your cat litter box hidden out of the way, or maybe hidden in plain sight, this is definitely the right choice for you. Good Pet Stuff designed this litter box to fit right in with your home decor while holding a litter box inside of it. Or more accurately, simply being a litter box. It is intended to look just like a normal clay terracotta pot and they’ve hit the nail right on the head.

That serves to make the product even more of a gem compared to other versions. You’ve got an ok (fake) plant on top that will stay green and clean all the time, you can quickly dust it off if it ever looks a little down. But most importantly, you simply turn the litter box entry door away from view and voila you’ve got yourself a hidden litter box!

It is worth noting that you can replace the plant with any kind of decor you’d like and many people do this with great success. Arts and crafts stores like Michaels will have everything you need to remedy that particular problem!  Most folks use some form of silk flowers and love their results. There’s a whole built into the top where you can slide most any kind of stem right into it in place of the included plant.

A few other things worth noting:

  • Dimensions: 19 inches in diameter & 20 inches tall without the plant
  • With the plant it becomes 42 inches tall
  • You don’t need to put a liner in it, or another litter box, but some folks do this due to personal preference
  • There’s plenty of room to scoop the litter box from right outside of it given the size of the entry
  • Some folks mention the top is difficult to get on, but if you start in one spot and slowly apply pressure all the way around it should snap right on

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disposable litter trays made from recycled paperNature’s Miracle Disposable Litter Box

If you’re someone that would prefer to have a litter box that can be disposed of for one reason or another, the Nature’s Miracle has you covered. I found this incredibly helpful when I had to move out of my house for a few weeks due to some insurance related work and didn’t feel like moving all of my cats’ supplies with me. These fit the bill perfectly and my cats used them without any issue at all.

This particular type of litter box is made from recycled paper and is 100% landfill safe and will biodegrade over time with no special chemicals etc. Even given that, it is also leak proof and your cats would have to make a very very concerted effort to shred the box in any way shape or form.

The above means you’re also good to go with pretty much any litter of choice, this includes anything from your standard clay clumping all the way to your absorbent crystal options. They’ve also built in baking soda to the design to provide extra protection against odors, a nice perk given the material itself actually absorbs liquids to a large extent.

Mine easily lasted the 14 days we were in a hotel, most folks indicate somewhere between 4-6 weeks before you need to pitch it and replace it, but it depends on the number of cats you have and how much they happen to drink and pee etc.

Additional notes:

  • Many people also use these disposables as liners to make it easier to clean up your plastic box every once in a while, just toss it and drop in a new one
  • These come in a two pack so you can easily switch them out then wait until you need to order your next set
  • Dimensions: 21 inches long X 15.2 inches wide X 7.8 inches tall

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a black high sided litter pan with a dipped entry pointNature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box

If you’ve got a cat that doesn’t happen to like doing their business in a fully enclosed location, but they still love kicking cat litter all over the place, then you should definitely be focusing on a high sided litter box. High sided boxes will help minimize litter tracking compared to your more traditional litter box or litter pan, but they also give some cats the security they need to keep an eye on their surroundings while they go to the bathroom. Guess I can’t really blame them, especially if you’ve got a multi cat household.

This particular model is a great help for folks that have a litter tracking issue but aren’t able to take advantage of totally covered options like a hooded or a dome litter box simply won’t because your feline friend doesn’t like them.  You might wonder how it helps with the dipped opening, but more than 75% of the walled in area is much higher than a traditional box so it will heavily eliminate the bulk of the litter that would normally get kicked out of a short sided box.

Additional notes:

  • Dimensions: 22.8 inches long X 17.8 inches wide X 11 inches tall (on the high sides)
  • It is about 5 inches high at the opening, so still accessible for most kittens, but a senior or arthritic cat might start to have trouble
  • The surface is completely non stick so it is super easy to spray things or wipe things off
  • Also serves as a wonderful cat cave if you flip it over

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an extra large cat litter box with two pockets for storagePetmate Extra Large Litter Pan For Cat

This is the only really traditional style litter box I specifically recommend, and I only recommend it for specific situations. It is ideal for those of you that truly have a large cat that needs extra space to use the litter box. Or perhaps you have multiple cats and you aren’t available to scoop consistently so you need a larger litter pool.

This box is huge compared to others on the market and it might not look it from the picture, but the sides are actually quite high as well, almost as high as your standard high sided litter box. To give you a frame of reference, it’ll easily hold 30 pounds of standard clay clumping litter and the sides are about 10 inches tall all the way around.

You might also be wondering what the ‘pockets’ are for on the edges. These are built in areas to hold all of your supplies to clean up after your kitties. A traditional scoop easily fits into one of the pockets and you can hold whatever else you might need in the other one. Given you’ve got an open box you might need some air freshener or perhaps some plastic bags.

All in all, if you have extra large cats or multiple cats and need a litter box to accommodate them then this is your go to choice.

Additional notes:

  • Dimensions: 34.7 inches in length x 19.8 in width  x 10 inches tall
  • There aren’t any liners designed for this litter box due to its unique size and market

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a special designed litter box for corner entryNature’s Miracle Advanced High Sided Corner Litter Box

If you’re looking for high sides and you’ve also got your litter box kept in a specific corner then this is the best box out there for you.  It was specifically engineered to fit into a corner space as opposed to your traditional rectangular box. Although pretty much any litter box can fit in a corner, access can be a little goofy. This being corner specific means that the entrance actually points right out of the corner for your cats to get into it.

As the title says, it also has very high sides. While the picture may not show it well, the sides come in at 10 inches all the way around. This means that it’ll be pretty difficult for your cats to kick litter out the sides leaving the only place the entry point. If you accompany this model (and any model with a dipped entry) with a high quality litter mat (like the smiling paws litter mat) then you won’t have any problem what so ever controlling litter.

Additional notes:

  • It measures 26 inches on the long side (the front) and 23 on each of the sides going to the back corner
  • The sides are 10 inches tall everywhere other than the entry point
  • Note that the entry point is about 6 inches at its peak, actually quite high compared to other dipped entry boxes
  • The entry point is also designed as a pour spout to make it easy to dump the litter out when it is time to switch it

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a night stand that has multiple levels inside that can be used to store a litter boxPetsfit Double-Decker Pet House Litter Box Enclosure Night Stand 

The Petsfit Double-Decker Pet House is a pretty cool piece of furniture that doubles as place for you to store your cat litter box or perhaps as a cat cave depending on your particular goals.  As you can see it has a small entry way on the second floor of the stand and through there is a drop down into the bottom floor where you can easily store your litter box.

This is really the Cadillac of places to store your litter box and let your cat do her business. It is totally secluded and on top of this it has multiple forms of cat litter control:

  • The whole base is enclosed so any litter that gets kicked up will stay inside the stand
  • The cat has to jump out from the box up to the second level which shakes off a good chunk of litter
  • The cat again has to jump out of the second level which should shake off the remainder of any litter

One thing to note is you would need to buy a standard litter box to go inside of this enclosure. But given that the environment is quite restricted you can really only fit a traditional litter box inside of it or a high sided litter box. Be sure to measure before you purchase the litter box itself.

A few additional notes:

  • This is definitely on the pricier side of places you can store a litter box
  • Dimensions of the base are 21 inches by 23 inches and it is 35 inches tall
  • The inner shelf is 13 inches off the ground
  • The inner shelf is not removable in case you were wondering

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a litter dome or iglooPetmate Clean Step Litter Dome

Litter domes are another rendition of your covered litter box, but they are a little bit different in design and in execution. On the overall though they are very effective in providing a good enclosed space for your cat to take care of business while minimizing litter tracking. This particular model also has a built in litter capturing stairwell that helps knock litter off your cat’s feet as they exit.

A few notes on differences in case you aren’t familiar.  Clearly you see the dome is more circular than square, which admittedly doesn’t have much impact on your cat’s ability to use it, but it does make liners more complicated to use. The other thing worth noting is that the front entrance is always open in domes, they don’t swing closed like most covered or hooded litter boxes. This has a couple implications, namely that scent control is worse and that litter can be kicked out the entrance more easily. The key saving grace is that the stairs on the way in are raised up over the height of the litter so they still do a solid job of controlling litter, especially compared to a traditional low sided litter box.

A few additional notes:

  • Dimensions of the base are 20 inches by 24 inches and it is 19 inches tall
  • The lid is very easy to remove which makes scooping and cleaning a breeze
  • There are carbon filters built into the roof of the dome to minimize odors
  • While there are liners available they seem to prove more of a hassle than a help

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a special designed litter box with low sides and an even lower entry for senior or arthritic catsKittyGoHere Litter Box For Senior Cats

If you’ve got an older cat or a cat that has a difficult time climbing into a traditional litter box then you’ll definitely want to consider this product from KittyGoHere. This was specifically designed with senior cats in mind and is intended to easily enable them to get in and out of the box even with their more limited mobility.

The low and extra wide opening is engineered to make it far easier for your older or special needs cat to navigate entry and exit of the litter box. The entry point is a full twelve inches wide and is a mere three inches off the ground which is about half the height of a traditional entrance on your more typical litter boxes.

You can also consider this for kittens who might not yet be too familiar with litter boxes. Sometimes small kittens have difficulty getting in and out of a litter box with higher sides so something like this might ease the process.

A few additional notes:

  • The sides in general are a little low and there is no cover or hood available for this litter box
  • If your cat happens to urinate outside of the litter box on accident because of the low sides you can consider adding an absorbent pad around or two to the area to minimize leakage, litter mats like the iPrimio Cat Litter Trapper might be a good choice as they have a space for an absorbent pad built right in
  • You’ll definitely want to add a good sized litter mat around this litter box if you’re using standard clay clumping litter, it will get kicked all over the place, especially if your cat is a knock litter kicker

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What About The Litter?

There are a laundry list of different types of cat litter out there on the market. Which type you choose and the brand you select can’t easily be decided without trying them. The primary reason for this is that in general cats are likely to care more about the litter than you do. A lot of cats simply won’t use certain kinds of litter due to the feeling on their paws, the smell associated, or any of 100 other things cats notice that we don’t!

That being said, here’s a quick rundown of the major types of litter out there.

  • Clay Clumping: This is the most common type of litter on the market and it is what most people use on a day to day basis. You’ll find this available from most major brands and typically at a pretty cheap price for about a 40 pound bag of it.
  • Clay Non Clumping: While not as common as clumping litter, it still ranks pretty highly up there in the overall types of litter available and in use. The key difference is it does a much worse job of controlling odors and making it easy to scoop for your cat.
  • Crystals: As opposed to clumping up, crystals essentially absorb urine and control odor for a period of time. While crystals have benefits, you do have to completely replace them quite often (weekly or every two weeks) depending on the number of cats you have. This can get quite a bit more expensive than traditional litter.
  • Paper: Paper based litter is similar to crystals in that it is focused on absorbing urine and controlling the scent. It is normally easy to see which bits have been used based on color/size, but you can end up scooping out a lot of it that you don’t mean to since it doesn’t clump. This can get pricy longer term since you can end up wasting unused litter.
  • Pine: Pine litters in general are an alternative to clay, but based on all of the information I’ve seen to date they have similar tracking problems. If odor control is a higher priority you might consider this.

If you’re looking for a specific recommendation on a litter then check out this article from Thriving Cats for the best litter out there.  One thing I’d also keep in mind is that if you decide you’re going to transition from your existing litter (that is working) to a new one, then you should definitely do this gradually. There are a couple of options available to you:

  1. The most common is to mix the new and old litters together and slowly change the ratio. You can start with say 80/20 then every 2 or 3 days adjust it another 20% until you’ve fully switched things over.
  2. The second most common option is to set down an additional litter box and put the new kind of litter in it to verify your cat(s) will use it. If they immediately make the switch without issue then you’re likely good to simply transition to that litter in your existing litter box.

Wrapping It Up On The Best Litter Box For Cats

Given the wide variety of litter box types and the wide variety of models within each of those types it can be incredibly difficult to choose a litter box that will meet the needs of you and your cats. If you’re having difficulty figuring out which type of box you should choose then check out this article on how to choose a litter box.

Whatever you do be sure to make any changes with the litter box gradually. If your cats are currently using one litter box and you are going to switch it out be sure to make the new one available side by side with the old one before you remove it so your cats can get used to it before making a wholesale change. Big changes can often make cats very uncomfortable, they are creatures of habit after all.

Which litter box do you use? Do you have a favorite or a recommendation that I didn’t include in my list ? If you have any other ideas for please leave a comment below or send me an email at Craig@StuffCatsWant.com so I can update this article.

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16 thoughts on “Need the Best Litter Box for Cats? Here are the Top 10

  • December 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm
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    Hi Craig. Thanks for the awesome review. We have 2 cats and use deep, open litters. We tried the enclosed ones but they still seems to drag out a lot of litter onto the floor from their paws. We have a carpet in front of them which helps somewhat. The stepped litter box is quite interesting, and I love the disposable one for holidays. I’ll have to try that for sure!
    Cheers,
    Suzanne

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    • December 24, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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      Glad you found it helpful. Do you find the deep open boxes work well for minimizing tracking better than the enclosed hooded version? I could definitely see this if you don’t have big time kickers like my cat Beast.

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  • December 23, 2017 at 11:17 pm
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    I have always loved cats, but I don’t like litter boxes. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. I do really like the idea of having a base that looks like a vase and a plant.

    I think it would be a good idea to have a plant that has a good scent, though. For instance, maybe a basil or mint plant. Of course, it would need to be close to a window so it can grow.

    I had this idea of making my own hidden cat litter box years ago. I was going to turn an old bookcase shelf into a hidden compartment for a little box.

    However, I do have a question. Will the cat actually go to the bathroom in there, though? He/she might think there isn’t a litter box in the house and go on the floor?

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    • December 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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      Haha, well, I think we all set some goals or have some ideas we don’t necessarily follow through on. No worries, still plenty of time to do it if you want to!

      Just to clarify, the litter box wouldn’t support a real live plant, it would only support fake plants.

      Yes, cats use it just fine. If you have a cat that doesn’t like enclosed litter boxes in general though it probably wouldn’t be a wise choice.

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  • December 25, 2017 at 5:37 am
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    Hi, Craig. I have a senior cat and it’s now that I have realized why it always skips using its litter box. It must be that it has become too cumbersome to get onto it. I will get the Kitty go here litterbox and see how it goes. Thank you for sharing.

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    • December 25, 2017 at 10:41 am
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      Definitely let me know if it helps! We’ve had great success with this kind of litter box with the older cats or the special needs cats at the shelter I volunteer at.

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  • January 14, 2018 at 6:29 am
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    I have been using the Disposable Litter Box for my cat but it turned out to be a bit expensive on the long run compared to other types you mentioned.

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    • January 14, 2018 at 8:50 am
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      Yeah, I personally feel like disposables should only be used for shorter time periods when you need to use them, but they can also be a convenience factor if you drop them inside of another litter box. There’s certainly a bump in cost if you go this route though!

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  • January 14, 2018 at 10:24 am
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    Great reviews! Love that you managed to tell about all kinds of litter boxes which is great because every cat owner has a different situation to deal with. I personally liked the “Good Pet Stuff Company Hidden Cat Litter Box”. My mom doesn’t like it for the cats (we have four) to come into the living room and they somehow have taken the back porch as their favorite hangout place instead. Four of these litter boxes would be perfect to place them there.

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    • January 14, 2018 at 10:38 am
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      Good idea on having multiple boxes for your multiple cats too! This is definitely the best rule of thumb when you have a multi cat household!

      On the bright side, you can also decorate each of them differently since the foliage is interchangeable, you could have quite the faux garden on the porch!

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  • January 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm
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    I personally like the one that looks like a potted plant, haha. My daughter has two kittens and this would be perfect for them.

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    • January 15, 2018 at 11:16 pm
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      Great! Glad you found the article helpful. Be sure to show the kittens where the litter box is once you make it available. This will ensure they know to use it right from day one!

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  • May 6, 2018 at 7:10 pm
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    Great litter boxes. Right now, my cat has a really large box because he used to be a fatty and it helped him move around and have space. He’s lost a considerable amount of weight since then and I may get him a smaller one to accomodate him. Any thing with a high wall because this old man sure loves to dart out of his litter box after a dump, haha.

    The one I have right now is similar to the Nature’s Mirace High Sided Litter box.

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    • May 7, 2018 at 9:40 am
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      Haha, they are so funny aren’t they? Mine both stay in there and bat around the litter box for like 5 minutes no matter what. They scatter litter everywhere. I’m so lucky they are ok with an enclosed litter box…

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