The whole litter box thing is probably the least appealing aspect of cat parenthood. You’ve got to find a place to put the box where it won’t smell or be too conspicuous. You’ve got to scoop it daily. You’ve got to constantly invent new ways to prevent Butters from tracking litter pellets everywhere. You might even need several boxes depending on how many cats you have (one per cat, then add one more!). If you’re in the market for a high-rated and well-performing litter box, keep reading. This list features lots of variety, too, because some cats just won’t go in the first box you buy—on principle.
1. KittyGoHere Litter Box
An excellent choice for anyone with arthritic or aging cats as it’s low to the ground and doesn’t require jumping up or onto anything. This also makes it a good choice for tiny kittens or cats who continue to eliminate outside their current boxes. It also comes in lavender and apple green, which are things cats shouldn’t eat but are nice colors to complement your decor.
2. iPrimio Ultimate Stainless Steel Litter Box
Stainless steel is typically associated with food and water bowls, as it isn’t porous, bacteria has trouble growing on it and it can be simply cleaned and sanitized. Why not apply that to your litter box? This box doesn’t rust or stain, either.
3. IRIS Top Entry Litter Box
Though I’m personally skeptical of top entry boxes, people love them and apparently so do their cats. It definitely prevents litter from going everywhere and keeps all the waste inside the box (a plus IMO). Might have to give this one a shot…
5. ModKat Flip Litter Box
The nice thing about this (aside from the reusable liner that keeps stray litter in) is you can move the lid according to your cat’s preference. Some cats want privacy, others can’t stand a dome over their heads as they go. It also looks nicer than most covered options.
6. Nature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box
Got a cat who loves kicking litter? Grab this tall box! At almost a foot tall (with a nice, low entry point), this box will keep litter from scattering everywhere (or at least diminish the amount of extra cleanup you have to do).
7. Nature’s Miracle Disposable Litter Box
Definitely the best price on our list, this box is made from recycled paper. Don’t worry—it won’t crumble or tear after kitty uses it. The material is strong enough to stand on its own, and environmentally-friendly enough to use as a liner (since you’re supposed to totally clean and refill litter boxes with fresh litter once per week or so, this makes cleanup way less messy).
8. Purina Tidy Cats Breeze Starter Box
New to kitties and litter boxes in general? Start with this customer fave and Amazon’s Choice option. It comes with a bag of litter and ammonia blocking pads that guarantee your place will not smell like cat urine for an entire week (for one cat; three days for two cats). Sounds like a steal to me!
9. Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Pan
Like a private bathroom suite at a five-star hotel, this is the ultimate in litter box privacy. This one also has a carbon filter to keep smells at bay and bag anchors if you line your litter boxes with litter bags.
10. Pet Mate Arm & Hammer Sifting Pan
Both a great deal and a great system, this litter box streamlines the cleaning process. Instead of going on the hunt with your scooper, simply lift the sifting tray and shimmy it back and forth, then dump the contents.
11. Omega Paw Manual Self-Cleaning Litter Box
I have friends with two large cats who swear by this box. To clean, all you do is roll the box onto its side, give the bottom a nice smack, roll it back over and slide out the scoop. All your cat’s “business” will be revealed, without having to go on a scavenger hunt for it. Be sure to use clumping litter!
12. PetSafe ScoopFree Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box
How much are you willing to pay to never have to scoop poop again? By paying slightly more now, you could avoid it altogether with this model. The crystal litter not only doesn’t stick to cats’ paws, it totally absorbs pee and shrivels the solid stuff, controlling smell and cleanup.