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If you have cats, you know they can be super picky about their bathroom habits. So, if you want to avoid cleaning up, ahem, messes on a daily basis, it’s important to choose the right litter boxes for your cat (or cats). The type of box, as well as its size, shape and even location in your house can make or break your cat’s bathroom behaviors. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best cat litter boxes, in a variety of sizes, shapes and budgets.
Keep in mind: The number of litter boxes in your house should equal the number of cats, plus one. So, if you have one cat, you’ll need two litter boxes; if you have three cats, you’ll need four litter boxes; and so on. You can always supplement an expensive litter box with several more affordable options, but your cat may not approve.
Read on to learn about our top picks for best litter boxes, so you can choose the best option for your feline friends.
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Best Design: Modkat Litter Box Kit
We never thought we’d say it, but … Modkat’s Litter Box proves that litter boxes can actually look sleek and stylish. Its modern design, available in five colors, can blend into any room — and at 16" x 16" x 15", it won’t take up too much floor space either.
Tired of cleaning up stray litter all over your house? Modkat’s litter box essentially eliminates litter tracking; its top-entry design and walk-off matt keeps litter in the box and off your kitty’s paws. The design makes disposing of waste and refreshing the litter easy, too — simply remove the reusable liner, empty and re-fill with fresh litter. The best part? It traps unpleasant odors inside the box, so if you’re a bit overdue for a litter change, it won’t be so noticeable.
This package from Modkat comes with everything you need to set up your cat’s litter box, including the base (the box itself), a litter scoop and a reusable tarp liner for simple litter removal. If you — or your cats— aren’t happy with your purchase, Modkat offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
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Best Budget: Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Pan
With nearly 5,000 reviews it’s clear that customers — and their feline companions — love Catit’s Jumbo Hooded Litter Pan. Reviewers tout its budget-friendly price tag, massive size and durability. Plus, several reviewers shared that it contained their cats’ messes — that means no litter tracking.
Because this litter box is so large—its dimensions are 22.4" x 18.3" x 17"—it’s best for households with multiple cats, very large cats or cats that appreciate a little extra space while they’re doing their business.
Despite its massive size, this litter box is super simple to clean and refresh with new litter. The hood lifts for easy access and the built-in bag anchor helps keep bags of litter open, so your hands are free to scoop. Plus, it’s carbon filter traps and reduces litter box odors.
If your cat doesn’t like this litter box’s hood or attached door, both can be removed to fit his or her preference.
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Best Basic: Petmate Hi-Back Litter Pan
If you’re looking for a super basic and very affordable litter box, we recommend Petmate’s Hi-Back Litter Pan.
Available in large or jumbo sizes, this litter box can hold an entire bag of litter, according to reviewers. Its large size gives cats with messier bathroom habits plenty of space, while its high back prevents litter from scattering. And despite its high back and edges, its lower front allows easy access for cats that are older or have trouble scaling taller surfaces.
This litter box is made with Microban, an anti-microbial agent that inhibits bacterial growth, odors and stains. Plus, it’s extremely easy to clean with warm, soapy water.
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Best Disposable: Nature’s Miracle Disposable Litter Box
Designed for use as stand-alone litter boxes or litter box liners, Nature’s Miracle Disposable Litter Boxes are a hassle-free way to keep your litter box clean and fresh. Available in three sizes—small, regular and jumbo — and completely disposable, they’re ideal for simple clean-up at home or during travel.
These litter boxes are manufactured with super sturdy materials, so they won’t leak or shred, but they’re totally safe for landfills. The breathable design allows air to pass through the box; the increased airflow reduces moisture and odors, and keeps litter drier for longer. Plus, it contains built-in baking soda to further reduce odors.
Bonus: Using these as liners for your plastic litter box eliminates the need to scrub the plastic box—just throw it away and replace. The manufacturer recommends changing every four weeks for maximum freshness and odor control.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Best Automated: ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box
If you want an automated litter box without a major price tag, ScoopFree’s Self-Cleaning Litter Box may be your best bet. Rather than scooping waste every day, this self-cleaning litter box does the work for you — all you have to do is remove and replace the disposable tray every few weeks.
First, load the disposable litter tray with crystal litter and plug it in. Its sensors detect when your cat uses the box and begins to rake away waste after 20 minutes. During this time, the crystals absorb moisture and odors, and begin to dehydrate solid waste. Then, after the automatic rake sweeps the litter, waste is transferred to the covered trap and locked away. The crystal litter is five times more effective in eliminating odors than clay or clumping litter, so you can dispose every few weeks.
Plus, if you need more insight into your cat’s health, this litter box has a health counter that tracks how many times per day she uses the box.
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Best Self-Flushing: Cat Genie Self-Washing, Self-Flushing Cat Box
Although it comes with a heftier price tag, you never have to touch or change litter again with the CatGenie Self-Washing and Flushing litter box. Simply connect the CatGenie to a cold water line in your bathroom or laundry room and program it for easy, hands-free waste disposal and litter cleansing.
Here’s how it works: During the cleaning cycle, the CatGenie removes and liquefies solid waste, then transfers it to your toilet or utility sink drain — however you decide to hook it up — for disposal. Then, it uses clean water and veterinarian-approved cleaning solution to wash, scrub and dry the reusable litter granules. Not only does the CatGenie dispose of waste for you, but it recycles the litter, so you’ll reduce waste and save cash.
The manufacturer recommends the CatGenie for households with one to two, but no more than three average-sized cats. This may not work for super trained or older cats either — some reviewers said their trained and older cats wouldn’t transition to using the CatGenie.
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Best Hidden: ecoFlex Litter Loo
Want a more discrete litter box? Your guests won’t know the ecoFlex Litter Loo is actually your cats’ litter box. The easy-to-clean enclosure keeps litter boxes hidden away, prevents litter tracking and can save floor space if you choose to use it for an additional storage surface in the living room, office, laundry room or bathroom.
Reviewers say this enclosure will work with most litter boxes, but warn that spills over the sides can result in odors. Try pairing it with a litter box of nearly the same dimensions or just be sure to check for “misses” on a daily basis.