If you own a cat, you're most likely going to need a litter box. Sure, you can let your cat go outside, but this is against the recommendations by the American Veterinary Medical Association. While you may like to give kitty freedom, indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats (17+ years versus 2-5 years) as they are less likely to be hurt by wildlife, cars, or contract certain diseases. A good litterbox can help keep your home clean from messes. Generally, the recommendation is to have one litterbox for each cat in your home. Covered boxes can result in less litter being kicked out by your cat which means less mess on your floor. They can also reduce odors outside the box. It is important to remember to clean these boxes regularly though, as it could be easy to forget (out of sight, out of mind). There are a number of self-cleaning boxes on the market now, however these can be subject to clogging and malfunction. When choosing a box, decide if you want an open or closed design. The size may change depending on how big your cat is or if you have multiple cats. The litter box should be durable and not crack or leak, and it should be easy to clean.
You should place your cat's litter box someplace that is accessible yet will still offer your cat some privacy. It should not be near their food and water bowls. If you keep the litter box in a bathroom, remember to keep the door open so your cat can get in. Ideally, most litter needs to be cleaned out once a day. If your cat for some reason does not use the litter box, you may want to make an appointment with the veterinarian as this can signal something else going on medically versus a behavior problem.
Best for Large and Multiple Cats: Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Pan
The Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Pan is a good litter box for households with multiple cats or with a large cat. Some reviewers noted cats weighing 20 pounds being able to use this box. Keep in mind this litter box will take up a lot of space. It measures 22.4 inches by 18.3 inches by 17 inches. It has a flap door, with the opening measuring 10.4 inches by 9.6 inches. The back of the litter box is raised to prevent leaks at the seam, as cats typically turn to face the front of the litter box when urinating. There is a carrying handle in case you need to transport the box and slider locks keep the hood on securely. The swinging door took a little getting used to for some cats.
Easy to Clean: Modkat Flip Litter Box
The Modkat Flip Litter Box is a covered litter box that comes with a scoop and reusable liner. While Modkat also offers top-entry litter boxes, we prefer this front-entry box as there have been reports with cats not liking (and therefore not using) top-entry models as much. The Modkat Flip Litter Box measures 20 inches by 15 inches by 16.75 inches. The entry is 6.75 inches from the floor and 8 inches wide. Unlike most covered litter boxes, this one doesn't have a hood. Instead, it has a fold-back double-hinged lid for easy access to cleaning. The patent-pending reusable liner hooks at each corner so that the liner stays put in the box. They are manufactured from durable tarpaulin to resist tearing by kitty. Each liner is good for up to 3 months.
Best Open Litter Box: Nature's Miracle High-Sided Litter Box
For open litter boxes, it was important to us to choose one with high sides. That's a big reason why we like the Nature's Miracle High-Sided Litter Box. Litter is less likely to get kicked out of the box by enthusiastic cats burying their waste, which means less mess for humans to clean up. It has a low entrance so it is easy for cats to get in and out of, even elderly or less mobile cats. Even large cats are ok using this box. The material felt durable and like it would stand up to cat scratching. Cats and humans alike appreciated this box!
Space Saver Litter Box: Nature's Miracle Advanced Corner Hooded Cat Litter Box
The Nature's Miracle Advanced Corner Hooded Litter Box comes in the perfect shape to fit into a corner, so won't be quite as in the way as typical rectangular litter boxes. It is hard to accurately convey the measurements due to the triangular shape, but it's basically 26 inches by 23 inches by 20 inches. The opening is 12.6 inches by 12.2 inches. It has a nonstick surface to make it easier to clean. You do have to remove the hood in order to clean this box thoroughly which some testers found annoying. We couldn't find any liners that fit this unique shape, so keep that in mind if you are passionate about using kitty litter liners. Additionally, if your cat has a habit of urinating higher, they could hit the latch area in the back of the box, resulting in leakage.
When deciding upon a litter box for your feline friends, you need to think about whether your prefer and open or closed design. Both have their benefits and disadvantages. We personally like closed designs but make sure you remember to clean the box every day. If you cannot remember this, an open box would be a better option since you're more likely to get a visual and olfactory reminder that it needs to be cleaned daily. The size will vary depending on whether you have a kitten, large cat, or multiple cats. Ideally, for multiple cats, you should have one box for each cat. Our favorite litter box for large cats or multiple cats (if you don't have space for two boxes) is the Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Pan. We also really like the Modkat Flip Litter Box thanks to its foldable lid that makes it very easy to clean. Nature's Miracle High- Sided Litter Box is our open design pick, since it's high sides helps to prevent scatter, it felt durable, and it had a lower entry point. Finally, Nature's Miracle Advanced Corner Hooded Litter Box, while sizable, can still be a space saver since it can fit into corners.