Covered Litter Boxes: Pros and Cons

Next to food, litter box setup is the second most important consideration for your cat. Finding the balance between what your cat wants and you want is tricky. Some cats are more tolerate than others.

Covered Litter Boxes

Possible Cons:

  • traps the odor inside, uncomfortable for the cat
  • too small of box
  • cats can feel cramped
  • cats can feel trapped with no second exit in case of another cat
  • Out of sight out of mind affect: if we do not see the litter box we may clean it less often because we don’t see it

Possible Pros:

  • keeps the litter in the box
  • higher back walls keeps urine in the box
  • ascetically more appealing
  • helpful in small apartments
  • can make unsightly boxes look like decor
  • Can prevent dogs access to the litter box

I understand the desire to have a covered litter box and it can be done in a comfortable way for both you and your cat.

Tip: When introducing a covered litter box first offer it with the top off or in the open position. After a few days add or close the top.

First a bad example: this box is too small, too enclosed and the door is cumbersome. It may keep the odor inside but that will only make it unpleasant for your cat. If you have a box like this taking the door off will help with air circulation.

covered cat litter box

19 1/2″x 15 1/4″x 17″

 

While it’s not pretty, it’s a much better option than the first.  Much larger (25″L x 19″W x 16.5″H), has a large front entrance, no door and the top is see through.

X-Large covered cat litter box

25″L x 19″W x 16.5″H

My favorite covered litter box on the market is the Poopoopeedo Litter Box. For $90 it’s high quality, good size and there is no need to hide this beautiful box (egg). (my review of the poopoopeedo)

Poopoopeedo Cat litter box

Before purchasing the Poopoopeedo I considered the Modkat top entry litter box. $150. It had a lot of great points, however what made me choose the Poopoopeedo over the Modkat was the size. The Modkat is only 16 x 16 x 15 inches. I think the Modkat would be best for a smaller cat and a one cat home.

Modkat top entry cat litter box

16 x 16 x 15 inches

The bigger the better, especially when it comes to covered litter boxes. Putting a litter box in a piece of furniture, dresser, chest, etc. is an easy way of allowing for a large box. Because the furniture is larger than the box it allows the cat more room to move around so their body and fur isn’t rubbing against the walls of the box. It also allows you to keep accessories like a scooper, cleaning supplies, etc. inside the box.

DIY sifting litter box for wood burning pellets

23×15 inches

This is my primary litter box. It is DIY sifting litter box designed for wood pellet litter. This Ikea chest is great because the holes in the sides allow for air and light to pass through. It is also see through so the cat can see whats going on outside. It’s possible to remove the back wall so it would only have the two sides and the top. This would allow for an escape exit in multi-cat homes.

There are many ways to DIY your own litter box furniture using something you already have or  second hand furniture.

Below are some already made litter box furniture options:

 

 

Modern Cat Designs Litter Box Hider

Modern Cat Designs Litter Box Hider $215

 

Merry Products Cat Washroom Bench

21.2 x 37.5 x 22.5 inches

Merry Products Cat Washroom Bench $193

Bottom line is the bigger the better. If your cat accepts a covered litter box you should kiss them and consider yourself lucky.  If at any point they decide they do not want to use a covered litter box it is our job to give them what they need, if not we will pay the consequences.

So tell me, do your cats have preferences to a covered or uncovered litter box?

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7 Comments

  1. catchatcaren
    November 11, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    I have one that is actually quite a bit like the last one you have at the bottom, except mine is meant to function as a bathroom cabinet on the top (I keep my hair stuff/lotions on the top), it has a shelf for the scooper and I keep it in my bathroom. Cody has no problem with it and I like it because it is like a piece of furniture. You are exactly right though, some cats would hate it and first and foremost to me, would be if my cat hated it I wouldn’t use one. Period. catchatwithcarenandcody

  2. The Island Cats
    November 12, 2015 / 1:51 am

    Those are quite attractive boxes, but we’ve never liked to use covered ones.

  3. November 12, 2015 / 10:33 am

    You absolutely must check out IKEA Hackers… type “cat loo” into the search and you will find things like this:
    http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/12/faktum-kitty-loo.html

    And this! :)
    http://www.ikeahackers.net/2013/02/expedit-shelving-unit-total-kitty-litter-disguise.html

    Those might still be too “close” for some kitties, but there are other ones on that site as well with more room, like the first link I posted.

    I myself have two very large kitty loos, one of which was covered, but then I decided to built a simple “shelf” so I can put the small red shelf unit you see in the photo on top to save space, and at the same time have a covered, but yet still very much open, kitty loo.

  4. Sierra M. Koester
    November 12, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    There are some cool covered litter boxes out there. However, I find that covered litter boxes are more for the owner than for the cat. Most cats actually don’t like them.

    • November 15, 2015 / 9:13 am

      You are absolutely right it is for the owner, and thankfully most cats cooperate with us.

  5. November 15, 2015 / 1:46 am

    We use the Flip Box from Modko. It’s just the right size.

    • November 15, 2015 / 9:10 am

      That one looks great!