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The Best Cat Litter Box Is Hard to Find—Here Are 13 We Love

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A gray kitten contemplating life in a very basic litter box.
A gray kitten contemplating life in a very basic litter box.Photo: GK Hart/Vikki Hart via Getty Images

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Let’s be real, cats are the monarchs of our households, so they deserve the full royal treatment—and the best cat litter box available. The rise of cat-friendly furniture is exponential, but finding the best litter box for your home can still be a bit tricky. Cat owners are finding the opportunity to use their feline’s favorite perching place as intentional decor, turning mundane scratching posts into eye-catching statement pieces. Companies like Tuft + Paw, Furrytail, and Meowingtons are pouncing at the opportunity to create modern furniture for felines and their furry friends alike.

“More and more, people consider their pets as family members and respect their needs, even in architecture and house decoration,” says Sylvia Lucas, founder of The Cat Design, a Barcelona-based cat furniture company. “I think we’re just at the beginning of the trend.”

No matter how austere you may be when it comes to cat decor, there’s really no getting out of owning a litter box. In larger homes, it may be easy to hide a litter box in the laundry room or behind a closed door, but in small spaces where every inch counts, a stylish litter box is more than just a luxury for your cat. You want something that they'll be happy to use and that you are happy to look at. Think about the type of litter box you’re looking for a covered litter box, a self-cleaning litter box, an enclosed litter box, a top-entry litter box, one with a waste drawer, or maybe a scoop-free automatic litter box. And no matter what you think you want, there are a few practical considerations to take into account outside of pure aesthetics.

“Litter boxes should be at least 1.5 times the length of a cat’s body in at least one dimension,” explains Dr. M. Leanne Lilly DVM, DACVB from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. For the most part, they should allow access without the need for jumping. M. Leanne notes that “this is especially critical as cats get older.”

She also recommends following the “n+1” rule, meaning you should have a box for every cat in the house, plus an additional one. There are a few specific things you should look for in a litter box. Does it offer odor control? What kind of cat litter (or blend) are you using? Are you interested in the best automatic litter boxes?

Multicat households are tasked with storing kitty litter, liners, carbon filters, litter scoops, and an extra litter pan or three. With so much prep and accessories involved, keeping things organized is key—and the last thing you want is an eyesore of a litter box. With all of this in mind, we’ve selected twelve of our top picks that will look good in your home and be comfortable for your cat.

Sabrina Cat Litter Box With Lid

For the discreet cat, consider the Sabrina litter box. The mint-colored hut offers complete privacy for your feline friend, with a swinging door for easy entrance, a litter mat to catch any spills, and a removable tray for easy clean up.

Sabrina Cat Litter Box With Lid

Skylight Litter Box

Now, we would hesitate to call any litter box sexy, but if we had to, this would be it. A sleek, minimalist black box with a ventilated Pine wood top and smooth cut out it is sort of the Barcelona chair of litter boxes. Like the Barcelona chair, it doesn't come cheap, but the cat-friendly design also works with a variety of design styles, so you could keep it for a very long time.

Skylight Litter Box

Rifiuti Litter Box Enclosure

Though this certainly isn’t the best budget-friendly option, if you want your litter box to look like furniture…listen up. In fact, this pick actually is a piece of furniture—you’ll need to purchase a small litter box to fit inside this cat hotel of sorts. Its jumbo size is great for large cats and small kittens alike, and reviewers have also commented on how this design is great for separating dogs from cats compared to open litter boxes. There’s a space inside perfect for housing a litter tray, and a front door opens up for easy access. Since this litter house is located off the ground, you won’t have to worry about searching for something with high walls or high sides. Price tag aside, it’s a beautiful piece of design—especially if your furry friends are far from tidy cats.

Rifiuti Litter Box Enclosure

Modkat Flip Litter Box

This litter box comes with a scoop and a reusable liner, and the front entry makes it easy for older cats to step right in. There are three positions for the lid: closed, half-open, and fully open. The full-height base means you won’t have to deal with any cat waste leaks or litter spillage. Remove the top of the box for easy sifting through the cat litter pan.

Modkat Flip Litter Box

Rinaldi Litter Box Enclosure

This may not be the best option for senior cats due to the elevated entry, but the double French doors make it easy to separate the clean litter from the clumping litter. You can style the top of the enclosure with books, plants, and more, but we’d be willing to bet your kitten would prefer a pet bed. You will have to purchase a standard small-size litter box to place inside, but this goes a long way in concealing it from company.

Rinaldi Litter Box Enclosure

Cove Litter Box

Sleek and simple, the Cove litter box from Tuft + Paw is one of the most tasteful kitty bathrooms on the market. An elevated re-design of the classic litter box, the Cove features a built-in dustpan, brush, and scoop and is made from high-quality matte plastic for easy cleaning.

Cove Litter Box

Iris Top-Entry Cat Litter Box

Perfect for cats that tend to be a little messy, the Iris Top-Entry Cat Litter Box is designed to capture any stray litter left on your kitty’s feet. The top works as a built-in mat with convenient grooves to clean paws, although it’s probably best for younger and more agile cats.

Top Entry Cat Litter Box with Cat Litter Scoop

MS! Cat Litter Box

This litter box is effortless and simple in a noticeable way. The short diagonal legs are perfectly midcentury-esque, and the two colors give a variety of options for any palette. Easy to open and with a pull-out drawer, this unit makes cleaning painless.

MS Cat Litter Box

BoxScoop 2.0

Described as “bridging the gap between human and cat life,” both you and your feline will agree this litter box is top-notch. An innovative design provides a built-in scoop that automatically distills reusable litter so you not only save time, but also money.

Kitangle Litter Box

If you're looking for a well-designed but not particularly fussy litter box, consider the Kitangle. Simple and sleek they look like a thoughtful, modern choice without too many extra doors or patterns.

Kitangle Slope Style Litter Box

Frisco Extra Wide Indoor Unheated Cat House

First off, we love that the product name calls out that this litter box is “unheated.” That’s cute (and informative!)—and there is a heated version available too. Inside, there’s a comfy sponge litter mat and a removable, machine-washable fleece cover for easy cleaning. Plus larger cats will find this extra-wide design helpful.

Frisco Extra Wide Indoor Unheated Cat House

Watermelon Kitty Kove

Some people want their litter box to blend in and others want exactly the opposite. If you fall into the latter category, this might be the box for you. There's a tray for easy cleaning, and a removable panel to catch litter, and it looks very much like a cartoon watermelon.

Watermelon Kitty Kove Litter Box

Spaceship-Shaped Cat Litter Box

Who says cats can't go to space too? This spaceship-shaped litter box will give your kitty an intergalactic experience right from the comfort of your superbly designed home.

Spaceship Shaped Cat Litter Box