So, you swung by the animal shelter and ended up falling head-over-heels in love with the prettiest kitty to ever exist looking at you with those gooey and adorable Puss-in-Boots eyes.
He captured your heart, and now he has a home.
It hit you a little later that now you needed cat supplies, ASAP.
However, you choose your cat (or however your cat chooses you), you’ll need cat toys, cat food, bowls, scratching posts, and plenty of other items to keep your cat happy and healthy.
If you’re currently on the hunt for a cat litter box to check off on your new cat supply list, we’ve got you covered.
How We Chose Our Ratings
The highest rated litter boxes were the ones that kept the litter low-maintenance and easy to clean. No one likes to get involved with their pet’s poop, especially when it’s inside and the cats don’t flush.
Cost played a part as well – the less contact you need to make with the waste, the more expensive litter boxes tend to be. Everyone’s always in the interest of not spending tons of money.
Overall though, all the cat litter boxes we checked out were good quality options that will get the job done. A lot of the decision process is based on you and your cat’s lifestyle rather than which litter boxes are “better” than others. They all work great depending on the situation.
Top 7 Best Pro Pet Supplies Cat Litter Box Options
The type of litter box you get your cat is an important choice, as cats who are displeased with their assigned potty space will rebel and do their business elsewhere – usually somewhere in the house where you don’t want them to.
Whether your cat likes his potty privacy or prefers an easy-access no-hassle open bathroom pan, Pro Pet Supplies has a cat litter box that’ll work out for your favorite furball.
The Roll n Clean Self-Cleaning Litter Box is here to make your life easier for $50 to $75 depending on where you find it.
The litter box works by using a grill system to scoop out the waste and deposit it into a slide-out tray that you can then remove and dump. It’s recommended to use clumping litter with the Roll n Clean.
You can get it in regular (17"L x 20"W x 18"H) for the average housecat and large (19.5"L x 22"W x 20"H) for large cats or multi-cat homes.
The downsides of a self-cleaning litter box include the higher cost, and the potential to scare your cat into disliking it. The automatic feature of self-cleaners will sometimes scare cats to the point where they stop using the litter box. Just keep an eye on your cat as he adjusts to his new bathroom and make adjustments from there.
Another downside is that you won’t be able to pick up on changes in your cat’s pee or poop that might signal a health problem. If you’re not regularly interacting with it via scooper the traditional way, you’d miss a change.
The upside is that a self-cleaner saves you from the wasted time and discomfort you would’ve experienced cleaning out a litter box manually.
The PetSafe Simply Clean Automatic Litter Box System is another time and waste management saver that will handle your cat’s litter so you don’t have to. Depending on where you get it, it’ll run you from $50 to $75.
The system’s bowl slowly and continuously rotates (making about one rotation per hour) and moves waste to a conveyer that moves it up and into the waste bin.
It’s easy to set-up, use, and clean – especially since it does the worst part for you. Instead of manually cleaning out a litter box daily, you only need to clean out the PetSafe every two weeks (in a single-cat household). To make cleaning even easier on yourself, you can line the self-cleaner’s waste bin with recycled bags from your neighborhood grocery store of choice.
It has a low amount of power consumption and uses less clumping litter than the average litter box. It’s meant to be used by cats who weight 15 pounds or less.
It’s important to keep the bowl filled to the marked fill line with clumping, clay cat litter only.
A cat litter box with an additional sifting frame is a great pick because of the easy clean-up. It’s not as convenient as a self-cleaning litter box, but the sifter allows you to just pick up the top half of the cat pan and shake the litter through, leaving the waste on the top for you to easily dump.
Sifting cat pans can be open or closed. They’ll probably run you about $$ or less – this sifting pan from Pro Pet Supplies is about $30.
If you’ve got a cat with hops and oodles of adventure, they might be into a top-entry litter pan.
Top-entry cat litter boxes are good choices for agile cats that can get in easily. Compared to a traditional litter box, top-entry boxes save space, don’t smell as bad, and are harder for other pets to get into and mess with. They’ll cost you $25 or less.
More litter goes into a top-entry litter pan so you can get away without cleaning it for a little longer than other litter boxes. Some top-entry pans have smaller holes on the covered side of the lid to catch litter stuck to your cat’s paws so less stray litter ends up around the sides of the box. Because of that bonus, you probably won’t need to use a cat litter mat with your top-entry pan to catch the mess.
Looking for a standard open litter pan that’ll also keep the litter and waste inside where it belongs? Try a Hi-Back cat litter pan.
For less than $100 you can squash your messy cat’s (most likely unintentional, but you never know with cats) plans of covering your house in litter. Cats will usually kick the litter when they’re done with their business, and a high-backed cat litter box will prevent high-kicking cats from clearing the sides of the box with their waste. It’s also useful for cats with bad aim.
High-backed pans will usually have three high sides and a low side so your cat can get inside the box, no matter their physical state.
Does your cat prefer to go to the bathroom when no one’s watching? Then he might appreciate a hooded cat litter pan. Aside from particular cats’ preferences for privacy, hooded pans are also great for keeping the cat litter smell down.
The pan could have an open door or a flap, depending on preference. Some of the tops are translucent to lessen the smell and give the feel of a covered area while still letting you see if your cat’s causing any mischief inside. Hooded pans will cost about $30 or less.
Some downsides to a hooded pan compared a traditional open pan are that hooded pans take up more space, might cause trouble for cats with arthritis (it’s harder to get in and out of a hooded pan), and they’re also not the best option for cats with allergies or asthma. While hooded pans reduce the smell for us on the outside, it amplifies the smell on the inside and your cat might not take well to that.
Cats are picky – monitor your cat’s use of the litter box for a bit to see if she deems it a worthy toilet for herself.
When in doubt, the traditional open litter pan won’t let you down. They’re cheap and reliable – you can get them for $20 or less.
Traditional open cat litter boxes are easy to enter and exit which makes them good for kittens and older cats with arthritis. They’re bad for high-kicking cats which would be better suited to a litter box with high sides or a hood.
It doesn’t even have to be specifically labelled as a cat litter box – any similarly-sized plastic storage tub will do. Just make sure you grab a litter scooper somewhere along the way – you’re going to need it.
Price & Rating
18.5 x 21.5 x 20 inches
26 x 19 x 10 inches
19 x 15 x 8 inches
20.29 x 15.07 x 15.2 in
23.8 x 19.8 x 12 inches
22 x 17 x 18.3 in
Warm Gray (top and base), and warm gray accent color
25.6 x 18.3 x 10 inches
Now it’s time for you to pick the cat litter box that’s best for your cat and household’s needs.
Clean-up is one of the first things cat-owners think of when dealing with litter boxes. No one wants to be around their cat’s waste any longer than necessary, no matter how precious their purr.
That’s where cost comes in. If you want to stay as far away from the cat poop as you can, you’ll have to shell out some extra cash for the litter boxes that can clean themselves. Sure, it’ll be a lot less smelly and take a lot less effort on your part, but not everyone is willing to spend $50 to $170 on a toilet for their cats.
On the other hand, if you’re totally fine with laying down the money for a low-maintenance cat bathroom, there are lovely litter box options that will take care of the most undesirable parts for you.
After all, cats are high-maintenance creatures with big personalities– you might as well make it easier on yourself to take care of their bathroom habits with a hands-free cat litter service. No need to buy eyedrops since you won’t have to get close enough for the smell to sting your eyes.
Do you want to be able to check and see if your cat’s doing alright with her business? Does your cat have a tendency to vanish inside your house? Then you might want a cat litter box with a see-through top or no top at all for maximum vigilance on your sneaky kitty.
Alternatively, does your kitty like her privacy? Will she scream if you interrupt her potty time? Is she shy? Does she like a dark environment to do her dirty business in? Well, that’s why some cat litter boxes come with covers. Open or flapped door holes come either on the sides or top depending on your cat’s preferred mode of entry.
Cats like to have bathroom options, so it’s actually recommended that you get an extra cat litter box. If you have one cat get two litter boxes, if you have two cats get three litter boxes, and so on. Litter boxes should also be large enough for the cat to comfortably fit in, turn around, dig, and avoid previous messes.