10 litter boxes that make kitty cleanup easier
Admit it: You don’t like scooping your cat’s poop.
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The worst part about owning a cat is cleaning their litter box. (Their clawing at your favorite furniture is a close second.) It's a smelly chore that you may have to complete multiple times a day if your cat is particular about their bathroom space.
As you might be able to tell, I simply detest cleaning my cat’s litter box—sorry, Nugget—which is why my life was forever improved when I purchased an automatic litter box. Even if a full-on self-cleaning litter box isn’t in your budget, there are a variety of styles that will make cleaning up after your kitty significantly easier. Here are some of our favorites.
1. My darling Litter Robot
The Litter Robot is widely considered the gold standard of self-cleaning litter boxes, and I’m not being dramatic when I say that I never want to live without it. I’ve owned this automatic litter box for several years now, and it works as well as the day I bought it.
If you’re not familiar with the Litter Robot, it’s a large, spaceship-like litter box that automatically cycles every time your cat goes to the bathroom. The waste is collected in the base of the unit, and the litter box sends a smartphone notification when the bin is full. I’ve turned several of my friends onto this boujee litter box, and all of them agree that it’s a worthwhile splurge if you’re sick and tired of scooping litter.
2. A self-cleaning box that uses crystal litter
My cat and I have also tested this self-cleaning litter box from PetSafe, and it’s another solid option, especially if you like crystal litter. Any time your cat uses the box, a rake scoops solid waste into a small compartment, helping to minimize its odor, and the crystals absorb and neutralize smells from any liquid. You simply have to swap in a new tray of litter once a month or so (assuming you have one cat). The PetSafe ScoopFree box has a hood that keeps your cat from flinging litter everywhere, and it comes in several colors, too.
3. A modern egg-shaped litter box that cleans itself
The ChillX AutoEgg is one of the newer kids on the block, and this automatic litter box stands out thanks to its sleek form—in my opinion, it’s a lot more attractive than the Litter Robot. There's a rake that automatically scoops waste after your cat uses the bathroom, and it’s extremely quiet during operation. It even has a health log on its touchscreen display that points out if your cat’s bathroom habits have changed. However, the cycle is fairly slow, and some reviewers say that the construction isn’t the best quality, especially for the high price tag.
4. This fancy kitty toilet that actually flushes waste
With the CatGenie, not only will you never have to scoop your cat’s poop again, but you won’t have to buy litter either! This one-of-a-kind litter box is essentially a toilet for cats—you fill it with reusable, washable granules that satisfy your cat's need to dig and cover, and after your cat does their business, the machine scoops out solids and flushes the granules with water.
All the waste from the CatGenie is flushed out of your home via your toilet drain—how wild is that? As you may have guessed, it’s fairly complex to install, as it needs to be connected to a cold water line and a drain. But once it’s done, you can wave goodbye to all litter box maintenance.
5. A litter box that you clean by rolling
Not every easy-to-clean litter box is outrageously expensive. This uniquely designed box saves you from scooping with its “roll ’n' clean” function. All you do is roll the box onto its top and then back into the upright position. The clumped waste is trapped in the pull-out tray, which you can then empty and replace. The box comes in regular and large sizes, and unlike electronic litter boxes, it should never break down on you.
6. A multi-layer litter box that sifts out waste
One of my former roommates had this litter box, and she swore by it. The concept is simple: A sifting tray rests on top of a base, and when you need to clean the box, you simply lift the top tray. Solids are caught in the mesh, while the clean litter falls into the box. It also comes with an extra bottom tray so that you can reassemble the pieces and pour the clean litter back into the sifting tray. It’s a great budget-friendly solution for anyone who doesn’t like scooping.
7. This sleek litter box with tool storage
All the cleaning tools you need can be stored on the side of this modern litter box, saving you from putting a stinky litter scoop in your closet. The Cove litter box has an attractive minimal design, and you can get it with or without “the Shelter,” an 8-inch partition that keeps your cats from kicking out litter. The box comes with a scoop, a dustpan, and a brush, and you can simply tuck these tools into designated compartments on the side of the box, so they’re always within reach.
8. This large litter box that scoops itself
This automatic litter box has a similar design to the PetSafe ScoopFree: A rake pushes waste into a hidden compartment, and you can use it with any type of clumping litter. Its high walls keep your kitty from kicking litter all over the floor, and there's a paw-cleaning ramp that can help with cleanup, too. Its large design is ideal if you have multiple cats, and the box even has LED lights for nighttime visibility. The only downside is that the waste compartment isn’t very big, so it will need to be emptied regularly.
9. A litter box subscription service
If you're irked by scrubbing down your cat’s plastic litter box, Kitty Poo Club might be one solution. This subscription service sends a brand-new, recyclable cardboard litter box every month, along with litter of your choice (silica litter, classic clay clumping litter, or organic soy pellets). The litter boxes are designed to last 30 days with no leaks when used by a single cat, and you can add a dome top for particularly messy kitties.
10. A litter box with a lever for scooping
You can scoop this litter box without even opening the lid thanks to a built-in cleaning lever. When you pull the handle, clean litter falls through the sifter, and any remaining waste is deposited into the removable waste bin. The bin can be lined with a bag for easy disposal, and there’s a clear-view window that lets you monitor the overall litter level. The box even has an integrated carbon filter to help with odor control.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.