When I ask cat owners what's the best part of sharing a life with a cat, I hear a wide variety of reasons. When I ask what's the worst about having a cat, dealing with the litterbox is the #1 source of discomfort or frustration for cat parents.
Using the best litter and the best litterbox will make this task a little less daunting.
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What makes a litterbox a GREAT litterbox?
There are 3 things I like to consider when analyzing a litterbox:
- Easy to Clean
- Retaining Litter
To me, the best litterbox in the market today is from Tuft + Paw. A simple and modern litterbox that's easy to clean, easy to look at, and comes with a stool scooper and a brush and dustpan set, all in one place.
Let's review in detail what's great about it:
A Litterbox that Looks Like Furniture
The litterbox is larger than the average litterbox, but this allows for a more comfortable place for your cat to eliminate inside the litterbox instead of next to it.
- Outer Dimensions: 16"W x 26"D x 6.5"H
- Outer Dimensions with Shelter: +8"
- Litter Area: 16"W x 22"D x 6"H
The looks of this litterbox are neutral and minimalistic. I have one of my litters in my bathroom and it blends with the rest of the furniture: white, clean, and silent.
I have it without the top shelter because my cat Mia is pretty good at keeping the litter inside the litterbox, and this litterbox is high enough for her, but in the case that your cat is messy, you can always add the top piece.
From an aesthetic point of view, I give this litterbox 4 out of 5 stars ✰✰✰✰
A Litterbox that's Easy to Clean
The plastic this litterbox is made of is like magic. With the litter I use, nothing sticks to the bottom and it becomes very easy to clean. I've reviewed other people's comments and the feeling is shared.
The scoop it comes with it's also very comfortable to use and keeping the litterbox fresh daily is very easy.
How do I clean my litterbox?
I'm glad you asked. I scoop the litterbox daily, before going to bed. Because the litter I use is flushable, I throw it in the toilet, and in less than 2 minutes I'm done. Because the scoop I use is integrated into the litterbox, I don't have the scoop sitting around which also makes the bathroom look cleaner.
When it comes to changing the litter and disinfecting the litterbox (which I do once every two weeks) it's also very easy. Because the bottom of the litterbox doesn't stick, no liners are required. I simply empty the bulk of the litter into a bag, throw it in the trash, and wipe down the litterbox with disinfectant.
I'm very happy with how little time I spend cleaning the litterbox, I give "Easy to Clean" a 5 out of 5 stars ✰✰✰✰✰
A Litterbox that Keeps Litter In
The feeling of walking through a room where your litterbox is and stubbing your toe on little pebbles is not one that any cat owner wants to experience. If your cat has an archeologist drive and will dig the hell out of your litterbox, you sure know this problem well. Even worse than tracking litter, it's having a cat that misses the litterbox.
The joy of having a cat is filled with sacrifice, but if you want to save your sanity and feet it may be worth the trade-off. A simple solution for saving time by changing out their litter box could do wonders!
Although there are better solutions to stop tracking (very tall or covered litterboxes) I am a defender of litterboxes that allow you to see what's happening inside. This litterbox allows you to adapt the height to your cat's needs:
- If your cat is a deep digger, you can keep the high walls on.
- If you would rather see inside, you will still stop most of the tracking because it's a rather large litterbox. Your cat will have space to scratch and most of the litter will stay inside.
The Best Cat Litterbox Setup
The bonus feature of this box is that it comes with all you need to keep your litterbox clean on a day-to-day basis:
- 1 Scooper
- 1 Brush + 1 Dustpan
I appreciate having everything in 1 single place and preventing the scoop from laying around (particularly after using it)
Perfection Comes With a Price Tag
The main cons of this litterbox (if not the only one) are that it comes with a high price tag.
I first heard of this litter box from Kickstarter. I missed the opportunity to buy it at a discount and I had to buy it from Tuft + Paw website.
I thought it was a little pricey but it is by far the best litter box I've ever owned!
It is sturdy and easy to clean, and my four cats prefer to use it over the other boxes we have. The size and the high walls prevent the litter from spilling out onto the floor with subsequent tracking.
Finally, the fact that it comes with everything you need to keep the space clean makes it a "Shut up and take my money" kind of litterbox.
Stay Wild, Stay Safe... See You Outdoors!
Albert & Mia