What Types of Litter Boxes Are There?

Just like litter types, there are a variety of options for litter boxes, but the three most common types of litter boxes available for cats are basic tray litter boxes, hooded litter boxes, and self-cleaning litter boxes.

Tray Litter Boxes

Tray litter boxes are basic, pan style litter boxes come in a variety of sizes and wall heights. Tray litter boxes do not have any kind of hood or cover, provide the easiest access for both cats and for cleaning, may not provide as much protection against the spread of odor or spillage of litter during cat usage, and are typically the least expensive option.

Hooded Litter Boxes

Hooded litter boxes are similar to tray litter boxes but have a hood that is placed over the base to create an enclosed litter box with an opening through which cats may enter. Hooded litter boxes typically have higher walls than standard tray litter boxes, may be more difficult for cats to access, provide added privacy for cats, may keep litter better contained than un-hooded options, and may hold in odors more than un-hooded options leading them to require more frequent cleaning for your cats’ comfort.

Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes

Self-cleaning litter boxes are more expensive than other litter box options; however, they feature automatic sifting functions that regularly remove wastes from the litter box. These litter boxes can make litter care much more convenient, but may not be suitable for cats that tend to be more skittish.