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Best Covered Litter Box For Cats – Top 5 Reviewed

Best covered litter tray
Written by Amy Wallace

For some people, the thought of a litter tray in their home is enough to put them off getting a cat. This is such a shame, cause having a cat is awesome! When choosing the litter tray for your cat, there are a lot of things to consider, like where to put it? How big should it be? How many do you need? If you’re living in a small apartment and have an indoor cat, the litter box requires great consideration. Often, in this situation, a covered litter box is a great solution for your needs.

However, cats are cautious animals and some of them won’t take to an enclosed litter tray. They generally won’t get themselves into any space that only has one exit point in case they get trapped. For many cats, a covered litter tray poses no problems and some actually prefer it but for others, it looks like a threat and you’ve just wasted a lot of money. Deciding on a covered litter box comes down to the cat and the box.

When you’re considering a covered cat litter box, you need to think of it from two angles; how convenient it is for you and how your cat sees it.

As An Owner:

  • It covers the sight of your cat’s toilet.
  • Less litter is spread all over the floor when your cat digs.
  • The smell is contained.

As A Cat:

  • The smell is contained, so it stinks in there if it’s not cleaned regularly. Who wants to use a stinky bathroom?
  • It’s cramped and there may not be enough space to move around.
  • If I go in there, I’m trapped by anything that comes to the doorway.
  • I can’t see things sneaking up on me from outside to know that it’s safe to go back out again.

With these considerations in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best covered kitty litter trays and their features.

Product

Unique Features

Rating

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Extra large for big/multiple cats

​Covered to contain litter while digging

​Trans[arent lid so your cat doesn't feel confined inside

​Large opening for easy access​

Rating 4.5
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Rounded shape to stop litter clumping in the corners

Transparent lid so your cat doesn't feel confined inside

High sides to help prevent leaking from spray​

Rating 4.5
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Incognito disguise as a plant pot​

Covered to contain litter while digging

Large opening for easy access

Filtered venting system to minimise smells and dust​

Rating 4.5
Covered Cat Litter Boxes

Covered to contain litter while digging

Charcoal filter to eliminate smells

Shaped to fit into a corner for easy storage

Large opening for easy access​

Rating 4.5
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Top entry to keep litter in and other critters out

Seamless box to avoid leaks

Zigzag roof that catches litter from cat's paws as it exits

Doesn't scratch or retain odours

Rating 4.5

Petphabet Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Box (4.7)

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The Petphabet Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Box is made for houses with multiple cats or a very large cat. It has a big, open entry at the front with no door and a clear top to make sure your cat feels safe and not confined while using the covered litter box. The cover still helps though, in trapping the litter and smells. The pan has high sides to make sure that any spray is kept inside. The litter box is made from a durable plastic and is designed to withstand a lot of scratching and digging. It’s also non-stick for easy cleaning and comes in a full rainbow of colours. This is my favourite feature about it. The Amazon page for this product is actually really good and has a lot of information about the litter box’s specifications and how to use it.

Common Complaints

  • Several people received this cat litter box damaged with a crack in the lid. It may be that the plastic is a bit too fragile for transporting.
  • A few litter boxes arrived without all 4 clips for attaching the lid to the box.
  • If your cat pees directly on the clip, this area is not so watertight and it can leak at these points.

Favorite Jumbo Covered Enclosed Cat Litter Box (4.6)

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This covered litter box is large enough for homes with multiple cats or large cats. It’s made from premium polypropylene, so it’s durable, but still lightweight. It’s scratch resistant, so won’t make grooves and trap smells and is super easy to clean. There are no grooves and the corners are rounded to stop litter getting trapped there. The box comes in two parts with the lid clamping onto the sides to fasten it. Many people have been please with this seal as it seems that there’s very little leakage, even from cats who spray or who don’t squat to pee. The large entrance way is open and the lid is transparent so your cat won’t feel trapped inside. It also comes off easily when the litter box needs cleaned then just clips back onto the base. Even with the open entrance way, there doesn’t seem to be much litter escaping.

Common Complaints

  • The opening is not cut well, it looks like it was done by hand and often has rough edges.
  • Cats that like to pee with force can get urine into the seam between the lids. This is extra gross because you have to unclip the lid at the seams when you clean it and can end up with cat pee on you hands as you remove the lid.
  • While the curved corners are great for not trapping litter, they can be harder to clean with a regular scoop, most of which are square. Something to think about when buying a scoop.

Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Litter Box (4.5)

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The Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Litter Box is of my favourite covered litter box simply because it looks like a plant pot and I think that’s quite cool. It’s made of polypropylene and has a filtered venting system to minimise odours and dust. The size is big enough for large cats or multiple cats, partly due to its round shape. The opening is large enough to make it easy to clean, but it doesn’t take liners without them showing. If you don’t want to put the litter directly into the pot, the Little Giant Farm Pan fits perfectly inside and is one of Amazon’s best selling products. This covered cat litter box hides away and is probably the prettiest litter box you’ll find around. The top and bottom come apart for cleaning and the round shape means that no litter clumps get stuck in any corners.

Common Complaints

  • The fake plant looks a bit cheap and the moss falls out, but this is easily changeable to a plant of your choice and you can take the moss off and replace with marbles or chips if you so wanted.
  • Many people feel that they after paying a premium for this litter box, they shouldn’t have to then pay extra to customise it. It should have come slight higher quality than it did.
  • Many cats seem to think that the plant is a toy and have taken to attacking it whenever it moves slightly.

The general consensus for this covered litter box seems to be that it’s a good cat litter box, but maybe a bit overpriced. Most people are perfectly happy with it after a bit of customising, but many feel that the price point means that they shouldn’t have to put the extra effort in to make it work for them.

Nature's Miracle Advanced Corner Hooded Cat Litter Box (4.5)

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The Nature's Miracle Advanced Corner Hooded Cat Litter Box is the perfect box for a small home. It fits discretely into a corner, taking up half the space of a square litter box while giving your cat a wide opening to get in and out of. There’s a built in charcoal filter to help eliminate smells inside and outside the box. The plastic is non-stick to make it easy to clean. The plastic is also antimicrobial, helping to keep your cat’s litter box a cleaner, less smelly environment for your cat. The lid unclasps so you can remove it for easy cleaning.

Common Complaints

  • The large entryway means the cat can still track a fair amount of litter out of the box.
  • The lid fits over the bottom pan, so if your cat pees onto the side of the box, urine can get trapped in the seams between the top and bottom parts.
  • It was bigger than expected for a tuck-away box.
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The Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox is basically exactly what it sounds like. It’s a litter box that the cat enters from the top. This stops your cat being able to kick litter out while digging. It also stops other pets, like dogs, or small children sticking their heads and hands in quite so easily. The lid has zigzag grooves on it to collect any litter stuck to their paws on the way out. This only works, though, if your cat walks across the lid when leaving. If it jumps straight over the side, it’ll take the litter with it. Consider placing it in a corner to make sure you cat has to walk across the lid to get out.

Having the lid on the top also means that there are no seams on the sides. Even high peeing cats won’t be able to leak out of this box. The material of the Clevercat box is a thick plastic that doesn’t retain smells and is very stable and durable. Some people have had the same Clevercat litter box for 4 years! The only thing to consider is if you have elderly, arthritic or disables cats, it may be hard for them to jump in and out of the lid entrance.

Common Complaints

  • “My cat won’t use it” seems to be the biggest issue with this litter box. Some cats are just a bit too skittish to get into such an enclosed space. Others don’t like climbing to get in and out.
  • It’s only really suitable for a single, regular cat to use. Larger cats don’t have enough space to move around in it. The confined walls can also splash urine back onto the bigger cats.

Bonus Box - Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box (3.9)

Best Automatic Litter Box

The Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box didn’t quite make it to the top 5 in terms of popularity. However, it has one unique feature that made it land a place as a recommendation. It’s a non-scoop litter box!

The Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box works just like a regular covered litter box, except when it comes to cleaning it. Instead of taking it apart and scooping the clumps out, you just pick it up and roll it. The internal filters then separate the clumps from the clean litter, storing the clumps in a tray so you can empty it later. The clean litter ends up back in the box, ready for its next use. How awesome does that sound? If the thought of never scooping again appeals to you, then take a look at automatic / self-cleaning litter trays to see if any suit your needs.

Conclusion

So now you have it, the 5 best covered litter tray and the pros and cons of having one. If your covered litter box is well maintains and your cat is confident using it, it can solve a lot of your litter issues. Just bear in mind that covered cat litter boxes are more for people than cats. If you cat is showing signs of distress using it, like keeping part of its body outside or meowing before going in, maybe it’s not quite right for him. Try taking the lid of and see if the behaviour changes.

If you’ve made the decision to try out a covered litter box, I hope you’ve found these reviews helpful. However, if none of these sparked your interest, you may want to check out the following covered cat litter boxes that made it into the top 10:

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This is Noss cat, from Mauchline in Scotland. Noss likes to be near to people. If she can't sit on you, she'll sit as close to you as possible and, if you let her away with it, you'll end up holding her head up for her too!

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