Getting a litter box or tray for your cat to use indoors is an absolute must. If your pampered puss prefers to be indoors, getting the right litter box to be their throne can save any accidents around the home. If they prefer venturing into the great outdoors, training them to use the litter tray can save you from them doing their business in the garden or worse, on the neighbour's lawn.
All cats are perfectly unique in their own way, so you'll want to choose from the different litter boxes and trays to find the right one for them.
To help get you started and inspired, we've listed the best cat litter tray and boxes that you can buy today to treat your feline friend. We've also included some litter tray and box accessories and some key FAQs to help you on your way.
What to look for in a cat litter box
When buying a new cat litter box or tray, there's a lot to consider:
• Size: The larger your cat, the larger you'll need your litter tray to be!
• Location: Consider where you'll be putting your new cat litter box or tray in your home. If it's likely to be in an open space in clear sight, you may want to choose something more discreet like a tray with a hooded lid or a box. Tucked out of the way, a tray will cause less offence.
• Behaviours: If your cat prefers to go to the toilet in private (we don't blame them!), a hooded tray or box will suit them better. If they go regularly, or your own routine makes you more forgetful to clean them out, you might want to consider a self-cleaning litter tray to stay on top of the housework.
• Preference: Cats can be fussy, so ultimately you'll need to choose a litter tray or box that they like and will actually use. This might come with trial and error, or you might already have an inkling of what they would prefer, based on their established toilet habits.
If you're still unsure or have any burning questions. speak to your vet or ask your local pet shop for their recommendations.
The best cat litter boxes and trays
Super affordable yet functional, this tray is made of premium quality plastic for long-lasting use. The clever design prevents litter scatter, and cleaning it doesn't take much effort at all. While it's only available in grey, we think it'll easily match with the décor in any room.
Dimensions: 49.3 x 37 x 11.2cm
Review: "Very good size cat tray, enough room for puss to manoeuvre in. Extremely easy to clean. Can definitely recommend it. Arrived in excellent packaging, and very quickly."
If your cat prefers a little privacy while they use the toilet, this hooded litter tray will provide a great hiding space to poop in peace. This jumbo box comes with a scoop, a choice of neutral colours to suit your home décor, and even corner shaped trays for space-saving. It will prevent odours or mess from entering your home and is portable too, so it's super easy to move around or take on the road with you.
Dimensions: 53.3 x 45.7 x 43.1cm
Review: "I never write reviews but this was really one of the best things I've ever got, wished I got one when I first got our cat. I would recommend to anyone to get this before a regular small-sided car litter tray. If your cat does hate it the sides come off easy. My cat however instantly loved the new tray as soon as I put his litter in."
With high-rise sides, this tray is perfect for any cats that can't help but scatter their litter outside the pan. We also love that this tray has a self-cleaning sifting system, meaning it takes just seconds to clean and leaves a fresh, odour-free litter box. It's compact so is a great choice for smaller cats or playful, mischievous kittens.
Dimensions: 22 x 38 x 50cm
Review: "Holds mess well, easy enough to clean, much better than fully enclosed ones, worth the money with the extra tray you get with it as well. Best choice I've made."
With a clip-on shield, you won't need to worry about your cat making a mess or litter being kicked outside the pan. The base of the tray is larger than others, making it a great option for big and small cats alike, and leaves plenty of space for them to do their business.
Dimensions: 15 x 49 x 38cm
Review: "This is a strong plastic litter box, it's large so very good for a big chungus cat like ours who needs space, no cat litter gets knocked on the floor due to the higher walls and protective top piece. Best litter box we've had over the years."
Introducing your new kitten to using a litter tray? This small cat litter tray has a rounded ergonomic design that will suit your fur baby perfectly. It comes hooded in case they're a little nervous but the translucent flap door means you'll be able to keep an eye on them, and them on the lookout for you. The entrance is low enough for the smallest of cats to get into, but not so low that kitty litter can escape. However, you will want to size up when your cat is older.
Dimensions: 32 x 36 x 45cm
Review: "Bought for our kitten as she seemed too little to get into our bigger ones. It’s perfect and she mastered getting in and out and started using it straight away. She’s three months now and there’s still plenty of room for her. Great purchase."
Available in black, brown, or white, we think this litterbox is simple yet effective and rather glamourous with the faux rattan lid design. It's also designed with an anti-slip rim and ventilation holes, so your cat will be comfortable using it and there won't be an odour problem. It comes equipped with a drawer system and scooper for easy litter changing, and your cat will enjoy the privacy of the closed shape and swinging door.
Dimensions: 50.3 x 40.7 x 37.3cm
Review: This is a really pretty cat litter box that blends into a room. It really does contain all odours and my cat seems to like it so I am happy! I haven't experienced any leaking problems unlike some other reviews, just make sure the tray is fully pushed back in possibly as it can get a little stuck. It is really well made and I would definitely recommend it. Very pleased."
Sometimes a busy lifestyle can put chores on the back-burner, and that includes cleaning out your cat's litter box. With a lid on top too, cleaning out a litter box might get forgotten with any mess being out of sight, out of mind. Meet yours, and your cat's, new best friend.
This litter box has an automated raking system with a timer that will clear your cat's litter without you having to lift a scoop. It has safety sensors, so you don't need to worry about paws or tails being caught, and it's leak-proof and easy to clean when the time comes.
Dimensions: 40.64 x 70.8 x 48.56cm
Review: "Every night scooping cat litter out for my two cats was quite depressing and repetitive, however, since taking the plunge to get this automatic cat litter tray, life has been so much easier! I now want to scoop the poo out every now and then so it's fresh and clean... cats are happier and not seen them walking around with cat litter on their paws."
Cat litter tray and box accessories
If you're looking to elevate your tray or box set-up, or are looking for the much-needed extra, we've picked out the best products to help you and your cat live that pampered life.
Sure, this isn't the most glamourous purchase you'll make for your cat, but Catsan cat litter is a must, and loved by cat owners. It's lightweight, extremely low dust, and is made from natural lime and quartz sand that quickly absorbs liquid and makes for outstanding odour control. As one cat mum said, "Great cat litter my cat loves it! ‘Because she’s worth it!’"
This pack of 10 replacement eco-friendly filters have great absorption and will help to effectively remove odours. They're adjustable and will keep any hooded litter trays fresher for longer.
If your chosen tray or litter box doesn't come with a poop scoop, this deeply designed scooper with reinforced plastic will be ideal for you. It comes in four colours so match your scooper to your litter box, style, or your cat's unique personality.
This rustic oak effect side table will provide the perfect hideout for your cat, and with a litter tray inside, it'll be a cosy and private nook for them to do their business.
Cat litter box FAQs
How can I get my cat to use a litter box?
If you're struggling to get your cat to use their new litter box, there are a few things you can try:
• Your cat will have their own preferences, so experiment with different types of tray and litter to figure out which type your cat likes best.
• Keep the tray clean - you wouldn't like to use a dirty toilet, so your cat won't either!
• Clean up any accidents that happen around the home straight away so the smell doesn't linger, and don't punish your cat for going where they shouldn't - the concept of going to the toilet in one place may be new to them so this is just part of the learning process.
• Make sure to reward them when they've gone to the loo in their new tray with their favourite treats or toys. Reward-based training works for most animals and giving them lots of praise and fuss will encourage them to keep up the good behaviour.
Where should I put a cat litter box?
Keeping your cat's litter tray away from where they eat and drink is a great place to start, along with being in a quiet part of the house. You should also consider placing their litter tray somewhere they usually go to the bathroom, as this will encourage them to use it in place of their usual spot. With kittens, you can place them near to or in the tray in order to coax them into their new toilet habits. If at first, you don't succeed, simply try again.
Can cats share litter boxes?
In short, yes! Most cats will happily share with their housemate, but you should be prepared that this might not be the case for your cat. Some prefer to have their own space and are more territorial - budget for a tray for each cat just in case.
Why won't my cat use their litter box?
There are a number of reasons why your cat might be refusing to use the litter box. Outside of finding the right tray and litter preference for your puss, there are a few more factors that could come into play. According to the PDSA, these are:
Stress: If your cat feels stressed, they're likely to have accidents around the house. Place their box in a quiet location, and try to create a stress-free environment for them.
Illness: If your cat is vocal while they pee or seem to have problems going, they might have a UTI. In this case, you should seek medical attention from your vet immediately.
Age: Like babies, kittens need to be trained by their mothers to know what a litter tray is for. Similarly, older cats who are used to going outside may not pick up on it easily and prefer to keep to their lifelong habits instead.
How to clean cat litter boxes?
To clean your cat litter tray or box, replace the entire contents of the tray and wash it out with hot water and a mild detergent. You should aim to do this at least once a week to remove the mess.
Please note: some detergents are toxic to cats, so make sure to do your research to find a safe option.