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Litter Box Love -- Cat Litter Boxes Have Gotten Cool!

Updated on December 30, 2010

From Embarrasing to Chic, the Cat Litter Box Has Come a Long Ways

A look at some practical, automated, hidden, and just plain fun litter boxes and box covers.

Yes, kitty waste has come a long way. :)

The Automated Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Oh, Yeah!

Yes, cat litter boxes have arrived in the 21st century

I grew up with cats in the household, and I love the furry guys, but guess whose chore it was to clean out the litter box? And let's not forget sweeping around the litter box, since our cats liked to turn around in there and kick the grit out the door after they'd done their business...

Needless to say, I love the idea of self-cleaning litter boxes.

Some of them are completely automated (a few minutes after your cat gets out of the box, a motor will kick on and move the nasty stuff to a collection bin), and some have you tilt the box in order to activate the cleaning mechanism. There's even one that hooks into your sewer system and flushes the waste down the drain!

You can find all those types of litter boxes at Amazon (yup, these guys sell a lot more than books these days!).

A Close-up of a Self-Cleaning Litter Box

A Close-up of a Self-Cleaning Litter Box
A Close-up of a Self-Cleaning Litter Box

A Few Popular Self-cleaning Litter Box Models

See Some of the Automatic Litter Boxes in Action - Yes, people have actually filmed their cats with their litter boxes ;)

Videos of automatic and self-cleaning cat litter boxes.

Plan on grinning. Some of these cats are obviously seeing their "new and improved" litter boxes for the first time!

Cat Litter Box Covers That "Hide" the Evidence

Maybe you don't need a self-cleaning box; maybe you just want your box out of plain sight!

While cleaning the litter box is no fun, there's another problem cat owners face: where to put the litter box.

Chances are, you don't want it where guests are going to see it when they come over, and you probably don't want to look at it all the time either. Fortunately, there are some great litter boxes out there that let you "hide" them in plain sight.

These boxes are either hidden via covers or clever designs, or they're made to look like perfectly normal pieces of furniture.

Of course, my favorite is the one that looks like a potted plant!

Check out some of the options below:

Classy Cat Litter Boxes You Won't Feel the Need to Hide - Make your litter box blend in!

There are some great looking litter boxes out there that you won't mind having on display in the bathroom, mudroom, or washroom. Here are a few available from Amazon:

Cat Litter Box Pan Covers

For those who already have a perfectly good litter box or tray

Maybe you're not in the market to buy a whole new state-of-the-art litter box right now, but you'd still like to make the current tray or box a little less noticeable.

You can pick up covers that are designed to attach to the top of--or go over--a standard sized box, and these cost a lot less than buying a whole new kitty sanitation system!

Again, take a look below for some cover ideas.

Simple Litter Box Covers Hide Your Existing Unit - The cat litter box cover is usually less expensive than a brand new box

From "privacy tent" to wicker box cover, there are lots of options to hide that litter box:

Have a Custom Cat Litter Box Built

Get exactly the litter box you want from a custom woodworker

If you can't find the litter box of your dreams (only true cat lovers have "litter boxes of their dreams") at an online shop or pet store, then perhaps what you need to do is have one custom built.

Just as with any piece of furniture, this can be done if you're willing to pay the higher price of custom work.

Find a woodworker who builds pieces from scratch, and he/she probably won't be above designing pet furnishings. Whatever you can imagine, they can probably do.

The handsome cedar chest style box in the picture here was done by the folks at Hawks Will Custom Woodwork, and it's one of several you can browse on their site.

Not only is it attractive in its own right, but when the lid is down, it looks just like a regular cedar storage chest. Only the inquisitive guest will notice the little cat hole at the bottom (and this could easily be hidden from view behind a potted plant).

With a piece like this, you could put your litter box right out in the living room! Gone are the days when you need to be embarrassed by your cat's leavings. :)

Cat Litter Box Hidden in Base of Book Case

Cat Litter Box Hidden in Base of Book Case
Cat Litter Box Hidden in Base of Book Case

The Dog Litter Box Becomes More Popular

Yes, dogs can be litter box trained too!

You may associate litter boxes with cats, but it's possible to train dogs to go in a special indoor area too.

Why would you want to do this, you ask?

Just because folks live in apartments or condominiums doesn't mean they don't want to keep a dog. It can be pretty darned inconvenient to have to take your dog down multiple floors of stairs or in an elevator every time Fido has to potty (trust me, I've been there!). And if you're in an urban area, it can be quite a trot to get to some grass (nobody wants to see your dog whizzing--or worse--on the sidewalk).

What does a dog litter box look like?

Most "dog litter boxes" are more like large sandboxes than traditional cat boxes. They don't have a cover and usually aren't enclosed. They are a little box that is filled with synthetic grass or some kind of pad.

How does the cleaning work?

The exact inner workings will vary a bit from manufacturer to manufacturer, but here's what you can expect:

The wet stuff percolates through the grass, sand, or pad, and is captured beneath where you can drain it on a regular basis. Solid stuff sits on top (the same as at the dog park!), and you can scoop it up and dispose of it when you get home.

Chat it up!

Here's your chance to talk cats or litter boxes - What do you think? Ready to buy a fancy new litter box for your cat?

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      Think the bookshelf one might be my favourite.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      See catsdesire.com for the best disposable litter box. Earth friendly, easy to use. Made in the USA from renewable resources and treated with a food grade coating for leak resistance. 1 box per week per cat. NEVER CLEAN ANOTHER LITTER BOX AGAIN!

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      kingsrookie lm 5 years ago

      The automatic dog litter boxes are neat!

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      Darcie French 6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      If I was a cat I'd sure ruff these cool litter boxes -:)

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I rather like the bookshelf idea - pretty clever stuff!

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Ooh, I like some of those disguised litter boxes, especially the bookshelf one. So long as the books don't start smelling like cat litter...or worse. :)

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      Tempus 6 years ago

      A Cat Litter Box in a bookcase...hmmm, reading material always within a paws reach

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      And these could become great pet gifts for the holidays, too.

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      too cool...you are right. I would love to have the one hidden in the bookcase...it's hidden, and I need another book case!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I love the training the cat to go on the toilet one- if I had an extra bathroom, my kitty cat would have it all to himself, seeing he is the KING of our household :) Lensrolled and blessed.

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Oh, dear! These are brilliant. With our six toilet changing can be a real nightmare.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Good useful information.

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      SallyCin 7 years ago

      Great lens! I think that I'd prefer the bookcase one, so long as it was easy to clean out. The Litter Robot one is kinda cool too...looks like something from Star Wars. :P

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      I can't picture either Wiley or Ghost climbing in the robot litter box, but it sure would be nice to have a self cleaning one. I'm not sure about the one in the bookcase. Can you imagine guest trying to figure out what the cat is doing in there?

      Great lens on a "dirty" topic, lol

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      self cleaning would be heaven! as long as my scaredy cat didn't freak out over the change! nice lens :)

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      What a delightful collection of kitty litter boxes, I had no idea there was such a huge variety! I have a tabby and I would certainly love to have one of those self-cleaning trays. Oh and I exploded with laughter watching those videos. Too funny! *blessed by an angel*

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      These are so fun! I bet the cats love them. My cat always loves to go into little boxes, anything small she can curl up in. We have to be careful because she goes behind the drawers if you leave one open a crack she slips in!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Those are hilarious. We have a new kitty who seems to like to scoop the litter to the outside of the box. An enclosed structure like this may be the trick!

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      admiralglass lm 7 years ago

      5 * litter boxes. My cats would love to have one of those.

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      NehveF 7 years ago

      That litter box hidden in the bookcase is quite clever. Id be worried about my cat being afraid of going into it though!

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      BusyQueen 7 years ago

      Hey, great lens, we need all the help we can get with litter boxes! 5*****

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      I enjoyed your videos with the cat and litter robot. LOL Would be nice to have one of these for my cat. 5*s

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Hey terrific lens with unique content! Had fun looking.

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      PetMemorialWorld 8 years ago

      They are some cool litter boxes! Lensrolled to my OtherPeoplesPetPoop lens :)

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      very cool, my Kitty Wompuss uses the human toilet and makes his poos outside, but these would be cool for a cat that uses an indoor box regularily, 5*

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      Bonfire Designs 8 years ago

      I love this lens, how fun! I'll be linking to you on my cat lover gifts lens at Cat Lover Gift Ideas

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      Melanie Barniskis 8 years ago from Southern Oregon

      Great fun on this lens! I am drooling over that bookcase cat box as a replacement for the turkey roasting pan in the laundry room. Talk about "movin on up!" :)

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      Maximille LM 8 years ago

      Nice lens, you can decide if you want to put your cat in a spaceship or just an ordinary, but far nicer cat toilett than the average one. I guess kitty wants to fly to mars ;) Some really cool eye catchers here.

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      allinfoisfree 8 years ago

      We just put the litter box in the laundry room. Wow, we're really missing out! :)

      Great lens, thanks!

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      Jenysie 8 years ago

      What a neat lens!! I didn't even know there were options to kitty litter boxes! I really liked the bottom of the bookcase, but I wonder if it would take care of the smell as well!

      I say Great lens...5 stars!!!

      Sincerely,

      Jenysie

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      LOVED your cat genie and litter robot vids! I laughed out loud, even...cats are so cool. And smart, too. This is a fun lens.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Great lens. We have a covered litter box but its in the downstairs bathroom and Mascara's not good about 'covering up'. The aroma....

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      triathlontraini1 8 years ago

      Brilliant idea for a lens. Well designed!

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      kephrira lm 8 years ago

      like the look of the sel-cleaning ones coas it's a horrible stinky job when you have to do it yourself.

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      I have 6 cats and have also done a Cat Litter Page - my favorite is the one that rolls. 5 non stinky litter stars for you

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      Bearie23 8 years ago

      Interesting to hide a cat liter box, but I would not do that as it would trap in the smells. Also, we used to let our cats roam around outside in the yard during the day, which cuts down on litter box usage tremendously.

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      chucknp 8 years ago

      Okay, I must admit that my wife usually takes care of the cat litter box. The self-cleaning one is just the ticket!

      -Chuck

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      happy-jack 8 years ago

      Made my master look at your work.

      Us kittens love clean homes.

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      EelKat13 8 years ago

      With 14 cats, one thing we do is buy a lot of cat litter. Amazingly though we only have 2 cat boxes.

      Great lens you got here, I love the bookshelf catbox idea.

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      Couch-Covers-Melanie 8 years ago

      Great lens! We own two cats ad we love the automatic litter box! It does the job of keeping the smell away very well!

      So 5 stars for your lens!

      Did you know couch covers can be real moneysavers?

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      ArtDiva 8 years ago

      This is just plain fun for all those who own a cat, and I have two who are a constant source of amusement, even in the litter box, of whatever kind. Well done!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Nice work. With 2 cats I'm always looking for a better way!

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      Rya LM 8 years ago

      Great idea for a lens--i didn't realize there were so many options. I've lensrolled it for my gifts for cat lovers page--seem slike anatural fit :)

      also, i had to delete your comment on the "squidetsians" lens because it was accidentally posted in our team projects area rather than the guestbook at the end. Thanks for visiting it though--didn't want you to think we didn't appreciate the drop in--you're welcome to leave a comment in the guestbook at the bottom :)

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Wow! Litter boxes sure have come a long way. Don't show these to my cat. She'd have to have one!

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      GreenRevolution 8 years ago

      Cool lens! You have some really great ideas for cat lovers. Well done! I also enjoyed your website.

      5 *****, faved, and a fan

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      sisterra 8 years ago

      Nice lens - I like the potted plant also.

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      roysumit 8 years ago

      Cool lens. Got an idea from you. I will buy one of those self cleaning stuff. Five star to you.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      Very cool ways to hide a litter box!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I'll have to lensroll this with my litter box lenses. I like the potted plant!

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      The Eclectic Muse 9 years ago

      And to think, I thought I was going high-tech when I bought the Litter Maid. You've given me a lot to think of here. Thanks!

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!