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Covered Litter Boxes: The Real Scoop

Out of Sight… Out of Mind

I scoop my cat’s litter box at least twice a day. When I walk by the box, if I see she has eliminated, I stop and scoop. It takes just a few seconds to do daily litter box maintenance. With a covered box, however, you may not notice the cat has eliminated so you may just walk past without scooping. It also takes more time to scoop because you have to remove the top.

Covered Litter Boxes Are Inconvenient to Clean

While you may initially think a covered box will keep things neater, it  actually creates more work for you. In order to scoop the box you have to remove the cover. When it comes time to thoroughly scrub the box you now have two parts of the box to clean instead of just one.

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A Better Alternative to a Covered Litter Box

If you’re thinking about a covered box in order to control litter scatter, or if you have a cat who sprays in the box, choose a high-sided, open box instead. A large plastic storage container with high sides will work. All you have to do is cut out a low entrance on one side. There are also some manufacturers who make high-sided litter boxes and depending upon the size of your cat or whether he sprays in the box, one of these litter boxes may work for you. If not, a plastic storage container such as the ones made by Sterilite, is an excellent option.

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Need More Information?

For more specifics on how to create the ideal litter box set-up and how to avoid litter box problems, refer to best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett.


For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.

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