Cats have a reputation for being pretty clean, but when it comes to litter boxes, even the tidiest cats can sometimes have issues keeping everything nice and neat. From tracking litter outside to spraying where they definitely shouldn’t, cats can make a mess with their litter boxes pretty easily.
At a Glance: Quick Look at Our Top Picks
Nature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box
Clevercat Top-Entry Litterbox
Nature’s Miracle Hooded Corner Cat Litter Box
Omega Paw Roll’N Clean Cat Litter Box
Frisco High Sided Cat Litter Box
Fortunately, the best high-sided litter boxes can keep your home cleaner than ever, because they help to contain odors and keep litter inside the box right where it belongs.
The high sides on these (and specifically the open litter box from Nature’s Miracle, the best overall in this list) prevent cats from kicking litter out and can also prevent cats that spray from making a mess outside.
Start thinking inside the box and consider one of these five high-sided litter boxes for your feline companion today.
Best Overall: Nature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box
Pros: High sides help prevent litter scatter and spray; affordable and easy to clean; holds a lot of litter; good for elderly cats who need help entering and exiting boxes.
Cons: Entrance may be too low to the ground compared to other litter boxes; may offer less odor protection than covered litter boxes or automatic litter boxes.
This high-sided litter box from Nature’s Miracle is the best overall option if you’re struggling to find solutions for a cat that really likes to spray. One of the biggest benefits to it is just its simplicity: it’s basic and also easy for pets to hop right in.
The walls are about 10 inches high, and the floor to the middle of the opening is roughly 5.5 inches, so not even a speck of litter is about to get kicked off onto your floor. Another perk? The low point of entry here means that elderly cats who may struggle with mobility can enter and exit the box with relatively few problems.
Since this box was made with a special nonstick surface that comes with antimicrobial protection and odor-blocking technology, cleaning also feels practically effortless.
Smells and bacteria are also less likely to accumulate within this box, which is just another reason why it’s one of the most picks on the market now. However, if you’re looking for a box that can fit into a tight corner or that potentially has self-cleaning functionality, this no-frills box may not be exactly for you.
Best For Top Entry: Clevercat Top-Entry Litterbox
Pros: Can help eliminate tracking; covered to control odors; good for cats that spray.
Cons: Top entry can be difficult for some cats to adjust to; for older cats or those with joint issues, can be difficult to get in and out.
For some cats, figuring out how to use a top-entry litter box can be a real challenge – after all, they’re so unlike anything else that your cat has ever used before. But one of the great things about this top-entry option from Clevercat is that it’s really designed to beckon cats in, once they get the hang of it.
Along with the top-entry design, which in this case helps to eliminate tracking, this box comes with a covered top that helps prevent odors from seeping out and into other parts of your home. The high walls on this box, coupled with the cover, make it so that over-the-edge spills will be a thing of the past, too.
If you have dogs, using a top-entry litter box in general can also be a good idea, since this can discourage them from sniffing around where they definitely don’t belong. Additionally, while this box can definitely help to prevent issues with spillage, it’s not ideal for elderly cats or ones that are disabled because hopping in and out can put stress on their more fragile joints, so it’s something to keep in mind before you buy.
Best For Tight Spaces: Nature’s Miracle Hooded Corner Cat Litter Box
Pros: Perfect for small spaces and tight corners; made with a nonstick surface that makes cleanups easier; comes with antimicrobial coating; comes with a covered lid for odor control.
Cons: May be too small for large cats.
Living in an apartment or similarly small space and need to find a way to keep your cat’s litter box messes from tracking all over the rest of your home? This corner box from Nature’s Miracle keeps litter right where it needs to be – in the box – and also can fit perfectly into more confined or tight areas in your home.
Not only does this box take up less space, but it also manages to do a great job on keeping a lid on unwanted odors. Similar to the basic Nature’s Miracle box referenced above, this one is made with a special nonstick surface that prevents caking, and in turn makes messes easier to clean.
This also comes with an antimicrobial coating, which helps to keep bacteria from building up inside your cat’s box, and a replaceable charcoal filter that can help to reduce unwanted odors.
Because this corner cat box has a lid with it as well, your cat is less likely to kick litter out. On the flip side, the triangular design of this can save space, but may be a tight squeeze for larger cat breeds.
Best Self-Cleaning Litter Box: Omega Paw Roll’N Clean Cat Litter Box
Pros: Self-cleaning box that’s more affordable than electric models; covered to control odors; roll to filter litter and collect waste; comes with a tray for easy litter disposal; large enough for multiple cats.
Cons: May be too large for small spaces; not completely automatic; need to use very hard clumping litter.
When you think about self-cleaning litter boxes, chances are you immediately think of expensive electric models that do all the work for you but also cost a small fortune too. One of the amazing benefits of this self-cleaning box from Omega Paw is that it pretty much does everything on its own, with one important exception: it’s incredibly affordable too.
To get rid of poop and urine, all you have to do is tilt the box a little, and then the mess goes away, almost as if by magic.
In truth, that magic is thanks to a grill inside the box, which separates waste into a pull-out tray. For cats that spray, the cover over it (not to mention its high-sided walls) help to contain litter and prevent tracking completely.
The only real downside to this box is that it’s mid-sized, meaning if you need to fix a litter box into a more cramped area, this one might not fit the bill or your cat’s needs. Still, if you want the convenience of a self-cleaning box for your cat that likes to spray, you can’t go wrong with this.
Best For Large Breeds: Frisco High Sided Cat Litter Box
Pros: Huge; great for large breeds like Maine Coons and multiple cats; can work for small dogs.
Cons: Takes up a lot of room, may be too large for apartments and small spaces.
For Maine Coons or other larger cat breeds, finding the right litter box can be a hard sell. Factor in issues with spraying and you may quickly discover that there just aren’t a lot of great options out there for litter boxes. Fortunately, that’s where this extra-large box comes in.
The Frisco High Sided Cat Litter Box is an incredibly spacious and high-sided option that big cats can feel comfy in. Durable and made without any middle seams, this box can help reduce litter scatter and is also low enough that cats can hop in without putting unnecessary strain on their paws. Ideal for multiple cat homes as well, this box takes up room in a good way, but if you’re looking for a more compact option, one of the others featured in this list may be more suitable.
About The author Shayna Murphy is a Boston-based writer and a lover of cats. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Elite Daily, and other outlets