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10 Best Cat Litter Boxes in Canada in 2021 – Reviews and Top Picks

Van Ness Corner Enclosed Cat Pan

As you may have guessed, this is an article about the finer points and details of the object your cat will poop in daily. It might seem like this wouldn’t be such a complicated choice or one that would require much thought. But consider: if you make the wrong choice, your cat may very well reward you by pooping on your bed in disapproval. Or you may pick a box your cat likes but that doesn’t control odor, leaving your house smelling foul. If you have more than one cat, what kind of litter box will work best?

To help you navigate all these competing forces, we’ve collected reviews of the 10 best cat litter boxes in Canada. Here are our top picks as well as some information to consider as you select the litter box that works best for your cat family.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Van Ness Giant High Sides Cat Litter Pan Van Ness Giant High Sides Cat Litter Pan
  • Feature iconGood for multi-cat households
  • Feature iconWorks for all sizes of cats
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Van Ness Cat Pan Van Ness Cat Pan
  • Feature iconReasonable price
  • Feature iconStain and odor resistant
  • Feature iconEasy to clean
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Pet Safe ScoopFree Automatic Self-cleaning Litter Box Pet Safe ScoopFree Automatic Self-cleaning Litter Box
  • Feature iconSelf-cleaning
  • Feature iconLow mess, low odor
  • Best for Kittens
    Kitty Go Here Senior Cat Litter Box Kitty Go Here Senior Cat Litter Box
  • Feature iconIdeal design for kittens or older cats
  • Feature iconEasy to clean
  • Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Box Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Box
  • Feature iconDoesn’t look like a litter box
  • Feature iconControls mess and odor
  • The 10 Best Cat Litter Boxes in Canada – Reviews & Top Picks 2021

    1. Van Ness Giant High Sides Cat Litter Pan – Best Overall

    Van Ness Giant High Sides Cat Litter Pan

    Size 1 cm L x 43.2 cm W x 25.4 cm H
    Self-cleaning No
    Covered box No
    Recommended Litter Any

    Our choice of the best overall cat litter box in Canada is the Van Ness Giant High Sides Cat Litter Pan. We like that this litter box works for a wide variety of different cats and cat families. It’s big enough for large or overweight cats to use comfortably or for multi-cat households. The high sides keep urine contained even if your cat is a non-squatter. Both the slick finish and rounded corners are designed to make this box easy to clean.

    Although reasonably priced, the box does require a larger amount of litter to fill because of its size. Some users report it’s a little flimsy when full of litter so caution is needed if you have to lift a full box for any reason.

    Pros
    • Good for multi-cat households
    • Works for all sizes of cats
    Cons
    • Needs a lot of litter
    • Can be a little flimsy when full
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    2. Van Ness Cat Pan – Best Value

    Van Ness Cat Pan

    Size 6 cm L x 30.5 cm W x 10.2 cm H
    Self-cleaning No
    Covered box No
    Recommended Litter Any

    Our pick as the best cat litter box in Canada for the money is the Van Ness Cat Pan. This is as basic as a litter box gets but basic still gets the job done in many cases. The major issue with this litter box is the size—it won’t work for big cats in most circumstances. Small cats, kittens, and senior cats who have trouble with taller boxes are the target audience for these litter pans. This litter box features the same high polish, odor-resistant finish as our best overall choice. It’s easy to clean and durable, although the low sides don’t keep litter in as well as taller pans.

    Pros
    • Reasonable price
    • Stain and odor resistant
    • Easy to clean
    Cons
    • Too small for large cats
    • Doesn’t contain litter mess well
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    3. Pet Safe ScoopFree Automatic Self-cleaning Litter Box – Premium Choice

    PetSafe ScoopFree Automatic Self Cleaning Hooded Cat Litter Box

    Size 8 cm L x 29.7 cm W x 71.1 cm H
    Self-cleaning Yes
    Covered box Yes (removable)
    Recommended Litter Crystal (also works with regular)

    If you hate scooping litter boxes and have some extra disposable income, try the PetSafe ScoopFree Self-cleaning litter box. This box is designed to be used with special crystal litter that is low-tracking and helps control odor for several weeks. The box self-cleans 20 minutes after your cat leaves the box and all you have to do is dump the removable tray every couple of weeks or so. Reportedly, you can use regular litter with this box and some users seem to prefer it. Besides the cost, one issue with this box is that the cleaning grate can get clogged up and stop working effectively.

    Pros
    • Self-cleaning
    • Low mess, low odor
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • The self-cleaning grate can get clogged
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    4. Kitty Go Here Senior Cat Litter Box – Best for Kittens

    Kitty Go Here Senior Cat Litter Box

    Size 61 cm L x 50.8 cm W x 12.7 cm H
    Self-cleaning No
    Covered box No
    Recommended Litter Any

    Yes, this litter box is designed for older cats, but what works for the elders also works for the babies in this case. This wide, shallow litter box features an extra-low entry point making it easy for tiny kitten legs to climb in. You can use any kind of litter but because the box isn’t very deep, you’ll need to clean it frequently. This box is also expensive, especially considering it’s a fairly simple design. Despite that, it works so well for its intended purpose that most buyers seem to think it’s worth the money. Because of the low sides, this box doesn’t contain litter well but most tiny kittens don’t get much height on their litter tossing anyway.

    Pros
    • Ideal design for kittens or older cats
    • Easy to clean
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Doesn’t contain litter well
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    5. Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Box

    Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Box

    Size 3 cm L x 48.3 cm W x 50.8 cm H
    Self-cleaning No
    Covered box Yes
    Recommended Litter Any

    Want to pretend you don’t have a litter box at all? Try the Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Box which cleverly disguises your cat’s toilet as a large potted plant. Perfect for small spaces and home design show binge-watchers, this litter box also features a filter to help keep odor and litter dust under control. Litter can be placed directly into the pot or you can add an additional litter pan and treat this as more of a litter box enclosure. The main complaints about this product seem to center more on the color of the pot and the quality of the fake plant than anything litter box-related. Many people choose to spray paint the pot or add additional fake plants, which does increase the cost of an already more expensive product.

    Pros
    • Doesn’t look like a litter box
    • Controls mess and odor
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • The fake plant looks cheap
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    6. Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Pan

    Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Pan

    Size 57 cm L x 43 cm W x 46 cm H
    Self-cleaning No
    Covered box Yes
    Recommended Litter Any

    Not every cat will tolerate a covered litter box, but if yours doesn’t mind, try the Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Pan. The size of this box works for even the largest cats and the carbon filter system makes it fantastic at containing odors and mess. A removable top and flat sides and bottom make this litter box easy to clean. The flap door is easily knocked off and some cats seem confused by it. Like most covered litter boxes, this one sometimes has trouble with leaking at the seam if you have a high-spraying cat. Some owners report having to remove the filter because their cats were tearing it up.

    Pros
    • Large size
    • Excellent odor control
    • Easy to clean
    Cons
    • Flimsy door flap
    • Some leaking issues
    • Uncovered filter vulnerable to cat destruction
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    7. Iris Medium Top Entry Cat Litter Box

    7IRIS Top Entry Cat Litter Box

    Size 44 cm L x 34 cm W x 31 cm H
    Self-cleaning No
    Covered box Yes
    Recommended Litter Any

    Not a hidden litter box but one which is more likely to blend into your decor than a traditional choice, the Iris Top Entry Cat Box also excels at containing both messes and odors. With no seams like a covered box, urine leakage won’t be an issue for this option. It may take some cats a little time to figure out the top entry concept and the litter box is too tall for kittens. The top lifts off for easy cleaning. This box requires a larger quantity of litter to keep it adequately filled but works well for small spaces and comes in multiple colors.

    Pros
    • Decor-friendly design
    • Contains litter well
    Cons
    • Not all cats like the top entry
    • Too tall for kittens or cats with mobility issues
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    8. Omega Paw Elite Self-Cleaning Litter Box

    Omega Paw Elite Self Cleaning Litter Box

    Size 47 cm L x 54.6 cm W x 50.8 cm H
    Self-cleaning Yes
    Covered box Yes
    Recommended Litter Clumping

    A little more budget-friendly than the other self-cleaning litter box we reviewed, the Omega Paw Elite also requires just a bit more effort from you. This litter box contains a grate that sifts out the cat waste when you tip the box onto its side. Empty the pull-out tray to complete the cleaning process! This box works best with clumping litter. Technically, this box isn’t completely self-cleaning, but it’s a lot less work than scooping. One complaint about this box is the bulky appearance that takes up a lot of space. Some users report issues with the cleaning grate coming loose, which apparently creates quite the litter disaster when it happens.

    Pros
    • Minimal effort to clean
    • Contains odors
    Cons
    • Takes up a lot of space
    • The cleaning grate sometimes breaks loose
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    9. Van Ness Corner Enclosed Cat Pan

    Van Ness Corner Enclosed Cat Pan

    Size 3 cm L x 48.3.6 cm W x 50.8 cm H
    Self-cleaning No
    Covered box Yes
    Recommended Litter Any

    This Van Ness Corner Enclosed Cat Pan is designed to take up less space than the usual litter box with its triangular shape. This affordable covered litter box works best for only cats and keeps both litter and odor contained. The top is removable for ease of cleaning, but the clips reportedly aren’t very durable after multiple removals. Another issue is the plastic door on this covered box routinely falling off or getting stuck. This box is roomy enough for large cats and does a decent job containing litter messes. The effectiveness of the odor filter is questionable, according to some users.

    Pros
    • Space-saving
    • Affordable
    Cons
    • Clips and door not durable
    • Odor filter not always effective
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    10. Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Pan

    Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Pan

    Size 3 cm L x 48.3.6 cm W x 50.8 cm H
    Self-cleaning No
    Covered box No
    Recommended Litter Clumping

    More accurately described as a non-scoop litter box than a self-cleaning one, this box is 3 litter pans in one. To clean the box, simply lift the top pan and dump the dirty litter onto the sifting pan. Sift the waste out, allowing the clean litter to fall into the 3rd litter pan below, then set the pan with clean litter back on top until the next cleaning session. This litter box requires clumping litter but does work with pine pellet litter as well. Large cats may find this box too small and the sides aren’t very high, sometimes resulting in escaping urine from high spraying cats.

    Pros
    • Easy to clean
    • Works with pine pellets
    Cons

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    Buyer’s Guide

    Our top 10 picks are just a snapshot of what’s available to you as you look to purchase a cat litter box in Canada. Here are some points to keep in mind as you decide which product will work best for you.

    Number Of Cats In Your House

    Experts recommend that you keep one litter box per cat in the house plus one extra. This step reduces the risk of territorial bickering and any resulting litter box aversion or inappropriate elimination. If you’ll need to purchase multiple litter boxes, the cost could become a factor. You may want to choose one of the more affordable options.

    Size (of The Box And Your Cat!)

    Whether you have a small house or a large cat, the size of your litter box choice matters.  If your cat is a large breed or overweight, you’ll need one of the bigger litter box options. If you live in a small space, especially with multiple cats, you might not want to choose a bulky litter pan like the Roll and Clean.

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    Covered vs Uncovered

    Some cats enjoy the privacy of a covered box while their owners enjoy improved odor control. Other cats will reject covered litter boxes in favor of being able to watch for any emerging threats while they’re pooping. Since the deciding factor of litter box choice is whether your cat actually uses the box, it’s vital to know which side of this debate your cat falls on.

    What’s Your Priority?

    With so many different types of litter boxes on the market, you’ll need to consider what features are most important to you. Do you want the most cost-effective option? Or the litter box that best controls mess and odors? Do you want to put as little effort as possible into maintaining your cat’s toilet facilities? Or is your number one priority choosing a litter box that will blend seamlessly with your home’s decor? The answer to these questions will go a long way towards narrowing your choice of litter boxes.

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    Conclusion

    Our choice for the best overall cat litter box in Canada, the Van Ness Giant High Sides Litter Pan combines size, affordability, and excellent mess control. Our choice of the best litter box for the money, the Van Ness Medium Cat Pan is an easy-to-clean, durable option, though it will be too small for some cats. As you consider our reviews of the top 10 cat litter boxes in Canada, we hope the information provided will guide you as you navigate the crowded field of litter box options in search of the ideal product for your situation.

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