Let’s be real, cats are the monarchs of our households. And as such, they deserve the full royal treatment, including the finest of thrones (a.k.a litter boxes) to take care of their business.
The rise of cat-friendly furniture is exponential. People are finding the opportunity to use their feline’s favorite perching place as intentional decor, turning mundane scratching posts into eye-catching statement pieces. Companies like Tuft + Paw, Furrytail, and Meowingtons are pouncing at the opportunity to provide modern furniture to felines and their furry friends alike.
“More and more, people consider their pets as family members and respect their needs, even in architecture and house decoration,” says Sylvia Lucas, founder of The-Cat-Design, a Barcelona-based cat-furniture company. “I think we’re just at the beginning of the trend.”
But no matter how many or few cat accessories you choose to buy, there’s really no getting out of owning a litter box. In larger homes, it may be easy to hide a litter box in the laundry room or behind a closed door, but in a smaller space where every inch counts, a stylish litter box is more than just a luxury for your cat. Still, there are a few practical considerations to take into account outside of pure aesthetics.
“Litter boxes should be at least 1.5 times the length of a cat’s body in at least one dimension,” explains Dr. M. Leanne Lilly DVM, DACVB from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. For the most part, they should allow access without the need for jumping. M. Leanne notes that “this is especially critical as cats get older.”
She also recommends following the “n+1” rule, meaning you should have a box for every cat in the house, plus an additional one. With all of this in mind, we’ve picked eight of our favorite litter boxes that will look as good in your home as they are comfortable for your cat.
Cove Litter Box
Sleek and simple, the Cove litter box from Tuft + Paw is one of the most tasteful kitty bathrooms on the market. An elevated re-design of the classic litter box, the Cove features a built-in dustpan, brush, and scoop and is made from high-quality matte plastic for easy cleaning.
Iris Top-Entry Cat Litter Box
Perfect for cats that tend to be a little messy, the Iris Top-Entry Cat Litter Box is designed to capture any stray litter left on your kitty’s feet. The top works as a built-in mat with convenient grooves to clean paws, although it’s probably best for younger and more agile cats.
MS! Cat Litter Box
This litter box is effortless and simple in a noticeable way. The short diagonal legs are perfectly midcentury-esque, and the three colors give a variety of options for any palette. Easy to open and with a pull-out drawer, this unit makes cleaning painless.
Furrytail XL Semi-Closed Glow House Cat Litter Box
A modern and minimal structure, the Glow House takes a more design-forward approach than traditional options. Both a litter box and a miniature house for your cat, it’s the perfect complement to any home. The semi-closed façade also helps reduce any unpleasant smells.
Wicker Litter Enclosure
Rattan ravers assemble, because it doesn’t get much better than this. Perfect for boho, coastal, minimal, or even farmhouse decor, this wicker litter enclosure is so beautiful you’ll forget what its actual purpose is.
Grinnell Litter Box Enclosure
A litter box enclosure and a stylish piece of furniture, the Grinnell Litter Box Enclosure is for anyone who wants to completely hide their cat’s toilet. It’s also cleverly equipped with both an open entryway for cats and two doors for easy cleaning access.
Described as “bridging the gap between human and cat life,” both you and your feline will agree this litter box is top-notch. An innovative design provides a built-in scoop that automatically distills reusable litter so you not only save time, but also money.
Spaceship-Shaped Cat Litter Box
If Jeff Bezos can go to space, shouldn’t your cat be granted the same opportunity? This spaceship-shaped litter box will give your kitty an intergalactic experience right from the comfort of your superbly designed home.