We all love our cats because they’ve become more than just pets; they are family. No wonder we allow them to roam freely indoors and play with us. When it is time for them to relieve themselves, we are scared of letting them go outside on their own for fear of danger, be it weather or any other external force.
That is why litter boxes for cats have had a wide appeal over the years. Situated inside the home, cat litter boxes add a level of convenience and relief for cat owners, but can also generate unwanted smells and even a spread of cat litter on the floor.
Fortunately, a number of companies have come up with ingenious cat litter box designs to help stop the spread of odour throughout your house and to reduce the spread of cat litter.
Best cat litter boxes for controlling odour in the UK
There are a number of litter trays to choose from in the market, but after a careful study based on durability, ability to control odours, and ease of use, we have compiled a list of the best litter boxes in the market. This will help cat owners examine each based on the features and benefits, with the aim of selecting the best litter box for their cats. All of our chosen pans are hooded cat litter trays which we know help prevent the spread of odours and cat litter.
1. Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Pan
As the name suggests, Catit’s mission has been to improve the quality of cat care around the world. This 2.27kg litter box is very suitable for large cats or multi-cat households. It is actually a great buy because it is certainly big enough and robust. Other special features include deodourising, easy to clean, easy to use, hygienic, and inbuilt filter. Some of the advantages include:
- Provides privacy whilst retaining the litter inside
- Large hood lifts up for easy access for cleaning
- The built-in bag anchor helps keep the bag open and frees hands for scooping
- The carbon impregnated filter effectively traps and removes odours
- Easy locking slider for quick assembly
So far, there has been no known disadvantages but from reviews, few customers raised the fact that no liners came with it. The liner can thus be bought separately in case you get it and you find it missing.
The smartness of this litterbox means that it can be transported if you need to take the pets somewhere new. It is not powered by a battery, so you do not have to worry about having to charge it. It also has a variety of colours you can choose from. It is suitable for your cat(s).
2. Catit Hooded Cat Pan
Similar to the previous Catit hooded litter tray, this pan is a slightly cheaper alternative with a transparent flap, making it easy to see if your cat has done their business. The size makes it ideal for multi cats, and as a trusted brand, you can be sure that it will be durable.
- Provides privacy whilst keeping cat litter inside
- Overlap mechanism to prevent leaks during cleaning
- Easy locking slider for quick assembly and easy cleaning
- Removable clear door and replaceable filters to ensure odour control
This cat litter tray comes with a free magic blue filter that absorbs hazardous ammonia gases.
3. Curver Pet Litter Box
This litter box is ideal for cat lovers and their pets. It is specially equipped with a drawer system and a scoop, which in turn makes changing the litter very easy. It is closely shaped with a swinging door and an odour filter to prevent any bad smell from escaping out of the litter box. Sturdy litter tray with good design features.It comes with an amazing 299g weight, which means this litter box is suitable for kittens and small cats.Its major advantages include:
- Air/ventilation holes
- Anti-slip rim
- Ideal for your pet
- Beautiful design (can choose from its different shades available)
It has a lock, which is very exciting for a litter box. Its ease of use and the fact that it is very easy to clean is another important feature of this cat litter box. And because of its lightweight, you can easily take your cat out in it for fresh air.
So far, there has been no complaint from buyers, which means there are not many disadvantages.
4. Kerbl Litter Box Minka
This Italian-made Litter box is quite compact, weighing just 499g. As light as it seems it comes as a surprise that it is not mainly for kittens and small cats alone, but also for large cats. It does not require charging as no batteries came installed in it. There is plenty of room in it for your cats Some of its amazing features include:
- Includes door, odour filter and handle
- Dimensions: 57 x 39 x 41 cm
- Taupe / cream
It has a nice handle to help make carrying it very easy and its design is also amazing. It is very easy to clean as well.
Some cons include:
Handle on top comes off so easily (you might want to hold it from underneath and not just at the top when carrying it).The unpleasant smell may plague the home if left unclean after a while.
5. Trixie Vico Easy Clean Cat Litter Tray With Dome
The Trixie Vico easy clean cat litter tray weighs about 988g, and it is ideal for big and small cats alike. This litter box is also very suitable if your cat has very long hair. It comes with the hinged front for easy cleaning. This Cat Litter box helps keep a household with a cat fresh and clean in this important aspect. It can hold a good amount of litter and the opening front meant we could leave it up whilst the kitten got used to it. It is available in turquoise and white colour. Some of its amazing features include:
- Litter tray with hood, door flap, scoop and handle
- Made of high-quality plastic material
- Activated carbon filter neutralizes bad odours
- Double rim prevents urine and litter being scattered out of the tray
- Easy click clasps make it fast to open and close
It is also very cheap and affordable.
6. Imac Premium Cat Litter Tray Litter Box Scoop Filter
This Litter box is good for all type of domestic cats: big, small, long hair, short hair etc. It is also suitable for multi-cat homes. It is very cheap to get as you do not have to frequently change the filters. Some of its features include:
- Ventilation slots for carbon filter
- Includes 2 x carbon filters
- Removable two-way swing door
- Matching scoop included (Includes space to store the scoop within the tray)
- Size (Approx): 50cm x 40cm x H 40cm
It is large, easy to clean and stylishly designed. You do not have to clean or disinfect the house all too often because of unpleasant smell, as this Litterbox will hold the Litter smell.
As humans, we cherish a measure of comfort, and our cats deserve the same too. Getting your cat a litter box may just be that little thing you can do to make their life a little better. Granted, some cats may find it strange at first, but as time goes on, they will get used to it.
Additional ways of preventing smells from cat litter trays
Although the litter trays we have reviewed will help to reduce the spread of unwanted odours from your cats litter tray, the choice of cat litter plays a major part in reducing this further. Choosing a clumping cat litter will help to eliminate odours by eliminating the odour at the point the faeces was done. You can check out our favourite clumping cat litter here.
Cat litter mats
A hooded cat litter tray is often regarded as the best way to reduce the spread of cat litter from a litter tray, but you can help protect the area around the tray by adding a cat litter mat under your tray which is designed to collect the cat litter from your cats paws as it leaves the area.
We use a fairly cheap option from Amazon that does the trick for us and comes in numerous colours to suit your decor.