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8 Litter Box Enclosures That Aren’t Total Eyesores

Keep your cat’s litter box out of sight — but easy to scoop.

by Charles Manning | expert review by Cristin Tamburo, CFTBS, CAFTP
March 2, 2023
Small orange cat in wooden litter box.
Photo: @beverlyandbaldwin / Courtesy of tuft + paw
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It’s time for a hard truth: There is no such thing as a pretty litter box, and anyone who tells you otherwise is just trying to sell you something. Probably an ugly litter box. True, there are a handful of cute, covered litter boxes on the market like this one from Make Sure, but these really only work if your cat is very small and doesn’t mind being completely shut in while going to the bathroom, which a lot of cats (most, even) aren’t and do.

The best thing you can hope for is to find a way to hide said litter box — somewhere that keeps it out of sight, but doesn’t obscure it to the point that your cat decides to pee in, say, the bathtub. “To ensure a cat will use the litter box (any box), it should be as comfortable and easy for them to use as possible,” says certified feline behavior consultant and The Wildest Expert Collective member Cristin Tamburo (a.k.a. the Cat Counselor). “In my opinion, bigger is always better when it comes to litter boxes. Ideally, they should be at least one and a half times the size of the cat, and your cat should be able to easily maneuver and turn around without having to play Twister.”

That’s a tall order when it comes to traditional covered litter boxes, which can often feel like claustrophobic little caves to cats. With only one entrance/exit and no way to see what is going on just outside the box, some cats will eschew conventional covered litter boxes for fear of being ambushed either while doing their business — when they are most vulnerable — or upon exiting the enclosure. “[This is the reason] most cats prefer open boxes without lids — especially in multi-cat homes,” Tamburo says. And once a cat starts going to the bathroom outside their litter box, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to get them to go back.

Still, there are some enclosure options on the market that allow cats the space and visibility they need to use their litter boxes comfortably, while still allowing you to put some visual distance between yourself and their…place of, um, business.

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floral screen next to wooden chair

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. A good folding screen allows you to hide your cat’s litter box without limiting their movement in and around the box or obstructing their view. Many folding room-divider screens balance on spindly little legs, but this one from West Elm goes all the way to the floor and comes in dozens of upholstery options to fit your style. Worried about the screen falling over? You can always install stabilizing brackets, attach one end of the divider to the wall, or purchase feet like these from sellers on Amazon and Etsy.

wooden litter box enclosure that looks like sideboard

Cheap this piece is not, but it has tons of features that make it well worth the price, if you’ve got the space in your home to accommodate it. First of all, it’s made of solid pine — not pressed board — so it is seriously sturdy. It’s also got a pleasing, minimalist, mid-century look with a raised base and tapered legs that allows it to fit seamlessly into many décor schemes. Bonus: The enclosure is tall, so your cat has a lot of extra room move around, and the the slats in front and hand holes on each side allow them keep an eye on their surroundings.

In addition, the front folds down, and the shelf on which the litter box rests pulls out to facilitate easy access and cleaning. This fold-down front panel can also be helpful to you when introducing the piece to your cat; it allows you to completely expose the interior and get them used to the idea of using the litter box inside.

Remember: it’s important that you take your time when introducing this — or any — new litter box setup to your cat. “Anything we do with cats should be done in small, incremental steps,” Tamburo says. “Moving too quickly or forcing anything on a cat generally backfires.” For this reason, you want to place the new enclosure near the existing litter box. Then, as the days go by, you can move the litter box closer and closer to the enclosure until it is finally time to place it inside. Leave the front open for the first few days, so your cat can see in and access the box easily, and every time your cat uses the box in its new location, Tamburo recommends rewarding them with treats, pets, or whatever else they enjoy. 

wooden litter box enclosure

Less than a quarter of the price of the Tuft + Paw option, this litter box enclosure also has the advantage of looking even more like a traditional piece of furniture. That said, it’s made of medium-density fibreboard, not solid wood, and it does lack many of the special features that make the Tuft + Paw option so great: It’s more squat, so there isn’t quite as much room for you cat to move around, and the litter box area is completely closed-in, which could prove problematic for more anxious cats.

The two front doors open out to allow you access to the box for cleaning purposes. And you can certainly leave them open to allow your cat a little more light and an alternate egress, at least in the beginning. If the darkness of the interior is a concern, you can always buy a stick-on motion-censor light on Amazon and install it inside the main compartment.

white wooden litter box enclosure with light wood sidewall

Somewhere between the Tuft + Paw and CLLASOU options lies this cutie from MYZOO. The look is perhaps more distinctive and less versatile than the Tuft + Paw option, but the slight opening in the front where the two doors don’t overlap means your can keep a better eye on their surroundings than in the CLLASOU. This particular enclosure also has a convenient little shelf where you can put your litter scoop, which is a nice touch for sure.

wooden litter box enclosure with sisal doors

What makes this enclosure great is that there are openings on either side, so cats who might otherwise feel anxious about being ambushed know they have an alternate-exit option, should an unwelcome visitor enter while they are mid-pee. This also means you can set multiple units next to each other to accommodate multiple litter boxes. You could even get three of these enclosures, set them next to each other, then put a litter box in the center one and carpet in the bottoms of the boxes on either side to catch any litter lingering on your cat’s paws.

The unit is sturdy enough to accommodate 150 lbs on top and has an adjustable shelf inside that can be removed entirely, should you decide you want to give your cat a bathroom with a vaulted ceiling of sorts.

light wood cat litter box enclosure

Similar again to the Tuft + Paw choice, this enclosure from Furmia is closer to the ground than most of the other options on this list, is made of plywood, and only has a single entrance/exit. That said, the opening on the side is especially large and the interior space is nice and open, while the slatted front doors allow the cat inside to keep an eye on their surroundings. It also has a metal grate, similar to the wood grate in the Tuft + Paw enclosure, for catching lingering litter on your kitty’s paws. It is also a bit blocky, with a look reminiscent of a child’s toy box, so it might be difficult to incorporate into your own space, depending on your particular style.

black wood litter box enclosure with doors

Most similar to the CLLASOU model above, this enclosure is a steal at $160. The style is more industrial than other models on this list and the metal frame and dark coloring give it, perhaps, a more sleek look. It’s also full of special features for you and your cat, from ventilation holes in the back and a scratch pad/litter catcher, to open storage compartments and a rail along the top outer edge to keep your items from falling off.

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Charles Manning

Charles Manning is an actor, writer, and fashion/media consultant living in New York City with his two cats, Pumpkin and Bear. Follow him on Instagram @charlesemanning.