I’ve been trying to plan out litter the box placement in our new house for a while, but it’s proving to be a little tricky to do, even with so much more space at hand than we had in our studio apartment.
My current ideal? To place Avery’s litter boxes in spots in the house that have tiled (rather than hardwood) floors. In our house, this means I’m limited to using the bathrooms, since Avery’s not allowed in the kitchen, or a few other spots that have tiled flooring. There are 3 bathrooms he has access to, so this isn’t an issue.
What I’m having trouble with is the fact that the spots I’d ideally place his litter boxes – spots that are far away from the washroom doors – are pretty narrow and slim. It’s not possible for me to fit either of the two litter boxes I already have on-hand – both Modkat litter boxes, which are quite wide, and square-shaped so it doesn’t matter which direction I place them, they’ll never fit into such a tight squeeze.
The reason I want litter boxes as far away from the bathroom door as possible is pretty simple: Avery does this frustrating thing where, as soon as he’s done with the litter box, he’ll dart straight out, running as fast as he can and tracking a world of litter (no matter how non-tracking the litter I get is) behind him. I’m hoping that by having litter boxes as far away from the door as possible, he’ll manage to get everything off his feet before he leaves, containing all the litter particles inside the bathroom where it’s easiest to sweep up and get rid of. But that means I need to carefully plan out which litter boxes I want, making sure the measurements of whatever I grab will actually fit in those spaces.
I figured since I was already looking for narrow, slim litter boxes, I’d make this post into a sort of cheat sheet for anyone else who’s doing the same. Like with the narrow cat tree article, I’ve written the measurements for every product I’ve listed so you don’t have to go directly to the product page compare between items and see at a glance which will fit your snug spot. Please double check the product listings for measurements before you buy any product, however. I did do my absolute best to make sure my listed measurements are accurate, but sometimes listing errors are made (and I may have copied them without realizing the error), and other times products are updated and newer versions have different specs. Use this list as a start to your search, rather than a final say on whether the litter box you like will work perfectly.
There are actually quite a large number of rectangular and oval litter boxes on the market, some that are way slimmer than others, so you do have a large number to. That being said, these days there are so many litter box varieties, you may first want to narrow things down first. There are litter pans, hooded boxes, covered boxes with entry flaps, automatic self-cleaning litter boxes, top-entry litter boxes, and hidden cat litter boxes that I can think of off the top of my head, and they all have pros and cons. Not all of them are the easiest to grab in a slimmer size, so you can always have two or three varieties as viable at the back of your mind, and so can concentrate your search on those.
I have done my best to list as many varieties as I could here. And to not go overboard with too much of the same, I’ve listed alternatives together in case you want to check out a few more of the same. If you can’t find exactly what you need here, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, just means you may have to do a bit more digging to find the perfect measurements, but I did my best to cover as much variety as I could.
Good luck on your search, and do let me know in the comments below if you end up finding the right litter box for your slim space.
Long, Slim, & Narrow Cat Litter Boxes for Tight Spaces
I’ve never seen a litter box like this before. Made of flexible plastic, even if your space is just a bit too small to technically fit this litter box, in practicality, you could squeeze this nifty thing into the space and easily take it in and out if you wanted to. With high sides and a high back, it’s likely great for all but the messiest-with-litter cats. Easy to see this being one of the top contenders for really tricky narrow spaces. (22.3×17.6 inches & 16″ high)
This is one of the most popular automatic, self-cleaning litter boxes around. Should fit well if the space you has is at least 17 inches wide, but if not, I do believe the LitterMaid Automatic self-cleaning box in spot #12 may be your only option. There are a number of self-cleaning litter boxes out there that are relatively narrow, so don’t settle for this one thinking it’s your only option – it’s not! (16.5×21 inches & 10.5″ high)
Now, this is a bit of a special snowflake product, but I thought I’d share anyway. Not only is this a covered litter box, but it’s also a sifting litter box, meaning you don’t have to use a litter scoop to clean it, you just have to remove the lid and shake the sifter from side to side and you’ll have a clean litter box again. Has pretty good reviews, and will fit in spaces around 18+ inches wide, so if that’s up your alley and may fit snugly into your space, I see no reason not to give it a go. (21.5×17.5 inches x 19″ high)
Alternatives if you’re just looking for a covered/hooded litter box with a flap, and don’t necessarily if it’s a sifting one:
- Catit Hooded Cat Litter Pan (22.4x 18.3 x 15.3″ high)
- AmazonBasics Large Hooded Cat Litter Box (23.6 x 17.3 x 16.9″ high)
- Van Ness Large Sifting Enclosed Cat Litter Pan (19.5 x 15.2 x 17.5″ high)
- AmazonBasics Standard Hooded Cat Litter Box (20.7 x 15.8 x 15″ high)
I love top entry litter boxes. Here are my reasons why. One of the highest factor up on my list for preferring them, I don’t need to buy a cat litter mat to catch all the stray litter (of which my Avery makes plenty), since top entry litter boxes essentially have built-in litter mats on top. If I could get ahold of this IRIS filtered lid top entry litter box here in Portugal, I would, but right now I don’t think it’s available on this continent at all. A darn shame as it looks so good and is, in my opinion, probably the best top entry litter box currently on the market. Only around 15 inches wide too, so I’m pretty sure it would fit with plenty of room to spare in most of the spots I had in mind to keep a litter box. IRIS, if you’re reading this, pleasepleaseplease come to Europe! (20.50×14.75 inches & 14.38″ high)
Like the concept, but not this particular box? Alternative top entry litter boxes you may prefer:
- Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan Cat Litter Box (20.3×15.1 inches & 15.2″ high)
- IRIS Grooved Lid Top Entry Cat Litter Box (20.47×16.14 inches & 14.56″ high)
- Favorite 25″ Large Top Entry Enclosed Hooded Cat Litter Box (25×19.5 inches & 16.5″ high)
Some cats just plain are not a fan of using litter boxes that are covered in any way, shape, or form (oddly enough, I’ve known this for a long time, but have only recently discovered that some cats hate not having a lid on – learn something new every day!).
If your cat is one of those picky fellas who can’t live without a slight breeze when he’s doing his business, you’re going to want to stick to litter pans at all costs, but even then there are variations you may want to look through. This particular one is enormous, and has got a really handy storage area perfect for a litter scoop and some poo bags built in, so if you’ve got room for big and a little wide, this is where it’s at. (34.7×19.8 inches & 10″ high)
If you’re looking for something with a high back, a rim, or a slimmer, thinner option, try one of the following instead:
- Petmate Jumbo Hi-Back Litter Pan (21.2×17.3 inches & 10.3″ high)
- Catit Cat Litter Pan with Rim (22.2×16.3 inches & 11.3″ high)
- Petmate Small Litter Pan (10.5×3.5 inches & 14″ high)
- Van Ness Large High Sides Cat Litter Pan (17.5×15 inches & 9″ high)
I love hidden litter boxes, but while they’re typically so gorgeous I wouldn’t mind having them anywhere, what they’re usually not is small, slim, and thin. This is one of the only exceptions to the rule that most hidden cat litter box furniture is pretty bulky and takes up a lot of space. And if your area is around 19 inches wide, you should be good to go for squeezing this beauty in. (23.8×18.5 inches & 22″ high)
Yet another gorgeous design for a litter box from IRIS. I feel like, if ever I adopted a cat and found out he or she was picky enough to hate using covered litter boxes, I’d jump to try using this one. I feel like an incredibly high rim like this one, that’s essentially the equivalent of a splash guard, is pretty darn necessary considering if Avery ever used the litter box intended for the other cat, he’d dig his way to an entire bathroom covered in cat litter, and nothing left in the actual box. Super handy for multi-cat households where one cat needs an uncovered boxes and the other is a digging madman like mine. (19×15 inches & 11.75″ high)
Another enormously popular self-cleaning automatic litter box, though this one being probably just on the hairline too wide for most slim spaces. If you just needed a rectangular design under 21 inches, and you were thinking of testing out a self-cleaning litter box, this may work out, though. (28.5×20.5 inches & 11.5″ high)
Just want a hooded litter box, but not really bothered about whether it’s got a flap in the front? I feel you. I used to have a Petmate Booda Dome for Avery (super cute litter box, by the way, just not all that narrow-space friendly) and it never once bothered me it had no flap. Actually, I can’t even remember if maybe it did had a flap, I just tore it off because it gave Avery easier access. Either way, flaps are just not all that necessary for everyone.
This particular hooded litter box comes with a flip top to make cleaning litter out a lot easier since you don’t need to entirely remove the lid. (25.1×19.1 inches & 11.8″ high)
Don’t particularly like this covered litter box? Want something cuter? Alternatives include:
- Petphabet Litter Box Jumbo Hooded Kitty Litter Pan with Lid (25×19 inches & 17″ high)
- Favorite Cat Litter Box Extra Large Jumbo Covered Litter Pan (25×19 inches & 16.5″ high)
Yes I love Modkat. Yes it’s obvious considering I have two Modkat litter boxes already (the regular, top entry kinds). Yes, I considered this particular side-entry when I was making my decision about what to buy for him the first time I settled on a Modkat, and yes, if I had a new cat, especially if he or she was a kitten or not a fan of top entry litter boxes at all, this would be what I’d grab in a heartbeat. Okay, now that that spiel is over. If you like the look of this litter box and want to see if it will fit in your little nook or cranny, here are the measurements: (20.5×15.8 inches & 16.7″ high)
Because sifting litter boxes are convenient when it comes to the task of having to clean cat litter boxes day in and day out. Also because (again) not every cat is willing to put up with a hood on his or her litter box. Super popular, and in my opinion, really reasonably priced. (21.2×17.3 inches & 10.3″ high)
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I do think the LitterMaid automatic litter box is probably the thinnest self-cleaning litter box around. If it won’t fit into your narrow space, hardly many regular litter boxes will at all. And while it’s not advisable to have a small litter box in general since cats typically hate them, having one that’s uncovered like this and absolutely always clean (since it’s self cleaning) is a pretty good idea if you’re tight on space for litter boxes overall, say because you live in a small apartment. (28.2×11 inches & 19.5″ high)
Okay last Modkat mention, really (it’s the last product on the list so of course it is). Yet another one of those litter boxes, like the IRIS open top one I mentioned in spot #7, that’s perfect in case you have at least one cat in your household who doesn’t like covered litter boxes, and at least one cat in your household who makes an epic mess through digging to cover his or her litter (extra points if this is the same cat). I love the look of Modkat products, and having had my top entry litter box by them for over two years, I can safely say I also love the quality. Okay enough fangirling for me. (20.25×14 inches & 15″ high)
Thoughts on Narrow Litter Boxes?
Have you ever wanted a litter box for a tight, thin space? Ever found the perfect long, slim litter box for that space or was it too awkward to place a litter box in at the end of the day?
Do you have a preference in terms of the type of litter box you prefer to grab? Which kind (covered, uncovered, automatic, etc., etc.) do you like above others? Which types are you willing to use although they’re not necessarily your favourites? Does your cat prefer specific types of litter boxes?
Also, do you have a preference between oval and rectangular or square-shaped litter boxes? I personally prefer ones with corners since I feel like the oval/rounded ones are typically a waste of space, but I also know some people can’t stand rectangular ones because corners are often really difficult to clean.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments down below!