Having trouble finding good low-entry litter boxes for older cats?
As a senior cat parent myself, I know how you feel.
You want to find something that they can easily step into, yet still contains at least some of their messes.
I’ve got you covered with these five ideas below!
You may also want to check out: Best Low-Dust & Dust-Free Cat Litter!
FYI, this post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, we earn a small commission at no extra charge to you.
In a rush and need something right away? Check out our top picks on the table below!
Low-entry: the best litter box for senior cats
My own senior cat isn’t as spry as she used to be, and it’s challenging for her to climb up over a high lip.
The problem with a lot of low-sided litter box is, of course, the fact that they don’t always contain the litter.
So, I did my best to find boxes that have a low profile but also a good reputation for keeping your cat’s messier deeds confined.
Let’s take a look at what I found.
1. Petmate Booda Dome Litter Box
The Petmate Booda Dome is, by and far, my favorite low-entry litter box for older cats.
The ramp system makes it easy for kitties of all ages to enter, while the style keeps messes contained.
Let’s look at the features and pros, then the cons.
Features & Pros
- The dome lid gives your cat plenty of privacy
- Grooved steps help keep litter inside, rather than all over your floors.
- Contains odors with the enclosed lid
- A charcoal filter eliminates excess odors
- Big enough for most cats
- Very affordable
- Tight fit for giant breed kitties
- Lid just sits on the base, so it can get knocked off
- Seams can leak if you have a high sprayer.
Aside from being too small for Maine Coon kitties, the lid is the biggest problem.
It doesn’t really attach to the base so much as just sit there, meaning your cat, kids, or dog can knock it loose.
The seams are also a bit leaky for those with high-peeing kitties.
Beyond that, though, it’s a fantastic low-entry litter box for older cats.
- DOME LITTER BOX: This cat litter box with dome lid encloses cats on all sides, ensuring privacy while keeping floors litter-free. The grooved clean-step entrance gently wipes cats' paws as they exit.
- CONTAIN ODORS: This kitty litter pan features a charcoal filter for the dome that absorbs odors so it can be placed in any room of your home. Perfect for multicat homes & larger cat breeds. 21" x 21".
- PET CLEAN UP: Swiftly clean up after your dog or cat while at home or on walks with a variety of waste management products. From waste bags, rakes, pans, trainings pads to poop scoopers, litter boxes & litter, we've got you & your pet covered.
- Petmate: For over 50 years, we at Petmate are passionate about our dogs, cats & furry friends in general. Starting with the very first dog kennel, we've produced plenty of eco-friendly products that pets will love.
- JUST FOR PETS: Petmate makes a variety of pet products for dogs, cats, chickens & other small furry friends! Check out our brands such as Aspen Pet, Arm & Hammer, Booda, Chuckit!, Jackson Galaxy & more!
2. KittyGoHere Senior Cat Litter Box
You May Also Like
The KittyGoHere isn’t much to look at, but don’t let that fool you. It’s highly rated for such a simple low-profile litter box!
There are some drawbacks, though, so let’s look at the pros and cons to see if it’s worth buying.
Features & Pros
- Three sizes and three color options.
- Very low opening for cats who can’t jump
- Big enough for all breeds
- No lid, so no privacy or odor reduction
- Expensive for what it is
Let’s start with the cons, because they’re kind of major. First, it’s pretty expensive for such a simple box.
That said, customers say it’s worth every last penny for arthritic kitties.
The other issue is, of course, the lack of a lid. That means odors aren’t contained, so you’ll have to really keep up with cleaning it.
Even with the cons, though, it’s a fantastic option, especially for super seniors (sounds nicer than “very old”) kitties who need the lowest profile possible.
- Low opening for cats who can't jump into a box
- Large box for multiple cats
- Cats with Arthritis
- Cats that need a larger litter box
- More colors available under Puppy Pan
3. Jumbo-Sized Litter Pan
This jumbo-sized litter pan is actually made for small dogs, but I’m including because that makes it perfect for large cats!
Features & Pros
- Very low front entry
- Higher sides prevent scatter
- Big enough for even the largest domestic cats
- Expensive for a simple little pan.
- No lid
As long as you’re willing to sacrifice the lid, there isn’t much to find wrong with this one.
I love that the entry is low enough for older kitties cats, but the sides are high enough to keep litter from flinging all over.
The price is a bit steep for what it is, but it’s really the best option if you have a large cat.
4. PetFusion Large Litter Box
While the PetFusion litter box is a bit higher than the others so far, it still has a fairly low profile.
Features & Pros
- Open top litter box
- Relatively low front entry for older cats
- High walls to keep litter inside
- Non-stick coating that’s easy to clean
- Durable plastic
- Easy grip lip
- Again, no lid
- One of the pricier options
- Opening too narrow for large cats
- Non-stick coating wears off quickly
The biggest issue is the narrow opening. It’s simply too tight a squeeze for your big guys.
Others complain that the non-stick coating doesn’t really last long. When it wears off, it can be a pain to clean.
That said, with 4.5 stars across over 1,100 ratings, it’s safe to say people still love this litter box, despite the drawbacks.
Well, as much as one can love a cat toilet, that is!
- SUPERIOR at CLEANING LITTER: (I) Non-stick coating reduces sticking up to 70%. (II) Better hygiene, less odor.
- VET RECOMMENDED FEATURES: (I) Open top litter pan to promote healthy usage (enclosed spaces might cause behavior issues). (II) High walls to contain litter & leaks. (III) Low entry for older cats.
- GREAT VALUE: (I) ABS plastic more durable & rigid than standard polypropylene. (II) Pet safe non-stick coating (see below). (III) 12 MONTH WARRANTY for any issue resulting from a manufacturer defect
- SMART DESIGN: (I) Spacious curves are inviting & make for easier scooping/cleaning. (II) Easy grip lip for all ages
- LARGE SIZE & SAFETY: (I) 22.6 x 18.1 x 8.0 inches. (II) All materials tested using stringent international safety standards
5. Nature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box
Don’t let the “high-sided” name fool you, this Nature’s Miracle litter box still has a low entry for your senior kitties.
Let’s take a look at it.
Features & Pros
- Extremely inexpensive
- Low lip makes it easy for senior cats to enter
- High walls with no seam, so litter stays inside
- Easy-clean spout
- Antimicrobial materials
- Non-stick surface
- Big enough for large cats
- No lid
- Non-stick coating wears off, making it harder to clean
- Shallow in the front, so litter can get kicked out
With 4.5 stars and over 3,600 ratings, even with the drawbacks I feel like this is definitely worth trying.
You can’t beat the price, so even if it’s not the right litter box for you, you’re not out much money.
In fact, I spent more on a “value” meal at a fast food restaurant last night!
- High sides to prevent litter scatter
- Care and cleaning: Spot or wipe clean
- Non-stick surface for easy cleaning
- Item dimension: 23.4 inches Length x 18.25 inches Width x 11 inches Height
- Packaging may vary
When it comes to the best low-entry litter boxes for older cats, you have to understand one thing- there’s a bit of a trade-off.
Aside from the Booda Dome, most options don’t come with a lid. If, like me, that’s important to you, go with the Booda.
If not, any of the other options will work.
Just make sure you put a litter mat under it, because unfortunately low-profile means high-messiness. There’s just no way around that.
So, which of our picks for the best low-entry litter boxes for older cats would you buy? Share below!
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief and one of the writers here on CatVills. She’s been a cat lover most of her life and-at one point- counted five felines as part of her family. Today, she’s proud cat mom to two indoor kitties and caregiver for a slew of ferals.
Last update on 2021-03-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API