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Best Hidden Cat Litter Box Furniture & Enclosures

by Ben Doyle | Reading Time: 9 minutes

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Our cats need their litter boxes. That said, they can be a major eyesore, especially when they’re full.

So in this article, we decided to take a look at the best hidden litter box furniture. We’ll also answer the question of whether they’re even a good idea.

At a Glance: Our Top Picks

Unipaws Hidden Litter Box Chest: Best For Most Cats

4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

This hidden litter box chest from Unipaws looks fantastic, it’s easy to build and use and cats are happy to use it.

Or Read Our Review

Unipaws Top Opening Litter Box Enclosure: Best For Large Cats

4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

A little larger than our top pick, this model is best for large cats. The top opening also makes it very easy to clean.

Or Read Our Review

Yaheetech Hidden Cat Litter Cabinet

Yaheetech Hidden Cat Litter Cabinet. Best For Small Cats

4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

The Yaheetech hidden cat litter cabinet is smaller and cheaper than our first two picks. Its small size makes it better for smaller cats.

Or Read Our Review

Meexpaws Hidden Litter Box Ottoman: Best For Small Homes

4.0 out of 5.0 stars

If you live in a small home, the Meexpaws Ottoman is a good choice. It’s super easy to assemble and comes in two sizes.

Or Read Our Review

Good Pet Stuff Cat Litter Plant Pot

Good Pet Stuff Cat Litter Plant Pot: Very Well-Reviewed

4.0 out of 5.0 stars

This plant pot cat litter tray is very inconspicuous. Especially when you turn the entrance away from view. Cat owners love it too.

Or Read Our Review

Do Cats Prefer Covered or Uncovered Litter Boxes?

Many articles you read online argue against covered litter boxes. The main two points are;

  1. They contain smells inside which can put some cats off using them if they’re not cleaned often.
  2.  That in the wild, cats do their business in the open so they can keep an eye out for danger. 

Others claim that cats like their privacy when they toilet and so prefer covered spaces. At Pet Checkers, we look after plenty of cats who prefer to toilet under a bush.

So, which is true? 

What the Studies Say

Researchers from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine studied this. They published their findings in the  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. The bottom line was that;

  • 70% of cats showed no preference at all. They used covered and uncovered litter boxes equally.
  • 15% used a covered litter box the most, and
  • 15% used the uncovered litter boxes the most

Dr Alex Crow MRCVS of Butternut Cross Veterinary Centre in Nottinghamshire agrees;

“Some people might say there is a major difference between open and closed litter boxes, but this isn’t necessarily true. Most cats simply want a clean place to use the bathroom…” 

Despite what some experts say, evidence suggests that cats are OK with covered litter boxes. As long as they’re clean.

Why Trust Us?

At Pet Checkers, we’ve been cleaning litter boxes since 2013.

We’ve used hundreds of types of cat litter, and scooped thousands of litter boxes.

We also consult and work with 

  • Our clients
  • Other pet carers
  • Vets
  • Charities and 
  • Behaviourists

This puts us in a unique position to rest and review all kinds of products. With their help we’ve tested and reviewed;

And of course, hidden litter box furniture.

How We Picked

From what we can see, there aren’t that many pieces of furniture designed to hide cat litter boxes around.

We looked on Amazon, Wayfair and also, Etsy and those only ones we could find that were either;

  1. For sale all the time, and 
  2. Didn’t have stupid long delivery times

Were on Amazon. So, we picked the highest-rated ones and test them.

This gave us 11 to choose from. 

How We Tested

We ran our tests by selecting 11 of our trusted cat-owning clients. We gave each of them a litter box enclosure and visited their home twice a day for 6 weeks to empty their litter boxes.

Each time we visited; we scored them on;

  • Construction
  • The cat’s willingness to use it
  • How easy it was to scoop the litter box
  • How easy it was to clean inside

The Best Hidden Litter Boxes: A Closer Look at Our Top Picks

After testing 11 products over the course of 6 weeks (and we’ll keep reviewing them long term) here are 7 of the best. Three of them are from the same manufacturer.

1. Unipaws Hidden Cat Litter Tray Furniture: Our Top Pick

Unipaws Hidden Cat Litter Enclosure
Cost3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Construction4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Ease of Cleaning4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Happy Cats4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

This Unipaws Hidden Cat Litter Box Furniture is our top pick.

It looks fantastic but the design is simple and clean. It also comes in 3 colours;

  1. Espresso (the colour we’ve featured) 
  2. White, and 
  3. Grey

So, whatever your current decor, one of these colours should work.

It’s a decent size too. At 75cm long, 53cm deep, and 51cm high, it’ll accommodate most cats. 

We found that building it was very straightforward. The instructions are easy to follow and everything has a label so you can’t go wrong. All you need is a Phillips screwdriver and you’re good to go. That said, we found it’s easier if there are two of you. The doors were a little tricky but we got there. It took us around half an hour to build it.

You can put the entrance at either end so it’ll work, no matter where you put it.

Once built, it felt sturdy and Unipaws say it’ll hold up to 68kg in weight.

There is an extra panel which you can choose to install or not. 

If you plan to only put a single litter tray in it, we recommend you install it. We found it helped prevent litter from getting kicked out and tracking onto the floor. It also adds to the stability of the furniture.

It did take a little while for our test cat, Marley to figure it out. We had to keep the front doors open for a while so she could see where we’d moved her litter box to.

Once she ‘got it’, she was more than happy to go inside and do her business.

Scooping and cleaning the litter tray is easy. The front doors give you all the access you need. You will need to sweep or hoover it out and give it a wipe-down when you clean the litter tray. That said, it’s a small sacrifice to make.

2. UniPaws Top Opening Cat Litter Box Enclosure: Best For Large Cats

Unipaws Marble Effect Top Opening Hidden Cat Litter Furniture
Cost3.0 out of 5.0 stars
Construction4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Ease of Cleaning4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Happy Cats4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

If you own a large cat, the Unipaws top-opening litter box house gets our recommendation.

You can have it with either a white marble effect or a weathered grey wood. Both look fantastic.

It’s a little longer and wider than our first offering at 78cm long, 54cm deep, and 49cm high.

It also has a metal frame which adds even more stability.

Building it is easy enough. That said, we did find the instructions a little more difficult to understand than our first offering.

You can have the entrance panel at either end and the entrance hole is huge at 30.5cm high and 23.5cm wide. A small dog could get through it.

It also has an internal panel to reduce litter scatter.

It has two front doors and the lifting lid is also a nice feature too. It makes scooping, hoovering and cleaning easier as you can go in through the top instead of having to kneel down. The hinges are quite stiff but that means the lid will stay open while you’re cleaning. It also stops the lid from slamming shut. If you don’t want to use the lid, it looks lovely with a plant on it.

Percy, our test cat loved it and needed no encouragement to get in. That said, it’s a good idea to keep the doors open so your cat can find it.

His owner also stated that it helped keep the kids away from the litter box too which is an added bonus.

All that said, it is the most expensive product on our list.

3. Yaheetech Litter Box Enclosure: A Fantastic Smaller, Cheaper Option

Yaheetech litter box enclosure
Construction4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Ease of Cleaning4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Happy Cats3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

If you don’t have the space or budget for our first two choices, have a look at Yaheetech’s Cat Litter Enclosure.

We’d never heard of Yaheetech either!

That said, their stuff is well-reviewed, as is their cat litter cabinet.

We found it was very easy to build with clear instructions and once built, they:

  1. Feel sturdy, and
  2. Look really smart

At 57.5cm long, 53cm wide, and 48cm high, it’s a decent size. It would work well as a lamp table, bedside table, or bathroom cabinet.

The internal dimensions are big enough to fit a 45cm x 38cm litter tray. It also has ventilation holes in the back so smells don’t build up inside.

All that said, the entrance is quite small at 20cm high and 16.5cm wide. This makes it better suited for smaller cats.

It has a couple of nice features though with the lock and hanging rail on the side for a towel or other accessories.

4. Meexpaws Cat Litter Ottoman Bench: Best For Small Homes

Meexpaws Hidden Litter Box Ottoman
Construction4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Ease of Cleaning4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Happy Cats4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

If you live in a small home, the Meexpaws Hidden Litter Box Ottoman Bench is excellent.

It comes in three colours; black, grey and white so you should be able to find one that works in your home. Each colour comes in two sizes;

  • Medium: 50cm wide, 50cm deep, and 50cm high
  • Extra-Large: 90cm long, 50cm deep, and 50cm high

It’s super easy to put together. We tested the XL model and it took us about two minutes. The four walls are all one piece, all you need to do is unfold them. Then drop in the bottom and internal panels and put the lid on. That’s it.

They’re spacious inside so there’s plenty of room for a litter tray. The XL model comes with a divider you can hide your scoop, litter bin, or poo bags inside.

Adding the divider also increases the sturdiness and weight limit. Without the divider, the weight limit is 50kg so you can’t sit on it. When you add it’s double the weight limit to 100kg. The medium size has a 50kg weight limit.

Scooping and cleaning are easy too. Lift off the lid and you have all the access you need.

The material is also waterproof and repels liquid. So, if your cat has an accident, you can wipe it clean.

5. Good Pet Flower Pot Cat Litter Tray: Very Well-Reviewed

Construction4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Ease of Cleaning3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Happy Cats4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Total Score4.0 out of 5.0 stars (4.0)

If you want something other than a piece of furniture, take a look at the Good Pet Flower Pot Invisible Litter Tray.

We didn’t think a flower pot would be big enough but this thing is massive. It’s 48cm in diameter and 51cm high. Our test cat, Charlie had no problem hopping in and out of it.

It comes in two pieces and is dead easy to put together. The top half clips to the bottom and then you just need to add the plant.

Once you add a plant, the whole thing blends into the room very well. You don’t even know it’s there. Especially when you turn the entrance away from view.

Whereas the other products on this list are designed to house a litter tray, this IS the litter tray. So you pour the litter directly into it.

The entrance is plenty big enough to make scooping easy. That said, when it comes to cleaning it, we ended up having to dismantle it. It’s too big and cumbersome not to. Depending on the type of litter you use, it can be quite heavy, making tipping out old litter a bit tricky.

We also found that sometimes a cat kicks litter out of it and tracks it about as they hop out.

Despite its shortcomings though, we do like this product.

In Conclusion

No one likes the sight of their cat’s litter tray. Still, hidden cat litter boxes aren’t super common.

If your cat is open to it, they’re a good idea. Especially in a small home where you want to maximize space at the same time.

We hope you like our choices, it was fun reviewing them.

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Ben Doyle

Ben Doyle co-owns Pet Checkers with his wife, Vicki. He spends his days looking after all kinds of animals, from dogs to eagles. When he's not taking care of animals, he's writing about them.

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