Here at BarkVA, we’re dog lovers through and through.
How many of you also have cats in the house, though?
We do, and this means we understand the problems that can arise when it’s time for your cat to do his business.
Left unchecked, dogs can’t get enough of cat litter boxes.
While we humans might find the thought disgusting, it’s perfectly natural for dogs to dig around in cat mess.
Whether this is due to environmental markers, an innate call of the wild, or pure boredom, the fact remains that you should ensure this meeting of cats and dogs doesn’t take place at all.
Rather than punishing your dog, instead look for a dog-proof litter box so your cat can do his business undisturbed and your dog can get his fun elsewhere.
What should you consider when you’re comparing dog-proof litter boxes, then?
- Size of your cat: The most important factor when you’re shopping litter boxes is the size of your feline. We clearly draw your attention to the sizing of each of the models we review. Make sure that any solution you’re considering allows your cat enough room to get in and out unrestricted without allowing your dog the space to do the same
- Ease of cleaning: Looking after pets is a messy business, but there’s no need to make thins hard on yourself. At minimum, look for a well-designed litter tray, ideally with rounded edges, that makes clean-up straightforward. If you’re always crunched for time, you can find some litter trays that clean the mess up automatically
- Materials: Ensure that all plastic is free of BPA and other toxins harmful to cats. You should also look for a material that’s easy to clean and won’t leech in the smell of urine. Get this wrong and you’ll find your litter tray stinking in a short space of time
- Litter-tracking: Is your cat prone to tracking the mess of litter all around the house? If so, you should focus on self-contained litter trays where your cat will be able to spray his litter around without the debris scattering. Grooves or steps at the entrance will give those paws a clean on the way out
OK, now you have a clear idea of what to look for when you’re comparing dog-proof litter boxes, let’s get right to it with our reviews.
The 13 Best Dog Proof Litter Boxes
1. Our #1 Pick: Catif Jumbo Hooded Litter Pan
- Litter pan
- 6 x 37.4 x 22.6 inches
Our overall favorite in our curated list of the best dog proof litter boxes comes from Catif. What do you get for your money?
Firstly, you need to choose whether or not you want the optional carbon-activated filter. We would suggest opting for this as the filters efficiently neutralize the odor from cat litter. If so, you’ll need to factor in the ongoing cost of packs of 2 filters. These are sold separately.
You can lift the generous hood on this pan with ease when it’s time for cleanup. This is one of the most important things you should be looking for in any litter tray.
The hooded set-up allows your cat the privacy he needs but doesn’t give your dog the opportunity to upend the litter box or to start playing with cat mess.
The nifty bag anchor ensures you have your hands free when it’s time to empty out the litter tray. This type of thoughtful design is just one more reason for the Catif tray topping our list.
2. IRIS Top Entry Litter Pan
- Litter box
- 75 x 16.1 x 14.6 inches
IRIS proves that not all cat litter pans need to look unsightly. The elegant scalloped design comes in 3 colorways to suit.
As with all plastic trays, you might feel that this is slightly fragile. All parts are free of BPA and other contaminants, though, so you’ll have no niggling health concerns.
The high walls afford your feline the privacy he craves while preventing any canine interlopers from compromising the litter box.
The opening on top is generous enough to accommodate larger cats with ease. They’ll find it a cinch to slip in and out of the tray, essential when you’re litter training.
The rounded corners are ideal when it comes to clean-up and you shouldn’t find pieces of litter or poop mashed into the edges.
Set on non-slip rubber feet, your cat’s litter tray will stay firmly in place even if your dog starts getting excitable and butting up against it.
3. Petmate Booda Cat Litter Box
- Litter box
- 5 x 22.5 x 19 inches
Next up we have a domed litter box from Petmate, a company with over 50 years in the business helping to solve problems for pet owners. The specific solution offered here is to prevent your dogs from making their way into your kitty’s litter tray. How does it shape up?
The wide entrance and steps make it super-simple for your cat to slip inside when it’s time to do his business. That said, most dogs will find it too small to follow behind.
One of the major issues of any cat litter tray is the unpleasant smells emanating from them. Petmate addresses this head-on with a charcoal filter designed to slice through that nasty whiff. This absorbs odors and allows you to keep your room smelling fresh without needing to banish your pets.
The steps help in more ways than streamlining entrance. When your cat has finished up, the steps will wipe his paws on the way out so you don’t end up with dirty floors or carpets.
This is one of the most effective dog-proof litter boxes out there for multi-pet households. What are you waiting for?
4. Nature’s Miracle Litter Box
- Litter box
- 1 x 19.1 x 11.75 inches
If you’re looking for a cheap cat litter box and you’re not too concerned about aesthetics, this functional and efficient offering from Nature’s Miracle will keep Fido away from Kitty even if it doesn’t look especially attractive. We understand that many cat owners will keep their litter tray tucked out of sight rendering aesthetics less important.
In terms of core functionality, this box gets the job done well. The flip-top front opening allows your cat to slip inside when it’s toilet time without your dog menacing him.
As any cat owner knows, felines love to scatter their litter if they get half a chance. This box ensures that litter is not scattered all around your living room and stayed safely inside the box.
With reasonably bulky overall dimensions of 25.1 x 19.1 x 11.75 inches, make sure you have room to house this box before committing to purchase. If space is tight, we review plenty of much more compact solutions.
Odor neutralizers see off all unwanted smells and the pricing of this box ensures it falls well within most people’s budgets.
5. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan
- Litter box
- 3 x 15 x 15.2 inches
Petmate has been making accessories for pet lovers for half a century now and this litter box brings all that expertise to the fore.
This highly functional box is designed with the high walls essential for providing your cat with privacy and keeping your dog away from proceedings. The wide entrance is a nice touch.
As your cat leaves the box, his paws will catch on the grated lid so you won’t end up with filth smeared all over the floors of your home.
Just like the previous litter box, this one is also not small so make sure you have adequate space. If so, you’ll be highly impressed and so will your beloved feline. We can’t say the same for Fido, but then that’s the purpose of buying this litter tray!
6. Van Ness Cat Pan
- Litter pan
- 5 x 15.25 x 17.5 inches
Next in line is another traditional litter tray from Van Ness so is it worth your money or a complete waste of time?
Firstly, you benefit from a dedicated odor door so the box itself doesn’t start stinking. Inside, there’s a replaceable filter to help neutralize any unpleasant smells. As with all trays featuring filters, you’ll need to source replacements and factor in the cost of these.
The finish of this tray is highly polished and it’s stain-resistant, too. Clean-up should be quick and easy thanks to the thoughtful design.
The base is secured to the lid with some latches giving you a solid and stable construction that should stay in place even if your pooch starts investigating. If he does, he certainly won’t make his way inside, so you’ll give your cat the private sanctuary he needs.
The enclosed nature of the box keeps any scattering of litter to an absolute minimum. Your cat won’t be prevented from engaging in his natural behavior, but you’ll be safeguarded against the consequences.
7. PetSafe Self-Cleaning Litter Box
- Litter box
- 3 x 19 x 7 inches
If you have deep pockets and you don’t mind paying to avoid those tedious tasks in life, what could be a more unpleasant job to offload than cleaning up behind your cat? Well, with this self-cleaning litter box from the inimitable PetSafe, you won’t need to.
The key selling point of this set-up is that you won’t need to physically scoop out any cat mess, and you won’t need to tinker with this tray for weeks. For anyone with a busy lifestyle, this alone justifies the stiff price tag.
The dust-free crystals won’t end up getting dragged all around your house. They’re designed not to stick to your cat’s paws.
The trays are lined with plastic to minimize any chance of leaks and the streamline clean-up.
If anything goes amiss with your litter tray, take advantage of responsive, US-based customer care and PetSafe will get you right back on track.
The only real drawback here is that the disposal box itself is larger than a pizza box. This makes it tough to dispose of in a regular trash can. This minor issue aside, you’ll benefit from one of the best dog proof litter boxes on the market, even if you need to dig deep for the privilege.
8. Purina Tidy Cats Litter Tray
- Litter box system
- 75 x 20.5 x 16.5 inches
Purina is best known for producing some of the best pet food on the market. How do they bring this expertise to bear on this litter tray, then?
Well, this is a pellet-based system that also uses disposable pads. Resultantly, liquids and solids are separated and the mess contained in the pad. All solids will remain in the grated tray. The pellets are designed so they won’t end up tracked all over your house.
The smell is controlled neatly with this system. It makes a great choice if you live in an apartment and need to ensure the smell of your pets doesn’t contaminate your living area. According to the manufacturer, you should be safe from smells for up to 7 days with this system. You can find models in this line offering protection for 10 days if you’re prepared to dig a bit deeper.
The hinged hood does its job of keeping your furball away from your cat, too. This opens and closes with ease so makes things easy for your kitty.
Overall, this self-contained system takes all the sting out of cat litter and its attendant problems, so why not give it a try?
9. IRIS Hooded Corner Tray
- Litter box
- 21 x 18.75 x 17 inches
We have another fine litter tray from IRIS up next. This US-made tray comes from a company with a wealth of experience in this vertical, so you’ll be buying into impeccable brand heritage.
Now, we’ll start by addressing the flaw of this tray… While it’s a very bulky unit, the interior capacity is something of a let-down. If you have a much larger cat, you may want to consider one of the roomier litter boxes we review. For owners of smaller cats, though, this makes a smart choice.
The top comes with a neat handle so you can easily shift this box around when it’s time to empty it.
The entrance is a standard flap allowing easy access for your cat while preventing Fido from making his way inside.
Once your cat is in the tray, the design ensures that your living room doesn’t end up splattered with litter. He can behave like he’s living in the wild without you needing to suffer the consequences.
10. IRIS Top Entry Litter Box
- Litter pan
- 5 x 14.75 x 14.4 inches
While we usually avoid reviewing multiple products from the same brand, it’s impossible to ignore IRIS’s dominance in this vertical. Here, then, is yet another great dog proof litter box at a price you’ll love.
It’s this price/performance ratio that’s one of the primary selling points for this brand. You get outstanding build quality and enviable lifespan at almost budget prices.
Choose from 4 colorways to suit with this plastic litter pan.
For mixed pet households, the high walls make certain your dog doesn’t interfere with your cat when he’s taking care of business.
The large opening on the top ensures entry and exit are seamless even if you have a larger cat.
The only real gripe we could find among a glut of positive user reviews concerns a smell developing over time. Several disgruntled users have complained about the plastic taking on the smell of urine over time.
11. Modkat XL Litter Box
- Litter pan
- 6 x 37.4 x 22.6 inches
If you have a smaller cat and you have space restrictions, too, finding a compact litter box is not straightforward. Modkat serves up this highly adaptable and space-saving model to plug that gap.
That said, this is still flagged as the largest top-entry box on the market. You can configure this box with entry on top or at the front depending on the preferences of your kitty giving you enormous flexibility.
Reusable liners help to streamline the process of removing the mess.
If your cat is notorious for tracking litter around the house, we’d recommend setting this box up with top-entry and you’ll practically eliminate this.
While performance and build quality are impressive, this tray is priced higher than similar competing models making it hard to recommend this tray.
12. Pxyz Cat Litter Pan
- Litter pan
- 5 x 20.5 x 15.75 inches
If you need your cat’s litter tray to be positioned in a room where it’s in plain sight, you’ll want something that looks reasonably attractive. Pxyz delivers a striking and delicate litter box in a handful of pastel colorways.
This is not a case of form over function, though. The large entrance allows your cat to get inside without providing enough room for your dog to follow.
The enclosed nature of the box keeps litter-tracking to an absolute minimum.
Tablets are provided to tamp down that ammonia-like smell of cat urine that can plague cheap and ineffective litter trays.
The bottom of the tray removes completely so streamlining clean-up.
If you’re looking for a great way to keep your dog away from your cat at toilet time, Pxyz might not be the best-known brand, but this litter solution is one of the best on the market.
13. Cat Washroom Bench
- Litter bench
- Laminated wood
- 6 x 37.4 x 22.6 inches
To round out our hunt for the best dog proof litter boxes, we have something slightly different from the Merry Pet stable in the guise of this cat washroom bench. What do you get for your money, then?
The stylish bench layout makes this a great choice if you have a cluttered room and you need a space-saving solution to your cat litter problem. Install this bench in the corner of a room and you won’t each up too much room. You can install the entrance at either end giving you maximum latitude when it comes to placement.
The universal nature of this bench accommodates all litter boxes.
Inside, there’s a partition wall. You might find this comes in handy if you have more than one cat, or you can choose to remove it so you cat enjoys one large space.
Now, you need to keep your expectations reasonable with this bench. If you’re hoping for a piece of artisan furniture, you’ll be disappointed. If you’re happy with a laminated bench that gets the job done well and keeps your cat and dog apart, you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy this bench much sooner.
You may have arrived here today without the first idea about how to protect your cat litter tray from the dogs in your home. You should now have plenty of options at your disposal to fight back with.
Buying one of these dog-proof litter boxes isn’t the most taxing decision you’ll face as a pet owner, but if you get it wrong, you’ll end up with the disgusting sight of your dog playing with cat poo. Who wants that?
Take a moment to bookmark BarkVA before you head off today. We’re here to bring you dog products exclusively, but we also understand that many pet owners have both cats and dogs at home. We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s attempt to bring something for everyone and we’ll see you soon.