A Reliable Dog Proof Litter Box Solution

A dog proof litter box is essential if you are a cat and a dog household. We are a cat family (currently) with a guest dog.

There are two choices.

  1. Get a cat litter box that is dog proof or
  2. Dog proof the existing litter box.

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How To Dog Proof The Litter Box

  1. Use a cat litter box that has built in features expressly for the purpose of deterring dogs. This will mostly mean the litter box will have a top opening. There is more about the best top opening litter boxes here. Reviews to follow.

  2. Put the cat’s litter box up high, somewhere the cat has access but not the dog. This may work for some but does have drawbacks too.  It is not so good for older cats and don’t discount the inquisitive dog making repeated valiant attempts to reach the box. it may also be inconvenient when it comes time to clean the box. However this is a good instant solution.

  3. Use a pet gate that has an opening for cats and a larger opening for people and dogs. This will depend on the size of the dog and may not be a solution if you have a very small dog.

  4. A Door Buddy is an instant and smart solution while you think about what you will do next and maybe just the solution you will need anyway.

We have reviewed the five most popular dog proof litter boxes with an explanation of how they work to deter a dog from putting his nose in for a poke around, which is the main point of this article. 

Any extra features plus necessary information is included to help decide which one would suit your needs. The size of your dog is a big factor in what will work and what will not.

Dog Proof Cat Litter Boxes Reviews

1. Modkat XL Litter Box, Top or Front-Entry – Definitely Stylish and Practical
2. Iris Top Entry Litter Box – Popular and Practical
3. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan – Very Good Budget Option
4. Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox – A Proven Winner
5. Arm And Hammer Top Entry Litter Box – Sturdy and Reliable
Top Entry Litter Box To Keep The Dogs Out!

1. Modkat XL Litter Box, Top or Front-Entry

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This is a stylish and long lasting solution to dog proofing the litter box. Modkat have always made great litter boxes. This box has the option of having a top opening or a side opening.

The first thought that comes to mind is top opening to keep the dog out but if in the future the dog changes his ways or the cat is unable to jump onto the top of the box, there is that option to make the switch or if you are like our household and currently have a guest doggy.

The dimensions of the box are as follows – 17.32 x 21.26 x 16.54 inches, making it a large box. The beauty of using the top opening is that there is not a need to factor in extra space for a front opening that the cat has to enter.

Price wise it is more expensive that other boxes. It does also include a scoop and two of the litter liners which are tarpaulin so once again long wearing.

2. IRIS Top Entry Litter Box

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Keep the dog away from the litter box with this box from IRIS.

The box is deep at 14.56″. A large dog like a German Shepherd has the height to be able to put his head into the opening but would then have difficulty progressing to a hunt through the litter.

It is doubtful that a medium sized dog would have success with this method. 

The lid is sturdy and fits securely, another doggie deterrent. The box is large so the cat has plenty of space to move round inside, even large cats.  There are grooves on the lid which can be seen in the image.  The grooves help to stop any spread of litter when the cat leaves the box and it does this very effectively.  

The opening as seen in the image below is enough to deter the average nosy doggie looking for a snack. 

This box can take large cats.  

Another plus apart from keeping dogs out, the generous size and the ability to stop litter tracking is the appearance of this box. 

It sits nicely in a corner without screaming litter box. One reviewer even spray painted the top to match her decor.

3. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan

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This box is specificallydesigned to keep dogs out of the litter.

It has a non slip top and also a grate which allows litter to fall back into the box instead of scattering all over the floor.

The measurements are 20″ x 15″ x 15″ (the same as Clevercat).

I have to say that our cat who is heading towards 17 is still able to jump up onto the bed and generally get to where he wants to, so being able to jump in senior years very much depends on the cat.

As it is fairly lightweight box it would be best positioned in a cornerso that a large dog can’t push it around.

This box is a great choice if you are looking for a budget option.

The box itself is excellent and has positive reviews for working to keep the dog out of the litter. 

This box will deter medium to large size dogs and smaller dogs would have difficulty reaching right down in the box.

The design elements make the product efficient. It is easy to empty the litter using the built in handles. The hinged lid also helps with handling.

4.  Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox

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The Clevercat box measures 20 inches from the front to the back, it is 15 inches wide and 15 inches deep. The entry at the top of the box is 9 inches in diameter, large enough for cats to jump in and keep dogs out. 

The surface on the top of the box is ribbed, (as can be seen in the photo) which helps to contain any litter stuck on paws.

The height of this box should be enough to deter most dogs and even if your dog is large he would still need to be able to put his head right down through the hole which is 9″ in diameter and lower his head 15″ to the bottom of the box. This would be challenge.

Some people with large cats, give this box the thumbs up however consider the dimensions of the box and the size of your cat when purchasing any litter box.

5.  Arm And Hammer Top Entry Litter Box

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The opening is about 9 inches by 10 inches. This box has gets top points for sturdiness. This is important because a box that is too light will be easier to knock over by a determined dog. Remember, all of the boxes will have added weight once the litter is added.

The litter box has been treated with Microban for built in antimicrobial product protection.

The hook hanger is a molded feature so the litter scoop should not go astray.

The holes in the lid allow for some of the litter to fall back into the box assisting in clean up but not affecting the cat. The lid flips to one side once again making cleaning easy.

1. Modkat XL Litter Box, Top or Front-Entry – Definitely Stylish and Practical
2. Iris Top Entry Litter Box – Popular and Practical
3. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan – Very Good Budget Option
4. Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox – A Proven Winner
5. Arm And Hammer Top Entry Litter Box – Sturdy and Reliable
Top Entry Litter Box To Keep The Dogs Out!

Other Ways To Keep The Dog Out Of The Litter Box

Pet Gate

This is a pet gate with a large opening door for dogs and humans but also a small door that is perfect for cats.

Carlson Extra Tall Walk Through Pet Gate with Small Pet Door, Includes 4-Inch Extension Kit, 4 Pack Pressure Mount Kit and 4 Pack Wall Mount Kit, Black

Here is a larger selection of pet gates. You won’t need to alter the current litter box arrangements.  That can be a big plus as kitties don’t always like having their litter box regime changed.

It is steel and non toxic, even chew-able so even if crawling toddlers are on the go, this gate will solve more than one problem – keeping dogs and small people away from the litter whilst providing free access for kitty. Disclaimer – This is primarily a pet gate so may not be suitable for keeping out small people.

It is also a piece of equipment that you could easily pass on to others (friends or family) if or when it was no longer needed.

It uses a pressure mount system making it extremely easy to put into place and also to remove.  Another plus, so that if the litter box is moved to a different location, the gate can be moved also.

The handle has a one touch release so if if you are carrying items it is a simple procedure to open the gate.

Regular tension gates without the door may be suitable but it would mean that the cat would need to jump over the top.  This would be no good for older cats plus it is such a hassle stepping over these gates and it does become tiresome.

Door Buddy Door Latch

Door Buddy Adjustable Door Strap and Latch - Grey. Dog Proof Litter Box The Easy Way. No Need for Pet Gates or Interior Cat Door. Use This to Keep Dog Out of Litter Box and Cat Feeder.

It installs in seconds using strong adhesive so it can literally be out of the packet and installed immediately with no skills or tools required. YAY!

FAQ – Yes, you can buy extra adhesive if needed.

The width is adjustable and there’s also instructions for installing with different door types, for example, bi fold doors, swinging doors, pocket doors, double doors and push or pull doors.

The nifty little door stop means that the door can’t be accidentally closed locking your kitty cat inside the room.

If you are leasing, the product can be removed without damaging the wall however if it was forcibly pushed by an adult or very large dog, there is a chance that it could damage paint.

In Case You Were Wondering? Why Do Dogs Eat Cat Poop?

Why is it that dogs like to eat cat poop?  

Yep, it sounds pretty disgusting but let’s give our canine friends a little bit of leeway here.  One of the reasons dogs eat cat poop is because the poop contains vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in the dog’s diet, specifically protein.

The cat poop actually works as a supplement. So hats off to you doggies.

They are just going about finding a supplement for their diet in their own doggy way. Here is some information that explains the reasons dogs eat cat poop.

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I rather like the Modkat dear. It’s so shiny. Can we afford it?