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. Either get a cat litter box that is dog proof or dog proof the existing litter box.
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How to dog proof a litter box
- Use a cat litter box that has features expressly for the purpose of deterring dogs. This will mostly mean the litter box will have a top opening.
- Put the litter box up high where 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.
Make your own dog proof litter box
We have reviewed the five most popular dog proof litter boxes with an explanation of how they work to deter a dog. Any extra features plus necessary information is included to help decide which one would suit your needs.
Our Choices With Reviews Are:
|1. Iris Top Entry Litter Box – Efficient And Stylish|
|2. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan – Good Budget Option|
|3. Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox – A Proven Winner|
|4. Sfozstra Cat Litter Box – Roomy Inside|
|5. Arm And Hammer Top Entry Litter Box – Reliable|
Dog Proof Cat Litter Boxes Reviews
1. Iris Top Entry Litter Box
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.
2. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan
This box is specifically designed 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 this very much depends on the cat.
As it is fairly lightweight box it would be best positioned in a corner so 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.
3. Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox
In addition to deterring any dog activity, this box is great for cats who love to dig and fling litter around. 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.
Is your cat elderly? It may be difficult for an elderly cat to access a top entry box. However, our cat is definitely elderly and he is still jumping, so all cats are different in this regard.
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.
4. Sfozstra Cat Litter Box
The measurements are as follows – Top opening measures 9″ x 8.86″ and the Door opening measures 8.27″ x 7.48″
Entire Dimensions are 16.1″L x 20.5″W x 15.35″H.
The door at the front of the box is for entry and the cat exits from the top of the box. The cat can also enter from the top. This litter box is a dog deterrent. Even if the dog opens the front door, he will not be able to reverse as the door is one way.This makes it too difficult for the dog to persist.
On the top of the box, there are small holessimilar to a grate which help to remove litter particles from the cat’s paws, to help cntrol the spread of litter.
As the interior of the box is roomy there is plenty of space for the cat to turn around when inside the box.
There is another option available that has a tray at the bottom for cleaning and removing the litter. The tray does not slide as it may appear to you in the images, the top lifts off the tray. Here is the link to view the alternative box.
5. Arm And Hammer Top Entry Litter Box
The opening for the cat to enter this litter box 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. All of the boxes will have added weight once the litter is in the box.
This cat 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. This doesn’t affect the cat. The lid flips to one side once again making cleaning easy.
Our Top Choice
1. Iris Top Entry Litter Box
For excellent results in keeping dogs out of the litter box (bye bye doggy) we highly recommend the IRIS Top Entry Litter Box.
This is a large and sturdy top entry litter box, the largest of the boxes reviewed here.
This box is going to keep most dogs out. It really depends on the determination of your dog. Even though a large dog may have the height required to poke his head into the box it is not necessarily easy to reach the bottom of the box.
This box is hugely popular. All of the design features for a successful litter box are included in this litter box.
Other Ways To Keep The Dog Out Of The Litter Box
Carlson Pet Gate With Small Pet Door
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.
The gate is expandable and is 30 inches high however there are many other Carlson gate options of different sizes. Click here to see a larger selection of gates.
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.
Jess from Parent Guide has this to say about the gate.
But what I love about this gate is that it includes the extension pieces inside the box. No paying extra just because your door frame is living on the larger side of life. The pressure mounted gate setup is easy and fast. In fact, my husband was able to do it without the instruction manual (sigh.. Men and instructions). Once it was up the one touch handle made opening and closing the baby gate as easy as using a regular door.
2. Door Buddy Door Latch
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.
The video shows the Door Buddy in action. It allows enough space for the cat to enter the room however keeps everyone else out, including dogs and crawling babies or toddlers who are the common offending culprits when getting into the cat’s litter box.
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, so 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.
More Litter Reading
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