Updated September 13, 2020 by Tina Morna Freitas

The 8 Best Hooded Litter Boxes

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in March of 2016. If you love your cats but, like most people, are not so fond of the mess and smell their waste causes, then a hooded litter box can help to mitigate the problem. They can prevent your pet from kicking debris all over the room and hide unsightly clumps. We've selected a variety of designs to fit your individual needs and budget, and even included a self-cleaning option. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Petmate Booda Dome Clean Step

2. Van Ness Corner

3. Pet Safe Scoop Free

Editor's Notes

September 11, 2020:

While your cat may not be able to tell you if he wants more privacy when using the litter box, but there are plenty of other benefits to warrant providing your cat with something more than a plain litter pan.

For cats who are overly enthusiastic about covering their waste, options like the Petmate Booda Dome Clean Step and the Van Ness Corner each surround the litter area so that nothing flies out. The Booda Dome takes the top spot for the added bonus of the textured stairs that wipes paws as they exit.

If litter tracking is one of your biggest litter-related issues, the Iris Split-Hood and the Petmate Top Entry both require cats to walk over a grated area to clean and collect waste from the paws.

The hooded litter boxes all offer better odor control than an open pan, but for the most odor control consider those with a simple built-in slot for a filter, like our top picks, the Booda Dome and Van Ness.

March 15, 2019:

The Petmate Cleanstep takes the top spot for the excellent amount of privacy it offers without having to navigate a door flap, plus the rounded shape is the easiest to scoop clean. We considered removing the Iris Split-Hood because of the number of complaints about the lid being knocked off easily, but this box still has a devoted following in a large number of users who love the cleaning grate at the entry and its low price.

Special Honors

Litter-Robot 3 The Litter Robot 3 Connect offers cat lovers some bells and whistles they didn't even know they wanted. It's a self-cleaning box that's WiFi-enabled, and looks like a futuristic space pod. This box can pair with a smart phone to reveal the waste level in the drawer, plus the app tracks daily usage. litter-robot.com

4. Petmate Top Entry

5. Iris Split-Hood

6. Nature's Miracle Flip Top

7. Omega Paw Roll 'n Clean

8. Catit Hooded


Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated on September 13, 2020 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.


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