Skip to content

Free standard delivery on all orders

Previous article
Now Reading:
Choosing the right cat litter tray
Next article

Choosing the right cat litter tray


Every cat owner knows the struggle of maintaining a clean litter tray for their feline friends. A cat litter tray is an essential item for indoor cats, providing them with a designated spot to do their business. It not only helps to keep your home odour-free, but also ensures that your pet has a comfortable and hygienic place to relieve themselves.

There are various types of cat litter trays available on the market, from traditional plastic trays to self-cleaning automated models. Choosing the right one for your cat can make a world of difference in terms of ease of use and cleanliness. With the right litter and proper maintenance, a cat litter tray can help to keep your home clean and your furry friend happy and healthy.

In this article, we will explore the different types of cat litter trays, discuss the pros and cons of each type, and provide tips on how to properly care for and maintain your cat's litter tray. 

Types of cat litter trays

Standard open litter tray:

This is the most common type of litter tray, often made of plastic and low-sided for easy access. 

Covered litter tray:

This type of litter tray has a hood or cover that can provide more privacy for the cat and help contain odours. 

Self-cleaning or automatic litter tray:

These modern litter trays have a mechanical rake or sifting system that automatically removes waste, making litter cleaning quick, easier and more practical for the cat owner. 

Top-entry litter tray:

These litter trays have a top opening, which can help contain litter and prevent tracking. 

Corner litter box:

This type of tray has a convenient triangular shape and is perfect for fitting into corners, maximising space in your home.

Disposable litter tray:

These trays are made of biodegradable materials and can be thrown away after use, eliminating the need for cleaning and maintenance. 

Sifting litter tray:

This type of litter tray has a sifting system that allows for easy removal of waste while keeping clean litter in the tray. 

Cat litter mat:

While not technically a litter tray, a cat litter mat can be placed underneath the litter tray to help contain litter tracking and spills. Our favourite is this one from Pets Corner

Factors to consider when selecting a cat litter tray

Size of the toilet from XS to XXL: 

The size of the litter tray should be appropriate for your cat's size, allowing them enough space to move around comfortably.

Material of the cat litter box:

Litter trays come in various materials such as plastic, metal, and even eco-friendly options. Consider the material that is most suitable for your cat's preferences.

Hooded cat litter tray vs. open:

Hooded litter trays provide privacy for the cat and help contain odours, they have a flap at the front which, with quite simple training, your cat can learn to go in and out of like a cat-flap. But some cats may prefer open trays for easy access.

Ease of cleaning / needs to be a hygienic litter tray:

Look for a litter tray that is easy to clean and maintain. Some trays may have removable liners or easy-to-clean surfaces.

Litter type: 

Consider the type of litter you plan to use with the tray. Some trays are designed specifically for clumping litter, while others may work better with non-clumping litter.

Activated carbon/ charcoal filter slot:

A lot of trays come with built in filter slots which you can fill with replaceable activated carbon filters. These claim to remove litter tray odours to ensure an optimal ventilation

Entry/exit design to offer your cat:

Choose a litter tray with an entry/exit design that is easy for your cat to access. Some trays have low entry points for elderly or disabled cats.

Odour control:

Look for litter trays with odour control features to help keep your home smelling fresh and clean.


Choose a litter tray that is stable and won't easily tip over when your cat uses it.

Design and brand: 

Consider the aesthetics of the litter tray and how well it will fit in with your home décor.


Consider your budget when selecting a litter tray, but also keep in mind that investing in a higher-quality tray may save you money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent replacements. 

Where to buy your litter tray

Pet shops e.g. Pets at Home or Pets Corner

Pet shops have a great selection of trays available in the UK, you can also order them for delivery online from Pets at Home and Our favourite tray available to order or collect from Pets at Home is the Pets at Home Hooded Cat Litter Tray Large/ X Large and our favourite tray available to order or collect from Pets Corner is the Ferplast Mika Covered Corner Litter Tray.

Marketplaces e.g. Amazon or available at Zooplus

These marketplaces of course have a vast selection of any tray imaginable available to order from self-cleaning cat litter trays to front entry trays. Our favourite is the Catit Jumbo Hooded tray.

Specialist online shops

If you are limited in space at home and want a tray that blends seamlessly with your furniture (or provides a design moment!), there are a number of specialist online stores provide cupboards built in trays or cabinets that you can slot a plastic tray into. We love the Costway Cat Litter Box Enclosure Hidden Cat Washroom Furniture Cat House Side Table from B&Q.


Your local vet will have stock of various litter trays. 

How to maintain your litter tray

1. Use the right type of litter: Choose a high-quality litter that controls odour and absorbs moisture effectively like Tippaws Long-lasting Clumping Litter. There are various types of litter available such as clay, clumping, silica gel, pine, and recycled paper. We always recommend a natural clumping litter. 
2. Scoop the litter daily: To prevent the build-up of waste and odour, scoop the litter tray daily. Remove any clumps and solid waste, and dispose of them in a sealed bag. Replace the removed litter with fresh litter as needed.
3. Clean the litter tray regularly: Every 4-6 weeks, empty the entire litter tray and wash it with hot water and a mild detergent. Scrub the tray with a brush to remove any stuck-on residue. Rinse the tray thoroughly and dry it before refilling it with fresh litter.
4. Place the litter tray in a quiet and accessible location: Cats prefer privacy when using the litter tray, so place it in a quiet and low-traffic area of your home. Make sure the litter tray is easily accessible and not blocked by obstacles.
5. Monitor your cat's litter tray habits: Keep an eye on your cat's litter tray habits and cleanliness. Changes in your cat's behaviour could indicate a health issue, so contact your veterinarian if you notice any unusual patterns.

We never recommend using a deodorising spray or tray liners as these are a waste of money and also produce a lot more unnecessary waste in your household. 
By following these tips, you can maintain a clean and odour-free litter tray for your cat, ensuring their comfort and hygiene.  


A cat litter tray is important for several reasons:
1. Hygiene: A litter tray provides a designated area for your cat to go to the bathroom, helping to contain mess and odours.
2. Health: A clean litter tray helps prevent the spread of bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to both your cat and your family.
3. Comfort: Cats are clean and fastidious animals, and having access to a clean litter tray helps them feel comfortable and secure in their environment.
4. Behaviour: Providing a litter tray can help prevent your cat from going to the bathroom in inappropriate places in your home.
Overall, a cat litter tray is an essential item for any cat owner to ensure their cat's well-being and maintain a clean and hygienic home environment. 

Additional FAQs

What is the importance of using the right cat litter?

Using the right cat litter is crucial for maintaining your pet's hygiene and ensuring a clean environment for both you and your cat. The right cat litter can help save you time and effort in cleaning while also minimising odour issues in your home.

How often should I clean my cat litter tray?

It is recommended to clean your cat litter tray at least once a day to ensure your cat has a fresh and hygienic toilet to use. Regular cleaning also helps in managing odour and maintaining your cat's health.

What are the benefits of using a hooded cat litter box?

A hooded cat litter box provides privacy for your cat and helps contain odour. It also helps in keeping the litter clean and in one place, creating a more hygienic environment for your cat and your home.

How can I choose the right cat toilet for my cat?

When selecting a cat toilet, consider factors such as size, cleaning mechanism, and the cat's preferences. Look for features like self-cleaning options, privacy settings, and odour control to ensure your cat will love their toilet.

Where can I find a wide range of cat litter products?

You can explore a diverse range of cat litter products including self-cleaning hooded cat litter boxes, litter scoops, odour control products, and more at

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published..

Select options Close