Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box Review

Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box

$40
Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box
8.6

Cat-Friendliness

8.0 /10

Owner-Friendliness

8.0 /10

Reduces Litter Tracking

9.5 /10

Quality / Durability

9.0 /10

Attractive Appearance

8.5 /10

Pros

  • Simple design
  • Dog proof
  • Reduces litter tracking
  • Reduces odors

Cons

  • Removing lid to clean is a nuisance
  • Not ideal for elderly or XL cats
  • Liners tear easily

Summary

The Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box might look like a plain storage bin, but it’s so much more than that. This heavy-duty litter box has been around for a long time and it has amassed a lot of very satisfied customers.


Specifications

The Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box is designed similar to your average Rubbermaid storage bin. The top snaps on and off. The overall dimensions of this litter box are 20”L x 15”W x 15”H with a 9” opening in the top. The lid is designed to act as a litter mat to collect litter when your cat exits the box. Clevercat sells liners for this litter box that cost approximately $1 each. The litter box can be used with or without these liners.

Cat-Friendliness

Top-entry litter boxes like the Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box are great for keeping litter inside, but they also make it more difficult for your cat to gain access. If you have an elderly or disabled cat, this type of litter box may not be the best choice. As far as the size goes, the Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box is one of the largest of this design. The 9” opening at the top should be sufficient for even large cats. The Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box provides excellent privacy, but not very much ventilation.

Owner-Friendliness

The litter mat lid is a great feature for trapping litter. Top-entry litter boxes are already great for reducing litter scatter, but this added feature goes an extra step. The simple design makes this litter box blend in with any other storage container you might have in your house. It doesn’t immediately jump out as a litter box.

The Clevercat litter pan liners are not very durable and could end up making cleaning even more of a nuisance when they tear. A lot of owners say this litter box is just as easy to clean without the liners.

The biggest downside to this litter box involves having to remove the top lid every time you need to clean the litter box. Granted, the lid snaps off easily, but it is still an extra step. And if you’re not careful, you could end up making a big mess trying to get the litter from the lid back into the box.

The Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box is great at keeping dogs out and providing cats with plenty of privacy. The enclosed design also minimizes odors.

Quality / Durability

The Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box is made of high-quality, durable plastic that should last for several years. This litter box is sturdy enough to support the weight of heavy cats.

Pros

  • Simple design
  • Dog proof
  • Minimizes litter tracking
  • Good for high-peers / no leakage
  • Minimizes odors

Cons

  • Not ideal for elderly or disabled cats
  • Plastic liners tear easily
  • Removing lid to clean is a nuisance

Summary / Recommendations

The Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box is a simple yet practical litter box. Its large size makes it more cat-friendly than most top entry litter boxes. And with over 10 years of positive customer feedback, you can pretty much bet this litter box is a good choice.

We do not recommend the Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box for elderly cats, obese cats, or cats that have difficulty jumping. The top-entry design of this litter box would likely prove to be a problem for these cats.

 

Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box vs. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan

The closest competitor to the Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box is probably the Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan. Both litter boxes are the same size and have very similar design, but there are a few differences. With Petmate’s latest design update we think the Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan has a slight edge over the Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box. But we’ll let you see how they stack up to each other.

*Old Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan design had grooves in base, but 2017 version has a flat base

Original Post Date: 6/9/17

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