Keep Curious Canines Out of Kitty’s Business with the New “Dog Proof” Litter Box from The Refined Feline

Tue, Oct 13, 2009

Litter & Hygiene

Dog Proof Litter Box

You will almost never find a photo of a d*g on Moderncat, but I had to make an exception for this one! Ha!

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If you have a canine critter who likes to “visit” the litter box, then here’s an attractive solution from The Refined Feline. It’s the new “Dog Proof” Litter Box with a top opening to let kitty in and keep Fido out. The sturdy and sleek cabinet has front opening doors and a slide out bottom tray for easy cleaning. Available in honey, mahogany, or espresso finishes, the cabinet measures 28″ wide by 19″ deep by 24.5″ tall. $184.99 US. Available from The Refined Feline.

Dog Proof Litter Box

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20 Responses to “Keep Curious Canines Out of Kitty’s Business with the New “Dog Proof” Litter Box from The Refined Feline”

  1. 1
    Ana Pires

    First photo is incrediby funny. x3

    But I don’t know… It looks good and it sounds like a good idea in theory, but I don’t see it working very well with older cats (by that I mean older cats with problems getting around). And the litter that would come stuck on their paws would end up on the furniture and floor too. Not a good thing.

  2. 2

    I’m not sure cats like falling into their dirty litter, especially when it’s too dark to see well. Cat furniture designers need to consider the cats’ needs, too.

  3. 3

    oh, isn’t this a bit silly? :) Not very useful for cats with bad mobility either. And jumping down right into the litter!? And up out of the litter? Hmmm… I wouldn’t like the idea being a cat. I think making a hole in the cabinet large enough for a cat’s body but small enough for a dog’s head would be much better solution (if you don’t have a tiny dog). Or building some support stairs or something in the cabinet. I don’t know.
    (Now I looked at the picture nr. 2 again. I HOPE the cat is NOT peeing while sitting there on the edge of the hole!!! :O Oh, no, she is down in the tray in the other picture, okay then ;) )

  4. 4

    I’ve had these boxes for years! I thought I bought them from Refined Feline…but maybe it was someone else – they’re from somewhere in San Diego. These boxes are great – they really are dog proof!

  5. 5

    this is GREAT! too bad my cats are too fat and/or uncoordinated to be able to get in and out of that!

  6. 6

    i can see why the need for this exists but my cats would probably scratch the top just getting in and out … and they’d probably hate it

  7. 7
    Daniela Caride

    I agree with Ana. Older cats wouldn’t be able to use this furniture and sometimes even young cats don’t like to climb to get in and out the litter box.

    If you have more than one cat at home and they don’t get along, then you’ll have one more problem with this piece of furniture. The cats wouldn’t go in because they would be afraid to get cornered. From inside, there’s no way they’ll see another cat approaching.

    Here’s a great article on cat litter box basics:

  8. 8

    I’m also a bit hesitant about the top opening.

    Our solution was a bit different and wouldn’t work in a lot of places. But we essentially converted a closet into a “litter box room” with a cat-sized opening in a wall in one room and cleaning access through a person-sized door (normally securely closed) in another room. This has the added benefit of providing storage on higher shelves for extra litter, scoop bags, and other related supplies.

    Our arrangement is completely dog proof – but we’ve got large dogs. It wouldn’t work with small dogs. And it does necessitate sacrificing closet space.

  9. 9

    looks cool…but it seems like the smell would just drift right up through that hole conveniently located at the top of the box!

  10. 10

    200 bucks?!! I see an Ikea Hack coming on! LOL. Seems like a fairly easy retrofit for an existing piece of owned, yard sale or inexpensive furniture. Although I imagine this is quite nicely made and worth the price. (?)

    Ooooops! Didn’t I set a drink down somewhere? Anyone seen the remote control??

    Seriously though, I won’t repeat in detail what I have already said a couple times before: that some cats just don’t prefer enclosed litter boxes. Don’t set up some elaborate litter box contraption and then wonder why Whiskers isn’t using the litter box.

    Might work for some households, not for others. I agree with the comments re mobility issues. Some cats might like the feeling of protection from Fido. Also does seem like a good solution though to the Fido “problem.”

  11. 11

    Is it just me, or is the kitty in that first picture sticking his tongue out at the dog?! Now *that* I love!

    I’m a little surprised at the negative comments. There’s another “top entry” litter box, in plastic, I think, that came in a lovely red and white (and perhaps other colors) and that seemed to get great reviews. Each home/family has its unique set of problems, and this clearly would work for some kitties.

    I think they’ve used a “case” that’s standard height. I’d like to see a lower case and a “fence” or rim along the top — there’d be less of a jump to the surface and to/from the litter, and hopefully the litter that was tracked to the top would’t fall off.

  12. 12

    Weeeeeelll, I KNOW my cat furmily would not like these, but then, we’d never, ever, have a d*g, so we don’t have to worry. For those who like ‘em, though, like Yvette’s cats, they’re gorgeous! (I have another suggestion regarding the d*g, for those who have them, but I’m sure you won’t post it! so I won’t write it…;) )

  13. 13

    I totally agree with the comments above:
    - bad idea for older or disabled cats
    - not sure my cat would jump in her litterbox from above
    - ordors may not be well-contained
    - risk of dropping items in that hole (think children or clumsy persons like myself)

    I’d put a smaller hole to make it cat-friendly only. Or, if you have small dogs, I’d put the litterbox on a higher shelf in a closet. I’d build a platform for the cat to jump on (good exercise, not older cat-friendly though), and make it inacessible to dogs.

    And I’ll never get the hate between cats and dogs persons…

  14. 14

    I work in a vet clinic–top entry boxes can work for some cats, but many cats find them difficult to use–elderly, overweight, etc. Sometimes cats will find them unacceptable and this could lead to urination/defication outside the litterbox. I’m a fan of the plain, basic uncovered litterbox. It matches a cats natural instincts the closest.

  15. 15

    I’ve got the same reservations about top-drop in litter box covers as everyone else – they just don’t seem like something the cats would like much. The best solution to the dog-in-the-litter box problem I’ve ever seen was a friend who had placed the box under a built in desk in the kitchen and blocked the opening with a standard baby gate with an access hole cut for the cat. The cat loved it because he could see out, but the dog couldn’t get in.

  16. 16

    You know what, this is a great idea since my sister’s dog keeps sticking his head in the kitty litter box!

  17. 17
    Courtney W.

    It looks pretty, but I agree with the concerns expressed in Comment #1.

  18. 18

    We have seen a trend of modern litter boxes all over the internet. This one doesn’t appeal to me as much as some of the others. I don’t like the idea of the cat falling into the litter. Also, if you have a wire fox terrier she can fall into that box too! Good concept, not my fav.


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