New Litter Box for Multiple Cat Homes

Thu, Jan 13, 2011

Litter & Hygiene

I just found this new litter boxyesterday at PetSmart. I bought one on the spot and immediately brought it home and set it up and I love it! It’s hard to tell from the photo above, but it’s huge — perfect for a multi-cat household. Up until now, I’ve been using large storage boxes (in addition to my SmartCat Box, ModKat, and Litter Robot). The storage boxes were UGLY but I needed something large, especially for my Maine Coon who needs plenty of room to spin around before doing his business.

This new extra large litter box from Whisker Citymeasures 34.5″ long by 19.5″ deep by 10″ tall. It’s an attractive chocolatey-gray color and the inside is curved for easy cleaning. It has two small storage compartments on the side, but I’m finding that they are a bit too small to be practical because most curved scoops don’t fit in the little compartments.

This box holds up to 30 lbs. of litter and gives the kitties a huge sandbox for digging. So far, I love it! It’s available in PetSmart stores and onlinefor just $24.99.

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47 Responses to “New Litter Box for Multiple Cat Homes”

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    “especially for my Maine Coon who needs plenty of room to spin around before doing his business.”

    SAME HERE LOL I have my giant, 20 pound+ Maine Coon, who needs a LOT of space in there lol, and a little 12 week old. I have 2 litter boxes but I would love to replace them both with one. So if this really is a big as you say I will SO be looking into it! Thanks!

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    I’ve been using the box by Biddy Cat,, and I couldn’t be happier with it. Looks like it’s slightly smaller than this one, but anything bigger than this would be near impossible to cover. The folks at Modernist Cat,, made me the most beautiful custom litter hideaway to fit the box.

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    Thanks for posting! My cats need a tall litter box, too. I also use the storage boxes. This looks a lot better, I’m going to check them out!

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    I have seen the Petmate box, but it’s very industrial looking. The Whisker City box is a bit more stylish, that’s why it caught my eye. I have to say, the side compartments on the Petmate box are a better size.

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    I LOVE this litter box. I found it at PetsMart last year, and it saved my carpet from my Maine Coons! One of my cats is so long that he just hangs over regular litter boxes or he has to stand with his front paws on the side (hilarious!) This litter box completely solved the problem. So happy to see it highlighted!

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    hmm, wonder if the Canadian stores carry it? I will have to check, my Ragdoll boy would love to have more room. @Jen, general rules for litter boxes are 1 per cat no matter how large just an FYI

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    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! We 9 kitties of all sizes (a Maine Coon amongst us) are so grateful, as is our CatMom!

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    Woodgie's Gramma

    Your scoops probably don’t fit in the compartments because it looks like they are made to put the handles in – so that the scoop is visible. But that’s just my opinion. The makers might assume that you wash the scoop after every use so that you _can_ pick it up by the scoop part.

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    I’ve seen these, and they are a great size for my boys. But at $24.95 it’s expensive. I’ve been wanting to get 3, because that’s the amount I have currently, even though I have 5 cats. I have to wait for my tax return.

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    Isabel Brum

    OMG. Exactly what i need.
    I have 5 cats, 3 big boys and two abissinians girls, who like to have plenty of space

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    We’ve been using the Rubbermade high-sided litter box.

    It used to be available at Petsmart, but I don’t see it. While very functional, it also looks a bit industrial and those corners are difficult to dig out.
    I’ll be checking out the whiskercity big box this weekend. An extra 10 inches on our Rubbermade would be great because we too have a Maine Coon and while the pockets do look small, they would be exactly the right size for the biodegradable poo bags we use to hold the waste scooped out between changes.

    Kate, the Rubbermade one has a little basket thing that hangs at the edge for a scoop. I have seen that, sold separately, recently at Petsmart. You might check it out and see if it would work for the whisker city box.

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    Cindy Abernathy

    My only problem with it being “just $24.99″ is that it’s molded plastic, and therefore costs about 1 penny each to manufacture in mass. So charging $1 apiece would be more fair and still provide a large profit.

    It’s no different than the storage boxes, from a manufacturing standpoint.

    Just wanted to point that out…..not that it changes anything in the world….

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    for way less money and way more surface area, try a child’s wading pool. Granted finding them right now isn’t easy, but come the spring you can find them at most general merchandise stores.

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    Actually, I have quite a bit of experience in this area, having worked for a consumer product manufacturer for several years. A mold to make something this large costs somewhere in the $100K to $300K range, so that cost has to be amortized across the first few production runs. There is actually quite a bit of plastic in something like this and the cost of plastic is directly related to the cost of oil, plus because the product is large, shipping and warehousing costs are fairly significant. One advantage is that the product nests and has very little retail packaging, reducing costs somewhat.

    My guess is that the actual cost to the manufacturer (cost of materials + labor to manufacture the product, plus the cost of shipping, importing fees, packaging, and warehousing) is around $6 each. That means the retailer pays $12 wholesale and they sell it for $25 retail. And of course that $13 of “profit” gets eaten up with marketing and other overhead costs to the retailer. That’s just how it works.

    You have to remember that businesses need to make money selling products and that there are several players involved. This is a hot topic for me since I now manufacture my own product line and people wonder why things sell for so much, but once you are intimately familiar with the cost of manufacturing and marketing products, you can have a better appreciation for it.

    Sorry, don’t mean to lecture. :)

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    Ms. Pants

    I had the Petmate box linked above before I got this particular one. This one is a bit bigger and the plastic is easier to clean, I find. The pockets on the Petmate are better, but the WhiskerCity box is a better option for my menagerie.

    There’s also a Whisker Kitty box that’s about 2/3s the size of this one that has a dome lid. I’ve got that one as well (as I have 6 cats) and my kitties are happy with them.

    Hooray for giant boxes!

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    I found that last weekend too! I got one and it fits perfectly inside my spare bathtub. I think they got a litter box makeover at that store. Definite improvements! There’s a couple nice stainless steel ones as well. I’m hoping they come out with a large stainless steel one, that would be ideal for all my fosters and easier disinfecting.

    I’ve got to say I was thinking of trying the storage box idea. It’s impossible to find storage boxes (of adequate size) that do not have groves on the bottom. I’d rather pay a little more and have something that will last awhile longer than something cheap and disposable.

    On a side note, if anyone uses Worlds Best litter, Target is now selling it and it comes with a coupon for $3 off each 8lb bag.

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    We’ve discovered this same litter box from Whisker City about a month ago. Oh. My. Gosh. Huge size, wonderful for our two big girls – one who loves to really dig and scatter her litter. Big plus over storage bins as there was always an issue with the little rim/trench that runs around the bottom of all I’ve ever found…”run off” area. Personally, I feel this litter box isn’t overpriced for what you get.

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    We have two of the Petmate Giant Litterpans. Similar to the one you mention and the same size. I can use the storage areas on the Petmate. We call these our kitties’ sandboxes. They work great for our 2.

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    Our PetSmart has had one similar to this for quite awhile, although not quite as fancy! I need a covered box because I have dogs too and need to er… keep them honest! PetSmart has some good litter boxes, but they are getting thinner and more light weight (not in a good way) while the price keeps going up. When mine need replacing, I may just go with a modified thick rubber storage tub.

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    Your review and the posters’ comments give a 360-degree view of this and other similar products — and, like you and Jen, we need LARGE boxes here, so this one looks good! We were fortunate enough to find two very high-sided, large boxes some years back, called PottyJo; not sure if they are still being made, and they were expensive back then, at $50 plus shipping/each; but they have “doors” for easy access, and are very easily cleaned. Not sure how much they hold, but they could easily accomodate a 30-pound pail of litter, I’m sure. The sweater boxes sold at the “Big Box” stores are my all-around favorites; they’re huge, high-sided, easily cleanable, and you can easily cut “doors” in them; also, you can use them with or without their covers, as your cats prefer. And the price is so right!

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    Hah, I use storage boxes, too! So ugly, but I need something big for them! The regular boxes are incredibly too small, even for my littlest cat, who’s only 8 pounds. She loves to dig just as much as the 14 lb guy! I think i’ll go check this box out – so much better looking!

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    I have a large tabby who needs a large litter. He also likes to fling some litter around. I use World’s Best Cat Litter because I try to make greener choices, but I do like to use box liners because we live in an apartment and outdoor cleaning of the box is not a easy option. Do they make box liners for boxes this big? Does anyone have a clever solution?

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    peggy w

    We have a blue ones we got from Petsmart several years ago. I don’t know if it’s the same name, but it’s the same size. Our cats love it!
    We have 18 inside cats and we have 2 of these boxes. Sometimes we have 2 smaller cats in it at the same time. But it’s great! Would recommend it to everyone.

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    I used to use large storage boxes too, but they all seem to have an indented groove around the bottom on the inside..the wet nasty gets inside that groove and you can’t really scoop it out. I couldn’t figure out why my box was stinking so badly until I noticed that grove that was filled all the way around. So I switched to a flat-bottomed box (one made specifically for cat purposes) and no more stink.

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    Thank you so much for sharing this find with us.

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    “Do they make box liners for boxes this big? Does anyone have a clever solution?”

    Have you tried garbage bags? I had to stop using liners b/c the kitties shredded them. I would like to use them.

    Thanks so much for telling us about this box. I have three kitties and I know I should have 4 boxes (one for each cat plus one) but I only have room in my apt for three. My biggest cat is 13 lbs. If I replaced one of the boxes with this big one, she would be very happy. Hell, I think my kittens would love it too and they’re only half her size!
    Also, I enjoyed reading what you said about manufacturing products and stuff. It kind of puts things into perspective. :)

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    After reading your post, I took a look at this litter box the other day in the Petsmart. It is huge! My Maine Coon would love it. Currently using Petco’s Jumbo box which is slightly less huge than this new one.

    I wondered how difficult this massive box would be to clean. Just maneuvering with the thing would be a challenge. Please let us know what it’s like to clean when the time comes!

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    My little girl who is 8lbs and not a digger uses a regular small covered box and my 15lb boy who tries to dig to China uses a 30 gallon Rubbermaid storage tote that I cut out an opening in for him.

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    Ann M

    I saw this litterbox at Petsmart, but it is smaller than the one that I use for my Maine Coon. What could be bigger than the extra large litter box from Whisker City, you ask? It is the black plastic cement mixing tub that I found at Home Depot (or Lowe’s).

    I am sure that you have seen these black tubs – the plastic is very heavy duty, has no grooves or indentations in the middle, holds up well to cat scratches and is easy to clean. The only downside is that no litter liners exist for a box this size – because I do not use litter liners, it does not present a problem for me. Because of its size, I keep it in the tub in the second bathroom (aka the cats’ bathroom). The sides of the “litter” tub are lower than the Wisker City box, so keeping it in the bathtub contains any litter spillover. When it is time to empty the box, I use a 33 pound leaf bag, place it over the end of the litter tub (like putting a pillowcase on a pillow), and dump the contents into the bag. (Kitchen trash bags or garbage compactor bags are not big enough to fit over the end of the tub.) I wash the litter tub in the second bathtub, wash out the bathtub, and then the litter tub is ready for a clean litter refill.

    I have used this tub as a litterbox for the last 20 years – replacing it when needed, and all of my Maine Coons have loved it – plenty of room to turn around, the tub holds LOTS of litter. Best of all, is that the cement mixing tub is a commonly used item in the building trades, so there is little risk of its manufacture being discontinued.

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    I have a kitty that often misses the litter box-having one of these would help me a lot.

    Do all PetSmart stores carry this litter box?

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    Yes! I used 2 of those ‘small cement mixing tub’ from Home Depot and it only cost me $7.00, until I moved to a smaller home. My cats loved them I will be going back to them when I get a larger place. And they are thicker and better constructed then most of those thing things they sell in the pet stores.

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    I went & got one of these a couple weekends ago. My local petsmart carried a small, med & large size. I chose the medium which is plenty big for my plus size kitty & 8 month old kitten. It didn’t have the little scoop holders though, & came in at about $15. They did have a HUGE one, that came with a lid, but it was bigger than my kitchen. The rounded bottom makes scooping out the business much easier too. & It’s nice & deep so they can do some digging. I’ve got a couple of happy kitties now, thanks for posting this box or I never would have gone to PetSmart (not very close to where I live).

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    Thanks for this review! We were originally going to buy the medium version and decided to go with the large box after reading your raves. We actually sawed off the storage compartments to make it fit better in the bathroom. It’s so much easier to scoop (we use World’s Best) with the rounded sides.

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    Sandy Sato

    That is really neat. I appreciate the cost analysis No. 15 gave because the $24.99 price doesn’t seem so exorbitant in light of the analysis. I’ve been using the black cement-mixer pans that No. 30 mentions that I bought at Lowe’s for $5. They’re not pretty but they’re practical but I may get one or two of these as the mixer pans I have are old (by several years) and kind of cruddy.

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    I second #15. BIG TIME.

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    Shannon's Pet-Sitting

    I also agree with #15, 1 & 4! Some cats pee high, over shoot & others are large cats. Why should you have to pay more $? The simplest most cost effect solution is simply the plastic storage bins which come in all sorts of sizes & heights. It so simple I didn’t think of it until I saw one of my pet sitting clients do it for their cats They also work well as mentioned for multiple cat households. When you have a lot of cats cost is a concern. The tote bins are a little easier to mange while scooping too & you don’t get a much litter all over. I’ve had clients cut part of the side out so that their older cats are able to easily walk into them too! ;-)

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    Heh, I like the curved bottom on this one but until someone makes a similar box with 12″ – 14″ sides I will be sticking with my storage containers. My leggy 15-pound boys would easily overshoot 10″ sides. :/

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    I had a huge manx that needed extra room – I sure could have used this for him. The problem with storage boxes were that they always had grooves in the bottom and the plastic was too absorbent and not scratch resistant.

    My huge manx is gone now, but I have other Whisker City boxes that I just love. The rounded bottoms and super slick plastic makes scooping really easy. I’ve looked at this huge model, but keep forgetting to measure the place I keep the boxes to see if one will fit (I can only keep them in a little cubbyhole under each bathroom vanity. If I ever remember to do that, I’ll definitely get one for the master bath – I’ll keep the smaller one in the guest bath.

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    we. have 3 cats and 2 “jumbo”Petmate litter boxes. would something this large allow us to only have 1 box? we’d really love to get rid of one. any recommendation on reducing # of boxes is welcome!

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    I use the clear storage boxes (4 in pack) from Costco high sides, roomy enogh for one large cat, economical and when they get they get too scratched up from pawnails or scooper, wash out with bleach and recycle. I would give this one a chance just because you say that the sides are easily scoopable, The storage ones are not always a smooth bottom they may have ridges or dips in the bottom that catch moist litter. These latest ones from Costco are the best for us yet, the smoothest I have come across yet. I’ll head on over to PetSmart and check them out. thank you.your research is always time saving for me.

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    addendum: I stick to one extra box more than the amount of cats you have, though they use each others favorite box, I do not want disgruntled kitties using the old spraying technique to make you do what they want.

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    Cindy W

    Thanks for the post. I have a large Ragdoll and he would love this big box. I shall have to go and look for it.

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    With 2 kitties and 2 bunnies this might make things easier

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    deb (#40) — it is actually recommended that you have 1 box per cat plus an extra, no matter what the size.

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    I bought one a while back that was off-white. With 4 cats, it works great.

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    I love the size of this box for our two big boys and one little girl kitty, but I really want a lid on it! Does anyone know of something this size that comes with a domed lid?

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