There is a huge choice of cat litter trays available, and your choice of tray will depend upon the budget that you have available and the type of tray that you think your cat will prefer.
Hooded Cat Litter Trays are becoming more and more popular, as although they are slightly more expensive than a basic cat litter tray they do have several advantages.
Benefits of a Hooded Cat Litter Tray
- Extra privacy - Cats are naturally private animals so they will enjoy the extra privacy that a hooded cat litter tray provides rather than having to use an open tray.
- Hygiene benefits - A Hooded Cat Litter Tray also has hygiene benefits as it keeps the cat litter hidden away and stops the cat from potentially kicking litter out of the box.
- Less smell - A Hooded Cat Litter Tray also helps to limit the odours associated with cat litter as most modern models are equipped with a carbon filter for this purpose.
Hooded Cat Litter Trays and Kittens
If you are considering using a Hooded Cat Litter Tray with a kitten, then it is recommended to use this sort of tray as soon as the kitten arrives in your home. It is well known that cats don’t really like change, so it is best to use the preferred litter tray as soon as possible.
However, if your cat currently uses an open litter tray and you are considering the transition to a Hooded Cat Litter Tray then there are some techniques that are recommended to help with this.
A good starting point is to leave the front permanently open on the hooded tray for the first couple of days, as most trays will have the option to do this. This will give the cat time to get used to the tray without getting too stressed out about being inside the box.
Another recommended tactic is to move some of your cats favourite toys or the previous litter into the new tray. This will encourage your cat to use the tray and to become familiar with it.
Some cats will make the transition more easily than others, and most should enjoy the extra benefits of using a Hooded Cat Litter Tray once they are used to it. However, some cats will just prefer an open litter tray despite the extra privacy a hooded tray provides!
Best Hooded Cat Litter Trays
With such a wide range of Hooded Cat Litter Trays available on the market today, it can be difficult to know which tray will suit your budget and the best for your cat.
The price of Hooded Cat Litter Trays generally starts at around £10 - £15 for a basic model, increasing to over £30 for trays for models with more features. We have outlined some of our recommended models below to cover most budgets and price points.
Nobby Cat Toilet Nestor - Budget Hooded Cat Litter Tray
- Great value Hooded Cat Litter Tray
- Includes a carbon filter and removable door
- Conveniently clips together
One of the best basic models is the Nobby Cat Toilet Nestor, which is available in several different colours and is generally priced at between £15 and £18.
This Hooded Cat litter tray comprises of a coloured plastic tray and white lid, which conveniently clips on the base. It comes with a carbon filter to help prevent smells, and a removable door which means that you can leave the tray open when it is being introduced to your cat.
It is available in several different colours including pink, grey, green and black.
Catit Hooded Cat Pan
- Lightweight and easy to assemble
- Also includes a filter to prevent odours
- Lid can easily be lifted out for cleaning and access
Another great value option is the Catit Hooded Cat Pan, which is lightweight, easy to assemble and is suitable for cats of all different sizes.
The Catit Hooded Cat Pan includes a large hood which can easily be lifted out for access and cleaning, as well as a built in anchor which helps to keep the bag open and frees hands for scooping.
The litter tray also includes a built in carbon filter to prevent odours, and an easy locking slider for quick assembly.
This is one of the most popular Hooded Cat litter trays available and is generally available from £15 - £23 in Blue, Grey or Pink. A jumbo sized tray from Catit is also available for just under £25, so this would be a great option if you have a larger cat.
Rosewood Ariel Cat Toilet
- Includes a large swing door
- Suitable for clumping and crystal litters
- Deep base can hold more litter
If your budget exceeds £25 then a great option is the Rosewood Ariel Front Opening Hooded Cat Toilet. This model includes a large swing door which is ideal for the easy removal of waste, and the open front design makes this tray particularly suitable for using crystal and clumping litters.
The tray also includes a carbon filter and the deep base means it can contain a larger quantity of litter.
These are just a few of the huge variety of Hooded Cat Litter Trays available today, so there should be a make and model suitable for your home and pet.