What Litterbox Should I Use With My Litter?

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Selecting the perfect litterbox for your cat might initially appear straightforward, yet given the extensive array of options available, it can swiftly evolve into a daunting choice. At Dofu Cat, having meticulously tested numerous litter types and litterboxes, we've gained valuable insights into what truly works best. Here’s our take on factors to consider:

1. Consider the Type of Litter

The first step in choosing the right litterbox is considering the type of litter you use. Different litter types have unique properties and may perform better in certain types of boxes:

Clumping and Non-Clumping Clay Litters:

These are the most common types of cat litter. Clumping litter is great for easy cleanup, as it forms solid clumps when it comes into contact with liquid. A standard litterbox or a sifting litterbox works well with clumping litter, facilitating easier removal of waste without replacing the entire contents of the box.

Natural Litters:
Made from a variety of biodegradable materials such as wood, paper, corn, or wheat, natural litter can be found in both clumping and non-clumping varieties. Depending on their clumping ability, both standard and sifting litterboxes are good choices. Ensure that the sifting mechanism is compatible with the size of the natural litter particles.

2.   Litterbox Types

Once you've considered your litter type, explore the different litterbox options available:

Standard Litterboxes:

These are the simplest form of litterboxes and can accommodate any type of litter. They come in various sizes, and selecting the right size is vital to ensure your cat is comfortable and willing to use it.

Pros of Standard Cat Litterbox  Cons of Standard Cat Litterbox
  • Affordability: Traditional litterboxes are generally less expensive upfront compared to their automated counterparts.
  • More Frequent Cleaning Required: Owners must manually scoop and clean these boxes regularly to maintain hygiene and control odours.
  • Simplicity in Use: They do not require electricity or complicated mechanisms, making them straightforward to use and maintain
  • Potential for Odour: Without the constant cleaning cycles of automatic boxes, odours can develop more quickly in standard litterboxes.
  •  Quiet Operation: Without any mechanical parts, standard litterboxes operate silently, avoiding potential noise disturbance
  • Labor-Intensive: The manual effort involved in scooping and cleaning can be time-consuming and physically demanding for pet owners

Automatic or Self-Cleaning Litterboxes:

These high-tech options automatically remove waste from the litter, saving time and effort on daily maintenance. They are typically best used with premium clumping litters to ensure smooth operation. Compatibility with the specific type and size of litter is crucial for the effective functioning of automatic boxes. 

Pros of Automatic Cat Litterbox Cons of Automatic Cat Litterbox
  • Convenient: Offers ease of maintenance with automated cleaning, reducing the manual effort required in litter management.
  • Pricier: The initial purchase price of a self-cleaning litterbox is higher than traditional litterboxes, reflecting its advanced features.
  • Cleaner: Ensures a consistently clean litter environment for your cat, as it cleans more frequently than manual scooping.
  • The self-cleaning litterbox's raking motion may alarm some cats, necessitating a gradual introduction due to their aversion to change.
  • Odour Control: Advanced odor management systems in self-cleaning litterboxes help keep your home smelling fresh.
  • Noisier: Noise from the box's cleaning cycle could disturb cats and owners, especially late at night.
  • Health Monitoring: Some models include health monitoring features that track usage patterns, potentially alerting owners to health issues early.


Dofu Cat litter, known for its eco-friendly composition and optimal pellet size, pairs exceptionally well with automatic litterboxes like InstaChew’s Smart Cat Litterbox. The reason behind this perfect match lies in the litter's design and functionality. Dofu Cat’s pellets are engineered to be the ideal size for InstaChew’s sifting mechanism, ensuring a smooth operation and preventing clogging, a common issue faced by other litters. For more information on Dofu Cat’s litter: click here 

Sifting Litterboxes:
These boxes are designed to make cleanup easier by separating waste from clean litter. They are most compatible with clumping litters, as the sifting mechanism can easily remove clumps while leaving the clean litter behind.

Covered Litterboxes:
Offering privacy for cats and helping to contain odours and litter scatter, covered boxes can be used with any type of litter. However, owners must ensure they are kept clean more frequently, as odours can become trapped inside. Covered boxes are often discouraged as they may be too small for larger cats, which could lead to discomfort and avoidance of the box.

3.   Size and Location Matter

The size of the litterbox is another important consideration. As a general rule, the box should be at least as long as your cat from nose to the base of the tail and wide enough for them to turn around comfortably. Additionally, the location of the litterbox can affect your choice. Ensure it is placed in a quiet, low-traffic area where your cat feels safe and comfortable.

Choosing the right litterbox for your cat involves considering both the type of litter you use and the specific needs of your cat. Whether you opt for a standard, sifting, covered, or automatic litterbox, ensure it offers the right size, privacy, and ease of cleaning to keep your cat happy and your home clean. Remember, the best litterbox is one that your cat will use consistently and comfortably.

A litterbox is not just about waste disposal, choosing the right litterbox can improve both you and your cat’s quality of life.