Originally posted February 23, 2016 – updated often
I am only aware of a few litter boxes that are on the market that can work for high spraying cats.
My mom’s cats, 15-year old Ragdoll cats, Caymus and Murphy, pee almost standing up, or as they pee, they lift their bottoms, whereas my 10-year old Ragdoll cats, Charlie and Trigg stay in a squatting position the entire time they are peeing.
My mom had to get high sided litterboxes because of that problem.
When I discovered high sided litter boxes also helped to keep the litter inside the box, it made me want some as well. We have previously reviewed the NVR Miss litterbox – which I love.
However, NVR Miss litterboxes are not high enough for my parents’ cats. My parents ended up buying a plastic storage container like a Rubbermaid one. This video shows the boxes my mom went with – but it’s a video of Caymus rolling around in his litterbox.
Your Main Options for Litterboxes for High-Spraying Cats
If you have a high-spraying cat, then you need a different type of litterbox to accommodate your cat. Rest assured that there are plenty of options you can choose from, so you will not be restricted.
Do you know of any others? Because my mom’s cats are so tall, my mom had to get a storage bin (like from Wal-mart) and use those for litterboxes instead.
Find out all the best litter boxes for high spraying cats below as we go through some of your choices on the market.
1. Use a Storage Bin
My mom found a very good solution to the high-spraying problem – she uses a storage bin as a litterbox. It is easy to find and it meets all the requirements for her cat.
Here’s an idea of the type of box she has and uses for her cats:
If you go with a storage bin – just try to find one that has flat sides on the inside, so that you don’t have clumps of pee that are stuck in various nooks and crannies, which makes them impossible to remove (for example, look at the design of the storage boxes in the photo above. If cats pee in the corner – it’s rounded and curved and impossible to get a clump of pee out of with a litter scoop – so get square everything with no dips or dents).
There are a lot to choose from on Amazon, my mom ended up going with clear ones after having the black ones.
Things to keep in mind when choosing a large plastic storage bin for your litterbox:
- flat sides (as mentioned above)
- height – be aware of the height of the box – and keep in mind that your kitty will be jumping in and standing on 2-3 inches of litter – so then subtract that 2-3 inches from the height, as that is the height your kitty will have to pee standing up. You need to make sure the box is higher for your standing pee-er, so that the pee goes in the box
- length – be aware of the length of the box – is it long enough for your cat to move around in (do circles in) to do his or her business?
- transparency – if possible, go for a transparent storage box because it will make a less-threatening litterbox for your cat – cats like to be in control of their whereabouts at all times, so they may be hesitant of getting into a box that they can barely see out of.
- edges – always make sure that the box you get does not have any sharp edges whatsoever because it might hurt your cat. Run your hands all over the storage bin to make sure that it is smooth all around.
The Kattails Kat Kave Litter Box measures 29″L x 19″W x 20″H and has 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 49 reviews.
It is tall enough to accommodate even the tallest cats, it has easy access, and it has an enclosed space where the cat can pee, which means that it can spray as high as it wants and it will not get on your floor.
The top lid is easy to remove for you, but not for your cat. It will stay fixed while the cat is inside, but you will easily be able to lift it to clean the litter box.
If you take a good look at the Kattalis Kat Kave Litter box, you will notice that it looks a lot like the storage bin that my mom is using.
The main differences are that it also has a top and that it has an opening. This is important, especially if your cat is fussy around the litterbox because it makes it more accommodating.
As for top lid, this helps with containing the odor from the litterbox inside. It will also contain the litter scatter and keep your floors cleaner in the process.
This one measures 22.8″ (L) x 17.8″ (W) x 11″ (H) and has a 4.4 star out of 5 on Amazon from 1500+ reviews.
It also comes with antimicrobial protection, which is important for a litterbox. As you can see, it has the high sides that protect from litter scatter and ensure that your cat does not pee outside the box. It also has an easy-clean spout, which is also the entryway into the litterbox.
This is useful to your cat because it can get into the litterbox easily, and it is also useful for you when you want to clean the litterbox. It will be much easier to empty the litter using the spout.
However, with my mom’s cats, it wouldn’t work because they just pee and don’t turn around – so they would pee right over that spout entrance. So you really need to be aware of your cat’s peeing patterns to know what litterbox is best to buy.
Nature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box also has built-in handles on the sidewalls and the back wall. This makes it easy to carry from either side.
The type of plastic used to make the litter box has a non-stick surface, which makes it easy to clean.
This type of litterbox does not have a top lid, which I am a fan of because hooded litterboxes can cause peeing outside of the box on purpose. You can pair with a mat to make sure that your bathroom floor is litter-free.
I referenced the NVR Miss when I started this article. As the name might suggest, the NVR Miss litterbox was specially made for high-spraying cats that need special conditions. It has a simple model with high walls and an entry cut out so that the cat can get in easily.
It has rounded edges altogether, but the inner part remains easy to clean because there are no places where urine can gather. The margins are also rounded on the entire surface of the litterbox, which makes it easy for you to lift it when you have to clean it.
As for the other lid-less litterbox on the list, it is a good choice for cats that are extra picky with their litterboxes because it is far less threatening than closed-in options, so you will never have to worry that your cat will reject it.
The NVR Miss can be purchased directly from NVR Miss on their website.
The IRIS Open Top Litter Box with Shield and Scoop is sold on Amazon for $15.82.
This is the middle ground between the litterboxes with and without a lid. It is shaped like a regular litterbox, but it has an attachment that enlarges the walls but keeps a frontal spout for easy access.
It also has rounded edges on the top side of the walls, but, unlike other products, these are rounded towards the inside, which provides better protection against litter scatter. So it’s nice that it’s high without a lid.
This one is 19.00″L x 15.00″W x 11.75″H, which makes it suited for tall cats as well. It even comes with a matching litter scoop and kitty litter, so you have the whole package when you order. It is very easy to clean and it has a high-polish finish that will make the litter slip right out.
You can buy the IRIS Open Top Litter Box with Shield and Scoop on Amazon for $15.82.
We reviewed the Modkat litter tray in 2018. They are great litterboxes for keeping pee inside and litter scatter too.
However, as you can see the front is open, so if you’re high spraying cat, steps in and doesn’t turn around, then you will still have pee going over the side. That’s why it’s important to have a water-resistant cat litter mat under it.
The Modkat Litter Tray comes with a reusable liner and a litter scoop. The Modkat litter box measures 20 x 14 x 15 inches.
If you want a DIY approach on litterboxes for high-spraying cats, then it’s quite easy to make a litterbox of your own that has all the features of the products mentioned above. All you need is a plastic container that is large enough, a permanent marker, a magazine, and a wood burning tool (if you are up to using one)
Check out this article on the site about how a reader makes her own high-sided litterbox:
Here’s a recent discussion we had on this topic on Facebook:
If your cat is a high-sprayer, don’t worry, you are not alone! Read through the comments to find out what solutions other pet owners have found for their cat’s high-spraying habits.
Other Products that Might Make Your Life Easier
If you are dealing with a high-sprayer, then you clearly need to pay extra attention to the litterbox area. So you need to have the best accessories to minimize your efforts. Here are some of the items that will certainly make your life easier:
A Good Litter Scoop
Especially when dealing high-spraying cats, you need a good scoop to get the litter off the edges of litterbox. With high-sprayers, the pee usually goes on the walls of the litterbox or on the edges. It can also cover a larger area of the litter, making it more difficult to clean than it is when dealing with cats that squat when they pee. This means you need a good scoop.
My favorite litter scoop on the planet is the Litter Lifter and it sells on Amazon for $8.34.
A Litter Mat
Even when using litterboxes for high-spraying cats, chances are you are still going to get some litter scatter on your floor. Even if it doesn’t come out of the box directly, your cat is likely to carry it on its paws. So, you might think about using a litter mat.
You might also like the Blackhole cat litter mat which is awesome at keeping the litter inside its layer and out of your feet.
If my cat pees standing up, is there something wrong with it?
If your cat has always been a high-sprayer – has peed high instead of squatting – then there is nothing wrong with it. Each cat has comfortable positions to pee in and, it just means that for your cat it’s standing instead of squatting. However, if your cat usually squats, but starts peeing high all of a sudden, then you should try to find out why. Here’s what to look out for:
- Did it only happen once or it is becoming a habit?
If your cat is normally a squatter, but it peed high, then you have to see if it happens again. If it was just that one time, then it might have been an accident or maybe your cat is protesting. However, if it keeps on happening, then, there is something going on.
- Is the cat’s litterbox clean?
Sometimes cats protest when their litterboxes are not cleaned as promptly as they would like to. And, as you may have guessed, one of their preferred methods is making a mess, to make it impossible for you to miss the smelly litterbox.
- Is another cat using its litterbox?
If you have two cats using the same litterbox, one of them might retreat to the clean areas remaining to do its business. This might make it adopt an abnormal position and, as a result, pee high and make a mess.
- Is there anything wrong with your cat’s legs?
If your cat is suddenly peeing high, then it might not be able to squat, as it normally does. Try to examine your cat’s legs to see if there is a painful area. Keep an eye out to see if it adopts a squatting position outside the litterbox. If it does, then this is certainly not the reason.
- Does your cat have trouble peeing?
Sometimes, when cats experience pain when urinating, they might adopt unnatural positions. This might make them pee high even if they normally do not. Try to observe the cat to find out if it is experiencing any issues with urination.
Can I teach my cat to stop peeing high?
If your cat has always been a high-sprayer, then you should probably get a litterbox that accommodates its habits instead of trying to change its urination process. By interfering when your cat is peeing, you will surely put it through a lot of stress, which could lead to unwanted urinary issues. It’s much easier replacing a litterbox than it is treating your cat for a UTI.
As you can see, there are plenty of options to accommodate a high-spraying cat. You can buy a litterbox with high walls, use a storage bin, or even make a litterbox yourself. Is your cat a high-sprayer? Have you used any of the products we mentioned? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.