Litter Boxes for High Spraying Cats

Last Updated on December 29, 2021 by Jenny

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I am only aware of a few litter boxes that are on the market that can work for high spraying cats, but there are, of course, other ways to make a litter box that works.

IMPORTANT – Please know in this article, we are referring to cats who aim high when peeing in their litter boxes, not actual spraying due to hormones.

My mom’s Ragdoll cats, Caymus and Murphy, peed almost standing up, or as they peed, they’d lift their bottoms, whereas my 12-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 she had with Caymus and Murphy.  Here’s a cat on Instagram that has a similar 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.

Does Your Cat Need A Tall Litter Box for High-Spraying

There are a few questions you may want to ask yourself when considering a high sided litter box for your cat. You probably don’t watch your cat urinate often, but you can consider the following to determine whether or not your cat is high spraying and if you would have a clean cat litter box area by using one of the litterboxes below!

  • Did your cat only high spray 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 some cat behavior going on.
  • Is the cat’s litter pan clean? Sometimes cats protest when their litterboxes have buildup and 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 felines 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 or cat’s paws 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.

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.

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Best High Sided Litterboxes for large 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.

TLDR: Nature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box and the IRIS Open Top Litter Box with Shield and Scoop are Floppycats forerunners. For a DIY option, my mom had to get a storage bin (from Wal-mart) and use those for litterboxes instead since her cats are so tall.

Below is a deeper dive into all the best litter boxes for high spraying cats that are currently on the market. If you know of any others that you’ve had success with, let us know!

1. Use a Storage Bin as a Litterbox

My mom found a very good solution to the high-spraying problem – she uses a storage bin as a litterbox. We have found it is one of the best litter boxes for messy cats. It is easy to find and it meets all the requirements for her tall cat. Here’s an idea of the type of box she has and uses for her cats:

Litter Box Setup August 2012

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 caking clumps of pee that are stuck in various nooks and crannies, which makes them impossible to remove and bacteria prevalent (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 for her multi-cat household after having the above black ones.

Things to keep in mind when choosing a large plastic storage bin for your litterbox:

  • Choose one with flat sides (as mentioned above)
  • Pay attention to the height – 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.
  • Note the length – is it long enough for your cat to move around in (do circles in) to do his or her business?
  • Transparent material is best – a transparent storage box 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.
  • Watch the 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.
  • Durability – Litter boxes get a lot of use, be sure to get something durable that wont crack in any instance.

Here are two I found on Amazon that might work great as litterboxes:

2. The Frisco Jumbo Covered Cat Litter Box

Another solution for a high-walled, covered litter box is this Jumbo Frisco product. It measures 29.7” long by 17.5” wide and is 17.6” tall, with a hinged lid.

It has a side door, rather than an option at the end, and it comes with an inner cat litter tray and a scoop holder with a scoop that sits in one of the handle gaps at the side.

Some of the main features of the Frisco high sided cat litter box are:

  • The high-sided walls contain any spraying or litter scattering
  • The door has a low entrance just six inches from the ground, and is big enough for most cats to comfortably get through
  • The hinged lid can be left closed for privacy and to help control odors, opened for cleaning, or completely removed if your cats prefer the extra light
  • It’s made from a lightweight, BPA-free plastic that is easy to wipe down

However, some reviewers haven’t had the best experience with it. Many have said that the inner tray just isn’t deep enough, and so if you only put litter into that then the cat will spray urine over the sides and while it’ll be contained in the larger box, it pools under the tray and is harder to clean.

Other reviews have said that the material is a little flimsy, and that the hinged cover isn’t very secure. It is designed to be easily removable, so that you can take the lid off completely if you prefer, but it doesn’t click into place and so could easily be accidentally taken off completely when you only meant to open it.

And because it has side handle holes, some customers have reported cat urine spraying through the gaps.

With that in mind, here are some tips on how to use the Frisco Jumbo litter box to get the most out of it:

  • Don’t use the inner litter tray – too many people complain about it being too shallow and the mess it causes. Instead, use the entire jumbo box as the litter tray. Fill the whole of the bottom with litter and you’ve instead got one large, enclosed litter tray, and any spray will either trickle down into the litter to clump or can just be wiped down from the sides.
  • If you do that, make sure to add a mat just outside the doorway to prevent litter tracking. Or if you do keep using the inner tray, consider using the extra space for a small mat inside the box.
  • Tape up the handles on the sides where there are gaps, if you don’t intend to move it around a lot. This can prevent urine from being sprayed out unintentionally.
  • Ditch the scoop that comes with the litter box. It’s a standard scoop with flat tines, which means you have to spend a lot longer sifting the litter or throwing out litter that could be reused. The scoop holder is fine, but consider a Litter Lifter as a replacement scoop because its our favorite litter scoop.

3. Horizon Poly Products Kat Kave Litter Box

The Horizon Poly Products Kat Kave Litter Box measures 29″L x 19″W x 20″H. It is tall enough to accommodate even the tallest cats, or if your cat doesn’t squat to pee, 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.

Kattails Kat Kave 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. You can buy the Horizon Products Kat Kave Litter Box on their website,

4. Nature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box

This litterbox is a reader favorite. It 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. A standout feature is that it also comes with antimicrobial coating, 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.

Natures Miracle High-Sided Litter Box

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. You can buy the Nature’s Miracle High-Sided Litter Box on Amazon.

5. NVR Miss

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.

NVR MIss litter box

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.

Review of NVR Miss Litter Box by user

6. IRIS Open Top Litter Box with Shield and Scoop

The IRIS Open Top Litter Box with Shield and Scoop is sold on Amazon. 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.

IRIS High Shield Litter Pan

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.

7. Modkat Litter Tray

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. The Modkat Litter Tray sells on Amazon.

Modkat Open Tray Litter Box

8. Frisco Top Entry Litter Box

In general, I am not a fan of top-entry litter boxes.  They are considered a hooded litter box, and if they are not kept clean, then they can really smell terribly.  And if a cat’s litter box smells terribly, they’re less likely to want to use it.  Even if it is a problem for the human nose, it’s a bigger problem for a cat’s.

If you order a top-entry design litter box to try, then you want to be sure to measure your cat in comparison to the measurements of the box.

This Frisco Top Entry Cat Litter Box on Chewy is the largest I have seen.

Another reason I am not a crazy fan of top entry boxes is because as a cat ages, it makes it harder for them to get in and out of the box.

9. Extra Large Affordable Cat Litter Box from Korea

This wholesale extra large open design litterbox was recommended to us by a reader who has very tall cats. Its extremely affordable and comes in many different colors.

How to Make a High Sided Litter Box – DIY High Sided Litter Box

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)

Here’s a recent discussion we had on this topic on Facebook:

DIY Litter Box – without a door

Check out these pictures and directions from a few Floppycats reader on how they made their own high-sided litterboxes:

Litter Boxes for High Spraying Cats IMG_0340

DIY Litter Box – with a door

I cannot remember how it came about – but Floppycats’ reader Aims Windler in a comment on a Facebook post, posted a photo of her DIY litter box.  So I replied to that comment on Facebook and asked, if she could please email me to tell me in detail how they made their homemade litter box. Turns out it’s really simple to make but quite effective at giving your cat privacy and helping to keep odors sealed inside a box.

Two cats on a patio walking past a DIY litter box

DIY Litter Box With A Door

Total Time: 1 hour

Choose Your Container Size

They started with a clear plastic storage box from eBay. There are various sizes of storage boxes available, so you should measure for your biggest cat and find the one that will comfortably fit them. Aims chose the 29.0589 gallons (110 liter) box for their biggest cat.

Purchase & Install Cat Door

They then bought a regular cat door that you’d install on your home, cut a hole for it in the side of the box, and added it. Despite the walls of the box being thin, you can attach the cat door as long as it has a tunnel joining the two sides of it. The cat door that Aims chose was this one on Amazon (similar to this one in the USA).

Once the flap is installed, the litter box is ready to use. It’s a good sized box that gives your cat plenty of space to feel comfortable, but because it’s an enclosed box there’s some sense of privacy (even with a transparent box) and smells won’t be as strong.

Of course, if your cat is not used to cat doors or cat flaps, there might be a small amount of training involved – like perhaps leaving the flap off the door at first, until they are using the litterbox.

Fill it with Litter!

You could use any kind of litter with this DIY litter box. I asked Aims what they used, and they said they used Catsan, which is a non-clumping litter of tiny stones that work like crystals. Clumping litter would work fine though.

Estimated Cost: 50 USD

Supply:

  • A clear plastic storage box from eBay
  • A cat door

Tools:

  • Box Cutter

Materials: Your preferred Cat Litter of course!

What do you think of this simple DIY litter box build? Have you designed your own litter box too?  We’re always happy to share readers’ designs and help others to find a litter box that works for them and their cat.

Other Products for High Spraying Cats

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

Litter Lifter Cat Litter Scoop Magic 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.

Litter Lifter Peaked Blades
Litter Lifter Peaked Blades

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. The Blackhole cat litter mat sells on Amazon.

BlackHole Litter Mat Blackhole Cat Litter Mat - Extra-Large Size

High Spraying Cats FAQ

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.

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.

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54 thoughts on “Litter Boxes for High Spraying Cats

  1. Sue Reddel says:

    Thanks for sharing such an informative article. I really appreciate it. My long-legged high peeing friend has started peeing out the front of the DIY box we created. I’m going to try another box and not cut an entrance into it. One question, do your Mom’s cats have no problem jumping into the box. Both our cats are healthy ten-year-olds but will eventually become a problem too? BTW we have two boxes.

    • Jenny says:

      My parents’ cats are now passed – but no, they never had a problem jumping in and out – as they aged, mom got lower boxes. And they would step up into them and step out of them. You might look into creating one with the door – as they could do that at any age. My dad and I experienced making one with a door. And I might still pursue it.

      • Sue Reddel says:

        Thanks! Sorry to hear that. We tried one with a door and they both refused to go in. They are really something. We’ll keep trying until we get it right. 🙂

  2. Blair T says:

    I have used the Kat Kave for years. I tried the NVRMiss, but with two large Ragdolls, the Kat Kave gives them more room to move around and even my stand-up peeing Ragdoll never got near the top of these.

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, the Kat Kave is great, if they will enter, turn around and pee – my parents’ cats entered and then peed, so it just shot out the hole.

  3. Carole V says:

    I had trouble with my rescue, TT, because he is so long legged and tall that nothing was high enough. I finally resorted to taping a rectangle of thin plastic sheeting to the wall so that it hung down into the box by an inch. Easy to dispose of and replace when I change out the box. Fortunately he always pees toward the back side (wall) side of the box!

  4. J says:

    We have the Iris one, and there is one problem, and that is that the top bit fits over the bottom with its edges going over the outside of the bottom part. This results in the urine running down the side and finding its way through the join down the outside. Theres less urine on the floor than without it, but it’s not foolproof. Hence why I’m here, to find a solution, think I’m going to use a storage solution, no joins, no leaks!

  5. MaryLou Rosemont says:

    Out of Sight High-sided Litter boxes are great. We used them for our cat when he started peeing over the regular box. They come in both disposable and regular plastic. There is also a beautiful cabinet that encloses the litter boxes but the unit and shipping are expensive so I always just bought the litter boxes by themselves. The owner and inventor of these boxes is a really nice guy and has always responded promptly to any questions I’ve had and given me great advice.

    https://outofsightlitterbox.com/accessories/

  6. Lisa Willmert says:

    I have a cat that stands to urinate as well. I like the bigger boxes but needed a higher back and sides. So I ordered the sides and clips from modkat and fitted to my current boxes that are 24L L by 18 W but was only 10 inches tall ( so phresh at Petco). With the modkat sides it gives me a total height of 17 inches. I looked a different Rubbermaid container but didn’t find one that would work.

    DIY custom high sided litterbox

  7. Bethany says:

    I have a very tall, very possessive Russian Blue who high sprays exactly once a week. When the boyfriend spends the weekend. I purchased a high sided pan, before I realized that it was only happening on weekends. The diy ideas here are great, because I can’t see buying an even more special litter box than the one I already have for a problem I can handle with puppy pads or maybe a cut storage bin. I’m also try behavioral stuff, to get my cat boy to like my human boy more.

  8. Kim K says:

    Thanks so much for this list! Will definitely be checking out a couple of these suggestions.
    However, I would like to add a serious drawback from one on here – I have the IRIS Open Top Litter Box with Shield – the shield is fine to keep litter in BUT if the cat pees above the seam it leaks out and down the outside of the pan making a big puddle under it. Just a note to maybe help some others looking for the perfect pan for those special kitties.

  9. ilovedaisies@mac.com says:

    Jenny,

    I know you love the Litter Lifter. And I do, too! But both myself and a cattery I love put that down, once we found this. You’ve got to try a Dura Scoop if you haven’t.

    When IckyPoo sold them, they came in various colors. I’d bought two — one as a gift — in both orange and turquoise.

    Thanks!
    Linda

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you for sharing and I am glad you love the DuraScoop! Yes, I have tried it – my mom had one – hated it, unfortunately. Found it to be super heavy to lift and sift through the litter and doesn’t have the triangular tines like the Litter-Lifter, which is why it rocks so much! I am glad you are happy with it, though! That’s what matters – finding what works best for you and your cat. That’s why I do reviews, so people can see if it will work for them or not.

  10. Patti Johnson says:

    Super fabulous & pawesome re-post, Jenny honey! THIS information is TERRIFIC! I know it will help lots of Floppycatters who haven’t seen this before! YAY!!! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3

  11. Patti Johnson says:

    I am a HUGE fan of the NVR Miss Litterbox! Prior to that I was using the same Nature’s Miracle Advanced High Sided Corner Litter Box that Cindy referenced in her comment on June 8, 2014 (above). Both were very well for our Miss Pink Sugarbelle but I prefer the NVR Miss Litterbox as they look a bit more stylish to me and their functionality works great for my baby girl!!! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  12. Dementia Boy says:

    Hi, Harold,

    Is your theory that Foster was going out of his way to establish territory, as he was the new kid on the block? He had to be a bigger cat than the other cats (“oooh, a tiger in the house”) so the other cats would know he was a tough guy, even if he wasn’t.

    • Dementia Boy says:

      P.S. Foster already had an inappropriate elimination problem. The family knew this fostering him. He should have had his own brand new litter box, perhaps apart from the others, so he wouldn’t smell cat and get stressed like he did at his old house.

  13. harold says:

    Hello everyone. I see that we have a host of litterbox issues to deal with and Jenny has suggested that I address them on this forum. I will take her up on that, and share insights and ideas on what can be done to mitigate these issues.

    First off though, a story and a question.

    A family with three male cats, all neutered was fostering a fourth cat (Foster) that was dropped off at a shelter for “innapropriate elimination”.

    They ordered two litterboxes, and shortly after delivery, I got an email explaining that Foster was clearing the top of the litterbox, by a lot.

    The solution to this super high peeing issue was to make a wall extension that enabled the height of the litterbox to reach 18 inches.

    The question is, why was Foster a problem? I have a theory. The first reader that determines what that theory is, will get a NVR Miss Litterbox.

  14. Gloria Weissman says:

    Dementia Boy,

    My boy is the biggest moosh you will find. He’s not afraid that some other cat will attack him while in the box. And no, he hasn’t always sprayed outside the box, it’s just that he has gotten older, and I think lazier, because he also doesn’t cover his poops or pees, so I know which are his. I have a long rug runner under the boxes, so when I see it’s wet, I know it’s him. In order to protect my carpet, I have put some puddle pads under under the rug. None of my other 3 cats spray outside the box, nor have any of my 2 previous Ragdolls. Bandit is the last one of my Ragdolls. He has already lived longer than his brother and sister who passed at 15 and 16.

    • Dementia Boy says:

      Lalalalaughing. Oh, Bandit couldn’t be a bigger moosh – love that word – than my William. Ask for a stereotype, a caricature, really, of a Ragdoll, and 19-lb. William would win, paws down. For 18-1/2 years, he allowed a snarky 8-lb diva to terrorize and abuse him. Jolie would run into the bathroom with William in hot pursuit, stopping just an inch or so before the tub and then spin around and run in the opposite direction. William, of course, would run full speed into the tub, nearly conking himself out. He never caught on. This made Jolie quite happy.

      Just a suggestion, although it makes me squirmy to say this: Look up the symptoms of feline cognitive dysfunction. (There’s a reason why my ID is Dementia Boy.) I didn’t realize William had severe cognitive dysfunction until he was 22 and began attacking the other cats, a very un-William thing to do. I looked up the symptoms and realized William had all of them except for inappropriate elimination, which is usually the first symptom. I had attributed the subtle changes in behavior to his being partially blind, partially deaf and, quite honestly, not the sharpest claw on the paw. Also, he had a helper cat, sweet Isabella (“Izzy”), who would track him down when he got lost and lead him back to bed. And, admittedly, I was somewhat in a daze during the last six months of his life as the love of my life, crazy, feisty roller derby queen Zen, was dying. So I wasn’t really paying attention to William. As long as he flopped and purred and billy goat jumped on the cat trees and cat walks, I thought he was okay.

      Medication worked well for two years, but when William was 24-1/3, without warning,without provocation, right in front of my eyes, two weeks after Zen’s death, he sliced open Isabella. I took her to ER first; then I went home and brought William back for euthanasia. By then, he had forgotten what he had done, despite all the blood, and was purring and flopping. I didn’t want it to end that way.

      Hopefully Bandit doesn’t have cognitive dysfunction. But given the lifespan of his siblings, it’s something to check out. You can always count on me for cheery info =(

    • Ruth Garland says:

      I have 3 that stand to pee. I must make my own litter boxes .
      Cutting a hole, defeat s the purpose , they will pee through the hole! They are now 14. May have to put steps to boxes. I have 10 kitties. 15, 2 are 14, 4 are 13, youngest is 6. I rescued cats that came to my house. All are rescues, one way or another.
      All inside kitties. I vacuum and clean a LOT! Lol
      They are worth it!

  15. Dementia Boy says:

    Molly of Mythicbells Persians uses the Egg Pod bed as a litter box for her – como se dice – high pee-ers. I know you’ve reviewed the Egg Pod previously as a bed, but Molly’s had great success with it as a litter box. I have her video on my YouTube home page – just look for something bright pink – but, being technologically impaired, I don’t know how to transfer it here. The video also shows another litter box that she’s customized for high pee-ers.

    • Jenny says:

      wow – there’s an idea! have you heard of that story about the cat that was found dead inside of a pei pod because it flipped over and he couldn’t get out and since there were no air holes, he died of suffocation?

      if you have a link to the mythicbells video, love to see it – tried to find it on your youtube but couldnt

      • Gloria Weissman says:

        I read somewhere that the pod be that the cat allegedly suffocated in was one made in China, which had no air holes, unlike the original. So if you are using that one, drill holes in it.

      • Dementia Boy says:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBk56ASxznY#t=16

        Here’s the link to Molly’s video. Kalahari, one of Molly’s sprayers, is a big galoot, weighing in at 12 lbs., twice the size of his parents. He’s very tall, so if this works for him, I’d think it would work for Ragdolls.

        The suffocated cat story is discussed in the comments, but it looks like Molly’s eggs have air holes.

        • Gloria Weissman says:

          What prevents the cat from spraying out the front of the pod. Great if your cat sprayed towards the back and sides, but the front is low.

          • Dementia Boy says:

            Gloria, I think your boy is unusual – maybe not. Being in the litter box is such a vulnerable position for a cat; cats I’ve known will squeeze around so that they see the front or wherever traffic is. They don’t want to be surprised by someone coming up to their backside.

            So the good thing is it sounds like your boy feels safe. Now, how to get him to turn around??? Has he always peed like this? What’s his temperament like?

          • Dementia Boy says:

            Gloria, I turned to Molly of Mythicbells for some possible solutions to Bandit’s problems. In a stream of consciousness, she suggested a whole bunch of stuff in the egg bed link above. Hope something helps.

        • Jenny says:

          watched it – why doesn’t she use litter?

          no, hers don’t have air holes – just paw print indents….hers is not a pei pod.

          • Dementia Boy says:

            Molly has so many different boxes, some with litter, some without. She is a woman on a mission =)

            My meth lab cat couldn’t stand litter – his peeing habits were quite strange, as was he – and I tried the paper towel thing and it worked!! I think I got the idea from Anitra Frazier.

  16. sondi moore says:

    I use The Breeze Litter System and that top covers the back half of the box and is easily removalable and washable. Here is a suggestion we use with our clients who don’t want to change boxes. Get some Peel and Stick (or Peel and Press). It’s like Saran Wrap. If the box is against a wall or the tub, pull out enough to press 12+” on the side of the wall/tub and let it hang into the litter box. Press it at the back side of the box and push litter against it. The pee will run down the wrap and into the box. Our client’s think we are so smart!

  17. Beth says:

    Like Suzanne, I use the big plastic storage totes. Brand name (Rubbermaid) are the best quality, more durable, but the cheap ones last a long time also. They’re too high for a small kitten to get in and out of easily so I’ve had to use regular litter boxes when there was a new baby in the house. Also we ran into problems with our old kitty when he was weak and sick. Otherwise the storage totes work great!

  18. Robotika says:

    I have the NVR Miss and, unfortunately, my boys will still elevator butt over the top of it. I think the size is too small too. They prefer something roomier and I’m debating getting storage boxes instead. So, preferably, a MUCH larger box with more room would be ideal.

    If you happen to have cats who do have elevator butt when peeing, I wouldn’t recommend NVR Miss. If yours don’t really do it, then go for it.

    Finding a decent litter box is a bit of a crap shoot (haha) and one can end up spending a lot just to find the perfect solution.

      • Robotika says:

        I’m still using the NVR Miss and wipe it down and the surrounding area when they do go over. It’s a pain, but it has to do for now. I do have a covered box as well, but my boys and I seem to prefer not having a lid. I’m looking for a replacement for the NVR Miss that has a lot of room to move. I’ll most likely have to alter a plastic storage box instead.

        • Nicole says:

          That’s what I ended up doing, too…altering a storage box. Even that took two tries, because the first time, I cut a fairly deep hole in the side of the box, figuring 8″ up from the bottom should be sufficient to contain the pee. Our boy pees standing up, quite typically with his rear towards the opening (of course). What I found is that I had to get the biggest, tallest storage container Target had and then cut an opening from the top that only came down 4″. It means that the cats do have to jump into their litter boxes, but neither of them seems to mind that and I’m not cleaning pee off the floor anymore. Hallelujah to that! 🙂

  19. Gloria Weissman says:

    I have the NVR Miss that my 17 year old Ragdoll uses. He has a habit of standing up while peeing. Sometimes, with the NVR Miss, he will stand up with his behind facing the opening, and ends up peeing on the mat underneath. Any suggestions?

    • Jenny says:

      Gloria, I am sorry to hear that – I forwarded your comment onto NVR Miss. I know they have stacked them to make them go up higher – maybe you need one that has no opening?

      • Gloria Weissman says:

        Jenny, In addition to the NVR Miss, I have 2 covered boxes from Petco. They are large. Sometimes my boy will even pee outside the box when he positions himself with his back end towards the opening. I’m thinking storage boxes might be next.

    • Dementia Boy says:

      This guy sounds like he wants open space behind his tail. So, if this hypothesis is correct, how do you accommodate that? Turn the NVR Miss around and put disposable material on the wall/floor? If he doesn’t like plastic, I’m not sure how the storage boxes would help.

  20. Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101) says:

    Those are both good for height but I recommend the NVR Miss. Btw, you’re video shows two stacked. If you want one with higher sides, the only other option is a DIY project with Rubbermaid type of storage containers.

    • Jenny says:

      Hey Layla,

      Yes, the thumbnail image of the video does show two stacked together, but the video, does not. I took that still photo of Caymus when I brought the boxes into the house, he immediately got in it and wanted to go the bathroom before I could get them separated (it already had litter in it). Yes, the Rubbermaid ones are great, and actually the NVR Miss sometimes isn’t high enough and you have to stack another one – Harold has a photo of how to do it, but I am not sure if it is on his site or if I’ve just seen it through email.

      Thanks for sharing!
      Jenny

  21. Suzanne says:

    You can also just buy storage boxes. My cats don’t spray, but they like ample boxes, so I buy large storage boxes instead of standard litter boxes because they just aren’t big enough, and my cats aren’t real big!
    I get ones only about 7 or 8 inches tall, but a few feet long. They come in so many sizes!
    So much less expensive too.☺

    • Jenny says:

      yes, i used to have those, but I didn’t like watching them jump in and out of them…guess you could always cut a hole. do you cut a hole?

      • Becky Burciaga says:

        Since I have two large Maine Coons, standard litter boxes don’t work for us. I’ve used large storage boxes and cut an opening in the side with an exacto knife, then used the flame from a lighter to seal the plastic…otherwise the sides are pretty rough, and sharp. The kitties use the boxes without a problem.

        High Sided Litter Box Made from a Storage Container

        High Sided Litter Box Made from a Storage Container

    • Elizabeth says:

      I find clear plastic storage boxes work best for our “Buddy.” I’ve tried the boxes for high spraying cats, but Buddy has inadvertently positioned his working end out the open entry. Yes, he has to jump into and out of the large sided storage box, but that’s good exercise for him!

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