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The 9 Best Cat Litter Disposal Systems

Cat litter is unattractive, unhygienic, and must be disposed of on a regular basis.

Rather than contaminating the kitchen trashcan with odorous and unpleasant soiled litter, a reliable cat litter disposal system or waste receptacle allows you to maintain the litter tray clean without contaminating it.

Despite the availability of dozens of litter trays and boxes, dedicated litter disposal solutions are surprisingly scarce.

Below are reviews of eight of the best cat litter disposal systems from BestForPets (bestforpets.org), which allow you to store spent litter until it's time to permanently dispose of it.

Reviews

Litter Genie Cat Litter Disposal System XL – Overall Winner
 

The Litter Genie Cat Litter Disposal System XL is one of Litter Genie’s cat litter disposal systems.

According to the manufacturers, this extra-large capacity bin can contain up to three weeks of litter from a single cat, though your mileage may vary and if you have numerous cats, it will need to be emptied more frequently.

The pail design has a fitting cover that, when combined with the odor barrier of the unique bags, prevents odors from escaping even after three weeks of use.

The system is reasonably priced, and it comes with a single refill, a scoop, and a dedicated scoop container, making it our choice for the best overall cat litter disposal system and waste receptacle.

However, while the Litter Genie XL is fairly priced, it is only designed to function with Litter Genie XL refill bags, making it an expensive solution, particularly for households with many indoor cats.

Furthermore, while the XL size means less frequent litter disposal system emptying, it also means bigger bags that are more difficult to carry to the garbage.

 

Best Value Litter Genie Plus Cat Litter Disposal System
 

The Litter Genie Plus Cat Litter Disposal System is a more compact version of our top choice. Because of its smaller size and lower price, it is the greatest cat litter disposal system and trash receptacle for the money.

The Plus model not only has 30% more litter capacity than the normal model, but it also has antibacterial protection. Litter Genie claims to contain 14 days’ worth of litter from a single cat.

It is reasonably priced and appropriate for single-cat households or if you have numerous cats and are content with emptying the bag once a week or so.

It has less capacity than the XL, which is both a benefit and a disadvantage. It requires more regular changes, but it also makes the bag easier to transport to the household trash on garbage day.

However, like the other Litter Genie systems, it requires their own proprietary bag refills, which are not cheap, and the smaller size of this device means a smaller entrance, thus litter may become caught and linger around the disposal hole at the top.

 

Litter Champ Cat Litter Waste Disposal System – Excellent Option
 

The Litter Champ Odor-Free Cat Litter Waste Disposal System costs more than the Litter Genie versions, but it is a good disposal system with some useful features.

The ABS resin plastic container can carry 4 litres of litter, allowing it to last one to two weeks with a single cat. It employs a bag tying system, in which you tie the bag when it is full and tie the start of the next bag.

This can be inconvenient, especially if you tie the knots too loosely, but it also eliminates the need to remove the bag when it is half empty.

The system requires dedicated refills, which adds to the continuing expenditures, and you receive a single roll refill that should last for 10 weeks in a single cat household. It also comes with a scoop.

The Litter Champ is more pricey than the Litter Genies, but it has a convenient foot pedal opener and seems more sturdy.

The bag tying mechanism, while a touch fussy, ensures that no bag space is wasted. The accompanying scoop is small, and the pedal does not operate the trap door, so you must open it by hand or with the scoop.

 

Portable Cat Litter Disposal by Petfusion
 

The Petfusion Portable Cat Litter Disposal is a straightforward litter disposal solution in the style of a pail. One advantage of this system over others on the list is that it may be utilized with your preferred trash disposal bags.

If you use a scented or antibacterial garbage sack, you won’t have to pay for costly replacements. It also contains an activated charcoal filter to help prevent odors, which can be replaced with a variety of alternative filters.

Because you are not required to use branded refills, it reduces recurring expenditures, but it is one of the most expensive smaller disposal systems on the list.

The device is extremely simple and does not include a pedal, so you must manually open and close the lid. It does, however, have a portable locking handle.

The handle allows you to transport the full container to your household garbage when it needs to be emptied, which is useful if you have many litter trays dispersed throughout the house.

Because this is such a simple system, it does not avoid odors as well as other methods.

 

Hands-Free Diaper Pail Dekor Classic
 

The Dekor Classic Hands-Free Diaper Bucket is technically for diapers, but Dekor touts this ABS plastic pail as acceptable for kitty litter.

The pedal-powered bucket is pretty large and should store enough litter for at least two weeks.

If you use the provided refill, you will need to tie the top and bottom of the bags as you use them, which might seem unsanitary and potentially be a bit difficult, but the Dekor works with any bag that would fit, including huge garbage sacks, lowering the overall cost of your litter disposal system.

The spring-loaded trap door on the Dekor Classic Hands-Free Diaper Pail operates independently of the main lid. This means you’ll have to manually access it, and because it’s built for diapers, litter may collect around the trap door’s edge.

The alternative to directly shoveling litter into this area is to first place it in scoop bags, although this defeats the purpose of having a litter disposal system.

Overall, this is a fine alternative, although there are some limitations because it isn’t specifically made for cat litter.

Choosing the Best Cat Litter Disposal Systems

Cat litter is a particularly nasty byproduct of cat ownership.

Even if your cat has unrestricted access to the outside world, they still require a place to relieve themselves at home, and experts recommend that cat owners keep one litter tray per cat, plus one spare.

If you have two cats, you will need to empty three litter pans on a regular basis. Even if your cat uses the litter box seldom, the litter material itself requires emptying and renewing every week or two.

You can shovel solids and clumped litter into a bag, however this can result in dozens of little plastic bags being used each week.

You can transport the tray to the bin, but it requires handling litter trays on a regular basis and filling your household waste with cat excrement and urine, both of which are filthy and can cause illness if not properly handled.

A cat litter disposal system, often known as a cat waste receptacle, is a separate garbage can. It normally sits near the litter pan and serves as a place to store cat waste until it’s time to dispose of your home garbage.

They provide a cleaner, more convenient, and safer method of disposing of your cat’s waste.

The Advantages of a Cat Litter Disposal System

  • Easier — If you dispose of litter in domestic garbage cans, make sure they have lids, or the scent may rapidly become overpowering. In many cases, this entails transferring the litter tray to the bin or vice versa. A cat litter disposal device can be kept near the litter tray and other litter objects, reducing the distance you must transport the scooped litter.
  • Cleaner — Because you don’t have to walk to the trash can with scooped litter in your hand, there’s less chance of spilling it on the way, which means less cleaning throughout the house. Using a litter disposal system also eliminates the need to use disposable plastic bags and litter bags, both of which are harmful to the environment.
  • Less Smell — There is no getting around the fact that kitty litter stinks. That is why litter producers go to considerable lengths to promote their products’ ability to contain, avoid, or hide odors. And the scent does not go away once the litter is in the trash. Dedicated litter disposal systems combine features such as locking lids, carbon filters, and 7-ply bag refills to confine the stench within the pail itself, but standard trash cans do little to prevent the odorous waft of cat pee and excrement from pervading the area.

Cat Litter Waste Receptacle vs Diaper Pail

A dedicated garbage can next to the cat litter is one answer to the domestic cat waste problem, but few compact trash cans have handy lids or other features to prevent odors.

Another possibility is to use a diaper pail. These are garbage cans meant to hold baby diapers, and also include odor control elements.

They are, however, also intended for soiled diapers. These are usually extremely hefty, and the soil is somewhat contained within the diaper.

Lighter cat litter will not open spring-loaded trap doors, and odor control will usually be considerably more effective. Diaper pails are also fairly large because they may hold multiple diapers each day, as opposed to one or two scoops of cat litter.

Features

When shopping for a cat litter waste receptacle, look for the following features:

Lid with Pedal Operation

After scooping the litter, you should be able to effortlessly dump the items inside the garbage. If it has a manual lid, juggling a scoop and the lid itself, as well as handling the cat litter garbage lid, is not an enticing prospect.

Although a pedal-operated lid is not required, it is a useful feature to seek for.

However, keep in mind that most systems include a top lid and a trap door, and the trap door is not normally activated by the pedal, so you will still need to open it with the scoop or another method.

Door of Trap

Many disposal systems incorporate a trap door beneath the main lid that acts as an extra barrier to keep odors from escaping.

The litter is placed on the trap door, which is then opened, allowing the litter and its contents to fall into the trash. These are effective at preventing odors from escaping.

They are, however, spring-loaded, which means you must use the scoop to push them open, thus you will need a scoop that matches the trap door opening.

Furthermore, the trap door will need to be cleaned on a regular basis, and some do a poor job of removing all the trash, especially if it’s damp and prone to sticking to hard surfaces.

Capacity

The litter receptacle’s capacity is important because if it doesn’t store enough litter, you’ll have to empty it every couple of days, defeating the purpose of having one in the first place.

On the other side, if the bin’s size is too huge, cat urine and dung might fester for weeks, and removing the bag can be heavy and difficult.

Consider how frequently your household waste is collected and try to match the litter trash capacity to that timetable.

Handle that is portable

Litter receptacles can be placed near the litter tray, although most homes have at least two trays and do not require two litter systems.

A movable handle allows you to transfer the litter about your house and from one litter tray to the next, making it easier to empty each tray.

Bag Replacements

The majority of cat litter disposal systems have their own bags and bag systems. Many require you to tie the bag before and after use, preventing you from having to tie off and dispose of a half-full bag.

This does, however, imply that you will need to purchase replacement bags or cartridges developed expressly for use in your cat litter system.

These can be costly, so while the litter removal system is inexpensive, the ongoing expense is not.

Some systems are compatible with regular kitchen waste sacks or even some shopping bags, although these do not offer antibacterial or odor-busting qualities.

Conclusion

There’s no getting around the reality that cat litter is disgusting, but if you have a cat, you’ll have cat litter.

Emptying the litter and its contents into regular household trash cans is not the most sanitary or easy way to dispose of it, which is where cat litter disposal systems come in handy.

We cover five of the best cat litter disposal systems for this purpose in our reviews, and BestForPets (bestforpets.org) discovered that the Litter Genie XL had the best combination of price and litter storage and disposal capabilities of all the available devices.

If you want to spend less, the same company’s Litter Genie Plus Cat Litter Disposal System does a good job for a lot less money.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher

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