Cat litter trays vs self-cleaning litter boxes

There are two main options when it comes to choosing a litter box: traditional litter trays and self-cleaning litter boxes. But which is better? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each.

Katz-Loo and Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes 

The growing popularity of automatic litter boxes means countless customers have fallen in love with using Katz-Loo in their self-cleaning litter boxes. The unique combination of granule sizes is ideal for forming perfect clumps that are easy for any of the various mechanisms to clean automatically.

Traditional Litter Trays

The classic litter tray is the most common option for cat owners. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are typically made from plastic. They require regular cleaning, but are relatively cheap and easy to use.


🐈They’re cost-effective: Traditional litter trays are usually much cheaper than self-cleaning litter boxes.

🐈They’re easy to use: Just fill them with litter, and your cat will do the rest!

🐈They’re easy to find: Traditional litter trays are widely available, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding one.

👎They require regular cleaning: You need to scoop out the waste regularly and change the litter every few days. Happily, the “clumping” part of Katz-Loo Natural Clumping Cat Litter makes removing waste super easy.

👎They can pong: Without proper cleaning, traditional litter trays can become quite smelly (unless, of course, you use Katz-Loo Natural Clumping Cat Litter, which traps odours and has natural sodium that inhibits the growth of bacteria).

👎They can be messy: If your cat is a digger, they can make quite a mess when using a traditional litter tray, and bits of litter can end up all over the floor.


Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes

Self-cleaning litter boxes are a more high-tech option for cat owners. They use sensors to detect when your cat has used the litter box, and automatically clean the waste away.


They’re convenient: Self-cleaning litter boxes require minimal effort on your part. You don't need to scoop out the waste or change the litter as often.

🐈Odour control: Because self-cleaning litter boxes clean themselves (the clue is in the name, lol), there’s less odour than with a traditional litter tray. You can also use Katz-Loo Natural Clumping Cat Litter in self-cleaning litter boxes, which will help control odours even more.

🐈There’s less mess: Self-cleaning litter boxes are designed to contain the litter and waste, so there’ll be less mess on the floor.


The cost: Self-cleaning litter boxes are significantly more expensive than traditional litter trays.

👎Maintenance: While self-cleaning litter boxes require less maintenance than traditional litter trays, they still need to be cleaned regularly. The self-cleaning function can also malfunction and require fixing.

👎The noise: The sound of a self-cleaning litter box in action can be unsettling for some cats, and could cause them to avoid using the litter box altogether.


Ultimately, whether you choose a traditional litter tray or a self-cleaning litter box will depend on your lifestyle and preferences. No matter which option you choose, just remember that a dirty litter box can lead to health problems and make your cat reluctant to use it, so make sure you keep it clean and fresh for a purr-fect litter box experience.