As much as we adore our feline family members, their litter boxes can be major eyesores in your home. "We live in a small apartment," explains Tuft + Paw founder Jackson Cunningham. "When we rescued our own cat, we realized it was pretty much impossible to find cat furniture that met the standard of things we wanted in our space."
Fortunately, with a little digging, you'll find an assortment of modern litter boxes on the market that were designed to fit seamlessly into your décor scheme. "Most cat owners have gotten used to the idea that an ugly litter box is a necessary evil and have accepted that it's something that needs to be tucked away in a corner or closet," Cunningham says. "We felt like any object in your home, regardless of its purpose, deserves to be designed with intention. Most people are interacting with their litter box every day, so having a thoughtful design can make a huge difference."
Of course, a thoughtfully designed litter box should be more than attractive; it should make the otherwise tough job of kitty cleanup a breeze. "The most important factor of a well-designed litter box is that it's easy to clean," Cunningham says. "Look for ones with simple, clean lines—that don't stray unnecessary bits of litter."
On the hunt for a modern cat litter box that you won't mind looking at? We rounded up some surprisingly chic options you can order online with ease. From sophisticated midcentury styles to ultramodern cat condos, read ahead for 10 beautiful litter boxes that hide in plain sight.
A clean-lined litter box with built-in cleaning tools simplifies cleanup without cramping up a small space. The Cove Modern Litter Box at Tuft + Paw features an integrated scoop, dustpan, and hand brush as well as a hidden handle at the bottom that makes it easy to move around.
Shop Now: The Cove Modern Litter Box, $129; tuftandpaw.com
Don't let the good looks of the Way Basics Enclosed Modern Cat Litter Box fool you. It's as practical as it is attractive. Inside, you'll find a hidden compartment designed to hold a litter box (complete with a cutout in the doors to improve airflow) along with an area near the opening that fits most scratch pads. Made with durable recycled paperboard, the Way Basics Enclosed Modern Cat Litter Box is eco-friendly, non-toxic and free of formaldehyde and VOC. It also comes in a ton of colors to fit any decor.
Shop Now: Way Basics Enclosed Modern Cat Litter Box, $87; amazon.com
Honestly, we've never seen a litter box that looks this good. Reminiscent of mid-century modern furniture, this sleek cabinet features a hidden compartment for a kitty litter tray that is surrounded by holes for good airflow to avoid unpleasant smells. Cats enter through the cubby on the left, so this unit may be a bit too cozy for larger cats (sorry, Maine coons!).
Shop Now: Tuft + Paw Rifiuti Modern Cat Litter Box, $599; tuftandpaw.com
If you thought there was no such thing as a sophisticated cat house, then it's time to reconsider. Inspired by modern architecture, the Furrytail Glow House Cat Litter Box with Scoop at Amazon has a cool, semi-transparent privacy door and pullout drawers for storing litter, scoops, and other accessories.
Shop Now: Furrytail Glow House Cat Litter Box with Scoop, $148; amazon.com
If you have a larger cat, or one that likes to dig or play in its litter, then we have the modern litter box for you. The Modkat XL at Modkat is covered with a three-fold lid to trap litter inside that doubles as a walk-off mat (for catching any stray debris).
Shop Now: Modkat XL Litter Box, $140; modkat.com
Searching for a compact litter box that will blend seamlessly into a midcentury modern-inspired interior? The Oak/White Gaia Litter Box Enclosure is composed of solid wood in a snazzy two-tone finish and provides just enough room to hide a litter box.
Shop Now: Gaia Litter Box Enclosure, $104; wayfair.com
Love the idea of a litter box that looks like a nightstand? The Staart Decorative Dyad Wooden Cat Litter Box & Nightstand boasts a water-resistant finish and moonlights as a cute bedside table to boot. Cats access from a cutout on the side of the unit that can be placed on either end to best fit your space. Even if you don’t want to stash kitty’s litter box inside, it’s a cozy enclosure to hold a pet bed instead!
Shop Now: Staart Dyad Wooden Cat Litter Box & Nightstand/End Table, starting at $140; amazon.com
Looking for a cat litter box with an ultramodern edge? The Sikoon MS Modern Cat Litter Box showcases a curvy, ultramodern plastic body designed to keep litter from falling out and is available in four pretty colorways, including mint green and pink. Cats enter the curvy, hut-like enclosure from the side, and the fold-down front panel also has a clip to hold the included litter scoop in place!
Shop Now: Sikoon MS Modern Cat Litter Box, starting at $110; amazon.com
Dealing with a dog in the house that likes to play in your cat's litter box? The IRIS Top Entry Cat Litter Box with Cat Litter Scoop at Amazon features a sleek, bucket-style design with a feline-sized entrance on top that your dog won't be able to fit into.
Shop Now: IRIS Top Entry Cat Litter Box, $35; amazon.com
The only thing better than a good-looking litter box is one that doubles as a side table. The Frisco Decorative Side Table Cat Litter Box Cover at Chewy can be used as a litter box enclosure or private kitty condo and provides shelf and tabletop for storing human essentials.
Shop Now: Frisco Side Table Cat Litter Box Cover, $69; chewy.com