The Purr-fect Litter Box for Your Cat – Review of the NVR Miss Litterbox

Litter Box in use When I first started blogging in 2010, it was all about telling the story of my life with my cats. I had not remotely entertained the thought I would be discussing a subject so unseemly as litter boxes, but it turns out when you have cats, they go paw in paw and the topic is unavoidable.

NVR Miss Litterbox

No one knows this more than the folks at NVR Miss Litterbox  so when they reached out and asked if I wouldn’t mind testing out the NVR Miss Litterbox for review, how could I possibly turn the opportunity down with my feline focus group of seven extremely adept litter users? I don’t know about your house, but in mine, using the litter box is something akin to an Olympic event and all my cats strive to win a gold medal each time they go. Could NVR Miss stand up to the challenge of my active and enthusiastic multi-cat gang?

Thankfully, for the most part, my cats have good litter habits. The only exception is my male, Rolz. Rolz is an “elevator peeing” champion. Elevator peeing is that balancing act your cat performs by trying to get as high up as possible near the rim of a litter box to lift his/her tail to spray urine all over the walls and floors. Granted, Rolz didn’t “elevator pee” every day, but he did it enough to be a pain – especially when I would be walking out the door for work and would catch him in the act and have to call in late to clean up the unpleasant mess.

NVR Miss Litterbox is "perch-proof"

Our Olympic tester, Rolz, is instantly drawn to the NVR Miss Litterbox and begins to enter the box to see if it meets his approval.

The initial problem was because I was using a regular litter box that you would find at any discount store – low sides of equal height all around which made it far too easy for him to lift his tail and spray with wild abandon.

Eventually I managed to find a litter box that looked like Santa’s sleigh – very high walls at the back (typically where he stood to do his high peeing), that graduated lower in front for him to get in and out of. I wish I could say it solved his problem, but since I was relegated to taping puppy pee pads to the wall to absorb any spraying incidents that might (and did) occur while I was not at home to clean them up, I think that qualifies as a resounding, “NO.”

NVR Miss Litterbox is easy to get in and out of

Once Rolz steps in, he begins to situate his long body to the horizontal shape of the box.

Right off the bat, the NVR Miss Litterbox was different. It had high walls of equal height around it, with the exception of the entry that was lower and centered HORIZONTIALLY! Hmmm… the design had potential. To use the litter box, Rolz had to enter the box vertically, and once inside, he had to turn his body horizontally to do his business. He seemed to have plenty of room to feel comfortable without being able to find an easy to use spraying spot.

A great litter box for multi-cat homes

Rolz is completely at home in his new litter habitat – no reservations whatsoever with christening the box!

Was it really as simple as that? Well, in a nutshell, honestly it was. Rolz is no longer autographing the walls and floors with his urine and the NVR Miss folks score a major gold medal in my mind for striping that title from him!! The next big issue I needed NVR Miss to tackle is what I call the “litter-flinging” event. Again, anyone that has a cat can relate to the determination and gusto they have when it comes to flinging litter across the floor to bury their mess. Sigh… it’s a never ending battle in our house keeping the floors litter free. Scoop, sweep, repeat. Scoop, sweep, repeat. Scoop, sweep, repeat….

Thanks again to the ingeniously simple design of the NVR Miss Litterbox, the litter flung on the floor and tracked around the house has been significantly reduced. Another gold medal for Team NVR Miss!! The only issue I had is one that happens with most anything that is new – because the walls are so high, I had to readjust my scooping habits to accommodate for the height. The first few days were awkward for me, but now I’m a pro – I find if I angle the scoop at the opening of the litter box, then it’s quite easy for me.

With NVR Miss Litterbox - no more litter on floor!

Rolz is a very long cat and the NVR Miss Litterbox suits his size very well. You will notice no litter on the floor either!

The box comes in a neutral white color (brown as seen in photos is no longer available) and is 22” long x 15” wide x 11.25” high. It is made of a durable plastic with widely curved corners that make it easy to scoop litter without it getting stuck to the sides. NVR Miss is a Canadian company but you can easily order the NVR Miss to ship in the U.S. It retails for $20.95 plus shipping and while the box might seem costly, in the long run it is well worth the investment and you will not be disappointed. The only thing this litter box doesn’t do, is stop my cats from using the box again and again, instantly after I scoop it, or uncannily, right before company comes to the house…

We highly recommend this product in our high-litter volume household of seven cats and thank NVR Miss for the opportunity to test this product. We were not compensated in any way other than the sample NVR Miss litter boxes sent to us. For details on this pawsome product, please click here.

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Most cats instinctively know to use a litter box, but when they don’t, it can cause extreme frustration for pet parents and is one of the most common reasons why cats are brought to shelters. Nobody wants that to happen – one way to keep your cat happy and healthy is with the proper litter box like the NVR Miss. But if  your cat is exhibiting ANY unusual litter box habits (both inside and outside of the litter box), please consult your trusted veterinarian to find out if your cat has any medical issues that need immediate attention. 

For additional information on why your cat might be exhibiting poor litter habits and what you can do to help prevent them, please read this article on litter etiquette 101 for details. And if you like posts like this, please be sure to subscribe to our email updates so that you don’t miss out!

 

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  1. Ingrid King says:

    Best. Litter box. Ever.

    Great review!

  2. Sandy Dean says:

    Where can these boxes be found???? We have 4 covered boxes set inside Rubbermaid containers lined with puppy potty pads. I don’t know just how they get the potty between the pan and the lid but they are masters at it! I would so like to give one of these boxes a try. ASAP!!!!!

  3. Marg says:

    Even with all the cats here, we don’t seem to have a litter box problem. But then we do have five litter boxes in the house. And the Person cleans them a lot. But that litter box does look interesting. I would think they would still track some of the litter out of the box on their paws. Thanks for the great review.

    • Deb says:

      Marg, thankfully my cats are not too bad either, other than Rolz and the nonstop amount of scooping I have to do!! There is still some litter on their paws, but it is reduced significantly because you are not dealing with all that litter flinging that happens from a box with low height sides!

  4. Bernadette says:

    Like Rolz, I always used to say about my Stanley that he liked to write his name on the wall–and he was also a major backhoe, getting revved up by digging to China in one direction, then switching around and moving all the litter to the other end of the box. Litter was everywhere. I had seniors and kitties with limited mobility for so many years that I just used the low flat ones and cleaned up. Now I have tall plastic bins and one angled one, and Bean likes to write his name on the backs of the boxes, but I still have the lazy ones who hop in to pee in the angled one, but their angle is outside the box! And the main culprit is little Kelly!

    • Deb says:

      LOL Bernadette!! That is quite a picture you have painted!! Rolz also likes to do his business in the porcelain guest tub, so I have put three plastic crates in the tub and covered it with large pieces of cardboard to keep him out. Not the most attractive set-up, but it does work. I just pull the shower curtain fully across the tub and no one is the wiser until we have company!!

      My little Mia is addicted to me scooping the litter – the second I pick up the scoop, she pops up out of nowhere and is instantly in the box as I scoop. It is our special bonding time…

      All cats are so different as you well know!!

  5. Cheysuli says:

    How interesting. So far, as girls we are pretty good with the litter box. Gemini, of course, has her issues but we think we understand those and have hopes of changing them once she is feeling good again!

  6. Great review!

    If I didn’t have the litter set up that I currently have, I would try this. I have an enclosed litter cabinet in my bathroom and since I only have one cat, that is enough for him. If I had a house, as most of you do, then I would definitely be interested in this. It is too large for our cabinet.

    • Deb says:

      Thanks Caren! I would love a nice cabinet for my cats, but Rolz has made that option all but impossible! This is a oversized box, so that is why I made sure to include the dimensions! Cody is such a good boy!!

  7. Average Jane says:

    That would definitely be worth trying for our male cat. He’s bad about peeing on the back wall of our lidded litter box, which often lets pee seep out along the seam between the top and bottom.

    • Deb says:

      It sure is amazing just how crafty our cats can be when it comes to peeing, Average Jane!! My cats never liked the lidded models, so maybe this NVR Miss will be the perfect box for your male!! Keeping my paws crossed for you!

  8. That is one nice litter box…no, really..I mean it! There is a kitty who is 2 years old at my former shelter who fractured his tibia and he needs to have a low litter box for 8 weeks…that model would have been great for him. He only has 2 more weeks of confinement but Mom thinks she may get one of those for the shelter to have on hand. Thanks guys, Paw pats, Savannah

    • Deb says:

      Savannah – that’s okay! We know you mean it!! We get excited about litter boxes at our house too and this is a nice one!! What a sweetheart you are to think of your shelter and possibly get them a NVR Miss box!! xoxo

  9. Ana Grupke says:

    Deb!
    Thank you thank you thank you for bringing this product to our attention. It is JUST want I need for my standing-up-to-pee kitty Mister! I am sharing with my meow.com facebook fans, my Real Men Love Cats group and all my cat loving friends! Great job! Keep these informative articles coming! *applaws*

    • Deb says:

      Ana! My pleasure! I hope to do more reviews like this – I think having the seven cats really helps give a well rounded review because the habits of each cat is unique and allows for many perspectives! Thanks for sharing and good luck with your “standing-up-to-pee-kitty!!”

  10. Mickey sometimes does that Stand and Spray thing. My covered box *mostly* solves this but not entirely. Thanks for the thorough review of this litter box. How high (in inches) are the sides?

    • Deb says:

      Julia – glad you found the review helpful! These are the dimensions: 22” long x 15” wide x 11.25” high. As you can see from the image of Rolz, the walls are quite high and he has plenty of room to move his body horizontally.

  11. Sally Bahner says:

    Pully starts in the box (which is high-backed with the lid propped behind it to catch overflow), moves to where his front legs are out of the box, lifts his butt and lets it rip, sprinkling most of the surface. The last few squirts may end up on the floor in front of the box.
    Then there are the times he goes “elsewhere.” I’ve spent years analyzing his LB habits, and just when I think I’ve figured things out he “breaks training.” ‘Course he is a bit ADD and the vet seems to think he has a mild case of cerebellum hyperplasia.

    • Deb says:

      My goodness Sally!! That’s quite a bit to deal with!! Cats are just like people in that regard – each and everyone of them is completely unique with their own set of habits and behaviors!

  12. We love and use NVR Miss boxes and proud they are a small (fellow) Canadian company.

  13. meowmeowmans says:

    What a great idea someone had to create these litter boxes. Luckily, our guys don’t have issues, but we do know a few cats that could use these!

  14. We’re so glad SOMEONE finally made these! We’ve been cutting “doors” in Rubbermaid containers for years to get those high sides!

    • Deb says:

      Lisa – I can only picture you with a steak knife cutting into a Rubbermaid container!! This is so much nicer and all the edges are nice and smooth!!

  15. Ms. Phoebe says:

    Mewmew! My Mom just bought us one of these on recommendation of the Cat Wisdom 101 mancats, and we couldn’t be more pleased with it. It is all the things mew say about it. Along with the easy clean up, Mom likes that it is so thick and sturdy. Other litter pans she has bought us in the past seemed to crack and break, barely lasting a month or two. My brother Kaspy and I give the NVR Miss Litterbox eight paws up! Mewmew!

    • Deb says:

      Thank you for sharing your personal support of this great litter box, Ms. Phoebe!!! We really appreciate you stopping by to comment and let others know it worked for you too!

  16. Christine says:

    Wow–no litter flinging! I have to try this. My only concern is that my cats prefer privacy. They always had a cover and if I didn’t know they were in there (because I couldn’t see them), and came too close, the would stop their business and run out in disbelief and find another litter box.

    Looking forward to the super special offer!

    • Deb says:

      It’s amazing how different each cat is, Christine. Mine hate the boxes with a cover and seem to enjoy using the box exclusively in my company, almost as if it is a gift and privilege for me to have them share this glorious act with me….

  17. I think Carmine would win a gold medal if litter flinging were a sport! It always looks like I have a desert in my bathroom! The high sides would definitely help with that issue. I’m not sure Lita would like the high sides, though. She is rather skittish and needs to be able to see around her when she’s in the box to feel safe. Still, I may have to invest in one of these at some point as an additional litter box for Carmine. Thanks for sharing your review!

  18. Beth says:

    I had high hopes for this but my cat still backs up to the opening — which is even lower than her previous litterbox, so she’s going over the edge even more than she did before. Very disappointed.