Scooping the litter box is probably one of the least agreeable tasks for those charged with taking care of cats. Some find it so repugnant, they turn to automated systems such as the Litter Robot 3, The LitterMaid 980 Mega, the CatGenie Self-Washing Cat Box, the ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter box, or the Omega Paw Self-Cleaning litter box. For reviews of these automated litter boxes, please click here:
For those who don't mind dealing with the litter box on a more personal level, the most important tool is the manual litter scoop. These come in two basic varieties: 1. short handle or 2. long handle. The long handle types are great for saving wear and tear on your back while scooping, because you can scoop from a standing position rather than stooping over the box. Another advantage to a long handle is that it keeps the waste at arm's length, and exposes you to less litter dust. The drawback is that they are a little on the pricey side.
On the other hand, a shorter handle affords you more precision in scooping, and allows for the use of a hide-away storage bin that keeps the scoop out of sight when not in use. With a short handle scoop, we want a sturdy handle and scoop that will not bend or flick material around unexpectedly. Presented in this article are reviews of the 11 best cat litter scoops from both basic categories: both short and long handles, and details of the pros and cons of each model.
1. PURRR-FECT SCOOP 34in Tall, Standing Litter Scoop, Silver
For the long-handle category, this is one serious piece of scooping technology.
2. Imperial Cat Neat 'n Tidy, Heavy Duty Litter Scoop for Cats
Another great high-tech scoop with a long handle, with no negatives.
3. Duranimals DuraScoop Cat Litter Scoop
For those who prefer a short-handled scoop, the Duranimals DuraScoop is a great scoop, if you are not picky about the color options.
4. Maison La Queue's Designer Cat Litter Scoop and Base
Great choice if you want a sleek hide-away option, and you don't mind a short handle option.