When I saw the IRIS Ellipse litter box I immediately wanted to make a review of this cat box. I loved the design, simple and effective, but I had some questions about this unit such as the size. My cat is not large but she appreciates the space so I wanted to make sure the size of this litter box is enough for my kitty to maneuver while doing her business or digging. After I investigated this litter box I came to some conclusions that I am sure will help you to decide if this will work for your cat.
- Oval shape with no sharp corners, easier to scoop
- The smooth polished interior allows easy cleaning
- Modern and sleek design that fits with any decor
- Lower entry facilitates the cat to enter the litter box
- Rims help contain litter and cat urine
- Includes matching litter scoop
- It comes in two versions: Shielded and no shield
- Colors: Black, Gray, and White
- Dimensions with no shield: 19.00″L x 15.00″W x 5.10″H
- Dimensions with Shield: 19.68″L x 15.51″W x 10.63″H. Lower entry: 5.71″ High.
- Weight No shield version: 1.55 lbs
- Weight shielded version: 2.15 lbs.
How to clean the unit
Iris Ellipse cat litter box comes in two types, the basic version without shield, and the shielded unit. The basic version features a skirt rim that snaps on and you need to take it off to clean the litter pan. The shielded unit features a top shield that you need to remove to scoop the box. The shield provides a much taller wall so it contains more litter scattering and urine.
Both types, shielded and basic versions, come with a scoop and they both have a polished interior that gives the litter box anti-stick properties, making it much easier to clean. The inside of this litter box doesn’t have any nooks or crannies and it’s actually very smooth.
How to wash it?
Iris Ellipse comes with a snap-on rim or shield that you need to remove to wash it. In order to keep the smooth properties of the plastic is recommended to wash the litter box with a solution of lukewarm water and mild detergent. Don’t use harsh brushes or sponges to avoid scratching the surfaces.
What are the pros & cons of the IRIS Ellipse cat litter box?
If you like this litter box but are not sold yet, this list of pros and cons will help you to decide with truthful information. That’s the goal of this review.
- The cute and modern oval design provides style to your decor
- Two different options, with or without shield
- A rounded shape without corners makes it easier to scoop, not more clumps trapped in corners.
- The smooth polished interior provides anti-stick properties that help with the scooping
- High sides help contain litter and urine
- Easy to take apart to empty and clean
- The low front makes it easy for the cat to get in and out of the litter box
- Easy to carry and move around
- The shielded version provides a high back that keeps litter and urine inside the box.
- Nice colors
- Good price
- The size of the litter box is rather small
- Some litter gets caught under the “skirt” rim
- The version without a shield doesn’t stop much litter from going outside
- The scoop is too small
- Sometimes the rim or shield doesn’t snap on and it comes off if the cat moves it while using the litter box
- The rim makes it harder to scoop the litter box
You can use the IRIS Ellipse litter box with a liner. A cheap alternative is using a garbage bag making sure to make if fit very well. With a liner, you can change the litter much faster and easier.
My final thoughts about IRIS Ellipse litter box
IRIS Ellipse litter box is a nicely designed cat box with a modern and sleek look that allows you to put the litter box in living areas without looking too intrusive. The polished plastic gives the litter box a shining look and makes it much easier to scoop than regular litter boxes.
This unit is meant to be used with very tiny cats or kittens that squat to do their business. If you have a regular-sized cat most likely this litter box will be too small for your cat. A good rule of thumb is that any litter box needs to be at least half of the cat’s body as extra space. This ensures that the cat can move freely to do its business and turn around to dig which is essential for any cat.
I recommend the IRIS Ellipse litter box for kittens and cats weighing up to 7 lbs. Ideally, female cats that squat to do their business.