Hate scooping? The Van Ness sifting litter box employs a sifting system that lets cat owners clean the litter without ever using a scoop. Is that a good solution? Would it work for you? Let’s take a look and see what the pros and cons of using this box are.
What is the Van Ness Sifting Litter Box and How Does it Work?
The Van Ness Sifting Litter Box comes with two nesting pans and a sifting screen. Essentially, you put the sifting screen inside a litter pan. When you want to clean up the box, you just lift the sifting screen and shake it gently. Clean litter gets sifted through into the litter pan underneath. The clumps stay on top of the screen.
Now you can take the sift and dump its contents away. You’re left now with a litter pan filled with clean litter, holding a sift in your hand. How to get the sift back underneath the layer of litter? Ahh, that’s when the second litter pan comes into play. It’s still empty, remember? So you just lay the sifting screen on top of the empty tray and pour the clean litter back into that. Voila! You’re back to the original setup of a litter pan > sifting screen > litter. Clean and ready for the next use.
The two litter pans stack up within one another, so while is being used, the other patiently awaits its turn underneath, never taking up extra space.
And in case that still sounds confusing, here’s a short effective video demonstrating the use of the Van Ness Sifting Litter box:
What Are The Other Features of The Van Ness Sifting Litter Box?
The Van Ness Sifting Litter Box has a high polished finish making the nesting pans and sifting screen stain resistant. The pans are also surrounded with a frame so the additional height reduces litter spills outside the box. It is made in the United States and comes in two different colors (the sifting screen is white but the nesting pans come in blue and grey).
How Big is The Van Ness Sifting Litter Box?
The product comes in just one size. The dimensions are: 19.5″ x 15.1″ x 8″. It weighs 1 pound.
Is that big enough? That really depends on your cat. If you read our guide on how to choose a litter box, you’ll know that it needs to be large. At least 1.5 times longer than the length of your cat, nose to tail. With that in mind, this Van Ness model may be on the small side for larger than average cats.
Is there another way to set up this system?
We described the manufacturer’s recommended way of use above. However, reading reviews about this product, looks like some cat owners are using it differently.
Instead of the recommended stacking order (from bottom to top) of pan > pan > sifting screen > litter, they go with a pan > sifting screen > pan > litter arrangement.
Why do that? The idea is not to let the sifting screen come in constant contact with the litter on a regular basis to prevent it from clogging up. As a cat digs in and reaches the sifting screen, it’s more likely to bring it in direct contact with pee and poo. And cleaning a sifting screen is clearly harder than cleaning a litter pan.
Does The Van Ness Sifting Litter Box Come In A Covered Version?
Yes it does and you can check it out here:
Just like the Van Ness Sifting Litter Box, the Van Ness Sifting Enclosed Cat Litter Pan’s additional feature is the cover that comes with a detachable door. This covered version also has a replaceable zeolite air filter so that the box is ventilated but less odor comes out. Of course, if you want to reduce and even eliminate litter box odors, the key is not to cover but to clean the box properly. Always remember that.
And if you’re wondering about whether to get a covered or non-covered version of this box, take a minute to read what science tells us about the topic in our post Do cats like covered litter boxes.
The dimensions of this hooded box are 21.5″ x 17.5″ x 19″. It is 6.3 pounds, so larger than the non-covered version.
The Van Ness Sifting Litter Box Pros & Cons
- Thorough cleaning. All of the litter gets sifted at once so no chance of leaving behind any clumps.
- According to people who owned it, the process is fast.
- According to reviewers, using this as per the manufacturer’s instructions gets the sifting screen clogged. The way around that is to use the hack mentioned above and change the order of the trays so that you only bring out the sifting screen when actually cleaning the box.
- You have to lift the entire box whenever you clean it. If you find a full litter box heavy and difficult to lift, maybe a sifting litter box isn’t a good choice for you.