Pet Furniture

Published on March 23rd, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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A cute catbox . . . finally!





Krista joins the many Ikea hackers who finally found a cute solution to a messy problem. It is a more compact version of this PS litter box hack and offers a side entrance, instead of making kitty climb up through a hole in the floor of the cabinet. If you don’t have much space at home, this could be it.

Krista says, “So here’s our solution – finally – to the litter box issue.

First there is the question – where to put the litter box. Then, how to clean it easily.

And can it be cute?
Can we hide it in plain site?
Without too much odor?

It has taken us lots of moves, lots of trials and errors,and lots of hacking, but finally, we figured out a simple, convenient cat box solution that also fits our decor. Hooray!

We used a PS cabinet on casters cut a entry hole in one side, sanded and taped the edges, and put a litter box inside.

We and our 4 cats, are now quite happy.”

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19 Responses to A cute catbox . . . finally!

  1. Alexa says:

    Hmm… I may have to make a few of these for my MIL and her herd of cats.

  2. unique says:

    Great idea for a litter box!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Four cats use this one box? Do you have four more of these around your house? How do the cats feel about the tiny opening and the low clearance?

  4. Tim Gray says:

    Don’t tape the edges. go to a car parts place and get door edge moulding or “protector” and put this on. it’s safer for kitty and looks far better.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Can I just say…..GENIUS!! Who would have tought and who would know there’s a litter box in there. Could also use it to hide a doggy bed too I suppose! Fabulous share…thanks!

  6. Anonymous says:

    sooooo, assuming one isn’t handy with a saw or any cutting instrument. does anybody personally manufacture these things? like any of those “etsy” type websites??

  7. Anonymous says:

    sooooo cute, what a great idea! kitties need style, too~

  8. liz says:

    That is really cute, but I would take off the wheels. My cats would be rolling around the apartment in that thing. They launch in and out of the litterbox with a lot of force. Right now the box is in the bathroom, and they jump all the way out to the hallway without ever setting a paw on tile.

  9. Cezille says:

    where’s the cat? Lol! This is so cute. Your kitty will surely love this :D

  10. Mel V says:

    i just love it…so much…i can totally try to copy this… great idea.

  11. Gung says:

    For young cats, that looks like a cute idea, but when your cats get older, health problems often get in the way of them being able to use a litter box at all, let alone one is such a cramped space. For my cat, it was diabetes. Also, urinary infections and arthritis can also cause them to go on the floor.

  12. MonicaBerry says:

    cute, but how do you keep the cat(s) from eating the rubber plant? Our cats killed mine, along with every other houseplant I had…

  13. Anonymous says:

    i’m sorry but this seems a bit selfish to the kitties to me.

    i’ve had at least four kitties in my life and all of them took care of their business in a semi standing-stooping position.

    your box is clever but hardly gives the kitties enough room to relieve themselves comfortably. their poor heads are surely down low while they’re using the box. how yucky is that?

    it seems to me your main priority was style verses your pets comfort.

    i urge you to use the same clever idea but with a taller box. your kitties deserve it, don’t you think? :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    i’m sorry but this seems a bit selfish to the kitties to me.

    i’ve had at least four kitties in my life and all of them took care of their business in a semi standing-stooping position.

    your box is clever but hardly gives the kitties enough room to relieve themselves comfortably. their poor heads are surely down low while they’re using the box. how yucky is that?

    it seems to me your main priority was style verses your pets comfort.

    i urge you to use the same clever idea but with a taller box. your kitties deserve it, don’t you think? :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    My most importent question would be if it really contains the smells, because that is our main problem!

  16. meems says:

    Hi! I love this idea! What did you used to cut the metal? I want to make something similar with a microchip door for cat feeding.

  17. Fai says:

    This litter box “solution” and others like it on the site are downright irresponsible. You’re forcing your cat to poop in a tiny, enclosed space, surrounded by their own odor. The problem is compounded if you have more than one cat, because whoever is in there will feel vulnerable and trapped. Cats do not want privacy when they’re pooping (that’s a human concern) – they want security, which means an easy escape route.

    Basically you’re putting your own wants – “Decor” or “Aesthetic” – ahead of your cat’s needs.

    What you should have: An open (non-enclosed) litter box for each cat, plus one extra. This is a minimum number.

    An open box will actually smell much better than an enclosed box. It gives the litter a better chance to do its job clumping and drying out the “items” inside, and dissipates, rather than concentrating, the odors. However if you feel a need to enclose the box, the best thing to do is give it an entrance on each side (allowing your cat to feel like an escape route is available if one entrance is blocked), and leave lots of room for your cat to turn around and stand up comfortably. The box should have good ventilation/air flow – more than just the two openings – so that smells do not get trapped in the box.

    Don’t even get me started on people who think scooping the box once a week is something to be proud of. Would you just keep pooping in the toilet on top of your own poop, then just flush once a week? Your cat has to dig in its own poop to make a spot for the next one. Clean it daily. Better yet, keep an open box in the bathroom and scoop it whenever you stop by to go pee. If your cat is healthy and you scoop the box every day, the litter box should never smell bad.

    I know an open box is not “pretty” but you took on a responsibility, by getting a cat(s), to provide a comfortable life. These enclosed boxes do not achieve that goal.

  18. Elin says:

    Nononono. Take away the wheals, clean every litterbox AT LEAST once every 24 hours and put the scratch post far away from the litterbox. Have you people no knowledge about cats at all??

  19. cdubz says:

    I agree with Fai. Can you imagine going to the bathroom in a small locker where you can’t stand up all the way? If you find the litter box to be such an eyesore, put it in the garage or the bathroom where it won’t be in the way. When I had a cat, I had mine in the garage with a kitty door installed so the cat can go from the house to the garage, and since our trash is in the garage it’s no problem to scoop in a small bag then it goes right in the trash.

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