Published on April 13th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


"Très chic" Kitty Litter Bin Obscurer

Materials: BESTA shelving unit + BESTA glossy swinging door, basic litter bin, dishwasher mat, PetSafe Big Cat Door, optional deodorizers

Description: This our a take on Jon’s “Flaren stealth cat litter box” also listed on the site. His version’s great, but since our space is a bit smaller and we have an ultra fluffy cat we needed an alternate solution since the enclosure-within-an enclosure concept didn’t pan out too well (poo on fur = not a good thing!)

Step 1: Bore a hole into whichever side of the shelving unit you’d like. This is all a matter of preference. For us the left side of the unit was best.

Step 2: Install a pet door that suits your cat’s size. We used the PetSafe Big Cat Door since our cat’s quite large and fluffy.

Step 3: Place bin inside. Deodorizer (baking soda and homemade activated charcoal bag) additions are optional, but seems to reduce litter bin odour significantly.

And that’s it! The unit does a great job hiding the litter bin and giving Taro some privacy while he does his business, and even though the litter bin odour isn’t completely eliminated the set up reduces the smell quite significantly. Happy Hacking!

~ Jeremy Y., Mississauga ON Canada

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11 Responses to "Très chic" Kitty Litter Bin Obscurer

  1. Nada says:

    Hi Jeremy, can you confirm this is the right product from IKEA? I bought it already and will attack project this weekend, but thought you could confirm product and sizing info. Also, where did you purchase the cat door and are some doors better than others for this project? Thanks!!
    Wall cabinet with door, Vara black-brown
    The price reflects selected options
    Article Number : 990.464.24

    Product dimensions
    Width: 23 5/8 ”
    Depth: 15 3/4 ”
    Height: 25 1/4 “

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have 3 house cats and lots of experience with litter boxes. If you switch your cat litter to the brand called Swheat, you will not even need your deoderizers! It is an excellent product made of wheat. It is a little more but you don’t ever have to throw it out because it is smelly. I have 3 boxes but only use 2. When I want to clean things, I take the clean one and dump all the litter in one and then put all clean Sweat in the other. Wash out dirty one, then put all new in the second one.I have been doing this forever and never have to empty litter just to get it clean smelling. I empty whenever they go. I sift it out probably at least 1,2 or 3 times a day but I am OCD on these things but either way, I think you would really be happy with the product!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great job! but can you please write back and let us know which Besta unit you used? attach a link from Ikea or let us know the measurements. Thanks again!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I cannot find the Besta shelf unit used here, either. Can you post a link/measurements, etc? Thank you!

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is a really great implementation! I’m having trouble finding this Besta shelving unit though. The models listed on Ikea’s website seem much more shallow (15 3/4 inches/40cm) than the unit pictured. Would you mind posting a link to the Shelving unit or some measurements? Thanks!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey, looks great !
    What did you make the charcoal bag out of ?

  7. marcelo aguiar says:

    OMG, I totally love this idea! Congrats!

  8. Anna says:

    Great job but please more photos of the cat squeezing her bottom through the extra large door – love the little launching pad too.

  9. Anonymous says:

    this is a totally great idea!! most kitty boxes are so ugly but this is great! fantastic idea :D

  10. Jeremy Y. says:

    Hi Anonymous,

    Hello fellow Mississaugan! Contact me at the following email address and we’ll work out a nice deal:

    *REMOVETHIS*jeremy_ying at hotmail. com*REMOVETHIS*

  11. Anonymous says:

    Since I’m in Mississauga too, what would you charge to put one of these together? I need, and totally relate on the poo fur :(

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