Published on June 6th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Besta Litter Box Cabinet

Besta 25″x47″ Cabinet, 2 Besta Vara (doors), 2 Extension Cords, 2 Motion Activated Night Lights

Cut entrances in sides of cabinet (hello kitty head for my wife).

Built cabinet per instructions.

Mounted extension cords as outlets for night lights.

Cut hole in rear to run cord to outlet.

~ Steven Clarkson, Carmel, IN

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19 Responses to Besta Litter Box Cabinet

  1. Stephanie says:

    BRILLIANT idea! We are definitely making this for our cats!!!
    One question…
    Did you treat the inside of the cabinet with anything to prevent accidents (kitty waste) from damaging the material? Would you recommend it?

  2. Rachel says:

    I love this idea! I think I will cut only one entry/exit door on one side and cut another in the divider wall. This way there is a ‘room’ for my cat to de-litter his paws before he exits the cabinet. I’ve got lots of scrap carpet to use to line the de-litter room and can change it out as I see fit.

    As for the night lights, I’m sure they look great lighting up the Hello Kitty detailing :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Againstthegrain says:

    It isn’t necessary to use an actual litterbox, as long as the container suits the cat’s dimensions & box habits. High sided plastic dishpans work well and the smooth corners and lack of crevices make them easy to clean. When cats tend to spill litter from digging, or pee standing up (high on the sides, causing leaks outside shallow pans), or who are simply too tall/large for ordinary litterboxes, high sided plastic storage boxes minus the lid work really, really well. A U-shaped step-in opening can be cut in one side if an older cat can’t climb over or jump.

  4. Emory says:

    I just did essentially the same hack, but am wondering what litter box you are using to fit inside the cabinet. The one I have from prior to making my cabinet is too big and I am trying to figure out what I can use!

    • Anonymous says:

      We use the feline pine litter boxes, they fit perfect!

    • Eliz says:

      I. Love. You. My husband and I made this same hack a couple of months ago, and I was searching (up until now) for a box/container that would fit FOREVER. Everything we found was too small, and so our cat decided he’d rather take his bathroom breaks on the floor where he had room. However, I just purchased the feline pine litter box!!! YAY! :D I cannot tell you how excited I am!

  5. Jennifer C says:

    (steven’s wife here) I’m planning to cover the top of the cabinet with some type of padding and fabric to make it a soft place for them to lay and look out the window :)

  6. shamowfski says:

    “How did you cut the hello kitty head on the wood? “


  7. Anonymous says:

    How did you cut the hello kitty head on the wood?

  8. shamowfski says:

    In hindsight I know the lights don’t make much sense. I got carried away when deciding what to do with it. They’re LED’s so they don’t use that much power. And I think it looks cool at night when they set them off.


    Center divider is still in. One of our cats likes to pull litter from box to box, so that helps keep it a little cleaner. And it does have 2 boxes in it.

    Thank you for the nice comments.

  9. Kelsey says:

    Nice hack! Did you take out the center divider to give the cat more space, or do you have two litterboxes in the cabinet?

  10. Eileen says:

    Looks great, Steven. It’s nice that want to make it as easy for your cat as possible, with the motion activated light. And the hello kitty entrance to make your wife happy was a nice touch too!

  11. Ashley says:

    Cats can’t see in the dark – NO animal can. Cats can simply see better in dim lighting than humans due to having a tapetum lucidum that reflects more light onto their retinas. They still need light to see though. I think the night lights are a great idea.

    • Kerrie says:

      if you notice this is sitting by 2 windows and a door..your telling me the world gets so pitch black at night and poor kitty has absolutely no way of seeing? My cat’s litter box is in a bathroom with no windows and no night lights and she still manages just fine at night. Cats can see very well in the DARK, yes the DARK, because of that tapetum lucidum that you mention but don’t seem to understand well enough if you really think night lights need to go in a litter box.

      • Annie says:

        I think it’s horrible that some dude you’ve never met has been cruel enough to put nightlights out for his cats. Can’t he see how much anguish this has caused you? The very thought that he would try to do something nice for his cats! Deplorable.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow, could you be any meaner? Why beat someone down? Talk about a catfight…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Cats can see in the dark the night lights are rather silly.

  13. Michael says:

    You might wanna put it on a base. Cabinets do look a bit odd if they don’t have one. Plus the doors would bring up scratches on the floor sooner or later

  14. Leon says:

    Why the night lights for the cat? As cats are probably the animals that can see the best at night…..

    I really don’t understand

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