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« on: January 18, 2012 06:19:24 PM »

I'm owned by two cats who track litter everywhere and I was desperate to contain it somehow. The ready-made covers you see online cost upwards of $100+ and I wasn't about to shell out the $$$ for 2 of those... So I found two unwanted cabinets and repurposed them to fit my needs.

The first cabinet is a small TV cabinet with glass doors that I found on Craigslist for $15. I removed the inside shelf, covered the doors with scrapbook paper, and cut out an access hole in the back (which was cardboard). The litter box was a tight fit but it works, plus the cats like to sit on top of the cabinet to look out the windows (bonus!). And it's on wheels which means it's easy to move to sweep the few stray pieces of litter that make their way out... So it's not a perfect solution but it does catch about 95% of the litter that used to come out!





One of these days I'll get around to painting the oak laminate, but for now, I'm happy. Smiley

The second cabinet from a thrift store (I think I paid $60 or $70 for it) is quite a bit bigger but fits perfectly in a small alcove next to the stairs. It was also a TV cabinet and it's solid wood. Again, I removed the bottom shelf and cut out a hole in the back (not cardboard but composite wood this time). I want to paint this one too but the finish is in very good shape so that'll wait for now. The upper part of the cabinet stores extra litter, garbage bags, etc.





So for less than $100 I now have two hidden boxes for the cats -- seems like a good deal to me! Let me know what you think. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012 06:39:04 PM »

Nice! I saw something like this a while back on Petkeeping. I've been thinking about doing something similar. For one thing, just to hide the litter box, and for another to help with litter getting tracked everywhere. I sweep around the litterbox AT LEAST twice a day and there is still litter around the box every time I check. UGH...
 Looks great!
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012 04:31:18 AM »

this morning i was moaning on about cat litter and how smelly my two darlings can be.....I am due to move very soon,and I am pinching your idea! that way no mess and the ugly tray is out of sight...just need to hunt a old cupboard down  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012 06:20:53 AM »

 Shocked this is a really good idea! Simple and elegant solution to your problem.

Plus it hides the litterbox in plain sight! Fantastic idea for smaller living areas where you might not have a place to put the box where guests won't see it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012 01:57:01 PM »

That's an awesome idea!!! I have three cats; that would sure be helpful. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2012 02:41:08 PM »

These look great! They seem so useful. Hopefully I can get myself in gear to make one for my three monsters one day.
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2013 09:06:00 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013 12:15:55 PM »

This is such an amazing idea. I really need to try this out.
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2013 10:09:34 AM »

Love it. I totally need something like this. We used to have our litter boxes in the spare room, but now that room is a nursery and we're having a terrible time figuring out where to put the litter now.
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2013 10:59:32 PM »

These are great!  We just moved somewhere that doesn't have a second bedroom so our litter boxes are now in the living room.  We now need something like this to cover them.  These are great inspiration. 
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