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How to Build an Automatic Covered Indoor Litter box
Why Covered, Indoors & Automatic?
Why an indoor litter box? After my last hub on "How to build an Outdoor Litter Box", you may be wondering why do you need an Indoor Litter box? The reasons are many. First, one of our cats is strictly an indoor cat. Secondly, we bring in all of our cats at night, and in the Winter time, our cats are in the house most of the time. In any case, it is a good idea to get your cat used to using an indoor box in the event that you go out of town for a couple of days leaving them in the house with ample food & water.
Why an Automatic litter box? Anyone who has tried one will tell you they are a great time saver! They can maintain an average litter box for two to three days before needing to have the litter bags emptied & the litter replenished. What litter box? The Littermaid Classic is the one that I recommend. They are very reliable, last for years and are among they cheapest on the market.
Why covered? Until recently, our cats have been using our spare tub,which we covered with plastic and fitted it with an automatic litter box. Due to the fact that it was up stairs and two of our cats are over 16 years old, they refused to climb the stairs. We added an automatic litter box in the kitchen, but who wants to see or smell that ....yuk! Adding a covered Rubbermaid box really helped & the cats seem to appreciate the privacy as well. No more accidents, mission accomplished!
Take a 25 Gallon Roughneck Rubbermaid container 16.7 in.H x 19in. L x 29 in. W, Put the lid on the floor with the inside of the lid up. Place the Littermaid classic inside to insure that it fits with the Rubbermaid box on it. From 2 inches from the bottom of the box, use a marker to mark a 13in.H X 14in.w opening. Then use a utility knife to cut it with. Take care to use steady pressure and cut away from yourself. Carefully check the opening to insure there are no sharp edges, if there are, sand them.