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How to Build an Automatic Covered Indoor Litter box

Updated on November 19, 2011
It keeps down odors, it keeps messes out of sight, it gives your cat privacy and best of all it's automatic!
It keeps down odors, it keeps messes out of sight, it gives your cat privacy and best of all it's automatic! | Source
We had the brilliant idea of putting a Litter maid Classic inside a Rubbermaid, only one problem, it didn't fit, until we placed the Rubber maid on it's lid! Total cost less than $150.00
We had the brilliant idea of putting a Litter maid Classic inside a Rubbermaid, only one problem, it didn't fit, until we placed the Rubber maid on it's lid! Total cost less than $150.00 | Source
Make sure that the litter box fits well when sitting in the 25 gallon  Rubbermaid lid, before you start cutting  a hole.
Make sure that the litter box fits well when sitting in the 25 gallon Rubbermaid lid, before you start cutting a hole. | Source
 Cutting a 14in.w  x 13in.h opening with a utility knife is essential for the safe exiting of your cat as well as the proper movement of the waste collection box. Try to find a cover box for an automatic litter box, it's next to impossible.
Cutting a 14in.w x 13in.h opening with a utility knife is essential for the safe exiting of your cat as well as the proper movement of the waste collection box. Try to find a cover box for an automatic litter box, it's next to impossible. | Source

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!

Directions

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.

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      nifty@50 5 years ago

      The great thing about them is they're cheap and easy to clean. Thanks moonlake for the kind words & post!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Very good idea. Those rubbermaid containers sure come in handy for lots of things. good hub.

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      nifty@50 5 years ago

      Finding a cover for an automatic litter box is next to impossible, but making is fairly easy & inexpensive! Thanks for your kind words & post oceansunsets!

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      nifty@50 5 years ago

      Thank you Eiddwen, for your kind words & post! I hope that this hub helps your daughter in her daily cat choirs!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Nifty, how very interesting. I have never heard of quite this kind of litter box. I think it will help many cat lovers out there! :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So well written and easy to follow.

      I am passing this one on to my daughter and here's to many more to share onhere.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.