Litter Box Furniture
One of the least pleasant aspects of cat ownership is kitty litter. Nobody likes cleaning kitty litter and nobody likes looking at kitty litter. However, both of these are pretty much inevitable if you decide to get a cat. I can't help with the cleaning, because, well, you just have to do that (although there are cat litter boxes that can make it easier to do like the self-cleaning litter boxes). The ugliness of looking at cat litter on the other hand, is easier to deal with. Choosing an attractive cat litter box is imperative, especially if you don't have a dedicated room like a basement or a utility room that you can hide the cat litter tray in. Even better than a good looking cat litter box is one of the growing number of litter box furniture items that you can make or buy. From simple Ikea cabinets that you hack together yourself to custom built solutions to everything in between, getting a functional piece of furniture that hides your cat's toilet is probably the easiest way to both save space and hide the kitty loo.
What is cat litter box furniture
Simply put, cat litter box furniture or cabinets are any furniture item that you can use to hide your cat litter box or litter tray. It is usually some sort of cabinet, footstool or bench, but some take the shape of a doll's house or even a castle. Some of them can be attached as the bottom cabinet under your bathroom sink. You can think of it as your kitty's very own washroom.
Usually you would buy it separately from the actual kitty litter tray and you will still need to put the litter tray or box inside the item. There is usually a door for you to use to get at the litter box for cleaning and a smaller cat flap or cat sized hole for moggy to climb through to get to the toilet inside. Often there will also be space to keep your litter scoop and spare litter, helping to keep everything neat, tidy and out of sight.
Do you need litter box furniture?
Keeping your cat's toilet out of site is especially necessary if you live in a small apartment or you just don't have space or a dedicated room to house your cat's litter box or tray. A cat litter tray can take up as much space as a kitchen cabinet, and some of us just don't have that much room to spare. Using a functional piece of furniture that can hide your litter tray and still provide you with storage space in the form of a cupboard or bench or even your bathroom's basin and faucet is an excellent compromise.
The added benefit for your moggy is that they get a little extra privacy in which to do their business....and some cat's can be particularly shy when it comes to pooping.
Some people really have no need for litter box cabinets or hidden litter boxes. If you are one of the lucky few who has managed to toilet train your cat, then of course, you aren't going to need one of these. If you have a cat that lives outside most of the time and has been taught to only go to the toilet outside, then again, you don't have a need for a litter tray and as such no need for any litter tray covers.
Teaching your cat to use their litter box cabinet
Teaching your cat to use their litter tray or litter box is one thing, but if you subsequently decide to hide it in some funky furniture then you'll have to retrain your cat to a certain extent. Just like when you started to teach them to use the litter box, you can encourage them by putting the litter box furniture where they are used to going to the toilet already. Also, treat them when they use their own private commode and point them in the direction of their litter box whenever they look like they need to go. Also, a little catnip inside the door can help to get your kitty in the door. Once there, they will probably notice their old litter box sitting inside and will remember to use it when they need the loo
The modernist cat
On the more pricey end of the scale is the Modernist Cat Circa50 collection - a series of side tables that can be used as a litter box cover or a little den for your cat. Using eco-friendly materials, each piece is made to order. These may be expensive, but the retro-chic they bring to your home is fantastic. Don't let people look too closely though, because these pieces do make talking points!
A wooden cat litter box with a hinged door and sliding tray to help with litter removal. It includes a top storage drawer and you can set it up to allow the cat to get in from the left or right side. These are more classically designed than the Modernist Cat items and their color schemes slightly more muted. Still lovely pieces of furniture and very suitable for your home. These are definitely better if you are less trendy.
Catty corner litter box
If you want the perfect litter box to fit in a corner, then this is the one for you - the catty corner litter box is designed to be placed in a corner and fits in snugly. This cat litter box has lots of space for the biggest of cats to use. It is also very easy to clean
Litter Box Hider
Made from high pressure laminate and easy to assemble, the Litter Box Hider from Modern Cat Designs is both functional and attractive. There are two hooks inside the enclosure to hang your litter scoop and bag for soiled litter. This litter box enclosure is big enough for two cats!
Make your own
If you prefer to do it yourself, making your own kitty litter hider is really not that hard. Ikea Hacker has several home made ones that have been hacked out of standard Ikea benches and cabinets. For example, the stealth cat litter box is a very cool solution or the entry hall solution. There's even a good hack for setting up a kitty litter enclosure in your bathroom. All you really need is a jigsaw and a little time and you can put together some lovely solutions that perfectly fit your household and also cost a darn site less than the commercial offerings. There's also a lovely blog post about making your own furniture to hide your cat litter.