DIY Litter Box Furniture Cabinet

Couldn't stand looking at the litter box while doing laundry, plus wanted to contain the litter and smells. So, built this cabinet and hacked it to create a special litter box cabinet for our cats.
The laundry room before. Some of the items just needed to be purged or put away in their proper places.
Cabinet from Home Depot. Found this base cabinet in their closet organization section.
Cutting a hole in the side of the cabinet. Used my craftsman battery powered handheld saw tool.
Litter box fits inside, plus room for food and accessories as well.
Great way to store food and snacks for the cats, while keeping the litter box closed off and out of sight!

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7 questions
  • Teresa Hemmings
    on Nov 16, 2016

    It seems a little low over the box. Do you have a very small cat? Usually they like to stand or do a sitting-squat.

    • Barb in Texas
      on Nov 24, 2016

      Agreed, I doubt my cats would like this. Plus, they need enough space to step in without stepping directly into the box. Would probably work for kittens who weren't used to a regular box out in the open, though.

    • Shirley
      on Nov 24, 2016

      You could either cut a hole in the top shelf or move it out completely.

    • Maria Elena Arzadon Wertz
      on Dec 24, 2016

      Could take out top shelve, store litter & dry cat food on top. Great idea!

    • Joann Cummings
      on Jan 7, 2017

      Yup that top shelf would have to go.

    • Jgr17404425
      on Apr 11, 2017

      If I were your cat, I would not like the fact you stored my FOOD in an outhouse. Would you eat cereal that was stored next to your toilet?
    • Carol Bell McMillion
      on Dec 12, 2017

      Fabre with you!

    • Pez21628421
      on Jan 11, 2018

      They are closed cans. Cats just dont want open food and water by litter
    • Pam Kowaleski Glatczak
      on Dec 14, 2018

      Some cats won’t use an enclosed litter box. Makes them feel trapped. I have 5 cats. Some of my boxes are in cabinets like this. One is completely open and one has a half lid.

  • Enedina Baltazar Hernandez
    on Jan 10, 2017

    What about when the cats misses the box?

  • Joann Fessler
    on Jan 10, 2017

    what are the dimensions?

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jan 11, 2017

      If you look closely in the picture of the cabinet packaging you can see it looks like it's 24x18x34.5

  • Jenifer Lord
    on Jan 19, 2017

    Is there a way to make a container little box out of a plastic bin??

    • Tiffeny Brown
      on Jan 19, 2017

      We did this. I just took the biggest bin I could find and cut a hole in the side. My cats love it.

    • Lynna Sloan
      on Apr 2, 2017

      We have 4 cats, one of which is having joint issues. I use an underbed storage chest (wihout the top, of course) for a litter box. The sides are not as tall as a usual litter box, so easier for our arthritic cat. It wouldn't fit in this cabinet, but I thought I'd pass it on. I love this cabinet idea!! Great job.

    • Tanyabryan0201
      on May 17, 2017

      Reply to ; Lynn's Sloan ... I ; too had an arthritic. Cat & got a GREAT MEDICINE for her (which definitely helped her extend her 20 1/2 yr beautiful life her on this earth ) it's called DASUQUIN (advance ) 1sprikled capsule on her food daily TREMENDOUSLY HELPED HER w/ painful joint /stiffness Immediately... Good luck . Hope this helps others as well ! .... T. Bryan
    • Kelly
      on May 17, 2017

      I don't know about giving it to cats but..... I had a dog that was very arthritic. Glucosamine works wonders!! He went from no activity and wining when getting up or down to a dog that was years younger (in activity level). The amount is by weight so it would take very little for a cat. I cave a large dog 1000mg. I don't know if giving it to cats is safe and effective. You'd have to do research on that.

      Sorry Kimberly.... didn't mean to take over your post with a different topic. Great idea!!
    • Robbie Kwasniewski
      on Aug 4, 2017

      One of my cats has an issue with covered pans so I bought the largest plastic container I could find at Walmart, ( didn't use the top), my son cut one end down to only about 6 inches high. I was able to find a cheap litter pan that fits inside this at the end that is not cut down. This has helped so much with litter outside the pan! My daughter liked it so much that she had him make her one too.
    • Cheryl McCready
      on Aug 5, 2017

      I get a big plastic tote and put an under the bed tote inside of it that way if there is any spillage it is contained in the larger tote. You can either cut a hole on the side or on the end. I drew a large circle then heated the area with hair dryer, it softens to the plastic so it's easy to cut with an utility knife.

    • Anna Quinn-Smith
      on Aug 6, 2017

      Did this for my cats - both to prevent our Lab-mix from "sampling the buffet" & to see if it would contain the cats enthusiastic "cover-up / over-spill" !! Used largest Rubbermaid tote I could find; my brother cut a 12" diameter hole in lid. At 1st cats used it just fine, then they'd both get in together & fights would ensue. Now I leave lid off & cats sail over the edge.... no more buffet, no more tracked litter ! I use World's Best cat litter, it's in the bathroom, and I keep up with emptying as I'm in there anyways!
    • Mar28787803
      on Aug 7, 2017

      I have a small closet under the stairs. I put easy to clean peel and stick tile down and lined with cedar. Not perfect but away from everything else and clean daily. Also put air freshener in there as well.
    • Bonny Andrilla
      on Oct 26, 2017

      Never use air freshener. Cats sense of smell is 14 x stronger than ours and fresheners, especially citrus one, stress them out to the point they may not want to go near their box. Just saying..
    • Marilyn
      on Mar 20, 2018

      I bought a self cleaning litter box from Chewy. I love it. Scoops the waste into a compartment 20 min after the cat uses it. Every 2 weeks remove the litter cartridge, put on the lid and throw away and put in a new cartridge. Never been so easy to change litter.

    • Robin L. Brodkin
      on Jul 10, 2018

      Which brand did you buy and how much was it? I'm also curious as to how the cats deal with it.

    • Janice Quianthy Runyon
      on Nov 30, 2018

      This was under $10 (US)

      the vet recommended this to try to get kitty to stop peeing outside the box (he was missing the top of the other one, and it would end up on the floor). It too, cut down on the dog getting “snacks”.

  • Kay
    on Mar 7, 2017

    Would a pet door work as well? If so I think a it would work well on the side. Re garding smells I hang car air freshrners in places wear I need to contral smells they last about a month I think, plus I can get them in paks of three cheper than paks of one. Kay Australia
    • Terri
      on Mar 27, 2017

      Most cats do not like any type of "freshener" smell that we might enjoy. Their sense of smell is way greater than ours! Many cats will not use enclosed cat box areas such as this for that very reason...out of site, out of mind...then they dont get scooped and PRESTO! The cat is peeing everywhere and off to the shelter it goes.

    • Samantha Hartman
      on May 17, 2017

      You can also use charcoal, can be purchased from pet stores, charcoal filters can also be used. Odorless, cats never notice. You can also use the filters that come with litter boxes. Inexpensive and odorless too.
    • Jde9352854
      on Jun 15, 2017

      We just took a door off our cabinet in our utility room under the sink. Cleaning frequently eliminates odor.
    • Gina Ray McGinnis
      on Aug 4, 2017

      There is no room for the cat! No cat could fit in that space, get in that box and do their business. And, also, cats do not like their food near their box. Bad idea. Put a cat door on the door leading into your garage if you are able to. Then, put your cat boxes at the end of the garage as far away from the house as possible.
    • Tami Wahl
      on Aug 4, 2017

      My cat is 32 lbs.....this is not even a solution for me....I am just stuck with XL tub I cut a U shape in and a tray to fit inside with plastic liners.....can't let him just go outside, as he scares the neighbors dogs....
    • Cyn14065155
      on Aug 27, 2017

      Regarding litter box in garage, if cats are indoor only, you risk them getting out whenever you use the automatic door opener when coming or going. Plus, you don't know if your cat is hiding in the engine or behind the car. You risk running it over. Not a good idea.
    • Bonny Andrilla
      on Oct 26, 2017

      Its really simple folks.... scoop several times a day if soiled, change litter and clean whole box more often. Cats don't like dirty smelly boxes any more than we like dirty smelly toilets.
    • Janice Krueger
      on Dec 12, 2017

      Whose got time to scoop several times a day? Not me! We bought a cat toilet, works great and it automatically cleans, flushes, and drys the box every time it is used! We love it, no smell at all!

    • Pez21628421
      on Jan 11, 2018

      And with the cat toilet they are not breathing dust. Expensive? Cut out some frivolities. You'd be surprised at how.much you can save for another one of your kids
    • Marilyn
      on Mar 20, 2018

      I love my self cleaning box. Just put on the lid and throw away the cartridge and put in a new one. Chewy auto delivers cartridge once a month..

    • Karina
      on May 31, 2018

      Which do you have, as there are several on the market?

    • Stacey
      on Jul 8, 2018

      Where did you find a flushing cat toilet? I would love to just see a commercial about one of those.

  • Valerie Ragsdale
    on Jan 11, 2018

    How do you keep the insides from being permeated with odor, since it is enclosed? Fabulous idea though!!
    • Cate Wood
      on Jan 11, 2018

      Clean debris daily, change litter weekly = no odor
    • Berington Van Campen
      on Jan 12, 2018

      Every time I feel "inconvenienced" by having to scoop my 2 litter boxes (upstairs & downstairs), I think of the whole concept - yes, also considering their keen sense of smell - that I wouldn't want to re-use my toilet again and again, without flushing it. The least we can do for these little guys who give so selflessly to US, is to take care of THEM as they deserve.

      I've seen similar ideas to this cabinet, and they're good... IF you have the space, and if your cats will use it. As to the cats "not using it, & going all over the house, so off to the shelter with them..." I'd say off to the shelter with YOU! It's not their fault you've created an untenable situation for them, it's yours; their only choice is to go where they CAN. Have some sensitivity!!
    • Pam Kowaleski Glatczak
      on Dec 14, 2018

      I have five cats and five litter boxes. I scoop them out twice daily. I change the litter and disinfect the boxes about once a month. I use clumping litter, but many years ago when I use clay litter, I changed it every week and disinfected the boxes every week. I use air fresheners in the rooms near but not too near to the litter boxes, so I don’t discourage the cats from that area as they may not like the smells that we like.

      Use a good cat litter, but don’t use the perfumie ones which may also be offputting to the cats.

    • Pam Kowaleski Glatczak
      on Dec 14, 2018

      I volunteer at a Humane Society, and I can tell you that the cats that come in with the label of not using the litter box don’t get adopted very quickly! Someone who doesn’t cater to their cats litter box needs is extremely selfish and uncaring. Don’t get a pet if you’re not going to commit to it for the rest of the pets life! Solving a litter box problem by using an open box or closed box are simple solutions depending on which your cat prefers!

      Sounds like the same type of person that would bring home a cute puppy, not train it, then take it to a shelter because it’s become a problem!

    • Valerie Lynn Link
      on Dec 29, 2018

      I have 10 cats...Ive been working at an animal shelter for 10 years now...I've seen so many cats come in and their humans say they can't keep them because they are not using the littler box...I agree that most times it's the humans fault!!! I use 2 plastic storage bins and I get mega amounts of cat litter delivered from Chewy. They get cleaned 2x a day and emptied and sterilized every 2 weeks. I've not had a problem, EVER! People, take the time and clean their litter boxes!!!! It's such a small thing to do. Tend to your cats...they deserve it.

    • Katie
      on Feb 10, 2019

      I was Wondering the same thing. No one has yet to bring up the fact that sometimes cats miss the litter box. And even if you change it once or twice a day sometimes waste does get thrown around. I was Thinking of doing this but I’m worried about our older cat missing the box. Perfectly reasonable question....

    • Tori Hines
      on Mar 12, 2020

      We have 2 cats and 4 litterboxes. Both cats use all the boxes. We clean the litterboxes every day and change the litter and sanitize the boxes once a month. Our cats are 13 years (lives under the dining room table or a bed) and a rambunctuous year old, very loveable rescue who is much smaller than "the boss" cat. I bought a box much like this cabinet for the little one and put it in my sewing room. The much larger cat goes in the litter compartment, tries to use the box, and she sometimes misses. We have to sanitize the entire compartment. My point is that we will do anything we possibly can to make our cats happy. My husband chose his cat (the loner) and my little girl chose me by putting her paw through the bars on her crate and touching my arm. That is true love, and we do anything and everything to make them happy.

  • Tracey
    on Sep 7, 2019

    How many cats do you have ? I have two so have 3 litter boxes. Would I be best separating or could I get away with two in one cabinet ?

    • Amy
      on Apr 23, 2020

      I have two litter boxes so, what we did was measured the litter boxes and found a cabinet that would fit both and we put them side by side inside the cabinet and cut a hole out for each litter box for the entrance. If you wanted to separate them you could probably slide a board in between the boxes to separate them. Hope that helps!

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  • Noreen Schaan
    on Jan 19, 2019

    Great idea. I am trying to find a way to hide our litter box. It is proving to be a challenge because we live in a 26ft RV. Excellent ideas though. Keep on DIY'ing..oh yeah 🙂😁👍💖

  • Jeana
    on Feb 22, 2019

    I have been told by my vet that essential oils are toxic to cats. I would say to do some research before using them.

    This is from Google:

    ”Essential oils can pose a toxic risk to household pets, especially to cats. ... Cats lack an essential enzyme in their liver and as such have difficulty metabolizing and eliminating certain toxins like essential oils. Cats are also very sensitive to phenols and phenolic compounds, which can be found in some essential oils.”

    Also, many cats will not use a covered box because they are very sensitive to smells. An enclosed box can smell like a very ripe outhouse and so your cat may begin to go outside of the box

    “The human nose has about 5 million olfactory receptors, microscopic proteins that allow us to detect odors. With 45 million to 80 million receptors, cats have a far better sense of smell—but they can't measure up to the average dog, whose snout holds between 149 million and 300 million receptors.” Google

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