How to Make a Mess-Free DIY Litter Box Out of a Plastic Kiddie Pool

by Kelly-n-Tony
7 Materials
15 Minutes

I have 2 cats and 2 litter boxes: one in the catio and one in the basement. I think it's stinkier when there isn't enough litter to cover what they did and as small as litter boxes are, it happens quickly.

So I decided to make a DIY litter box out of a plastic kiddie pool for a mess-free solution in the basement...

Small kiddie pool

1. Find a small kiddie pool

I bought the small hard-plastic kiddie pool for $8.

Kiddie rake as a poop scoop

2. Find a rake

I also bought a $4 kiddie rake to make scooping easier, but after trying this, I suggest a cheap dollar store one for $1 with stiffer tines for raking.

Cheap poop scoop

Poop scoops are cheap and work great and just cost $1.

Buying kitty litter

3. Grab kitty litter

Why have kitty litter prices gone up so much lately? I have tried various kinds but lately, I just get the cheapo clay type.

I used about 40 lbs of litter on the first fill-up and add more when I scoop.

Setting up the kitty pool

4. Set up the kitty pool

I brought my purchases in from the car and Kitty Boo (fluffy big cat on left) and Annie (smaller cat at the top) were instantly interested.

DIY litter box

DIY litter box

Here is the DIY litter box setup in the basement. I also keep a broom and dustpan plus a trash can and trash bags nearby. So far there has been minimal litter scatter outside the pool.

DIY litter box out of a kiddie pool

Kitty Boo is a very large cat but she has plenty of room in the small pool. This works so well for less muss and fuss in keeping cats!

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  • Jess Jess on Jun 10, 2020

    How do you change out the litter using this pool method?

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  • Whittakerturbeville Whittakerturbeville on Jan 06, 2022

    You're right. Cat litter fillers are too expensive right now.

  • Whittakerturbeville Whittakerturbeville on Jan 07, 2022

    I tried to buy my cat a regular filler made of wood sawdust. She used such a filler without much pleasure because the sawdust remained on her paws and got stuck in the wool. It bothered me. My cat's breed is British shorthair, but the filler remained in the wool even so. Then I changed the filler to a "glass" transparent one, but it did not absorb odors well. Now I'm buying a filler that can be flushed down the toilet. I can't explain what it's made of, sorry. My cat is very unpretentious in care, but the toilet is still the most unpleasant thing in caring for her. You can look at this site to know more about my cat's breed.