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Hidden Litter Box

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Since we have cats, and we also foster kittens, we needed to add litter boxes around the house. We didn't just want the boxes out in the open so we wanted to hide them in plain sight. We saw enclosures at Petco but they ran about $70 to $200 for just one. So we decided to make some ourselves..
 
This will be my very first Instructable, so please bear with me..

I purchased two double drawer nightstands for $30 at a thrift shop. ($15 a piece)

Tools used:

mitre saw or mitre box and saw (for the trim moulding)
drill+bits
screwdrivers
jigsaw (for cutting the openings and the mdf)
Spray paint
scuff pad
sand paper or electric sander


Materials/ hardware:
 
Spray paint
small screws
MDF
small outside corner trim (moulding) "L" trim : Kelleher 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. Oak Outside Corner Moulding 98¢ lf
Double Roller Catch with Spear Strike
square corner door hinges x2
Metal vent grill

 
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Step 2: Entrance and vent openings

I cut out the opening for the entrance and trimmed it with "L" shaped moulding for aesthetic purposes. If you don't want to use trim, make sure to sand the edges to prevent injuries to the cats. I also cut out an opening on the back for ventilation, we will attach a vent grill over this opening with heavy duty double sided tape.


*trim for opening used: Kelleher 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. Oak Outside Corner Moulding
benross9 months ago
Excellent job, sadly my cats are not very aesthetically trained, they know the litter tray and any cardboard box left lying about, but something like this!!!!!!!!! - (I would use it!?)

On a punctuation / spelling note .. I am a founding member of the spelling police (although I can get a little flamboyant with punctuation - you can never have too much!!) KEEP in the 'praying gold' instruction, it's priceless!!!!!!!!

ps. v.good
user1044 (author)  benross9 months ago
Doh! the power of prayer.. Thank you.
jr_b179 months ago
Holy cow! You just prayed the handles gold? That should be your next Instructable!
Just giving you trouble. Great project. I have been avoiding getting a cat because I live in a one bedroom condo. This would work. And maybe I can learn to pray the smell away too! ;)
Shiseiji jr_b179 months ago
Old computer fan, a 5 volt wall wart, and a carbon filter. Have the fan push the air out of the box into the carbon filter. Works pretty good.
cgeorge78 months ago
A high pressure water sprayer should clean off the driveway nicely...
sires68 months ago
AWesome!!!! Love it. I can see one of these for my Mom for her two new kittens! Now if I can just get the time to do it around Paramedic class...
Shiseiji9 months ago
Very nice!
user1044 (author)  Shiseiji9 months ago
Thank you
SIRJAMES099 months ago
AWESOME!!
I love this idea! TY for sharing!! 8 = D
user1044 (author)  SIRJAMES099 months ago
Thank you
sniffydogs9 months ago
Great idea! Many times these are tossed, so keep your eyes open on trash day or apt. dumpsters.
conniesills9 months ago
Wonderful idea. I'm thinking all things pet related can be made cheaper. I've seen those old end table at second hand shops. Plan to go back.
tjk19399 months ago
Good job. Now to keep my eye's open at the thrift store.
cw879 months ago
Fantastic idea! Well done 'structable. I worry about the carpet and "overspray", though.
My cats think its a beach the way it is. LOVE the idea!
I've seen other people deal with this issue by hiding the litter box in a space big enough for the box plus one of those litter-catching mats. They'd built the whole setup into a bathroom closet and somehow rigged up a fan inside for ventilation. You might have to work with a small dresser instead of a nightstand, but it could be done.
davegking9 months ago
This is a fantastic! Keep up the great work.
Great instructable, really love this idea! My cat has his litter in a halcloset, just made a hole in the door and added a prefab catdoor. Maybe it's an idea to put linoleum or another washable lining on the bottom. My cat sometimes has a little leaning over accident .....
MyMenagerie9 months ago
What a fantastic idea! Just be sure the opening is large enough for Mr. Fat Cat! ;) (Mine is 15 lbs.)

You could also add vent openings under the drawer fronts. The cat doors sold in stores may also work for the opening.

It is so pretty! I wish I could use it, but my cat perches on the corners with all four feet rather than stand inside the box. :( Oh, well. :) Thank you so much for the idea. I hope to incorporate it with the next kitty!
joyewils9 months ago
Fantastic idea.....Fantastic job. It is beautiful and I LOVE it. Thanks for a great instructable.
Great Idea. And great to find something at a garage sale and up-cycle it too. :)
user1044 (author)  Treasure Tabby9 months ago
Thank you
repguy20209 months ago
What a neat build. I think the next litter pan my cat gets may include a repurposed nightstand. the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Nice job on the instructable. Too bad about the paint in the driveway, but it's a nice detail to include in the tale of the hidden kitty potty. Well written. Well done.
user1044 (author)  repguy20209 months ago
Thank You.
Harley Warren9 months ago
Great stuff, I'm tired of the rubbish plastic litter boxes and the gritty bits the cats always manage to toss out. I will definitely be looking into this one.
Satrek9 months ago
Now I need an old nightstand... Thanks for sharing!
user1044 (author)  Satrek9 months ago
Thanks for looking. I added a note on step 3 when putting the handles back on.
nyx7029 months ago
Cool idea. God I hope it doesn't train your cats to poop in your dressers.
tankerman19 months ago
Great idea and it looks good too. As for the paint on the drive way, got to Lowes or Home Depot and get a jug of masonry cleaner but make sure it's the full strength type. It containes muratic acid and or hydrochloric acid and it will break the paint loos in a jiffy. Make sure to use a wire brush to scrub it as well. Good luck
user1044 (author)  tankerman19 months ago
Thanks, I will pick some up..
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