I was tired of cleaning spilled and tracked litter around the cat litter box. I also needed one that kept the dogs out. I went to the local pet store to find a better solution. The one I liked was about 30 dollars. I figured I could make one for much less. Hope you like it. The cats sure do!
For this project, you will need:
1. A Plastic Storage tote (mine was about 18 gallons or so.
2. A piece of indoor/outdoor carpet, to fit the top of the lid. (you could use a doormat or even a automobile floor mat)
3. Scissors or a utility knife.
4. A marker
5. Liner (I used a lawn and leaf bag)
6. Kitty litter
7. A cat named Biscuit or Chau or by any other name. (If you don't already have one)
Step 1: Get a Plastic Storage Tote
I found an 18 gallon tote with lid the latches for about 6 bucks.
Step 2: Draw the Entry Way on the Lid.
I used a bowl to draw about an 8 inch circle for the entry way
Step 3: Cut Out the Entry Way
I used a utility knife blade because I could not find my utility knife. (It would be much easier if the blade is in the knife). Hopefully, you can find yours.
Step 4: Make Pattern for Carpet Top
Use a large piece of paper to trace and make a pattern to fit on top of the lid. I used a piece of drawing paper from big roll of paper my Grand Kids use. But a piece of butcher paper or wrapping paper would do the trick as well. Make it so that it fits inside the raised edges of the lid.
Step 5: Cut the Carpet Top to Fit.
I was able to cut the carpet top with scissors. You can tape the pattern to the carpet or just draw around it with a marker.
Step 6: Cut the Circled Entry Way Out of the Carpet
Again I used scissors to do this, but a utility knife would probably work better.
Step 7: Liner and Litter.
I used a Lawn and Leaf bag as a liner. It fit really tight around the container. Then I added some litter.
Step 8: Complete!
Put the lid on and latch it. Place the carpet on top. You may want to use double sided carpet tape or even Velcro. I did not want to glue it because I want to be able to remove it and wash it when needed with the water hose. I like this design with the entry hole on one end. That way the cats have plenty of room to jump on top.