Great Out-of-the-Way Litter Box Solution

We all love our cats, but their litter box is another story. We put up with the tracked cat litter, smell and eyesore because the cat box is one of the few downsides to owning a cat. (And I think it’s much better than picking up a dog’s warm droppings in the rain.)

Picture of cat door entrance to litter box

I’ve tried many things to make my cats’ litter box less annoying, and I was so impressed and inspired when I saw the handy work of one of my cat sitting clients. Their solution made the litter box as subtle and out of the way as possible.

Their cats enter through a cat door in the stairwell to their garage, which put them in a wooden box containing their litter box.

Picture of the inside of the litter box containerInside that wood box is a space for the trash can to make scooping easy. There’s even a compartment for storing the scoop, and when it’s open it blocks the cat door entrance to the box.

The lid on the wood box means the cats stay in the litter box box and out of the garage, and then the lid can be opened by people.

Why do I think this is so great?

  • The litter box itself wouldn’t ever be seen by guests, even if they went in the garage.
  • Picture of litter box container in garageThe container looks nice and doesn’t take up much room at all.
  • You can’t smell the litter box, even in the garage.
  • Everything is all in one place for the person scooping.
  • Less litter will be tracked throughout the house.
  • It doesn’t compromise the safety of the cats. (No roaming around the garage, for example.)


What do you do with your litter box? Have you found a good solution? Share in the comments.

2 thoughts on “Great Out-of-the-Way Litter Box Solution

  1. I love this catbox solution, Kristina. Is it homemade? I’m curious where they found the cat door – is it just an ordinary cat door?

    We use the pressed pine pellets from Trader Joe’s in a regular hooded cat box. What I like about this: I scoop the poop and flush it down the toilet. The cat’s urine causes the pellets to disintegrate into pine dust over a few days. There’s dust, sure, but it’s not smelly, and when it’s more dust than pellets, we dump the entire contents (sans poop, of course) into our compost heap. The nitrogen from the urine helps break down the compost REALLY fast, and the texture of the pine dust helps make a finer, more friable compost.

    What I don’t like: the dust. I have to sweep up several times a day once the pellets are going towards dust.

  2. They made the box themselves, and it’s pretty amazing how polished it looks. I believe the cat door is a normal one you can purchase online.

    Ooh, that’s another benefit of flushable litter.

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