Hidden cat litter boxes are the desire of any cat owner. After all, who wants cat litter boxes in plain view of guests, especially in a small home where placement options are few. Hidden cat litter boxes that look like plants, wicker baskets, or wooden cabinets are available, but they are very expensive compared to the price of the ordinary plastic kind. Instead of buying a ready-made hidden cat litter box, consider making one by altering an ordinary inexpensive wooden cabinet with doors. With a little creativity and ingenuity almost any freestanding storage cabinet can be transformed into a stylish hidden cat litter box that no one will ever guess is really an item meant for the cat.
Altering Ready-to-Assemble Cabinetry
One of the easiest ways to make a stylish hidden cat litter box is with ready-to-assemble cabinetry. Before buying a ready-to-assemble cabinet, make sure it will accommodate a plastic litter box that is large enough for the kitty. In addition, the hidden cat litter box will be easiest to clean if it fits through the open doors of the cabinet.
Before beginning cabinet assembly, using a jigsaw or a router, cut a circle or an arch in one of the side panels that will allow access to and from the litter box that will be housed beneath it. Assemble the entire cabinet, but do not attach the bottom. If necessary, buy brackets that will keep it stable and attach them on all four corners of the inside. It will look like an ordinary cabinet, but it will effectively hide the box.
Once the cabinet is completely assembled, fill the box with litter and place it inside. Before long the kitty will find the hidden pan and begin using it. This unassuming piece of furniture will look like part of the decor, and it can be further embellished with a variety of tabletop art.
Select a work of tabletop art that matches the decorating style and theme of the space, or arrange a vase of fresh or faux flowers and center it on top. If odor is a problem, consider placing a container of fragrant potpourri on top. It will become part of the decorating scheme, and when placed near a corner the opening and the hidden box will not be visible.
Alternately the top of the furniture can be used as a place for the cat to relax. Cover the top with faux sheepskin, or secure a basket complete with a comfy cushion on top. It will cost far less than similar items sold in stores, and best of all, no one but you and the cat will know this piece of furniture houses a hidden cat litter box.