One of the sore points with cat owners is, unquestionably, a litter box. Its smell, appearance, and in many cases, even the fact that it exists. If this is about you, you’ve probably have come to a thought you should somehow hide the cat litter box, or, at least make it more discreet. Don’t worry, you are not alone.
Bad news is – cats do not love boxes hidden. We talked about this in our article about covered litter boxes here.
But there are good news, as well. Not everything is black or white, and there are plenty of examples when cats use covered or hidden litter boxes with no objections. If you want to increase chances your cat will be one of those, applying advises below is necessary.
In this article, we are going to teach you how to hide your cat litter box and make it discreet, simultaneously giving as little inconvenience to your cat, as possible.
- Get a piece of furniture. A cabinet, storage bench, or a custom one made by yourself. Your imagination is the only limit. Only two mandatory requirements are, it must be made for storing something inside, and there must be an easy access for maintenance purposes.
- Get it as large, as possible. Size matters. the larger that specific furniture will be, the happier your cat will be. On the other hand, the larger it will be, the harder it will be to find a location for it. Remember, it’s not about putting a large wardrobe in your basement, but you need the location that suits for litter box. Also, you might be pleased to know, most likely, you will need more than one litter box.
- Make a ventilation. No matter how you make it, if it’s semi-closed piece of furniture already, or if you drill several holes in it, it’s a must. Some of you might say it cancels the reason why you want to hide the box, because the smell will still spread in your house. Cats say – if the smell is not spreading around, it’s containing in the box, thus visiting it is disgusting. The better way of fighting the smell is cleaning the litter box frequently, rather than disallowing the odor from spreading.
- Make two entrances. Now, you have to figure out how your cat would get in it. It’s usually done by sawing a hole, large enough for the cat to get through. But here’s what. Make two of those. Why? Natural laws on instinctive levels dictate cats to make sure they are secure before elimination. This includes, there must be two entrances, that is, exits out of the box, in case one of them gets blocked by an intruder. Remember, it’s not necessary to have previous experience with intrusion during elimination, to have such behavior. It’s natural for cats. Similarly, like we check the WC before sitting on it, even though we never experienced something coming out of it.
Give visual advantage. For the same reason why cat needs two entrances, he needs a greater view distance, as well, so there’s time to get things done, and leave if something unpleasant is approaching. Be it a dog, a veterinarian or just an imaginary demon. Usually it is done by, either sawing entrances larger than necessary for getting through, or adding some additional peepholes. Make the ventilation combined with those. Seriously, before starting to operate you cat litter box furniture, get yourself in it, and check if you can see what’s going on outside.
- Increase cleaning frequency. Even if you make the ventilation strong enough, there’s still lower air circulation than around an open box. So, it’s likely, you will need to increase the cleaning frequency, so your cat does not experience a discomfort. Of course, if you are already cleaning your cat litter box two, three times per day, or even after every use, all you have to do is to keep up with it. It’s easy forget to clean the box, when it’s not in front of your eyes for most time. We know it, and, in the past, we even set up an alarm twice daily, so we remember to scoop the litter. Seriously.
- Monitor your cat’s behavior. Now, when everything is set up and working, don’t forget to check your cat’s behavior changes. That’s not enough that your cat is using the litter box. There indeed might be some odd things going on, even ones that seem not to be related to litter box itself. Like excessive vocalization, decrease of activity or not even mentioning obvious ones, like hesitation to enter the box, or even a housesoiling. If any odd behavior develops, try to find out what’s causing it. If it’s in the box, you’ll have to do something different, or even abandon the idea of hidden litter box.
This article is a part of series about cat litter and litter box issues.