Top 5 Designs of Cat Litter Box Furniture
Decorative Furniture to Hide Your Cat's Litter Box
Dearly as we love our cats, no one likes to look at a kitty litter box every day - much less to have it on display to guests. Fortunately, more designers are planning for pets and pet suppliers now offer cat litter box furniture - decorative cabinets to hide that nasty litter tray.
A cat litter box enclosure that looks like a "real" piece of furniture can solve the problem of how to hide Kitty's toilet commode, especially in a small apartment or home without a basement or spare room to stash it away out of sight.
The best of these new cat box enclosures also function as a bench for extra seating - great for the mudroom or entry hall - or as a sideboard or TV display table, even as a bathroom cabinet or night stand. That's the kind of dual purpose we love when it comes to making great use of smaller spaces.
Here are the top 5 designs in cat litter box furniture - the most popular and best-selling hidden litter box furniture, cabinets and enclosures, the pick of the crop top-rated for function, design, and how well the cats like them!
Featured: Designer Catbox Litter Box Enclosure (Black); this cabinet is also available in White and Espresso, shown below on this page.
A Little Privacy, Please!
Image: No lolz heer by Crankydragon, on Flickr
Cats are discreet and well-mannered. Quite reasonably, they prefer to do their litter box business in private!
Pet Studio MDF Litter Box Cat Cabinet
Tops on the hidden cat commode list, this rather elegant Litter Box Cat Cabinet by Pet Studio is probably my favorite of the lot - and not only because it comes from the well-respected Pet Studio brand, which has some very clever designs in pet furniture. I like the clean lines of the design, the mahogany colour, and even the antique-brass-look hardware on the doors.
It's all a kind of 1920s your-gin-and-tonic-is-waiting-on-the-sideboard-sir kind of style... Or maybe that's just me. :)
Anyway, someone was really thinking when they designed this piece of furniture, I believe - and I'd bet it was someone who has spent a little time scooping kitty litter! It has the kind of hinges that let you open the doors well past 90 degrees wide, so you can get in there to clean the hidden cat box without being a yoga master.
Inside the two front cabinet doors, you'll find a convenient full-width drawer where you can keep your scoop, disposal bags, etc. handy for clean-up. Beneath the drawer, there's plenty of room for a standard litter box - the interior measures 27-7/8 inches wide x 16 inches high x 17-3/4-inches deep. (The cabinet exterior is 28 x 24 x 19 inches.)
This would certainly be my first choice for replacing my existing cat litter box furniture, and the Pet Studio MDF Litter Box Cat Cabinet is now being shipped to select countries outside the United States, so it is now available to some international cat-owners as well as those in the USA.
Elegant Cabinet, Great for Small Living Rooms and Large Cats
This enclosure usually comes in at #2 in the bestsellers on Amazon but, with its luxurious look of high-end furniture, it is my own #1 choice for a kitty litter box cabinet. It fits a standard-size litter box. The large opening on the side makes this cabinet a good choice for large cats, and the concealed drawer is a handy place to stash your scooping supplies. Available in the Mahogany color only.
Merry Pet Cat Washroom / Night Stand
Vintage Washstand Style of Cat Box Furniture
This clean-lined classic of a cabinet features a wainscoting panel exterior detail that works well with home decor styles from the traditional to country to contemporary.
Shown here as a bathroom cabinet - note the top shelf and stainless steel towel bar (included) - it would look just as appropriate in a laundry room, bedroom, hallway, or corner of the guest room, wherever you want to hide your cat's duty station. Dual function, you can use this practical piece of furniture as a cat condo instead of a litter box cabinet, if you want, for a kitty who likes to nap in privacy.
Measuring 18.5 x 16.5 x 18.5 inches, the Merry Pet Cat Washroom / Night Stand will conceal a standard size litter box (not included).
Assembly instructions and stainless steel hardware are included, and all you need to put it together is a standard Phillips screwdriver. Also good to note, the Merry Pet Cat Washroom litter box cabinet is covered by a 1-year warranty.
Available in Three Finishes - Walnut, White, Espresso
This homey old-fashioned style of cat box is sheathed in bead board wainscoting and has a stainless steel towel bar on the side, perfect for sliding into your bathroom in style - just choose the finish (white, walnut, or espresso) that matches the rest of your decor.
Owners suggest using a hooded litter box inside this enclosure, if your cat is at all likely to "pee high" or spray, as the fibreboard material has limited moisture resistance on the inside. An alternative is to give the inside a quick coat of acrylic clear-coat, and that's the way I'd go - your furniture is likely to last longer with that extra bit of protection.
Designer Catbox Litter Box Enclosure
Bench Style, Available in White, Espresso, and Black
This bench-style Designer Catbox Litter Box Enclosure has an interior panel you can take out if you want to use a giant size litter box instead of a standard, but it's part of the design for a clever reason I think you'll find interesting.
The exterior entrance and the doorway in that divider panel are offset, so an energetic cat can't kick the litter out the door and or track litter onto your floor -- and your dog can't poke his nose in there to scout for "kitty snacks" if he's the type of dog who has the litter box habit. There's space inside to store your scoop and extra kitty litter, too.
With this cat box enclosure, you can use a standard large litter pan (approx. 18.5" x 15.25" x 5.25") or a high-backed litter pan (measuring 18.6" x 14.7" x 9.8"). Note: if you choose not to install the interior divider panel, you can use a larger litter pan. The overall (exterior) size of the Designer Catbox is 29.1" length by 20.6" width by 20.8" in height, with interior dimensions of 26.4" length by 18.5" width by 14.2" in height. The outside entrance is 7.5 inches wide by 8 inches high, so it even a large cat can access the litter box inside.
Another smart design element to note - you can switch the entrance to either end, depending on how you want to arrange your furniture, to make this look completely like a mudroom bench or cabinet by hiding the cat door.
This is also one of the very few pieces of hidden cat litter box furniture you'll find that's actually made of wood, so that's a bonus if excess moisture (in other words, cat pee "accidents") are a problem - as we all know can happen, especially with toms or elderly cats.
Mudroom or Foyer Bench to Hide a Kitty's Bathroom
Does the Designer style of hidden cat litter box furniture, where the enclosure doubles as a handy bench, appeal most to you? Happily, the Designer Catbox Litter Box Enclosure is available in three colors - white (shown above), espresso, and black, to fit your decorating style. All are painted with a glossy lead-free paint that makes for easy maintenance.
The coolest features of this cabinet design are its extra length, yes, but especially that clever offset entry to keep the litter-tracking down to a minimum - even if Puss is a little too enthusiastic about digging in his litter and kicking it over his doo-doo, the litter stays inside the bench instead of getting kicked or tracked out the door and all over your floor. If you're like me and really hate the feel of those litter particles underfoot, this is a real plus!
Cat Condos Litter Box Furniture
Carpeted Cat Stand Style Enclosure
I'll be honest with you here - I think the carpet-covered Litter Box Enclosure is an attractive, sturdy, and useful piece of cat furniture, but it seems to me just slightly on the pricey side. Especially if you compare it to the other pieces it's up against here. On the other hand, there are a number of good features to note:
- No assembly required.
- The lid of the box just lifts off and on, so there's no worry about hardware failures.
- The carpet on the outside means the litter box cover can double as a cat stand and scratching post, which is handy if you're living in a very limited space with a bored cat.
- Laminate on the inside means it's easy to clean and shouldn't absorb smells if a cat has an "accident" inside.
- It's a generous size. Inside dimensions are 32" length x 19" width x 19" height, with outside measurements of 33" x 21" x 19" - and a little elementary math will tell you what that means in terms of wall thickness, hence the "sturdy" in its description!
Carpet-Covered Litter Box Furniture by Cat Condos
Wicker Cat Box Enclosure
Mr. Herzher's Decorative Litter Pan Cover
If you've got wicker furniture, and you're looking for an enclosure to make your cat litter box look like a piece of furniture instead of a kitty commode, Mr. Herzher's Decorative Litter Pan Cover, a resin-wicker cat box enclosure, is the clear choice, if only because your choices in this style are rather limited.
Now, it does get mixed reviews - the door latch seems to be the main weakness, so you might want to plan on replacing it unless the manufacturer has made recent changes to their hardware.
There are a couple of unusual features worth noting, however: a catch tray for stray litter, glide-out rails for easy cleaning (litter box not included), and non-slip feet to protect your floors.
It comes in two colors - a light-beige sort of natural and a darker shade of brown - and two sizes.
Large and Extra Large (Jumbo) Wicker Cat Box Covers
Do check the size you'll need to fit your litter pan of choice, before ordering, as this enclosure tends to run a bit smaller than "large" and "jumbo" might suggest. I'd go for the larger one, if your living space has room for it, just to be on the safe side - but get out your measuring tape and be sure!
Litter Box or Cat Housetraining Problems? - These Resources may help you...
Anyone who has lived with a cat for more than a few years will know that the litter box and/or bathroom habits are the one big issue we may have to deal with, with an otherwise lovable, low-maintenance and high-entertainment pet. Here are some of the resources I tracked down in helping my mother figure out the best way to keep her persnickety Puss pleased with the bathroom accomodations.
- Preventing Litter Box Problems - The Humane Society of the United States
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- Where do you keep your litter box? - FlyLady Forum
Where do you keep your litter box?, And how do you make it not kill you with it's smell? I am thinking about making my craft area in the laundry room ... but that's where the kitty litter is which is not pleasant.
- Hiding a cat litter box in the bathroom - Pets - Washington Post
Q: I plan to update my small bathroom and am trying to figure out how to hide the cat litter box. I thought of storing it under the sink. However, I am having problems finding a sink and base that would enable a litter box to be stored underneath. An
- "Hide-in-plain-sight" Cat Litterbox - Instructables
Convert a storage cabinet into a cat litter box enclosure - Build a cat litterbox that can be placed anywhere in your home.Once you have the concept down, you'll need to go shopping for materials. We found...
- How to Relocate a Litter Box - General Cat Care Tips - Animal Planet
Do you know how to relocate a litter box? When you want to change the spot where you keep your cat's commode, it's not wise just to move it to a different room and expect Kitty to figure it out without having accidents in the old location! Find out
The two big points to consider are your home (amount of space, where you'll put the box, your decorating style) and your cat companion (how many cats, how large they are, what the cats prefer and what their washroom habits are like, etc.) ... What is your solution to hiding the kitty litter box where you live?
Last updated on August 7, 2014
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