LitterBox for Small Apartment

November 23, 2013

By Amy Greenwald

If you live in a small space or apartment, you know what it’s like to disguise your furry friend’s tracks. Not just the tracks of kitty litter but the potentially smelly and unappealing litter box right there for everyone to see.  Finding a litterbox for small apartment is possible and you have more options than you might think.  Even some of the boxes look just like regular furniture!  These typically trap the dust and rocks in the box so you have very little evidence outside the box.

Here are some options to choose from when trying to find a litterbox for a small apartment or space:

Modkat – Modkat brand litter boxes have a sleek looking design with the kitty entering from the top. You can get bright shiny colors and it almost looks like a trash can.  The ModKat Litterbox for Small apartmentscoop can hang from the side so that might be a give-away. Since, it’s a vertical design; it will fit well into a corner.  Cats adapt easily to a top entry litterbox and think its fun.

Clevercat  Litter Box Top Entry - Another top entry box that looks more like a plastic storage tub when you leave it out. It’s also great for minimizing the flying litter all over the floor of your small space.  It’s plain and simple but at least you can’t see what your cat leaves behind.

Kitty A Go Go – This one is shiny and plastic like the Modkat but it looks more like a modern front entry playhouse.  Again, it’s disguising the litterbox for a small apartment.  It has a rounded tent shape so can still fit easily in a corner. Kitty A Go Go has some very cool designs like polka dot, Kitty A Go Goburlwood and just plain black.

Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litterbox – This is the one that looks like a tall, outdoor clay pot with a big leafy palm plant coming from the top.  Yes, it still has to have an opening for your cat. But you can potentially turn it around so that the opening is not so obvious.

Mr. Herzher’s  Jumbo Decorative Litter Pan Cover -  Looking like a big square wicker basket, you can place this one over a standard litterbox.  We think it’s another one that just looks like a playhouse for your favorite furry friend.  You might be able to put a cat bed on top of it to create the look of something else other than the litterbox.

Merry Products Pet House and Litter Box – If you didn’t know it, it looks like it could be a nightstand or end table and a beautiful piece of furniture.  The front opening is a clue but at least you can make this serve multiple purposes in your small space home. A regular box fits inside and the front acts like a door for you to get to your normal scooping duty. Depending on how you position it, you might even be able to hide the opening or make it less noticeable.

 

You can find even more that look like and can serve double duty as true furniture.  A wide variety is available along with a wide range of prices so don’t think you have to spend a fortune to get what you want in the look of a litterbox for a small apartment.

 

Check out the ASPCA website to learn more about other organizations that love animals. Merry Products

Need a Hidden Litter Box?

September 24, 2013

Hidden Litter Box

Cats are cute, fun and they are great low maintenance companions. Most people (and birds!) agree that keeping cats indoors for safety purposes is best; however, a big drawback for many would-be cat owners is the litter box. Let’s face it, no one really wants one – except, of course, the cat. Therein lies the dilemma: how to enjoy your indoor cat without offending your aesthetic sensibilities. The easy answer is a hidden litter box: the “hidden” part, however, can be tricky. Hide it too much, and kitty might not find it; might not like getting into it; or you might not like the contortions you have to go through to clean it. Accessibility for you and your cat is a must.

Placement is another issue; sometimes putting the litter box in the one convenient spot in your abode doesn’t work for the cat and if the cat is not happy with the litter box, nobody’s happy. And multiple cats mean multiple litter boxes, which leads to litter boxes in your utility room, your bedroom, possibly even your living room. You’ll want them to blend in.

Those plastic covered litter boxes are always an option – they now come in bright white instead of that drab non-color that seemed to be the industry standard for a long time. Affordability is the big plus here, but they do look like just what they are – a litter box. Never fear; there are several alternatives for a hidden litter box that will provide privacy and style.

One option is to attach fabric – curtains, if you will – to a table big enough to fit over the litter box. The fabric can be attached to the bottom of the table, and might even make the litter box more appealing to cats who like that hidden cave-like feeling. The fabric could be attached with Velcro and changed to match your decor. Here’s a tip: those small packages of painting drop cloths come in a tea-stained appearance, and they’re durable and very affordable.

If you’re up on simple woodworking you could construct a simple, three sided wooden cover for your hidden litter box. With two sides open, this would make it easy to extract the litter box for cleaning, simple for the cat to access, and like the curtained table described above, could be decorated to match the room.

Not up on simple woodworking? Then maybe a closet is the answer. Take the door off of a linen or coat closet, add some shelves and a curtain (maybe even a beaded curtain!) from the bottom shelf to the floor, decorate the upper shelves and voila! Not only a hidden litter box, but a neat built-in architectural detail for your home.

For another angle on the three sided box, consider the lowly pallet. Three pallets joined at the side and topped with painted or stained plywood could be a striking piece of furniture. Place your pallet-sideboard against a wall so it can be pulled out for cleaning, but here’s something to watch out for: fat cats might require removal of a slat!

Boxing in a nook or cranny (like that space under the stairs) might appeal to your kitty, but be sure and leave yourself enough room to get to the box for cleaning. We all know those cats who occasionally miss the box, so be sure you can reach the area on all sides. And, unless you are on immediate cleaning call twenty-four hours a day, trapped odors can build up fast.

If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, there are also some great hidden litter boxes available for just about any decorating style. Cabinets – they’re not just for storage any more, they’re also for litter box hiding. You can even get one cleverly disguised as a potted plant. How’s that for ingenuity? If nothing here has tempted you, Amazon.com has an amazing selection: top entry boxes, a privacy tent, designer boxes or your cat’s very own washroom and night stand. By the way, if you feel the need for delicacy, refer to the litter box as a “cat washroom”. You can click here for other  litter box furniture.

So, don’t fear the litter box – have fun with it. The great kitty litters, litter box liners and scoops that are available now help make the whole cleaning chore not so odious, and litter boxes as furniture and conversation pieces are interesting and fun. You might even find a fancy one that goes perfectly in your formal drawing room! After delving into the world of hidden litter boxes, you might just end up becoming a collector – and if you end up with an excess of litter boxes, well, you can always get another cat.

If your cat likes to hide watch this video on making your own cat tent.

Cat Litter Box Furniture

August 28, 2013

As a cat owner, you have a lot of love and affection for your furry friend. Some people say that cats can be quite distant, but you know that’s not really true. Your feline friend loves to snuggle up with you, and you just want what is best for him or her. Cat furniture is an excellent way to add class to your home and to keep your pet happy.

What is Cat Furniture?

Since you have a cat or two, you know all about cat boxes. To keep your friend happy and clean, you are frequently scooping and dumping the litter. However, you do not love the site of the box in the middle of your house. Fortunately, with speciality designed furniture, you do not have to worry about this issue. Basically, the unit looks like a piece of furniture and acts like one, but it has space for a box inside.

Form and Function

When you purchase a piece of furniture, you don’t want it to just look like a pretty piece in the house. You’re spending money, so you want it to actually do something. Fortunately, that is possible. For example, let’s take a cabinet structure. Even if the interior is filled with the box, the rest can act as a welcoming piece in the front foyer of your house. You could use it as a nightstand or a place to put down your favorite books.

Great for Small Spaces

People who are living in smaller spaces, be it an apartment, condo or little house, usually do not want cat pans all over the place. In fact, they don’t really have the room for this type of setup. While cleaning the cat pan is something that good cat owners do on a daily basis, it can still smell. They also do not like the sight of the boxes, especially when they are entertaining guests. You get to have a two-in-one deal when you select a box that can also act as a type of furniture.

For One Floor Living Spaces

Now, perhaps you do not live in a tiny space, but you have only one floor. This means that you may have a large kitchen, living room, dining room and bedroom area, but you do not necessarily have any place to put the boxes. Some people will place them in an upstairs loft area, or they will put them down in the basement. Once again, the visual and aesthetic factor comes into play. You do not have to compromise on your furniture, but you can also have a great place for your cat to use the restroom.

Not Letting Cats Outside

Sometimes, when people are faced with space issues or other problems with traditional boxes, they try to come up with alternative solutions. Their solution might be to let the cat go outside to use the bathroom. Sure, fresh air can be good for the cat, but outdoor cats simply do not tend to live as long. These pieces of furniture keep you away from this idea.

The Styles That Are Available

You might be thinking that you do not want this type of box. After all, you recently saw one at a friend’s house, and you just did not like how it looked. Fortunately, more than one style is available. Some of them can work well in the living room as a spot for extra storage. Others will look beautiful in the bedroom. You also have an array of different colors and materials from which to choose. No matter what type of furniture and decor you have, you can find one of these boxes to work well with the space.

The Models to Buy

So many different models exist because this is becoming a fairly popular idea. You really need to see what is going to make sense for your home and which one you like best. Some of the top ranked models on Amazon are the Pet Studio MDF Cat Cabinet, Good Pet Stuff Hidden Box and Designer Catbox Enclosure in Espresso. Reading through the reviews carefully is important. You want to ensure that you are selecting one with the appropriate measurements and in the color that you want. When you are interested in this type of cat litter box furniture, you should really look into all of the different options. Creating a lovely space for your cat is a quality that you need to be the best cat owner you can be.

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