Our nice, unsuspecting entryway cabinet is a secret kitty bathroom

November 15 | Guest post by Tess

Nice, unsuspecting entryway cabinet…Our house isn't very big, and the place that makes the most sense to put the litter box is right in the front entryway. So instead of greeting our guests with a box of cat poop, we got this cabinet on Amazon to hide the litter box.

Here's how it works…

side view of kitty entranceI bought a cabinet with the door hole in it already. But I'm sure if you have a similar shaped cabinet you could pretty easily cut a door space into it.

…or secret kitty bathroom
It also has dramatically decreased the amount of cat litter that gets kicked out on the floor! I put some potpourri in the metal star thing on top of the cabinet to help with smells, too.

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  1. Holy crap (ha), this is genius. I need to do this so that my foyer is no longer referred to as "the poop room" by my best friend.

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  2. Wow – I like the design of this more than other "litter box hiders" that I have seen on the internet.Do you know the name of the product and/or manufacturer?

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  3. That's probably the most attractive setup I've seen for a litter box – would you be able to post the link to the actual cabinet you purchased?

  4. I saw one that someone had made where the entry hole for the cat was cut into the back of the cabinet (and it was pulled out from the wall a little way), so if you were a guest just walking by, you really couldn't tell it was anything but an ordinary cabinet. You'd get a bit of a surprise if you were looking for something, though. ­čśŤ

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  5. Oh, that's clever! I may do something similar with the end table that is currently functioning as our dinner table, once we get a new dinner table.

  6. I made one of these using a small cabinet end table thing (almost like a microwave stand) that I bought for $10 at a Salvation Army store. My problem was less that I wanted the box hidden, and more about making sure my beagle can't get to the box for midnight snacks of "Kitty knunchies". Because of where I needed to situate this in my apartment, I had to cut a hole right in the front of the cabinet, but otherwise I would have cut one in the side where it looks better.

    In any case, I removed a door, measured away from the edges the right distance so that my kitty door wouldn't interfere with anything, and then made four corner holes with a cordless drill. Then, I jigsawed in between each, and voila! My hole is 4"x6", which is the perfect size to allow the cat in, but not the dog. I was at my parents' house when I made this, so I had my dad router the edges of the hole to make them tidy, but the other option was to use a cheap wooden 4×6" picture frame from the thrift store. Use that to frame the hole. Either find a frame that matches the cabinet, or paint the whole thing so that it looks custom.
    A heavy duty latch on the cabinet doors rounded out the project. Total cost for this project: $10 (if I had used the picture frame, it would have been $11, and if my dad didn't already have a latch, I would have spent probably another $3 for a cabinet latch).

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  7. I was just looking into this sort of thing! Part of my reasoning was to hide the catbox a bit, but we have one cat that harasses the other, even during her alone time. I thought this might prevent some of it by making it harder to get at her while she's in the box.

    Glad to hear it decreases the litter flying out of the box. Thanks for the post.

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  8. Our vets have recommended against even covered litter boxes, because the smells can get very overwhelming to the cat. Add to that the fact that my partner is very "out of sight, out of mind"-ed, and I can't even tuck it behind a curtain :(. Still, I mostly worry about the box not getting cleaned enough because it's not visible, and overwhelming the kitty senses. I think if you're really diligent with a cleaning schedule this is fine, but felt there needed to be a voice of temperance added here. It's definitely a solution that should be considered carefully.

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  9. My brother did this years ago when he and his wife had several cats and the only place for the litter box was in the kitchen (gag). He took a cabinet that was almost twice as long as the litter box and cut the hole in the bottom of it on one end. Kitty jumped up into the cabinet, it could sit against the wall, and no one was any wiser. I thought it was brilliant.

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  10. This. Is. Genius. I wonder if you can get it cheaper if it's just a regular cabinet instead of a specialized-kitty-box-hider-cabinet

  11. I love the winky kitty (or maneki-neko as I just learned) on top, possibly alluding to the hidden function…??

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