A hidden cat litter box is probably the not so hidden desire of every cat owner. Here are some solutions that can work to not only visibly hide the equipment, but also reduce odors and the amount of tracked litter.
There's no way around it. Your cat needs to eat and drink. Just like you, as long as your cat eats and drinks, she's going to need a toilet. I'm betting that your toilet is hidden behind closed doors.
Well, thanks to cats becoming so popular, now you can create any number of hidden litter box options in your house. Most of these will keep dogs out of the litter box as well. If that's a problem at your house, then you just might have found your dog-proof box in one of these solutions.
Purr-Fect Privy Upright Acrylic/ Plastic Litter Containment System
While this may not be the most attractive piece of furniture ever created, it's certainly effective as hidden cat litter box furniture goes.
This is a "hide in plain sight" solution. The creators of this product came up with it in order to solve litter problems with their own cats. It worked so well they patented it.
It makes use of vertical space, cuts down on litter tracking, and odors. It's made of acrylic and plastic materials rather than wood, so it's easily cleaned by washing. It's large enough to hold a jumbo size litter pan, and the (patented) GRID system gets the litter of your cat's paws to help prevent tracking.
Your cat will have to jump 18" to get into the unit, then drop down into the box and back up to get out. There is a training process that may have to take place with cats that aren't curious enough or are too timid to enter the box on their own.
Another concern would be in multiple cat households when the box is occupied and another cat wants to get in. It's possible that conflicts may develop, but then again, you should have more than one litter box for multiple cats (following the one plus one rule, there is always at least one box free).
My final concern with this piece would be for cats that are mobility challenged. This would include younger kittens (get them trained on regular boxes first, then introduce this when they get a bit older and have the hang of things). Also included in this group are older cats and cats with injuries or illness. Make sure you provide the solution that is best for your cat.
Good Pet Stuff Hidden Cat Litter Box
The Good Pet Stuff Hidden Cat Litter Box is a combination cat box and decorative planter. This item is made of polypropylene, but looks like a real clay pot.
It measures 19 x 19 x 14 inches and is 42 inches high with the plant (included).
The filter and venting control dust and odor. You can turn the opening towards a corner of the room, and no one will know it's a cat box. As with any covered cat box, some cats may not take to it.
The Litter Garage
The Litter Garage is one of those inventions that I wish I had come up with myself. This is truly a hidden litter box like no other. In fact, the box isn't even inside the house, and can't really be seen at all.
As with many ingenious inventions, it's a simple solution to a common problem, and it was designed by cat owners. You want the box out of sight, the odors out of your house, and your cat well cared for.
So, by placing a cat box in the garage, the sight and smell part of your problem is solved. Now, how to take care of the cat? Well, with the combination of a simple cat door, and a covered litter box, the problem is solved. All it takes is a chute to lead the cat into the box, and a platform for the box itself to sit on out in the garage.
With the Litter Garage, your cat goes through the cat door and into the enclosed box, does her business, and comes back out into the house. Odors stay out, the cat stays in. All the cleaning of the box and replacing of litter is done in the garage, further reducing the potential mess in the house. Simple!
This unit requires that you punch a hole in the wall. If you're not good with tools, you can get a handy man to do the installation for you for a reasonable cost.
If you don't have an enclosed garage, but you have a roomy enough bathroom or utility room, you could mount the box in there instead and get a similar effect. Another way to do it would be to build a small enclosed space attached to an outside room in the house, or use a large enough closet.
My concern with this product is that some cats don't like covered boxes, and some cats may be too large to fit comfortably. Another issue might be that the heat or cold of the garage may be too extreme, which may impact the smell as well. So, you'll have to judge accordingly.
Simpson Ventures Mr. Herzher's Litter Pan Cover
This is a decorative solution. This piece looks good and offers another "hide in plain sight" solution for a hidden cat litter box.
It has a tray on the bottom to help catch some of the litter scatter. If offers front panel access and the box slides out on rails for cleaning.
The base is elevated and the feet protect your floor. With the weight of the litter and the box, your cat won't be able to move the unit around.
The Rhino-Wicker is decorative and durable. It won't absorb moisture or odors, and the weave means it's vented so it won't trap odors inside (a main issue for cats with covered litter boxes). It also provides privacy for your cat, yet allows some visibility. It comes in either a light or dark color to match your preference and fit your decor.
This (and the Midwest Hide-a-Way box cover product) may be one of the best hidden cat litter box solutions for a number of reasons. While it won't prevent litter tracking as well as some, it's open and accessible enough that you shouldn't have to retrain your cat.
Also, timid cats probably won't be afraid to venture inside. If you have multiple cats, it's easy enough for one cat to see when another cat is using the facilities. The cat that is using it can see others coming. It won't trap odors inside, so your cat's nose won't be offended. Finally, it's easy to get to the box to clean it.
Hidden Cat Litter Box Furniture from Catsplay
Catsplay has a great selection of all types of cat furniture. Some of their choices are below.