We have installed our own cat litter box furniture, to give them a central place to eliminate. Let me show you the benefits of placing cat litter box furniture in your house.
Who is this for?
Have you got cats? Have you got a stinky litter box that looks colourfully different from the rest of your furniture? Then cat litter box furniture is something for you. Cat litter box furniture gives your cats a place to eliminate in a place that doesn’t look like screaming colours in your living room.
Having multiple cats, you should also install multiple cat litter boxes. What better way than to have multiple cat litter box furniture installed in your house.
Are you wondering about the benefits of cat litter box furniture? We researched all the benefits we could think of and put them in this article.
Benefit 1: Hidden From View
Sure, it is great that we got cats, but we don’t like to stare at an ugly often multi-coloured cat litter box. We felt it had to look great and a little hidden. This is why we created our very own cat litter box furniture using products from Ikea and some DIY sawing. The result is a litter box that is hidden from view. The cats enter through the side of the cupboard and do their business and come out again through the same entry point. Simple as that and it does its job perfectly.
Benefit 2: Less Tracking
Now that all sides of the litter box are protected by a cupboard or some other structure, cat litter will be contained within the cupboard. No longer will cats be able to swing and spread the cat litter around the litter box throughout your room while they are digging down or covering up. On the inside of some cat litter box furniture, you will find an anti-tracking mat that your cats will clean their paws upon while walking out of the litter box. It is what we have installed in our litter box and it greatly reduces the tracking of cat litter throughout the house.
Benefit 3: Less Smells
Not an unimportant one, really one of the most important things concerning litter box is the smell. You rather would like to smell different things all day than the elimination of cats in the cat litter box. Naturally, the only way to really get rid of cat litter box smells, is by cleaning your litter box regularly and by using a cat litter that properly absorbs the cat produce.
Having (hidden) cat litter box furniture will definitely reduce the amount of smells from the litter box. Instead of an open litter box that gives away to all smells, now you contain the smells in the cupboard. Only on the end of the cupboard where cats enter and exit the cat litter box, you will find possibly some nasty smells. Some of the cat litter box furniture comes with an option to add carbon filters to filter the air going out of the litter box.
Note: It is key to place this cupboard in such way that you are not facing the exit from your sofa or chair.
Benefit 4: Furniture That Fits To Your Style
Adding cat litter box furniture to your house also benefits your house. Have white furniture in your house? Installing fitting white furniture for cat litter boxes is your solution. There are many cat litter box pieces of furniture available in a wide range of colours and variety.
If none of the available models of cat litter box furniture is the right one for your house, you can always produce a DIY solution with an existing cupboard in your house or one that you buy from a furniture shop.
Have We Got One?
Yes, we do, because we liked all the benefits of having one. Our cat litter box is inside a TV cupboard from IKEA. It is standing in the hallway in its length and not many people actually have noticed that this cupboard is in fact the cat litter box for our cats. It usually isn’t until we show them how it works, that they realized that they have been looking at it all this time.
We constructed our very own cat litter box furniture, using a cupboard of IKEA, a plastic container of IKEA and several door carpets from IKEA. All that is required is a plan and some tools to get started.
Benefit 5: Multi-Functional Furniture
With a cat litter box inside existing or new furniture that replaces the dirty stinking colourful cat litter box on that place in your living room, you have now an extra cupboard for using or storing things.
Say, you have a cupboard with many drawers or lids and the cats enter through the side. There will be some empty space directly below their runway which can be used for storing stuff. We store wet cat food packages beneath the runway as well as filters for our cat water fountain.
Even the top of the cupboard can still be used for putting things down or placing cat beds for your cats to enjoy. In our case in the hallway, we have stored another cupboard on top of it with drawers with our gloves and shawls. Next to it (we got a long TV shelf as cat litter box furniture), we have the dry kibble cat food stored away in a huge container.
Benefit 6: Quiet Place For Your Cat
The cat litter box furniture also offers a quiet place for your cat to do his or her business in peace. Some cats are simply more anxious than others and need more privacy. Your cat can hide in this cupboard while doing its business and not feel anxious about anyone that is possibly watching them.
Where To Get Cat Litter Box Furniture?
We have made a selection of the best cat litter box furniture we could find. It is for sale in a variety of stores, such as Amazon and eBay but most likely also in your own pet products store.
Before You Buy Checklist
Before you get started looking at the different models, you need to take note of a few things:
- size of the cupboard vs room in your house
- size of the litter box that has to fit inside the furniture
- style and colour you would like to have
Size Of Cupboard Vs Room In Your House
You will need to keep in mind how much room you got available for the cat litter box furniture in your house. The furniture comes in different shapes and sizes. It would be a shame to buy something and having to send it back because it doesn’t fit in your house.
Also look at the practical side of things. Does the furniture offer enough space for your cat to move about? A Main Coon is a rather large cat that needs plenty of space to move about in a litter box and probably also needs a lot of room. A smaller cat does not need a great deal of space.
Size of your Litter Box Inside The Furniture
Most of the cat litter box furniture comes without an actual cat litter box. They take into account that you already got a cat litter box that will fit inside this furniture. It is key to make sure that your type and size of cat litter box fits inside the cat litter box furniture. As I said earlier, there are both small and big furniture, so have a look around and make sure it fits the minimum size requirements.
Style and Colour Preference
There are a great many different types of furniture for this purpose. They usually come in the most common furniture colours, white, grey, light-brown, dark-brown and black but anything is possible. I have seen different shapes as well. I even saw one in the shape of a TV. Now I wouldn’t consider buying that type of furniture, because I don’t enjoy watching my cat be on the toilet, nor would he I am sure.
Night Stand Cat Litter Box Furniture
The furniture often named as night stand, are relative small sized cat litter box furniture with approximate dimensions of 20x20x20 inch (50x50x50 cm). This is indeed the size of a nightstand and relatively low for a cupboard used elsewhere. Some of them come with some form of table-top, so they could technically also be used as a small table in a small seating area.
If there is any extra storage at all, it is usually very little. Perhaps just for the bag of cat litter. Also, these boxes are meant for the smaller cat litter boxes and probably smaller cats as well.
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Washingroom Cat Litter Box Furniture
The washing room type of cat litter box furniture is a bit more spacious than the night stand types. They are generally wider and most likely also higher. They can also be used for a multitude of other functions, such as storing away more things you need for cats as well as things on top.
The washing room cat litter box furniture has a larger inside space which is perfect if you got a bit larger cat breed and a generally larger cat litter box.
We do for example have multiple cats and therefore we place an extra big container in our furniture, so that multiple cats can share the litter box if they wish to do so.
There are also some special design type of furniture. It really comes down to taste and how much you want to spend on a piece of furniture for your cats.
I’d say you take a look at these and tell me what you think of them in the comments below.