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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Do It yourself cat litter box....?

Ok, here's my silliest sounding frugal post yet, but YES I did make my own cat litter box and YES it is the jam!

If you have a cat and are broke for whatever reason (my reason is having a child but take your pick!) then this cat box is for you!

All you need is a pair of scissors and a large rubbermade storage container with snapping lid. The container should preferable be one you already have (that makes this a free project) and it should also be opaque in color, this is so you can't see the yucky cat poo inside.

Do you have your materials? Great! Now cut a big hole on the right hand side of the lid. The hole can be square or round or whatever. It doesn't have to be perfect, just as long as its big enough for your cat to get in there. I made ours about 9"x9".

The Box: Leroy

The Cat: Georgie
After you cut the hole, you fill the box up with about 3 or 4 inches of litter (we use fresh step as we've found it smells the least disgusting!) and then snap the lid on. Next, find your cat. He or she is probably hiding under the bed or in the bathtub. Put your cat as gently as possible into the box through the hole. This is so they will know where the litter is now kept and how to access it. Now just sit back, relax, and let your cat do the work!

The beauty of this litter box is not only that its cheap but also because of its functionality. That was the original reason for my doing this. Our old cat box had a swinging door that kept getting stuck. Well...when the door was stuck the cat would just pick a new place to go - as in on the carpet!

So this box not only solved that problem, but also keeps the litter in the box. I mean, some of it still gets all over the place because thats just how it goes with cats, but most of stays in. We have much less of a problem with that now. And the cat loves it because its private.

Anyway, that's my Works for me Wednesday post! Check back here for more frugal tips and mommy stories!


Family O'Foxes said...

I never thought about making a litter box. Great idea! Very frugal! :)


Debbie J. said...

It looks nice too! You did a good job. It gives the cat, who btw looks angelic, privacy!

Littlepenpen said...

cool idea... great cat!

Laura said...

I have no idea how I came to your site - it just popped up on my browser after I visited Mrs. Darling's site - but I SOOOO needed this! We have a very messy female kitten, and we've gotten bigger and bigger and bigger litter boxes with no improvement. I have a stack of rubbermaid boxes I just emptied, and I'm going to make this right away to see how much easier this makes our life. WOW - what a FANTASTIC idea!

God is good for bringing me here today - it is AMAZING how he works!


Ribbon Rock Star said...

OH, I like your idea! I like the fact that the POOP is hidden like that.

We are CAT CLUELESS and just got one for my daughter. (She actually looks like your cat!) We just went out and bought a litter box and it does not have a top.
I am so bad with odors....I have been dumping as soon as the cat used the bathroom.

hmmm....I am going to have to make one of these!
Thanks for the tip.


Laura said...

had to come back by and say THANK YOU again... I used your idea, and my word, it is wonderful. Hubby thought is was pure genius - and the cats love their new potty. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our life easier! :-)