Creating Your Own Litter Box Enclosure

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Cat parents know that litter boxes come with the territory, but did you know that they don't have to be an eyesore? A hidden litter box spot is just the thing to make you and your furry friend happy!

It all comes down to location. If your kitty's litter box is in a less-than-ideal location, as VetStreet notes, she may resort to "going outside the box," which isn't good for anyone.

Ideally, the box should be tucked away in a private, quiet corner, and nowhere near her food and water for a more convenient toilet spot.

Create one of these fun, funky DIY litter box enclosures so your cat gets the privacy she needs, and you get nice new décor for your home.

Kitty Privacy Screen

This screen provides privacy in a stylish way, tucked neatly away in a quiet corner.Gray cat walking out from behind a cat litter box privacy screen covered in floral print.

What You'll Need

  • White cardboard tri-fold display board
  • Light- to medium-weight fabric
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

How to Make It

  1. Lay the fabric facedown on a flat surface (select a fabric that is a bit larger than the board).
  2. Center the display board facedown on top of the fabric.
  3. Fold excess fabric over the edges and corners of the board as if wrapping a gift.
  4. Glue all four corners along the board edges. Hold down for one to two minutes to form a bond.

When choosing the fabric, go with one that's easy to clean, not too heavy or too delicate. An inexpensive tablecloth works well, or you can purchase fabric to match your curtains!

Cat Litter Box Curtain Nook

This makes great use of unused space, turning it into an adorable hidden litter box spot.

What You'll Needgray cat hiding behind yellow curtain with white cats on it.

  • Wooden dowel rod
  • Light- to medium-weight fabric
  • Felt pads for furniture legs
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

How to Make It

  1. Select a small structural space: the bottom of a closet, the bottom shelf of a built-in bookcase, or a nook between the wall and a heavy piece of stationary furniture.
  2. Cut the dowel rod to fit snugly between the two areas. Place a felt pad on each end of the dowel.
  3. Measure the fabric so that when it's on the dowel, it hangs about three inches from the ground, making room for your cat to get in and out.
  4. Glue the fabric to the rod. Hold down for one to two minutes to form a bond.
  5. Hang the dowel and curtain tightly into the nook.

Another option for this nook is to use a curtain tension rod and a tabbed curtain.

Cat Litter Box Stall

This litter box enclosure is perfect for those who share a bathroom with their cat.Gray cat sniffing cardboard cat litter box stall.

What You'll Need

  • White foam core
  • Scrap piece of white cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Household glue
  • Black permanent marker

How to Make It

Materials used to build the cat litter box stall, white cardboard.

1. Place three vertical pieces of foam core side by side on a flat surface, three-fourths of an inch apart.
2. Cut out a twelve by one and one-quarter inch section from the bottom of each board, leaving two two-inch "legs" on the bottom.
3. On the middle board, start the door by making a sixteen-inch vertical cut, centered between the two feet at the bottom.
4. Starting at the sixteen-inch cut, make a twelve-inch long horizontal cut.
5. Flip over the middle panel and make a sixteen-inch vertical cut on what is the door "hinge" but don't cut all the way through.
6. Make the wall connectors by cutting four strips (three by one and one-quarter inch) from the cardboard. Glue the strips near the bottom and top of each panel to connect boards.
7. When the glue is dry, stand up the three panels to form the stall.
8. The door should be left ajar so your cat can easily access her box.
9. Use the black marker to define the feet, draw a door handle or add graffiti!

This design allows for easy cleaning and accommodates any size litter box.

A DIY hidden litter box is a great option for pet parents looking for affordable, stylish ways to make their fur baby feel safe and comfy.

A DIY cat litter box enclosure is a great way to hide the eye sore of the litter box, give your kitty a little privacy to do her business and help bring your creative side to add a little extra flare to your home.

Image source: Christine O'Brien

Contributor Bio

Christine O'Brien

Christine O'Brien

Christine O'Brien is a writer, mom, former English professor, and long-time pet parent whose two Russian Blue cats rule the house. Her work also appears in What to Expect Word of Mom, xoJane, Fit Pregnancy, and Care.com, where she writes about pets and family life. Find and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @brovelliobrien

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