Where do you put your litter box for indoor kitties?
Ours is currently in the bathroom, which is NOT a good spot. Very unpleasant to have to shower after kitty goes potty and gets litter all over the floor (to be repeatedly swept up). Not to mention we can't put in bathroom rugs with the litterbox there because the litter would get in the rug.
So, where do you keep your indoor kittys' litter boxes?
In the unfinished basement. Finally have a house big enough to get it out from people daily living areas. Had been in a spare bedroom, and in the last house, because there was literally no other place to put it, the tile floored dining room we never ever used.
I also have the issue of having a dog who likes to "sample" from the litter box, so there is a baby gate that keep her from going down there. Cats seem pretty pleased to have their privacy from both humans and dogs.
We have a split plan with the master on one side of the house and the other bedrooms on the other side of the house. Both of the other bedrooms have walk in closets... so kitten's box is in one of those walk in closets in the room my hubby uses as his office. We were using arm and hammer litter, but recently switched to scoop away.
This also works as we have two dogs and we're able to put up a baby gate at the door to keep the dogs out.
I live in an apartment, but I got fairly lucky with the setup. I have a BIG utility closet in the living room, up by the front door. The closet door has a small wooden grate that is screwed on, so when I moved in I took the grate off and it leaves an opening that is just big enough for my cat to hop through. So the litter box and his food and water are in there. The space in the door is hardly noticeable since the closet light is always off. It works perfect!
My old apartment was very small, and finding a spot for the litter box was tricky. I wanted it in the (closet sized) spare bedroom, but my SO refused since the computer was in there and he was on the computer a lot. The bathroom was barely big enough for the toilet let alone a litter box, so it ended up in the far corner of the living room, between the couch and the wall. Far from ideal, but as long as it was cleaned daily you didn't notice it. The litter box I have has a cover on it, and a kitty door, so as long as it's clean there's not much scent to it.
I took the closet doors off in my office, the least used room in the house, and the cat boxes are in there. My dad built me some shelving up above so it's still useable as storage space. After years of living in small apartments with small bathrooms, I really wanted them out of the main living space!
I have one in the bathroom under the sink (it's an open vanity), and one under the broom closet. The broom closet has a "floor" about 2 feet off the ground. Underneath that is some tile and the cat box. There is a pass through the wall from the bedroom into the closet and of course I can clean it out by opening the door to the broom closet. I am down to one cat now so I'll probably ditch the one in the bathroom.
He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).
We keep it in the unfinished half of the basement. There's a door between the two halves that we keep partially open with a hook & eye. It's open maybe 8", just wide enough for the cats to get through, but too small for the dog, who likes to snack on the litter. The only problem with it down there is it's easy to forget to clean it every day, because we can't smell it...
Before that it was in the mudroom, but the cats were constantly jumping on the shoe racks right after using it. There's nothing like finding cat litter in your shoes!
We have one at the end of a long closed-end hallway, one in an upstairs bathroom, & one in a back corner of the great room. All get scooped once to twice a day, & I've even had folks very sensitive to "cat smell" not realize that we have cats. It's just diligence.
This is probably the most brilliant idea I will ever have..... our dogs love to eat kitty poop (as a matter of fact, the black lab's nick name is Kitty Poop for that very reason!). We tried cat pans with lids to no avail. The dogs could still get their heads in and would eat the poop and spread litter everywhere. There was nowhere to put the litter boxes that was accessible to the cats but inaccessible to the dogs so I took a big Sterlite storage bin with a lid and cut a slightlly larger than cat sized hole in one short side and put the litter box in the bin.The litter box only takes up about 1/2 of the floor of the bin so it sits back far enough from the hole that the dogs can't reach in. As well, the "porch" area in front of the litter pan catches a lot of loose litter before the cats exit the bin so there's a lot less on the floor of the bathroom. All 3 house cats use the 2 boxes we have and none of them have ever balked about going into the bin.
Bathroom but i use The Worlds Best Cat Litter. It really is the best.
My dog AND cat ate that stuff by the mouthful. I have "unique" animals .
I have the letterbox in my bedroom since I live with several roommates and 4 dogs. Since I rotate between raw and wet food, odor is never an issue. Ideally I would keep it in the laundry room with a door stop to keep the dogs from getting into the room.
When I got the first cat I was living in an apartment with a large closet under the eaves. My bedroom had a huge walk-in closet, so I was able to turn the other closet into a private kitty bathroom. It worked well for both of us.
Currently I've got a litter pan in the cellar, another in the master bathroom, and a third under the desk in my study. All for one cat. Sometimes we need to shut the cat out of a section of the house. It's just easier to leave the cat pans ready for action and close the door where the cat is sleeping instead of trying to relocate the cat and/or cat pan.
A tip on cat pan placement: remember that cats are prey animals as well as predators. Like horses, they don't appreciate scary noises or things jumping out at them. It's best to place the cat pan away from things that make noise, like furnace blowers and telephones. It's also best to place the cat pan in a corner or someplace where the cat can feel protected from anything sneaking up from behind. Putting the cat pan someplace the cat doesn't like may result in the cat choosing something you don't want as its new toilet.
Our litter box is in the laundry room. Decent space, tile floor. There are "non-wood" bifold doors; we had handyman cut an opening at the bottom of one that allows kitties but not the 60 lb dogs to access.
My next project is to find something akin to the storage bin idea that will help contain the litter a bit. Those girls send it flying...
We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........
Since we moved to Florida, we no longer have a basement - I really miss that! Also, I have had nothing but problems with indoor cats here - we ended up with several that do not use the litter box, so I have had to be super-vigilent about keeping the litter boxes clean and making sure they are accesible. Had to get rid of all rugs and they even ruined a couch. The worst offender was put back outside, but that left me with one who is questionable around the furniture, so I have covered the new couch with a waterproof mattress pad and a slipcover (sucks!). Unfortunately, the feral kitten I rescued has recently decided that the couch is his litter box - I am at my wits end. He never had an accident from December when I brought him in - I thought he would be fine, but this weekend I caught him twice peeing on the couch. I scared him away and immediately put a new cover on the couch and washed the soiled covers on the "sanitize" setting of my washer, but the next day he did the same thing. Now I have to keep him locked down the other side of the house and pray he does not decide to pee on our bed or somewhere else. Sorry to vent, but I am at my wits end. Wish I was back to 2 or 3 kitties that did not have these issues. I have 5 - 2 of which are a problem and a 3rd that goes on the tile beside the litter box instead of in it. But I digress...
We are planning to re-model our master bath, laundry room and closet area, and I plan to do a setup similar to Gray Horse - I will put a tile floor (possibly with a drain) in the laundry room or possibly in a separate utility closet and will put the litter boxes in there with a small access door that the dogs can't get in, or possibly a baby gate (my chihuahua could get through the access door).
I like those fancy furniture-like cabinets, and I like the sterilite container idea, but mine are in an unused bathtub down by my office. Yuck, but easy to clean now until we remodel.
I just moved into my house last week, and it came with this odd Florida/sun room attached to the back...complete with 70's wood panelling and all. There is a hollow-core door between that room and the laundry room....so I had my step-dad install a cat door in the door. I have 3 cats, so 3 different kinds of litter boxes (open/no hood, hooded, and hooded with a door) and their food bowls out there. That way my dog no longer gets her "tootsie rolls."
In the previous house, I had an unfinished basement - I had the boxes down there with a baby gate at the entrance and a door stop to keep the basement door partially opened.
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I have one litterbox in the bathroom but it is an enclosed litter box with a door. That takes care of most of the litter tracking. I use a folded up towel for a bath mat. I have several; they go in the laundry easily and I just pull out the next clean one.
Between that and regular sweeping it is no problem.
I also have an additional, not enclosed, litter box on a table in the basement by where the cats get fed.
My dog AND cat ate that stuff by the mouthful. I have "unique" animals .
I have the litterbox in my bedroom since I live with several roommates and 4 dogs. Since I rotate between raw and wet food, odor is never an issue. Ideally I would keep it in the laundry room with a door stop to keep the dogs from getting into the room.
I like it because after trying multiple litters it is the only one that didn't end up all over the place and it controls odors very well. Dogs can't get in the bathroom because after a year, I came up with the clever idea to put a quick release rope on it that restricts the opening. My cat doesn't eat it. He has an odd soap licking fetish when I take a bath. Yuck...
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