Quite often, readers write me with something cool they have done for their cats in their homes. These DIY sifting litter boxes would be cool to share.
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Update: Tools Needed. Some readers have been asking for specifics about the boxes and drill bits. Here is what you will need for the project. Rectangular Storage Boxes that sit 2 inches when stacked. Or these alternatives:
Here are the other items that you’ll need:
After yesterday’s fun DIY Kitty Project from Cinde, How a Reader Built a Cat Power Tower from Scratch, I wanted to share her DIY Kitty Potty Project. Thank you to Cinde for letting me share both projects with the readership! In May 2017, Cinde sent me this email about their “kitty potty project,” lol…
DIY Pine Pellet Sifting Litter Box
Sifting litter box for pine pellets- I wanted to use 100% pine pellets but was not loving the idea of tediously sorting the pellets from the sawdust with the scooper multiple times a day. However, if done less regularly, the sawdust would build up in the box and get tracked through the house (no thanks!). So, I searched online but found only one sifting-type litter box (explicitly designed for use with pine pellets).
This was sold by the company that makes Feline Pine cat litter. In my opinion, the box dimensions were too small for Ragdoll cats. So, I decided to make my own roomy pine pellet sifting boxes using large rectangular storage tubs and an electric drill.
DIY Sifting Litter Boxes
- Storage Boxes – The key was finding tubs with the correct diameter and height, with about a two-inch gap between them when stacked, to allow room for the sifted sawdust in the lower bin.
- Electric Drill and ¼ Drill Bit – My husband drilled tons of holes in the bottom of one bin using a 1/4 drill bit. This allowed the sawdust to pass through when shaken but kept the unused pellets on the top where they belonged. There is no odor because the “used” sawdust is trapped in the lower box (pine is a natural deodorizer).
- Sifting – All I have to do is shake the box back and forth after they pee and the pellets have broken down. The sawdust magically disappears (solid waste is scooped out and discarded in a bag).
- Pine Pellet Tip – When considering this type of setup… buy 100% pine pellet HORSE bedding from your local feed supply store – it is only $4.95 for a FORTY POUND BAG. It is the same exact thing as the cat pine pellets. It is far more expensive when marketed as cat litter! Also, you use WAY less than with traditional kitty litter. So a 40-pound bag will last a long time!
Now part two of our “potty project.”
Hiding the Sifting Litter Boxes…
I am not a fan of litter boxes in high-traffic areas. I have a formal dining room, which we only use a few times a year for holiday meals, and I thought the large unused corner of the room would be a quiet location for the boxes. However, two things were holding me back from using this location. 1) the area I had in mind is one of the first things you see if you are standing at my front door and my entry hallway – 2) when we use that room for formal holiday meals, I didn’t want anyone to see the boxes. Solution…
Building a Nook
- My hubby built me a litter box partition that was architecturally compatible with my dining room. We designed an “L” shaped partition out of the same wood wainscoting and moldings found in the rest of the home.
- We painted the wainscoting the same color as the surrounding walls and the wood trim the same color as the surrounding wood trim in the room.
- We lined the partition inside with sheets of semi-solid plastic for easy cleaning since it was right next to the litter boxes.
- We lined the floor and baseboards with reusable machine washable medical absorbent bed liners instead of traditional litter mats. This protects our hardwood floors from accidents, is pleasing to the kitty’s paws, and is easy to wash.
- The partition can be easily removed from the walls when necessary; it is not attached to anything.
No one would ever guess there were litter boxes behind our partition, and it blends beautifully with the surroundings. The best part? No litter box in the bathroom! Sorry this is so long, but I am just so happy with the outcome of our potty system project… I only know a few people who would appreciate this as much as you might.
Here are some pics showing the components of our creations… This first pic is the view of our potty partition area from our front door/entryway… no one would ever guess there were litter boxes behind it!
August 2017 Update
They have not had one potty accident in the 3+ months we have had them – I believe this has something to do with their approval of our litter system. It is a breeze to maintain, non-toxic and tracking is not an issue! A bonus is how easy it is on the budget… no more costly cat litter! I wish I had discovered this method years ago.
November 2017 Update
As the cats have grown bigger, so has their urine output. As a result, now more sawdust forms after they pee. I find it easier to scoop as much of the fluffy loose sawdust into a bag before using the scoop to rake the remaining sawdust into the holes. Finally, I shake the box back & forth a few times, and any remaining sawdust disappears into the holes. The whole process is swift & easy.
Happy to report that we are STILL potty accident-free since bringing them home nearly 7 months ago – that’s right, not ONE single accident! Also, my house STILL doesn’t smell like a litter box. I love this system! That’s about it. I have never taken any photos of them doing their business in the litter box – even cats need their privacy! 😂
Some readers have reported that they can also use pine pellets and a Breeze litter box for the same effect. Have you tried to make a DIY sifting litter box? Do you have any suggestions to share? I’m sure others could benefit from your work, so drop them in the comments below.
Homemade Cat Litter Box Wooden Enclosure
Another of my readers sent in this clever idea they had to give their cat some privacy and help hide their cat’s litter box from high-traffic areas. Thanks to Linda for sharing. Her first idea was their homemade cat litter box wooden enclosure, a piece of cat litter box furniture.
It’s quite a simple trick – she bought an old end table from a thrift shop and removed the doors before turning it around. The litter tray sits inside, out of view of anyone in Linda’s sunroom – in her own words, “no one even notices.” Her cat can then walk around to the hidden open side, clamber in and do his business in peace. This DIY litter box area is ideal.
Corner Litter Box Enclosure
In addition, Linda has given her cat Adam his own bathroom by adding a corner litter box to the back side of the doorway for her storage room. To make it even easier for Adam to get in and out, she’s had a hole cut and framed leading into the storage room. It’s not a full kitty door – the wall would be too thick – but a constantly open hole that is nicely framed. Now one of her least used rooms has become a quiet bathroom where Adam can enjoy privacy without a lot of foot traffic through the house. The door can stay closed, while Adam has full access to the room, including a welcome mat.
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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,