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How to Hide A Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet

Here’s 6 GREAT ways to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet. Four are minor changes safe for rental properties. The last 2 are perfect for cat lovers that want a bigger change!! Actually, they’re all perfect for cat lovers. 🙂

How to Hide A Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet

We brought a sweet, sweet kitty home from a local rescue this year. And, we all adore her. In fact, one of my boys calls her our queen.

Which is a pretty accurate way to describe her.

But, the first few months she was here I had no idea where to put her litter box. Even in our roomy house no space seemed like the right spot for a litter box.

I was already hard at work on building and painting custom built ins for our play room. So, I had to put up with having the litter box in the Foyer and even the DINING Room for a while. Yikes.

Don’t worry, we have one of those waste of space Dining Rooms that only gets used a few times a year. But still, it’s next to the kitchen, so not an ideal spot for a litter box.

Once I finished those built ins I was ready to make a quick and easy change in our small, colorful laundry room.

Our Laundry Room has absolutely no floor space for a litter box, but it does have a few extra cabinets. A few years ago, I turned one of those cabinets into a bench with shoe storage.

This time, I decided to hide a kitty litter box in a cabinet. And, after 2 months of having it in there. I’m LOVING it, guys!

6 GREAT ways to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet. 4 are minor changes safe for rental properties. All of them are perfect for cat lovers!
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6 GREAT ways to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet. 4 are minor changes safe for rental properties. All of them are perfect for cat lovers!
Our kitty loves hidden spaces. She’s always crawling under beds or couches for a nap.

Can I Put a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet

Yes, you can put a kitty litter box in a cabinet. Hiding a litter box in a cabinet can be a great way to keep the litter box out of sight while giving your kitty lots of headroom and privacy.

If you don’t have a cabinet that can be converted into a kitty litter cabinet, you can find tons of stylish and affordable cabinets that hide litter boxes on Amazon.

Some of those hidden litter box cabinets can be used as a bench or a place to drop keys and things when you walk in. They’re perfect for entry ways in a small apartment or house.

Or you can hide your litter box in bathroom or laundry room cabinets. I have 6 ways to do that below. 🙂

You can buy pretty litter box cabinets that look like furniture. Some of them are bench seats. Some of them are side tables or entry tables. See the white cabinet here.

Benefits of a Cabinet or Closet Litter Box

  • A covered litter box or cabinet keeps litter in the box when your kitty is digging it up.
  • It looks better than an open litter box.
  • You’ll contain some of that smell.
  • A cabinet or closet litter box can keep babies and dogs away from the litter box.
  • And, some cats need those higher sides on covered boxes to keep pee in the box.
  • Most cats like the privacy and are always sneaking off into little hiding spots anyway.

Just don’t forget to keep that covered box clean, or your cat might stop using it. 🙂

Six Ways to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet

OK, let’s get to the 6 ways to put a hidden litter box in a cabinet. The first 4 are perfect for rental homes. They do not cause any permanent damage or changes to the cabinet.

For the last 2 you would have to cut a hole in your cabinet door. But if you always have cats in your house and plan to live in the home for a long time, making a permanent change makes more sense. 🙂

To protect the bottom of the cabinet from all of that litter box “stuff”, I recommend putting some sort of vinyl or rubber mat under the litter box. I used this XL Dish Mat.

Having a removable mat makes it easy to pull out and shake off the litter too.

Remove The Door

This is probably the quickest and definitely the easiest way. Just remove the cabinet door to give your kitty easy access to a litter box hidden inside the cabinet.

Just be sure to save that cabinet door to put back on when you move out.

Replace the Cabinet Door With A Curtain

You know those cute, short kitchen curtain? You can put one of those up after removing the cabinet door. Use a pressure mounted rod to easily install that curtain without damaging the cabinet.

The curtain looks great, is easy for your kitty to use, and it hides that litter box away.

Replace a cabinet door with a cute pressure mounted rod and curtain. You can find this cute curtain on Amazon.

Use a Door Strap to Hold Door Open

Buy a stick on pet door strap that holds the door partially open. You can remove the door strap stickers when you move out without damaging the cabinet or closet door.

Using a pet door strap is a great way to keep babies and big dogs out of the litter box! It’s a door stop and latch that keeps the door open, but only wide enough for your cat to pass through. Genius!

I LOVE this door strap for holding a cabinet door or closet door open just wide enough for your cat to go in and out.

Build a Replacement Door with a Hole

This one takes more effort. But if you’re into woodworking projects, you can build a simple replacement door for the cabinet. Then save the original door so that you can put it back on when you move.

Then install a cat door into the new, replacement cabinet door.

Install a Cat Door

I installed a cat door into our existing cabinet door. This is a solid wood cabinet door, so it was easy to cut into. And, still sturdy after this big change.

If you have MDF or particle board doors with laminate over, cutting into the door might not be the best idea. It could weaken the door or just make it look bad.

This cabinet door is already 20+ years old. So not new or expensive doors. And, we’ll have the cat for probably 15 years or more, if we’re lucky.

Also, we aren’t planning to move any time soon. So, for those 3 reasons I was OK with changing out cabinet door.

But, I’m also pretty comfortable with designing and building furniture. So, I can always build myself a new cabinet door, if I need to.

6 GREAT ways to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet. 4 are minor changes safe for rental properties. All of them are perfect for cat lovers!
This cat door is actually made for interior doors. But it was so cute, I had to use it on this cabinet. You can see how it looks on both sides in the video. You can kinda see my litter box and the mat I put under it in this picture.

Cut a Hole and Trim it Out

This is pretty similar to installing a cat door in a cabinet door. But, for this one you don’t need to buy a cat door. Just cut the opening and trim it out with pretty molding.

Again, make sure the cabinet door can handle cutting and changes like this. It probably needs to be a solid wood door, like mine, for this to work.

If you have Shaker Style Cabinet Doors, or similar. The panel in the center might just be 1/4″ plywood or MDF floating in the frame. You can cut it, but you will need to plan out the changes to get the best look.

6 GREAT ways to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet. 4 are minor changes safe for rental properties. All of them are perfect for cat lovers!
6 Ways to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a cabinet. I put building a cabinet door on the permanent side in the video. But really, that’s not actually permanent. Right?!

The Best Litter Box I’ve Used

6 GREAT ways to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet. 4 are minor changes safe for rental properties. All of them are perfect for cat lovers!
Having a removable mat under the litter box protects the cabinet AND makes it easy to shake off loose litter into a garbage bag. I also highly recommend these 3 layer litter boxes. They make cleaning the litter so FAST!

WATCH THE VIDEO

Seeing something done can help explain things better. Watch this short video for a quick look at 6 ways to hide a kitty litter box in a cabinet.

How To Hide A Kitty Litter Box In A Cabinet

Where Do You Hide a Litter Box in a Small Apartment

It can be tough to hide a litter box in a small apartment. But here are a few ideas that might work for you.

  • In a coat closet or spare closet. You can use a Door Strap to keep the door partially open all the time.
  • In a litter box cabinet that looks like beautiful furniture.
  • You can also put it in a bathroom. Some people like to keep a litter box right next to the toilet.
  • Some small apartments have a biggish pantry/laundry room that can be used to hide a litter box too.
6 GREAT ways to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet. 4 are minor changes safe for rental properties. All of them are perfect for cat lovers!

That’s it for How to Hide a Kitty Litter Box in a Cabinet. You might also like these DIY Projects for Cat Lovers on my YouTube Channel.


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