Clevercat Litter Box Knock-Off

I realize this is probably not a post that is going to appeal to everyone...but I wanted to share it for the millions of households that own cats, especially those with cats and dogs. Feel free to share it with your pet owner friends. I will be back soon with a recipe or fun craft. ;-)

Back in July when we had little Oliver, it became obvious that we needed a solution for his litter box. You see, we have a dog, Scamp, who loved the smell of the "packages" that our little kitty left in the litter box. It was a constant battle to keep him out of the cat's potty. Apparently, dogs smell each individual ingredient that is in whatever the cats ate. Where we would smell a birthday cake baking, a dog would smell the eggs, sugar, flour, etc. I guess their taste buds aren't as choosy as ours are. Gross, right?

Anyway, I saw the Clevercat Litter Box at one of the big pet stores and thought that it was pure genius. Cats enter from the top of the box, do their business and hop out. The tall sides keep the litter in the box and prevent a cat from hanging over the side. The lid with the hole helps with the smell-factor and most importantly, keeps Fido (or Scamp) from investigating. They can't see what's inside and neither can you. Honestly, I would have paid more than the $40 the big pet store was charging for this lifesaver. But knowing I could make something similar, I went back home and got to work.

Taking a large lidded tote (I think it was in the garage housing some of our water toys), I traced a circle about the size of a luncheon plate on one end of the lid.

Then, I cut the circle out using a box cutter. This worked like a charm and cut like "buttah".

Next, because I didn't have the ridges on the top of the box like the Clevercat Litter Box did, I felt it needed something else that might help with keeping the litter from spraying all over when Oliver jumped out. I took an old towel and cut it to size, securing it to the top with hot glue.

Now that the lid was finished, I filled up the box with fresh litter and put little Oliver in it. He took right to it and had no problems adjusting to the top entry.

We have had no more incidents of Scamp getting into the cat box. He still goes into the bathroom, but only to see if he can catch some cat food that may have fallen off the counter.

Although sweet little Oliver isn't with us anymore, we were able to re-use this Clevercat Litter Box Knock-Off with our big cat, Taz, that joined our family at the beginning of this year. I was concerned that he might be too big for the top entry hole or that he might not like it, but he has had no problems adjusting to this new box.

This box is a necessity in our house with a cat and a dog. Do you know anyone that might benefit from this? Have you had similar problems in your house with cats and dogs? Any solutions you would like to share?

Here's another favorite pet product to make life a little easier!
The Litter Genie keeps kitty odors at bay.

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29 comments:

  1. What a great idea, very clever my dear!

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  2. Absolutely wonderful! I'll be making one this weekend!!! We have an 8 month old boxer/lab mix and 3 cats. Its safe to say that Oscar enjoys "litter box truffles", but no more!

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  3. I love this idea... I recently did it for my cat, Boone. No more messy litter on the floor either!! It is so weird that I don't have to sweep everytime I pass the bathroom. I'm going to take it one step further and put it next to our bathroom cabinet... it will be between the wall and the sink cabinet area. I'm going to add a shelf unit above it to kind of block the ugly tote, yet have plenty of space for the cat to enter his box. maybe put some light under the shelf for him, too. which can also be a nightlight for the bathroom. (does my horrible description make sense? lol)

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  4. You're very clever. I've seen similar boxes that seemed to cost a fortune. You're solution is perfect. When we remodeled our bathroom, we planned a lower cabinet specifically for the cat box. The door has an opening so the cat can go in, but not the dog. And it's easy to just open the cabinet door, deal with the litter box, and close the door again.

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  5. Great idea! To carry it even further, how about making a cut-to-size piece of carpet for the whole top? You can get a pc. that size for just a couple of dollars, and it would stay in place much better than the towel. When needing cleaned, just take it outside and shake.

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  6. Hi Nici, I saw this at the Link Party Palooza. This is GENIUS! I haven't seen these litter boxes yet but using an inexpensive tote instead is such a great idea. I've got an extra tote sitting around that I'm definitely going to do this with. Thanks for sharing this :)

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  7. This is the perfect solution for a curious dog! You did a great job on the knockoff! I have two cats and can't stand the litter that gets spread out all over from the litterboxes. This one would really contain the litter--I love it!

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  8. I like your idea. I will make one and share your idea with my daughter.

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  9. Oh my goodness! You're an absolute lifesaver! I've been having the same problem lately with my puppy and new kitten. I feel bad for my dog because my grandpa will shout at her like she's some kind of nasty creature for being curious about her new friend's toilet so we've had to keep our eyes peeled on her lately to make sure she doesn't get into the litter. This is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this - Hera's life is going to get easier now (or harder depending on whether she takes joy in chewing cat poo...).

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  10. Nici, this is genius! I'm so glad you shared it at Let's Get Social Sunday! I used to have a kitty, so I know how great this is. I'm sending it to my daughter right now for her kitty! ♥

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  11. I have made one now! Love it now that the doggie can't find the box for snacks. I bought some puddle pads that have a peel off/stick tab and attached one to the top. When dirty, peel it off and throw it away!!

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  12. Genius! Great knockoff and I think we may have to try something similar. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I'm sure there will be a lot of cat owners taking your idea for the litter box. Great idea and tutorial.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  14. Oh my gosh, I could never figure out why our dog loved crunching on those tasty treats that our cats left in the litter box! Sadly our dog is no longer with us but your litter box knock off is genius. I bet it cuts down on the odor and we don't have to see it whenever we should happen to pass by it. I am sharing with everyone. Thanks so much.

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  15. What a great idea. I had no idea that dogs like cats tootsie rolls so much. ;) We only have cats. But, we have one who is super tiny and manages to wet outside the box from in the box. With your box...there would be no way for such an accident.

    I'd love for you to share this and your other creative posts at Project Inspire{d}...the link party I co-host that goes live on Monday nights at 8 EST.

    Best wishes for an Extraordinary week!

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    1. Thanks Nici for sharing your new litter box at Project Inspire{d}!

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  16. Oh, this is a clever idea. Wonder how it would work for our two cats...How has it impacted the amount of litter the cats track out?

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    1. I would say that it has significantly reduced the amount of litter that gets tracked. There is still a little bit coming out of the box, but the lid helps trap some of it.

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  17. LOVE IT!! What a great knock off!!! P.S. I have the same hot glue gun :)

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  18. What a great idea! I wish I had seen it BEFORE I bought one! I'll bet it greatly cuts down a scratching and digging messes too! I found you at Freedom Fridays. Please feel welcome to link up at my Friendship Friday!
    http://www.faithfulmomof9.com/friendship-friday-were-making-progress/

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  19. I hadn't seen this type of box before but I have to keep puppy pads on the wall behind my box because I have a couple who "hand over", not sure why. I can wait to try this, thank you for the wonderful idea

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  20. Oh my .. I think I'm in love. I have a covered top cat box which works nicely for the smell but my chihuahua thinks it's a great sand box and bistro. Genius!
    Found you at Freedom Fridays ~Stacy @ Huddlenet.com

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  21. My niece uses an unlidded tote for her cats litter box and had a plastic holder attached to the side to hold the litter scoop. I like this idea of lidded tote to keep down the amount of litter tracked out the box. Maybe use a welcome mat from the dollar store for the top or carpet scrap and vacuum that up when the floor around the litter box is vacuum. I would also like to have a scoop holder attached to the top of the tote. I'll have to see what I can come up with! Thanks for your ideas!

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  22. My hubby and I have a cat that has a problem with keeping her butt in the tray, and has been peeing over the side of late. I'm going to try this with a cheap plastic box that has a clip-down lid. I'll glady pay $10 to see if the experiment works, and thus solves the problem of constantly cleaning up cat wee.

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  23. I have a baby on the way and have been trying to find a good solution so that he never crawls into the litterbox. This is an awesome idea (we don't get CleverCat in South Africa).

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  24. This would have been great for when my kids were little! I remember once asking my daughter where her baby brother was and her responding nonchalantly, "Oh, he's playing in the litter box."

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  25. I saw a post for a plastic bin litter box that cut the doorway in the side, but they used a soldering iron instead of a box cutter to make the hole. They designed it to cut down on the overhanging butt and the problem with litter being kicked out of the box. We got a couple of extra tall corner boxes from PetSmart for the overhang problem but it was still an inch too short for my largest cat.
    I would like to have them from clear plastic so it wouldn't be so dark inside but the clear ones seem too flimsy. I also think I might need two entrances to deal with the other cat waiting in ambush problem I see sometimes.

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  26. One extra useful touch is to drill a grid of holes in the lid so that the litter will fall back into the box! It works great.

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  27. Instead of a towel I would suggest a boot mat, or a dollar store litter mat cut to fit. It would catch the litter, as well as being washable when needed. Thanks for this great idea. I have 11 rescued babies and this will be very helpful. Cheers!

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