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