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This little feline nugget of mine… y’all I have ALL the heart eyes for this cat! Pressly joined our family a little over a year ago, and she was easily one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever gotten! When she joined our little family, the blog dogs (Bitly and Buffer) had some adjusting to do. It wasn’t easy at first… she was so tiny and they were so hyper… but now the 3 of them are the best of friends and life has settled into a pretty regular routine.
With one exception… the litter box. The dogs are kind of wierd, and like to, ummm… shall we say “snack on goodies” from the litter box. NASTY! Now I’m a busy girl, and don’t have time to scoop the litter box every time Pressly uses it. So I did a little research and found a practical solution…
Cut a hole in the lid of a large plastic tub, and turn that into the litter box. BRILLIANT! Its too tall for the dogs to jump on, and even if they did, the hole is just a little too small for them. The cat has no problem using this holey-bin, its worked for the last year plus, but it is UGLY!
Creating a some sort of cover for my little love-bug of a cat’s litter box has been on the to do list for FOREVER! So this week, I enlisted the help of the hubby and we got to building!
Does your cat’s litter box need an upgrade? Here’s what you need to create your own version of this farmhouse-esque DIY Litter Box Cover…
1 -1 x 2’s
1 – 3/8th thick sheet of plywood
1 1/2 trim
Nails + Hammer
Screws + Drill + large bit
Paint + Brush/Foam Roller
Small cup hook
Start by measuring your current litter box. Ours was 19.5″ wide x 17″ tall x 23.5″ long add 1 inch to your measurements so that you have room to manouver your box around when its time to clean things, and thats the lengths you’ll need to cut your 1 x 2’s.
Next we build the frame with the 1 x 2’s. There are a million different ways to do this step, and it totally depends on your preference/experience. Hubby prefers to build one of the end “squares”, add the length pieces and then add the second end, using a hammer and 1 1/2 inch nails
Now its time to measure your rectangular “cube” and cut the plywood. We opted to skip adding a bottom so that its easier to clean when neccessary. Screw in the sides, being sure to get them flush at the top edge and sides.
To create the lid we measured the length and the width of the rectangle we created, added 1/2 inch so that the lid would fit easily and cut more 1 x 2’s. Next, we cut out a rectangle of plywood to fit the lid dimensions and screwed the 1 x 2’s into the lid to stabalize the top and give the trim something to screw into. All thats left is to cut the trim to fit and screw that in.
We’re almost done! But the lid needs a hole… so we found the center of the lid, drew a circle, drilled a hole and then used the jig saw to cut out a 10 inch-ish hole. We gave our DIY Litter Box Cover a little test run, to make sure she was able to get in and out with out any issues.
All thats left is a really good sanding job (can’t have the kitty getting any slivers!). Make sure you sand the top extremely well and the edges of the hole as well. Then its time to paint!
We kept it simple with some creamy white paint and a little distressing. Once the paint was dried we added the handles and the hook (for the litter scooper). At some point I fully intend to add some paw prints and maybe personalize it with kitty’s name, but I’m pretty happy with our DIY Litter Box Cover! Its a major upgrade from what Pressly had before!
Now that her litter box has been upgraded with this new DIY Litter Box Cover, its time to upgrade her litter too! We recently gave LitterMaid® Premium Walnut a try, and we’re both VERY happy with the litter switch! We grabbed a big bag at Walmart on a recent shopping trip, which is totally convenient since thats where we do most of our grocery shopping.
Now that we’ve been using LitterMaid® Premium Walnut for a couple weeks, I’ve got to tell you that it is a QUALITY litter! I’ve been extremely impressed with how effectively it helps neutralize tough litter box odors, how easy the powerful cluming makes cleaning the litter box AND the fact that its fragrence and 99% dust free! Winning!
Pressly definitely approves!
Could your cat’s litter box use an upgrade? Would you build your feline friends their own DIY Litter Box Cover?