Happy Caturday! Cheap & Easy Litter Box DIY

March 23, 2013Allison Murray
Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger

Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger

Happy Caturday! Today I thought I would share something with you that’s kind of gross, but totally necessary if you’re going to have indoor cats… the litter box.

Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger

Up above is Georgie, Russell’s kitty that moved in with him (and I fell in love with him so, so hard). When Georgie got sick, little baby Gracie (who I thought was a girl until certain things became prominent) came along to be his companion. Though he was supposed to go anytime, he lived a little over another year after his new buddy came along.

Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger
My lonely boy. This pic was taken after Georgie and before Marla.

The first cat that was “my cat” is Gracie seen in the first pics above. His rapper name is G$, called Munny for short. Now Munny is a big, big boy. We were having issues with him not quite making his business in the box. He’d get in but with his size, things didn’t always work out so well. So I got the biggest box they sold. There were still problems but it was a bit better.

Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger
Marla with her pluggie. She is insane for these things and there is a jar of them just for her to play with.

Then Marla came along and she is a kicker. She gets into that box and just goes to town and litter winds up everywhere. It is absolutely INSANE. So then I got a big box with a lid. That kept the litter in, but Munny had some issues with making a mess because of his size and the walls. Plus, that thing cost me around 25 bucks and it was literally a disaster but it was better than having the entire contents of the litter box all over my laundry room floor.

Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger
Max aka Dummy – when he sleeps, he freakin’ zonks.

Next there was Max, aka Dummy who somehow managed to kick litter out of the door every, single time. there’s only one opening in this thing and he’d kick straight out of it like he was aiming or something. So then I went and spent big bucks on a litter box at PetSmart that was large, covered and had a flap for the door. The only problem was Dummy couldn’t figure out the flap. He’d sit by the box and cry until I took the lid off. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve got things to do. I can’t be removing the litter box lid simply because my cat can’t figure the thing out.

Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger
Liddy, the only cat in this house who can use any old litter box without causing problems.

So then, I made my own for $5. Did I mention it was $5? This box has been in action for over 2 years now and the results are still amazing. Let’s walk through really, really quickly.

Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger

I purchased a RubberMaid tote from Target. This sucker says something about strong duty and it is a tall 18 gallon size. All you do is cut a hole in the top big enough for your kitties to go in and out but not so big that the strength of the lid is compromised when they inevitably sit on top of it.

A good utility knife is all you really need to get after it. I had initially glued some no litter track mat on the top of the lid, but Marla hated it and ripped it off several times before I just gave up on it.

Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger

Because there is no opening in the walls, the cats can kick up a storm and nothing gets out that way. Also, because they hop back out of the box and onto the lid, there is considerably less litter that gets tracked all over the floor. When the non-tracking mat was on the top, there was next to no litter getting on my floor and that was pretty darn awesome – so definitely give that a go.

This project is practically stupidly simple, but I’ve heard a million times “why haven’t I thought of that?” So if you’re headed out to purchase yet another expensive litter box, seriously think about going this route instead. Happy Caturday!

Make a cheap and easy litterbox with directions at Dream a Little Bigger

And if the second pic made you sad for G$, check him out with his new baby bestie, Marla back in the day!


Comments (6)

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    March 25, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    I have a huge love for cats; however, Mark is allergic, which forbids us from having them as pets (sniff). So, I'm living vicariously through you and this post of precious photos right now. Marla looks a lot like the cat I grew up with, Whisper; I love that she so thoroughly enjoys playing with plastic pluggies! Too cute.

  • velvt

    September 10, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    if a big cat is the issue, i used an underbed storage box and put the lid underneath as a sort of catch pan. the huge size lets the giant cats turn and dig to their heart’s content without going over the edge.

  • KRaesMom

    October 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    LOL! GMTA! I did the same thing with a large bin this past spring because of the same issues! One of our cats is huge and he’d “miss” the box even though he was sitting in it. :)

    1. Allison

      October 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Good to know my big guy isn’t the only one :) I don’t know why they just don’t make much bigger boxes but my way was cheaper so I guess I shouldn’t complain!

  • Cheryl Hardt

    January 14, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Forget all that, this system looks like it will keep the DOG out of the cat stuff. Wouldn’t that be great!

    1. Allison

      January 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Oh, my! Luckily I’ve never had a dog into that sort of thing, but this DEFINITELY would keep a dog out of the box.

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