Here is the love of JHubb’s & my life, Miss Kyle. She is a grey tabby, domestic shorthair rescue. She entered our family with the purpose of being a mouser. But when we moved out of that home and into an apartment, she found other ways to be useful to us.
I have always waned a cat that loves to spoon, and I got what I wanted. When I work from home, she follows me around to see what I’m doing. She also gives you a little attitude if you decide not to move the computer so she can nap on you. Is there anything cuter than 10lb animals who cop an attitude?
Do you love a little cat? How about a big cat? Either way, there’s a big old problem that comes with a cat of any size: that cat’s litterbox is likely the bane of your existence.
Cat lovers unite and celebrate: here is the answer to your cat litterbox problems of smell, appearance, and general de-classiness-ifying of your apartment or home.
Cat Litter Steamer Trunk Solution Ingredients & Directions
For this adorable poop-hotel project, you’ll need:
- Large piece of furniture (in this case, a steamer — GET IT?– trunk)
- Saw, electric or manual
- Finishing trim (optional, but adds to the class and protects your cat from splinters)
- Wood glue or other binding material
I began by cleaning out the trunk with the vacuum attachment hose. Then, I sketched out a large entrance hole in the side and a small air and light hole in the back of the trunk.
Using a power saw, I sawed through those holes and tried to keep the edges as straight as possible. However, keep in mind that the holes won’t be all that visible. If your cat can fit through the entrance, that’s what matters.
When I was finished sawing, the edges were very rough. To prevent splinters (& add to the classiness) I finished the holes with a joint trim made of some kind of compounded plastic. It was very light and I could “cut” it to size by hand. I glued these pieces over the raw wood of the holes.
Since I borrowed the saw and had the glue on hand, this project cost approximately $5 for the trim.
As awesome as it is that Miss Kyle gets her own little hotel for her “business,” my favorite part is that our home office gets to stay classy and not-smelly, as her litter is at all times out of sight out of mind. And since I work from our home office, it’s not a big deal to remember to scoop every other day or so.
General Cat Litter Tips
Two years into cat ownership and countless years of living with a cat later, here are some litter tips I picked up on. PLEASE feel free to leave more in the comments — every tip is priceless!
- Use less litter! It might seem like a magical dune of poop-able sand is the dream of every cat, but since halving the amount of litter we keep in the box, our cat has kicked less sand, seems to poop more efficiently/quickly, and there haven’t been any accidents. Who knew?
- Make your cat Paleo! We switched to grain-free food for our cat and since then her poop has smelled MUCH less, happens less often (once per day instead of two or three times per day), and seems to take less time. We’ve not used it long enough to assess the cost difference, but the brand we use is $20 for a large bag and should last us two months. Worth it!