I don’t know how long we’ve been dealing with cat box drama — essentially, the entire 9 years Mark and I and our respective cats have been co-habitating. Orville, our flame-point siamese, is VERY particular about how clean his box and surrounding area are. So much so that he will “exact revenge” upon us if we don’t keep his terlet pristine. And we were working with that. Until we introduced sweet Miz Biscuits the Orca Bear into our feline familia. She’s HUGE. Like almost 20 lbs. And she’s a bit messy. After she’s been in the loo, it looks like the desert after a sandstorm. And if we don’t sweep it up immediately, guess what happens? Oh yeah, Orville decides to use the litter-covered floor as his box. GROSS. And we were finding litter everywhere. In our bed. On the couch. This had to stop.
I’ve been wanting to try those top loading cat boxes for like, ever — have you seen the absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous boxes from Modkat? I mean, WOW. But I could never spend $180 on a cat box. No matter how gorgeous. Plus, I would need two, and I don’t think the generous curves of my zaftig gal would even be contained in one of those Modkat boxes. And the Clevercat box? Meh. It’s fine, but the design is so obviously simple, I figured I could just DIY a much more attractive version for less.
So I did. I bought two 18-gallon plastic storage containers with lids (about $7.50 each). I decided I liked the idea of using the lid to trap the spare litter crumbs, so I bought 2 feet of grey stair-tread carpet($4) to adhere to the lid with some carpet adhesive double stick tape. My total material cost for TWO boxes was less than $25 — a fraction of any of my store bought options.
I used a dinner plate as my template for the hole on the lid — make sure you place it towards one side of the lid rather than the center so the cats have a platform to jump up on. I also traced the hole on the carpet backing when I traced my piece to affix to the top. Once I cut out my carpet and the hole on the lid, it was just as simple as popping the adhesive on the back of the carpet, pressing firmly on the lid, and trimming it out with some decorative duct tape to make sure everything is secure.