15 clever ways to hide a litter box

Pet parents ask two central questions when adopting a new cat: “How to potty-train her” and “where to place a litter box so it wouldn’t look bulky but neat”. And while the how doesn’t seem a problem (most kittens learn how to use a box from their moms), the where often makes us stuck. With so many cat litter box ideas available, it’s super easy to get lost.

In this post, we’ve gathered 15 creative ways to hide a litter box so it would be comfortable for both your kitty (to get and use it) and you (to clean it).

Top 3 methods to hide litter box

  1. Mask it as a cabinet. If you have a bedside table, a chest, or any other furniture like this, you can remove drawers or shelves from there and hide a litter box inside. Just ensure you’ve added a cat door so your feline could access it.
  2. Mask it as a flowerpot. If you have many plants in the household, feel free to use one’s pot as a place to hide a litter box there. Choose that big enough for a cat to climb into and ensure it’s safe to use.
  3. Make it stand out instead of masking it. Not all litter boxes look ugly. You can choose a beautiful one that looks stylish and more like an element of your interior design. Why not make it a bright focal point in a room instead of hiding it?

1) A mini litter house cover

  • Project: DIY
  • Usability for a cat: 9 out of 10
  • Design: 10 out of 10

The idea of this concealed litter box comes from A Beautiful Mess. Sisters, Elsie, and Emma wanted it to look more like a piece of home decor, aesthetical yet functional for a cat to use. You’ll need a few sheets of plywood, nails, wood glue, and hinges to make the roof open for cleaning purposes. Once ready, paint it into your desired color and place it in a quiet niche.


2) A wooden enclosure

  • Project: Amazon
  • Usability for a cat: 8 out of 10
  • Design: 9 out of 10

You can disguise litter box this way: Use a multi-functional furniture piece that will benefit both you and your feline. While she’s been using it as a litter box or a bed, it will serve you as a side table. The product comes with an adjustable side panel to place it where it suits your cat’s preferences. Feel free to choose a color that complements your home decor best.


3) A litter box in powder rooms

  • Project: DIY
  • Usability for a cat: 7 out of 10
  • Design: 10 out of 10

The most obvious place that comes to mind when thinking about where to hide a litter box is a powder room. But while some pet owners leave it visible there, Don and Michele decided to use a few cabinets and a little imagination to turn their mudroom into a neat litter box enclosure room for their three kitties. Don’t those tiny stairs and playful decals outside the cat door look cute?


4) A refined box to hide a litter tray

  • Project: Amazon
  • Usability for a cat: 8 out of 10
  • Design: 8 out of 10

A cat litter hideaway has never been so easy to organize. This furniture serves to hide litter trays from view and offers storage to put your kittie’s stuff there: toys, collars, brushes, and other supplies. More than that, it’s ventilated and has reversible walls to choose the left or right side for a cat’s entry into her litter box cabinet. Made of natural woodgrain, this refined cat litter box is available in two colors: white and brown.


5) A well-organized litter cabinet

  • Project: DIY
  • Usability for a cat: 8 out of 10
  • Design: 9 out of 10

This idea for hiding litter box comes from Danae, the voice behind The Homebody House blog. She shared the instructions on building a cat litter cabinet, using a piece of furniture with doors but no drawers. Just look how well she has organized everything: All the essentials (trash bag rolls, a litter scoop) go inside with room to spare. Remember to add a cat door, big enough for your furry friend to jump in.


6) A painted pattern on a litter box cover

  • Project: DIY
  • Usability for a cat: 10 out of 10
  • Design:  7 out of 10

For the households with self-cleaning litter boxes, one of the creative ways to hide litter box comes: Craft a basic box cover and paint it to match your room’s decor. The idea belongs to Ashley from Sugar & Cloth. She also suggests taking a ready-made cover if you can’t make a box from scratch. Alternatively, feel free to use leftover carpeting samples, wallpaper, or curtains to decorate a cover for your feline.


7) A flowerpot cat litter box

  • Project: Amazon
  • Usability for a cat: 7 out of 10
  • Design: 9 out of 10

Doesn’t it look like a perfect idea on how to hide a litter box in your house? For those in love with plants and ready to have quite a big one in the corner, this ready-made item comes: a litter box that looks like a clay pot! Made of durable polypropylene, it’s complete with a filtered vented system to control odors. You can also try crafting such a litter box on your own.


8) A modern-design litter cabinet

  • Project: Etsy
  • Usability for a cat: 9 out of 10
  • Design: 7 out of 10

With this multi-functional item, you’ll kill two birds with one stone: get a hideaway litter box and a minimalistic wall-mounted table. Its two hinged walls allow easy access and changing of the tray contents. Thanks to the vented back, smells and heat won’t trap inside, providing air movement and a little light into the back. Choose among three colors: white, black, and gray.


9) A curtain

  • Project: DIY
  • Usability for a cat: 8 out of 10
  • Design: 8 out of 10

Another way to disguise litter box in your house is to place it under a side table with high legs and use colorful curtains to hide it. This simple idea won’t take much time and effort to implement. Just choose curtains that complement your interior decor and give some privacy to your cat.


10) A washroom nightstand

  • Project: Amazon
  • Usability for a cat: 8 out of 10
  • Design: 9 out of 10

This multi-functional furniture is elegant and practical. It hides litter messes, minimizes odors, and can stand even in your bedroom or living area. This cabinet features wainscoting paneling details and a handy towel bar, providing extra storage space for cat supplies.


11) A ready-made solution

  • Project: Tucker Murphy Pet
  • Usability for a cat: 10 out of 10
  • Design: 9 out of 10

Feel free to disguise litter box with such a stylish enclosure. Its design features two doors to make it more comfortable for you to clean and provide a kitty with extra space for easy access. An included scratchpad makes the item even more functional.

12) A semi-closed litter house

  • Project: Furrytail
  • Usability for a cat: 8 out of 10
  • Design: 10 out of 10

This hidden litter box’s modern design makes it look well-knit yet functional for a cat to use. White, with a matte door to give a feline some private space, it gets rid of unpleasant smells and is complete with a removal litter drawer, a mini shovel, and built-in “traps” to reduce litter tracking. Made of durable plastic, it’s comfortable enough for a cat to use and lounge around the box.


13) A litter box trunk

  • Project: DIY
  • Usability for a cat: 9 out of 10
  • Design: 8 out of 10

Among the numerous ways to hide a litter box, this one will fit pet parents ready to transform a trunk into it. Check the step-by-step instructions on building it here. Ensure your trunk provides enough room for a cat to move around, install a kitty door, and place all the supplies under the lid.


14) A private cat house

  • Project: Tucker Murphy Pet
  • Usability for a cat: 9 out of 10
  • Design: 10 out of 10

This cat litter hideaway will fit your kitchen or bathroom decor. Multi-functional, this cabinet may serve to hide a litter box or be a private cat house. An inside shelf and a top storage drawer will allow hiding cat supplies, and cat-shaped entrances provide easy access.


15) Stairs

  • Project: DIY
  • Usability for a cat: 9 out of 10
  • Design: 10 out of 10

Why not place a concealed litter box under the stairs? Yeah, Harry Potter would disapprove, but stairs are among the most underutilized places in houses. Just cut a hole, install a kitty door, and place a litter box inside to turn that space into a cat’s private closet.


When hiding a litter box is not recommended?

– If your cat is senior/ handicapped

Older cats and pets with special needs require an easily accessible litter box. It’s definitely not a case when you should sacrifice usability for design.

– If your cat has problems using a regular litter box

Most of the cats do not have any behavioral problems and understand the ‘rules’ of using a litter box. They get used to a hidden litter box fast. However, if your cat is urinating everywhere or defecating on the floor, installing a hidden litter box is questionable: On one hand, it may be inconvenient for your pet and lead to toilet misbehavior. On the other hand, if a litter enclosure is very comfortable, it can become a quiet place that would help your cat properly use a litter box.

In a word

Now you have 15 litter box solutions to consider for your four-legged friend. Which one do you like most? Or, maybe you can share some extra cat litter box ideas with our readers? Welcome to the comments then!

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