Any Ideas Where to Keep Litter Other than Bath/laundry

Updated on December 01, 2008
M.S. asks from Geneva, IL
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Hey all- We've had a cat forever, love her, can't stand the litter!!! We've always kept it in the laundry room. I actually have never liked it there and don't want it in our bathroom. Does anyone have a really unusual spot that works for them, that keeps their personal space clean? Thanks!!

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S.A.

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I kept mine in the basement and before that in the mudroom or laundry room.

You could always change the door to the garage to have a doggie door and then put it in there.

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J.D.

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This is kind of strange and maybe not the best suggestion for cold-weather climates, but we keep one window open just wide enough for the cats (3 of them) to get out of. They do their business outside meaning we are completely taken out of that equation. It makes having cats so much more enjoyable.

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S.S.

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Do you have a basement? That works for us now. We used to put it in the bathroom/laundry room too.

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W.I.

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We keep ours in the basement.

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K.K.

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We have everything in the basement and put a cat door in the basement door. It works great!

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J.F.

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First thing we did when we moved in is make a kitty door to the basement where we keep the cat's food and litter. Works great. No kids or dogs in the litter!

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I kept mine in the basement and before that in the mudroom or laundry room.

You could always change the door to the garage to have a doggie door and then put it in there.

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A.H.

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My sister-in-law has a small apartment and keeps hers in the living room! She has found a fake "tree" plant with a litter box in the base and a doorway that you'd face to the wall. She says she has to keep on top of cleaning it, to keep it from smelling and to keep the litter from getting all over, but the plant works with the decor in her apartment. They also have some litter boxes designed for under end tables and such - you might do a google search and see what's out there if there's a room you'd be happier having it in.

Otherwise, I'd agree with the other posters. You could put in a kitty door to a closet, basement, or even the garage if yours is attached. Growing up I lived in a house where there was a small closet in the hallway that the previous owners had used as the catbox area. There might be a good nook or cranny that you can add a doorway too and either a catdoor or curtain to make it into a cozy little spot.

Good luck!

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J.D.

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This is kind of strange and maybe not the best suggestion for cold-weather climates, but we keep one window open just wide enough for the cats (3 of them) to get out of. They do their business outside meaning we are completely taken out of that equation. It makes having cats so much more enjoyable.

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D.I.

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this is an awesome question, I would really like to see the responses on this.

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B.W.

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We keep our litter box in the basement. Do you have a basement?

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A.A.

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My sister-in-law kept her in the bottom of the bedroom closet, for one cat when they had two at a time. I have no idea how much of a mess it might have been?

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B.L.

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We have two cats and a basement. We keep their litter boxes in the basement just a few feet from the bottom of the stairs. That keeps the "litter" downstairs and gives the cats a little exercise too. We keep the basement door open about 6-8 inches or so at all times so they can both go up and down as needed.

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M.C.

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Do you have a crawl space or other storage area? You could put a cat door on the door and put it in there. Or a utility closet? Good luck!
M.

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E.W.

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We keep our kitty's litter box in the basement. We have a cat flap in the basement door. Also, we have a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet in front of the box that traps a lot of the litter as the cat comes out.

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L.H.

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TO all of you--try Feline Pine litter. It is a biodegradable pine pellet that doesn't track, and always smells like cedar! I was so sick of tracking litter, and discovered it after my cat had surgery. The vet recommended it because it has no dust for infection. I cannot believe how wonderful it is! We all go through a lot for our kitties, don't we? Good luck!

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C.W.

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Ah, what I wouldn't do for a basement or utility room where our kitties could have their box away from the rest of us! But we are in a 2 bedroom 1 bath condo, with myself, husband and 3 year old, so almost every inch is shared space. So we have a small office/sunroom and the litter box is out there (even though we're in here a lot on computer working). We invested in a Littermaid self-cleaning litter box and its been pretty good. You can buy a "cabana" tent that goes over the whole kit and caboodle so its all covered/unobtrusive and the self-cleaning feature sweeps the used litter away into a closed receptacle 10 minutes after each use keeping the stink at bay. We also have a ramp leading up into the box that helps to get some of the litter off of their feet and a mat under the whole thing that also helps to keep the excess litter from getting tracked all over. We empty the box and sweep in the office every other day too.

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M.B.

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Hi M.,we had the same dilemma!! We had a wall in our room that on the opposite side was storage, we took a section out and made a hinged door with a cut out big enough for the cat to get in and out, put the box of litter in there, when it's time to change just open the hinged door clean and return closing the door behind you. We put a cute little latch to make sure the door stayed shut! The cat loved having his own room!!

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S.S.

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My girlfriend kept her cats box in the closet in her spare bedroom. She only used the room when there were guests so it was an empty spot. We just moved into a house with no space for the box either. so if you get any really good responses please pass them on to me.
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E.F.

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We have two cats. They are messy aren't they. We have them in our daughters' bathroom. You have to go through their room to get to it so people coming over don't see it. I do sweep up the litter with a hand held dust pan twice a day and clean out the box as well. My girlfriend has it in her basement so does my aunt. They made a kitty door in the basement door so the cat can go in and out of the basement. Another friend has it in the laundry room but she has a closet in there and that is where she keeps the litter box. Although the door to the closet is ajar all the time.

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M.B.

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Hi M.,
When I was younger we had a cat(now married to a man who isn't a cat fan) and we kept the litter under the stairs. The cat had an enclosed litter box and my Mom kept air fresheners under there too (supllies in a rubber maid tote were under there too). We also had a tension curtain rod with curtains closed so the cat could come and go as needed but it helped keep the smell contained.
Hope this helps!

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J.K.

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Same problem here. I'm thinking of putting it in a closet and then putting a cat door in the closet door. It will mean losing closet floor space.

S.A.

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We have a small storage space under our stairs with a door. We keep a covered cat box in there, keep the door open a bit, and it works out fine.

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