Solving Problems

When we moved into our new home we needed a place for our cat litter box. The first thought was to put it in the den, but, working next to that all day would be a drag. In our last place we were able to add it to our bathroom in an enclosed piece of furniture. Our new bathroom was way too small for that option. Time for a hack! That’s where the cabinet came in. My first thought was this could work, but I did not want to destroy the apartment cabinet. That’s when we drove to IKEA. I figured I could get us matching doors from their assortment of options. Although not an exact match, it turns out we were able to source doors from an entertainment center. The one problem was the doors had to flip vertical meaning the European style hinges would not match up. After a bit of research on Amazon I found a jig that I could use to make matching hinge brackets and a self closing door kit to keep it sealed. The other goal was to setup the space inside the cabinet in such a way to maximize litter capture. Everyone with cats knows they have a tendency to drag litter out of the box which spreads throughout the house. For this, I used mesh plastic to setup a barrier wall next to the right of the litter box with a doorway hole cut out the back. Next I rigged a second wall out the mesh that she would need to jump over to get to the door in the back to enter the litter box. This hop should shake the majority of litter off her feet. Finally, I took the right door to Ace Hardware to cut the door. After 10 hours of labor, we wanted to test it. The first night we left the right door open, and checked the litter in the morning. She used it. The next day we went for phase 2. We shut the door and we waited. She proceeded to freak out nearly all day, until finally she stopped. My partner then heard her push the door open and go inside. She rushed to the bathroom but noticed the bathmat was wet. To her surprise, Nermal had peed on the mat, but used the litter box to go #2. This was a partial success, one Nermal received a few treats for. After a few days she has started going in and out of the door normally. We no longer leave our bathmat on the floor. #Engineering

Project start…

The gear…

The jig to the rescue…

The front of the door was easy to install…

I had to rig the back of the door b/c cuts on cheap wood are tough…

A close up of the interior to maximize litter capture…

The final product including original hinges…

If you are curious about building this in your home, please hit me up. I am happy to help you.

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