DIY Top Entry Litter Box

February 11, 2011

I love hearing about all of your Do-it-Yourself solutions. Cat parents are certainly a creative bunch!

Reader Wendy sent me this terrific, detailed description of how to create a top-entry litter box, which some cats prefer. Wendy has three cats who all use this litter box solution:

Sweetpea, she is 12 lbs; an average size but on the chubby side;
Moe, who is 13 lbs; he’s a lean, long cat; and
Passo, who is a huge 18 lbs Ragdoll

Here are detailed instructions for how to make your own. Of course, you can always purchase one but, as Wendy points out, you can make your own for 1/2 the price. If you’re on a budget and trying different things, this might be a way to test it out without a big investment.

Things you will need:

  • A storage box, any color or clear, with a thick, strong lid. Try not to use those very thin, lightweight boxes; they might break.
  • A sharp cutter.
  • Sandpaper (to sand & smooth the cut edge)
  • A piece of carpet/Non-Slip Rug Pad/Non-slip shelf liner (optional)
  • Glue gun/plastic adhesive (optional)

Step 1:
Draw a 9″ circle on one side of the lid and keep at least 2″ from the edges.

Step 2:
Carefully cut the circle out and smooth out the raw edge.

Step 3:
Since two of my cats have messy, furry paws, I cut and hot glued a piece of carpet on the lid to keep down on tracking.

Step 4:
Whether you use a liner or not, fill in 2″ of litter, and tuck the hole towards the wall. (as pictured)

Step 5:
Adjustment is quick and easy:

  • Put cat inside of uncovered litter box to familiarize cat with box.
  • Use without the lid until cat has eliminated several times.
  • Begin to use lid.

Note: If you use a bigger box, you can make the circle bigger, as long as you have at least 2″ of space from the edge of the lid.

And, voila! Your homemade top-entry litter box! If you decide to try this, let me know how it works out for you.

Thanks, Wendy!