My boys hated the commercially available covered boxes for the reasons stated by others- the stench disgusted them, etc. No amount of cleaning seemed to make them happy, and while they used it without messing up elsewhere, the looks they gave me were deadly.
So my boyfriend built a wooden "outhouse", the footprint of which wasn't too much larger than the box, but it is very tall in comparison. It has a front, tunneling portal door, and on the right side is a large trap door- in fact the whole side opens up when unlatched to slide out the box sideways for cleaning.
Also, there are airvents on top and on the sides- which are done up to look like little windows- it's very adorable, the whole little house- so cute that visitors marvel no one has these sorts of Kitty outhouses for sale anywhere!
Anyway, there is enough floor room inside to tuck beside the box a tall spaghetti holder- like container of baking soda which really does help the stink (in addition to regular cleaning, of course, and baking soda mixed in the litter, too).
Now my boys come out of their little boudoir/bathroom with the look of ultimate triumph and satisfaction- no more scowls or dirty looks! They LOVE it!
So if you have a handy person around, this sort of custom deal can be built in 2 hours max, and gussied up with paint and fun details like ours, and really be great for the cat(s) plus become a creative addtion to your house to boot! I'll try to get a photo of ours to round out what I'm saying (but my camera is busted just now, so it may take a bit...)
Imagine something like this picture, but the structure is made of cheapie plywood and the entrance (porch here) is thinner and like a tunnel entry (gives the cats a sense of true privacy).
Originally Posted by berylayn
we are wanting to switch ebony's box from an uncovered to a covered. We tried to two weeks ago with no luck because we wanted to change both the type of box and the location of the box and she got confused. We did switch back to her old box and over the last two weeks changed the location with no problems. Last night we tried to put the top on and she started acting wierd. Any suggestion on how to transition her to using a covered box? Or should we give up on trying to get her to use a box that is covered?