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post #1 of 18
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Hey everyone,

I'm looking for ideas from creative minds. We're moving to a basement apartment, and I really want to put the litterbox in the laundry room because obviously that's ideal because it's a little stinky. The rest of the place is kinda small to put it anywhere else.

Any ideas on how to keep Trout away from all the dangerous stuff down there? There's washer/dryer/furnace..and it just seems like alot of places she could maybe get hurt down there.

Other than bitter apple as I can't spray the whole laundry room with it

I really appreciate any ideas guys!! thanks!
post #2 of 18
There are a lot of things you can do so that the litterbox doesn't have to be in the laundry room. There are all kinds of ideas on the internet of ways to hide a litterbox in the main rooms of your house. Some are simply an end table with a hole in the back (like facing the wall) with a litterbox inside. Plus you can get less stinky litter like feline pine which smells like pine so you dont have stinkiness lingering around the house.

Just a suggestion. If you want to stick with the laundry room you will just have to keep locks on doors with cleaners and everything and keep detergents high on the shelves.
post #3 of 18
If you know there are a lot of places Trout can get hurt down there, it probably isn't a good idea to let him have access to the room unsupervised... I agree with Jen's suggestion that it would be a good idea to research ways to keep the litter box in the main areas of the apartment. If the litter is very smelly it can also be caused by diet, so that would be another area you can look into to minimize smell.
post #4 of 18
When we lived in a basement apt we built a storage cabinet with a lifting lid and bookshelves on the front with the litter box and hung a air freshner on the side. I don't have any pics of it, but here is a sketch:



http://www.hawkswillwoodwork.com/NewItems.html has some good ideas

and a friend of mine bought one of these from ebay, its nice looking:
post #5 of 18
that is nice lol
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21
When we lived in a basement apt we built a storage cabinet with a lifting lid and bookshelves on the front with the litter box and hung a air freshner on the side. I don't have any pics of it, but here is a sketch:



http://www.hawkswillwoodwork.com/NewItems.html has some good ideas

and a friend of mine bought one of these from ebay, its nice looking:

I really like both of these idea! Something like this would be great in a basement apartment, and kitty would be safe
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by icklemiss21
When we lived in a basement apt we built a storage cabinet with a lifting lid and bookshelves on the front with the litter box and hung a air freshner on the side. I don't have any pics of it, but here is a sketch:



http://www.hawkswillwoodwork.com/NewItems.html has some good ideas

and a friend of mine bought one of these from ebay, its nice looking:

Do you know how much she paid for it on EBAY? I really like it.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by squirtle
If you know there are a lot of places Trout can get hurt down there, it probably isn't a good idea to let him have access to the room unsupervised... I agree with Jen's suggestion that it would be a good idea to research ways to keep the litter box in the main areas of the apartment. If the litter is very smelly it can also be caused by diet, so that would be another area you can look into to minimize smell.

The reason her litter is smelly is because she pees on the side of it in the same corner every single time It's so gross!
post #9 of 18
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Do you know how much she paid for it on EBAY? I really like it.
I have one of those wicker like things from Ebay- seems I paid something like $65 USD for it.

That said I decided not to use it as a litter box cover. I read that such things enclose the smells and often cause the cats to avoid the box. Now they use it as a playhouse.

One of my litter boxes is in my living room in a back corner kind of between/behind a sofa and a cabinet. I scoop twice a day and it doesn't smell.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Cearbhaill
I have one of those wicker like things from Ebay- seems I paid something like $65 USD for it.

That said I decided not to use it as a litter box cover. I read that such things enclose the smells and often cause the cats to avoid the box. Now they use it as a playhouse.

One of my litter boxes is in my living room in a back corner kind of between/behind a sofa and a cabinet. I scoop twice a day and it doesn't smell.

Do you know if there's anything else I can possibly do to alleviate the smell? If I do end up putting it in the livingroom (which is small), I will do anything and everything to keep it from smelling.
post #11 of 18
When we move, we too will face that situation - litter pan in the basement and its only partially finished in the laundry area.

I'm getting DH to put a screen or something near the furnace where they might be able to get in the small space. Other then that - there are really no small spaces for them to hide.

Of course they have the entire house to run/climb in so my situation is a bit different since you don't have another level for them to be on.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
When we move, we too will face that situation - litter pan in the basement and its only partially finished in the laundry area.

I'm getting DH to put a screen or something near the furnace where they might be able to get in the small space. Other then that - there are really no small spaces for them to hide.

Of course they have the entire house to run/climb in so my situation is a bit different since you don't have another level for them to be on.

I thought about a screen, but she would just climb up it..She loves climbing much to my dismay.
post #13 of 18
She paid about $50 for it on auction inc shipping but they are quite a bit more on buy it now, she has also bought one that looks like a dolls house which is super cute but not quite big enough for her litter boxes.

To help with the smell you can get litter deodoriser, tidy cats has one you put in with the litter and petsmart have these gel things you put near the boxes that work well.
post #14 of 18
If it's a small area in the laundry room, what about getting one of those larger gates for pets that will go up to the ceiling (or some sort of temporary type folding door you can install yourself (you should be able to find those things in a home depot type of store) that can actually separate it into 2 different rooms, so the dangerous stuff is behing the door, to be opened when you need it, and closed to her so she only can use that small area of the room where the litterbox is.

As far as smell, there are some very good electric ionizing air cleaners out there, ones that are supposed to help clear the air not only of pollutants, but also of odors. That might be an option, and they come in many different price ranges.
post #15 of 18
I think petsmart sells a coverd carpeted box you can put a litterbox in.
post #16 of 18
Not here Never saw it.
post #17 of 18
I have a cat playpen in my living room as a place for keeping ferals waiting to be spay/neutered and for time-outs when any of the regs decides to misbehave a bit much. When there is a "feral in waiting" it can get a strong odor pretty quick, so I bought a CityPet’s ionic-breeze litter box air filter that can be reached by going to http://www.meowhoo.com/

It seems to do a good job of keeping the strong odor down. They send them with different scents to use with it if you choose, but is not necessary if you don't want.

Hissy has recommended these in the past so when I wanted something I knew what to look for.

It might be a real useful tool for you now.
post #18 of 18
I have heard of those.. I just have 1 baby right now so am odorless. New babies in a few weeks
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