Before cutting the holes in the crates, I made a false floor in the foyer to anchor the inner pan at the rear of the larger crate. The distance between the fronts prevents dogs from being able to reach the litter pan. Use 3 or 4 wood screws to secure the boards together. The boards and mat can be removed for cleaning. Because our cat is a big male, I made the doors somewhat large knowing our dogs wouldn’t be able to enter.
Alternatively, you could cut a circle if you have a smaller dog who likes to raid the pan. 4″ scrap board to mark the bottom of both doors. This insures the floor is below the bottom of the door and allows for adding a piece of carpet in the future. Carpet would do a better job of removing cat litter as your cat exits the pan. The door lip also allows for a 4″ deep inner pan to hold the litter. This is primarily for appearance and you could simply freehand the door opening also. Pic 2 shows the 4 holes and I used my jigsaw to cut between the holes and complete the door openings.
The top cut is much easier to make from inside the box. A file was used to smooth the cuts and remove any burrs. Pic 3 shows the completed opening and foyer. Step 4: Let There Be Light! Picture of Let There Be Light! In my experience, some cats don’t like dark caverns so I added some holes in the top for light. 2″ holesaw again to make 8 holes along the outside edges.
Pic 2 shows the interior of the box with the lid in place. All you need now is some litter and a quick prayer your cat will actually use it. Cats can be picky but what’s not to love about this box. Our cat, who is very particular, has been very happy and we’ve been pleased to not have the dogs in the litter box anymore. I have to try this! This is a great idea, but it doesn’t help with a small Torkie. They could still get into the kitty liter box.
I just finished this project. Didn’t have a hole saw, but a big knife worked just fine if you have half and hour. I put the entry hole into the side on the left. Cat could get in and take a right into litter box. I like the shape of the opening very much. My dog just barfed up cat poop all over my lap, and he was nearly banished to the outside, had I not found this.
Going to get my storage tubs now! I have a «full figured» cat and a sneaky poop-eating dog. We had to open the door on the pet gate so she can get through, but the dog can get through too! This is a GREAT solution! I need this in my life. You may be a Genius.
I mean I have a baby gate to gate the litter off, of course my husband can’t keep the bloody thing closed. This may be the answer. FYI, I struggled forever on keeping my dog out of the cats litter box and finally found this product and it might solve your problem. I have had it up about 4 months and it has worked surprisingly well. My dog has yet to enter the laundry room were I have it and my cat goes in and out all the time. If you want to check it out it was at: www. I LOVE this idea — we have two cats that intimidate each other when they see the other using the box, one cat that is a standing pee-er, and a dog who wants all the poop candies with pee-flavored sprinkles. We’ve tried every high-sided, covered box that we have been able to find but still have issues because of the standing pee-er. Her urine always gets in the gap between the cover and the box, proceeding to leak all over the floor. I think this will be a perfect solution. Question: Did you need to file down the cut plastic at all? I hope it works for you. Thank you for this genius idea! I made one over the weekend and so far so good! Couldnt you simplify this by putting your existing litter pan in the outer tub?