There is no getting around the fact that cat litter trays and boxes can be pretty disgusting. After all, they are toilets for an animal that often contain waste and unpleasant smells. Some apartment owners can struggle to find the best location for a litter box or tray where it doesn’t stand out a mile in a living space, or put off guests that come round for coffee. A disguised, or hidden litter box conceals this toilet area within a cabinet or other form of furniture. This immediately sounds like the ideal solution to the problem for many cat owner. “Out of sight, out of mind”. There should be great potential here. So, are these hidden litter boxes as beneficial as owners hope?
What are the benefits to this disguised cat litter box?
The main benefit here is the simple fact that the cat litter is now hidden away in plain sight. It can be under the noses of a guest within a living room without offending them. That is unless the box hasn’t been changed recently and the cabinet beside them starts to smell. In some cases, guests may not realize that the litter box is there until the cat climbs in to use it or, in the case of self-cleaning boxes, it starts to make a noise. The box can do its job, and the cat can go about its business, without ruining the look of the room or the appeal of the area as a place for a cosy chat. In addition to this, there is the choice to either buy a ready-made cabinet for a litter tray or litter box, or to create one yourself. This means that homeowners really can let the cabinet blend into the décor.
Are there any potential problems with this approach of the disguised cat litter box?
There are a couple of concerns with these hidden cat litter boxes. The first is the sense that the purchase is more for the benefit of the owner than the cat. The last thing that you want to do is to build something that looks great in the home, put a tray or litter box in it and expect the cat to use it. If the cabinet is too cramped, uncomfortable or doesn’t have a decent entry system than it is not suitable. The other concern with this “out of sight, out of mind” mentality is that the box may not be cleaned out as regularly as it should. This is less of an issue with self cleaning options, but they still need regular maintenance.
Disguised cat litter boxes should hide the mess not the cat
These hidden litter boxes are a great way of incorporating a litter box into a communal living space as the waste and odor are concealed. However, there has to be that balance between the perfect box for cat owners and the perfect box for cats. Owners that consider the capacity and ease of the use for the cat, and clean it out regularly, should find that these boxes are helpful.