DIY Litter Box In 6 Easy Steps

Are you a cat lover, but can’t seem to find the right litter box for your best friend? Or, do you keep many cats and don’t want to spend too much on litter boxes? Don’t worry because you can easily make a DIY cat litter box with a touch of love for your cat(s). I’ll show you how.

Despite your love for kitties, everybody detests the mess that comes with keeping cats. Litter trays have tried to solve this issue, but there’s still a problem. The sight of the tray, and at times poop, can put you off. A cat litter box is a better solution. It’s enclosed, meaning you won’t really see it as a cat’s toilet.

You can purchase one in stores, but it can be costly, especially if you keep many cats. What’s more, making a litter box isn’t much of a hustle. Make one that rhymes with your furniture and general decoration of your house.

This way, visitors won’t identify it with dirt and poop, but appreciate its presence instead. You can get one of those sustainable self cleaning litter boxes like the Litter Robot, but if like getting your hands dirty, here's the best way to do it!

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How To Make A DIY Litter Box

It is very easy to make a cat litter box at the convenience of your home. Requirements include:

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  • 5 sheets of ply wood
  • Nails
  • Contact paper
  • Driller
  • Litter tray
  • Hinges

The five sheets of ply wood have to be of different sizes. Three of them have to be of the same size, say 50 cm by 40 cm. These are for the sides and the top. One of the ply woods should be a little bit smaller, that is 40 cm by 40 cm. The last sheet of ply wood is the smallest, measuring 40 cm by 20 cm.


  • Stick the beautiful contact paper you bought on both sides of the sheets of ply wood to make it look prettier and ease the washing on the inside of the cat litter box in case the cat makes a mess or its cleaning time.
  • Take the 40 by 40 cm sheet and mark points at the top and bottom edges on the sides, the thickness. Take two of the large sheets and drill holes on one of the sides of 40 cm sheets.
  • Drill the holes at the edges so that they attach to the height of the 40 by 40 cm ply wood. Place the 40 by 40 cm sheet on one of the large sheets, ensuring that the 40 cm sides of both sheets are in line.
  • Use the driller to insert nails softly. Do the same for the other side and that of the other large sheet. You should have three standing sheets of wood. Two on the side and one at the back.
  • Drill holes on four edges of the small sheet of ply wood. Place it at the front such that it joins with the two large sheets and drill nails in. You realize it leaves some space. It is where the kitty gets to enter the box through.
  • Fix the hinges on the top side of the 40 by 40 cm sheet. Fix the last sheet on those hinges by its 40 cm side so that it is flexible to open. This top side is where you’ll be getting the litter out from. Place the litter tray in the box from the top side. Make sure to buy a litter tray that fits in your box. Place the litter box at a convenient place in the house.

There are other easier methods to make a cat litter box if you want to try it in another way. Convert a drawer to a box and place the litter tray in it. You can also take a container and make a hole at the top. Place the litter tray in the container. It is a matter of being a little bit creative depending on what you like.

What To Use As Litter In The Cat Box

After making a good DIY cat litter box, add litter into the tray in the box. Well, litter is usually sold at stores, but they can be a bit costly if you’re working on a tight budget. Here are some things you can use as cat litter:

  • Newspaper – shred newspapers and place them in the litter tray. If you go for newspapers, you’ll need to have many papers.
  • Sawdust – you’ll have to buy this type of litter, but it’s less costly in comparison with others. Well, unless you’re a carpenter and can make some for your kitty. Check out this Okocat litter review for a wood-based option.
  • Sand – cats are attracted to sand in some way. It makes it easier for the cat to adapt to the new litter box. Add a cup of baking soda to prevent bad odor.

Advantages Of DIY Cat Litter Boxes

A do it yourself cat litter box is better preferred for various reasons.

  • It is cheaper. Compared to the ready-made boxes sold in stores, a DIY cat litter box is economical.
  • It is customized. You get to design your box how you want it and with what you want on and in it.
  • It is convenient for people who living in small places. If you’re living in a house with little space, a litter tray can take up more space.
  • It’s presentable and neat. Compared to having a litter tray, a litter box is more attractive. A litter tray can easily get your house messy and you don’t want that. Most people also imagine poop and dirt every time they see a litter tray. A litter box hides that shame and makes your house look neat.
  • It is easy to clean. You just take the tray out and pour the litter or scoop it from the box through the opening. You can also wash the box with so much ease.
  • It gives the kitty its privacy. That’s funny, right? Your cat might want privacy just like humans do. It is also not so pleasing to watch your cat doing its toilet business. So, a litter box is a win-win for both you and the kitty.

Clean the litter box often and empty it at least daily to avoid bad smell. You can also add baking soda to help cater for the smell. To avoid litter such as sand from spreading all over your house, purchase a tiny plastic mat and place it beneath the litter box. The cat will step on it after leaving the box and will dust its paws. You can also hide the litter box so really avoid the litter smell.