I love my cat, but living in a small New York apartment makes it difficult to disguise the litter box and keep my living space odor free. Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way that can help make living with cat litter boxes in a small space a bit easier.
Disguise the Litter Box
No one wants guests in their apartment to stare at an unsightly cat litter box. If your home does not have space to store the box out of sight, you’ll need to creatively hide the litter box so that it is accessible for your cat but not readily visible.
If you have extra cabinets in your home, the easiest fix is to take off the door of one cabinet and use the empty cabinet as a litter box holder. You can hang a curtain over the space so that your cat can get in, but guests can’t see what’s hidden inside.
Unfortunately, most of us are not lucky enough to have extra storage space. An easy alternative is to buy one of the many litter covers available. Luckily, there are several options that will fit the décor of your apartment. Wal-Mart offers a wicker cover, Bed Bath and Beyond sells a cabinet-like holder that allows you to store toiletries or other items on top and Amazon offers a fake plant that has a secret storage area in its base.
Attack Unwanted Odors
It’s great to have the litter box out of sight, but it’s not so great to have odors wafting through your apartment. There are some great odor-fighting products available that can help cut down on unwanted smells.
First, make sure the litter box is located in a well-ventilated area. If it is sitting in an area with little air flow, odors will linger.
Second, look at your local PetCo for litter deodorizer. Cover the bottom of the box with deodorizer and sprinkle a bit on the top each time you scoop. The deodorizer contains baking soda that greatly cuts down on odor. No need to worry about the product scaring your cat away; the deodorizer contains chemicals that actually draw your cat to the litter box.
Third, choose a litter that fights smells but doesn’t dirty up your living space. A great choice is Feline Pine, which is dust-free and doesn’t have the ammonia smell that accompanies many litters. Feline Pine can even be flushed down the toilet for easy disposal.
By using these tips, I’ve been able to keep the cat litter box out of sight and my apartment relatively odor-free. If you have any other tips for living with a cat in small spaces, I’d love to hear them!