Did anyone else think of this when they read the title?
C’mon, there’s no way I’m the only one?! Side note, when I was 10 years old one of my teachers proposed to another one in our auditorium while the whole school sung this song…it was a pretty small school.
Ok, first, let me introduce you to…
Other than the boyf these guys are the loves of my life. And if you know me, this is surprising because I was always a dog person, but I have definitely been swayed.
Some of you may have noticed the hole in my office wall from my house tour
pictures (it’s under the Ikea end table). It’s time to reveal the mystery (because I’m sure you lost sleep over it…no?). Well, it leads to two litter boxes in the garage.
You may remember when we were putting in the new floors the reason we found the water damage is because we were trying to get the pet smell out of the carpet where the litter boxes used to reside. Knowing we’d be upset if the guys ruined our new floors the boyf came up with this outdoor private cat bathroom idea, which I must admit I was a little hesitant at the time. I mean, cutting a hole in the wall? But it turned out great and we (and the guys) couldn’t be happier.
An added bonus was that we have an extra work bench in the garage, and you can hardly notice it’s even there. Plus clean up is much easier since the garbage can is right there. It was pretty easy to make, and it only took a few 2x4’s, sheets of plywood, hinges, pet door, vents, a small motion sensor light, and a small usb fan.
To adapt this yourselves, you could probably find a work bench tutorial over at ana-white.com, like this one. You will need to close up the sides with plywood but make sure to cut out a square for the door. Then attach the door (we just used a piece of plywood again) with hinges. To make sure they couldn’t push the door open we just screwed a couple pieces of scrap wood in loosely so we could turn it to “lock” and “unlock” the doors when we need to clean out the cat litter. See:
Of course you need to make sure air can get in there and move around so cut a space out for some vents, these we picked up at home depot. Then to make sure the air was moving we picked up this adjustable usb fan from newegg.com. It’s meant to plug into your computer with a usb cable, but we used a cell phone charger and plugged it into the wall and just keep it running on a low setting.
We installed a motion sensor light so when they enter it turns on and they can see what they are doing. Surprisingly it didn’t startle them at all.
And finally, just install the pet door and you’re done. You can find the one we used here,
and actually we had it leftover from a different project gone wrong, more on that later when I show you how we fixed it.
There you have it! Aren’t our guys spoiled? Scorch had a little trouble with the door, but we’ve been working with him to get used to it. We have been adding thicker pieces of plastic and are working up to the real thing. We’re hoping to put the real door up soon so we don’t lose too much cool air.
What pet bathroom solutions have you come up with? Has anyone tried the Litter Kwitter
to train their cat to use a real toilet? I’ve always wondered if they work. And please tell me you’ve hear of the song Bicycle Built for Two?!
***UPDATE - CreativeKristi brought up a good point on twitter today. Carbon monoxide can get into the house if you cut a hole into the garage and you keep your cars in the garage or use any motors in there. We do not at all so we are safe. But if you do, you might want to alter this into an interior closet. Just an idea. And thanks Kristi for making sure the guys and I are safe!