Welcome feline fanciers! Skye Blake here with news about something many people love… furniture enclosures for our litter boxes!
Since we felines are living inside more and becoming part of the family, people are always looking for ways to hide the ever ugly and smelly (if not properly cleaned) litter box.
Of course, furniture is all about what people like… we kitties only want to sit on something comfy and have a place to do our business.
Let’s discover more…
The information here is for general knowledge… always see your vet with questions about your cat’s individual needs.
- Who Is Skye Blake?
- What's a Furniture Litter Box Enclosure?
- Before Buying Furniture Enclosures
- Enclosure Styles
- DIY Furniture Enclosures
- Related Pages of Interest
- List of Sources
Who Is Skye Blake?
Skye Blake, Cat Info Detective, is a curious cat researcher (not a veterinarian) who sniffs out expert, reliable sources about cats, studies their information, then passes it on to you!
Sometimes there’s not enough evidence for easy answers, so Skye gives you all sides, explains the situation as thoroughly and clearly as possible, and links you to experts on each page.
Sources are given at the bottom of each page so you can do more snooping.
What’s a Furniture Litter Box Enclosure?
Furniture litter box enclosures are basically a box-type end table or enclosed bench with a side or top entrance, a place to put a regular uncovered litter box, and a door for access to remove and clean it.
There are numerous options available in a range of prices and quality.
Before Buying Furniture Enclosures
Before plunking down lots of money for a high-end enclosure, review the pros and cons of all the options for both you and your cats.
Answer the following questions to be sure these enclosures will work for all of you.
Do you have cats who don’t like covered boxes?
If your cat doesn’t like it, he won’t use it… period.
You can still use it as an end table or other decorative piece.
Is it big enough for your cat(s) to use comfortably?
If your cat doesn’t like feeling cramped or having his whiskers or fur touch the sides, he won’t use it.
Cats have to have enough room to dig, squat, turn around, and cover without their fur rubbing the sides.
Large cats like Maine Coons or Norwegian Forest cats will have a harder time with these unless they’re sized to fit them.
Do you have cats, dogs, or children who disturb a cat when entering or exiting a box?
This is a problem with any litter box, especially covered ones because cats need sight lines and escape routes on at least three sides.
If someone is attacking or upsetting a cat while doing his business, he’ll find other, safer places to go.
You don’t want that happening with a furniture enclosure or any other covered box.
Is it easy for you to get the box in and out for cleaning?
Let’s be honest, folks… if you can’t easily remove the box and clean the area, you won’t clean it often enough, it’ll stink, and your cat will end up going elsewhere.
Furniture enclosures are available in various styles and can be quite striking, especially in contemporary forms and quality materials.
Styles range from contemporary to mid-century modern, traditional to rustic.
Depending on your price range you’ll find a variety of hand-made and standard enclosures.
Read the descriptions and reviews carefully to be sure the item is what you want.
(The suppliers listed here are given for your information and convenience only. I make no money from them.)
DIY Furniture Enclosures
For those who are handy, you can make your own enclosure out of existing furniture.
There are some very creative ideas at “16 Clever Ways to Hide the Litter Box“.
Here are some videos you might find helpful…
Related Pages of Interest
Curious about cat litter and boxes? Discover more at “Supplies for Cats“.
You’ll also find helpful info about other litter box accessories, like privacy screens, scoops and mats.
Having trouble with your cat peeing or pooping outside the litter box?
Find some answers to fix the problem and clean up the mess at “Behavior“.
Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary.
Primary sources are always preferable and have the most reliable information because they’re original and directly referenced.
Scientific abstracts and data are good examples of primary sources.
Secondary sources are weaker because they usually consist of opinions or articles that give no sources of their own.
However, sometimes they refer to primary sources.
When I use secondary sources, most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.
List of Sources
Some products listed link to companies that sell them, whether or not I make any money.
“16 Stand-Out Cat Litter Box Furniture Options to Fit Your Style”, The Dog People
“77 Things to Know Before Getting a Cat“, by Susan M. Ewing, Fox Chapel Publishers International, Ltd., 2018
“Cat Wise”, Pam Johnson-Bennett, Penguin Books, an imprint of Random House LLC, New York, NY, 2016
“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting & Owning a Cat”, by Sheila Webster Boneham, PhD, Penguin Group (USA) Inc., New York, NY, 2005
“Decoding Your Cat” by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, editors: Meghan E. Herron, DVM, DACVB; Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, DACVB; Carlo Siracusa, DVM, PhD, DACVB, DECAWBM, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, New York, NY, 2020
“Litter Box Happiness for Cats of All Ages”, Dr. Sophia Yin, CattleDog Publishing, January 25, 2017
“The Special Needs of the Senior Cat”, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Feline Health Center
“Total Cat Mojo” by Jackson Galaxy with Mikel Delgado, PhD, Tarcher Perigree, Penguin Random House, LLC, New York, NY, 2017
“Think Like a Cat, How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat – Not a Sour Puss“, by Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Penguin Books, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, New York, NY, 2000, 2011
“What’s the Best Litter Box for Senior Cats”, FitSeer.com
“What Your Cat Wants”, by Francesca Riccomini, Thunder Bay Press, Octopus Publishing Group, San Diego, CA, 2012, www.thunderbaybooks.com
Updated November 14, 2023