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Building a Better Litter Box

First, I know as I write this that my friend Kevin will be emailing me later today that I’ve jumped the shark again (is it possible to do it more than once?)! Still, it’s every bloggers right to inject a small amount of whimsy into what they write and I’m exercising that right today.

Over the years we’ve always had cats and that means a litter box. I don’t know if we’ve tried them all, but it feels like we have. From a basic box to a covered box to the automated ones there is just a certain amount of effort required if you have an indoor cat. Eventually it breaks or turns into too much effort or we just see something that we think will be better and then we’ve spent another $20 or $30.

Recently my wife declared that it was time to replace our current box. My response (and you’ll see the geek/problem solver mind at work here) was that we should just make one since it won’t last forever anyway. So we do some searching and brain storming (more than $30 worth I’m sure), dig around the house to see what we have, and we go to work.

The basic container is a Sterilite plastic box measuring roughly 22”x18”x16” with a snap-on lid. The size worked out for the under counter area where we keep it. Inside that we put a plastic tray that was about 4” high and just barely fit. We cut a domed shape entry on the front with a utility knife and called it done. Works pretty good. Easy to clean and does a good job of containing the litter. Truly a better box? Probably not, but it works and it was fun to re-use stuff we had around instead of just buying something.



I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


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