Most of the time we have our cats outside, but with the kittens being so little, they’re currently house cats. A major problem with indoor cats is the litter box. When we had our first house and our first cat, we stuck the litter box behind the couch, out of sight of our toddler. Worked as a blockade, but it was a mite embarrassing when entertaining to hear the scratching of a cat doing its business. And the smell. Yikes. Not ideal.
When we moved into our new house a few years later and found ourselves again raising kittens alongside toddlers, we spent a bit of time trying to figure out a safe place for the litter box. The only logical options were the laundry room and the bathroom, neither of which worked well.
Finally John had a brainstorm. He cut a little door in the wall under our stairs that led into the under-stairs closet. Besides being a perfect (out of sight!) place for the litter box, it ended up being a great place for a cat to escape when she wearied of the attentions of many small children. Something a cat appreciates when living in a house with many kids.
Our newest kitty trying it out.