Our cat door

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.


  1. Don’t feel bad, little kitty, sometimes I hide in the bathroom too!

  2. Love the kitty door AND Sarah’s comment above.

    My cats would be jealous if they knew other cats had escape routes from toddler mauling.

  3. It’s ADORABLE! I love it! I wish I had a door like that for myself. 🙂


  4. We did that for our basement and utility room doors! It’s brilliant, isn’t it? The cat can escape and the child stays safe! Because – ya know – eating litter isn’t too healthy. Not that the Tongginator did that or anything. Ahem.

  5. Just curious – how do the humans attend to the litter box? Is there a bigger entrance via the room behind that door you can see in the picture?

    But that’s a great idea, and I love the sweet little kitty in the hole!

    • Yes, it is a fairly long closet with a standard-sized access door in the garage. John says it is actually a whole kitty suite– probably at least 14 feet long. Besides being a kitty bathroom, dining room and bedroom, it also houses our water heater and water pressure tank.

  6. Oh my goodness MARY! That is too stinking CUTE! I’ve never seen such a thing! HOW A-DOOR-ABLE! I know…I know bad punn! LOL!

  7. Nat Alea from OK says:

    That is such an adorable picture!!!

  8. That is soooo cute! And what a great solution.

  9. So incredibly cute! And a great idea!

  10. That’s so cute!

  11. So danged cute! I’m still trying to figure out how to make the spice rack door thingy for an apartment (without power tools.. ahem) and here you go showing me something else that is SUPER neat! I need a house asap!

  12. My parents used to have a cat door in just the same place – under the stairs with access from the garage and a little cat door in the house. It was ideal!


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