Homemade Deep Litter Box

I always had a hard time finding a litter box that was deep enough for my cats. They kicked loads of litter out the side with traditional boxes. Then I tried a covered box and it just made them stinky when they came out. So I made my own litter box.


I simply bought two deep Rubbermaid containers (I think Rubbermaid would be better than Sterilite since Rubbermaid is a little more flexible) and cut two openings in the front of the containers. I had my dad actually cut the openings with a saw, but I think a sharp box cutter (and a little safety precaution) would work, too. This has been the "perfect" solution for my cats because they only spill litter out the front, and even then it's not very much.

I hope someone finds this tip useful!

By Kathy from SD

Homemade Deep Litter Box

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November 21, 20163 found this helpful
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By cutting the entance so big and so low, you're still allowing litter to be kicked out of the box. I suggest that you don't cut a hole at all.


I use a large file box without the lid, and pour the litter into the box. I have a 23lb male cat and he is able to jump in and out, leaving the litter inside the box.

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December 9, 20171 found this helpful

I do the same thing ! No need to cut hole..cats can jump

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February 1, 20191 found this helpful

That's what I do too. Easy to clean and my cat jumps in and I think less litter gets out.

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June 26, 20190 found this helpful

I had to cut a hole... I have a 17 yr old that can't jump like that anymore

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July 4, 20131 found this helpful

I used an old baby's bath as the sides are high and it worked well!

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March 27, 20141 found this helpful

Can you please tell me the size/dimensions of the Rubbermaid tubs you used?

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

Super idea

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May 10, 20170 found this helpful

I love this idea. Mycat gets litter all over the place too. I have been thinking of different method.

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November 7, 20172 found this helpful

Great tip. From my experience, I've learned to choose bins that are as smooth as possible on the inside to make cleanup a snap!

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February 1, 20190 found this helpful

I do find this very helpful as it could solve a big litter box problem. One of my 4 cats has some very personnal sens of humor. One of his favourite games is to wait until one of his mates gets into the litter box. He then jumps on the top of the box. He lays there quietly, and from there he traps the other cat inside the litter box, hitting him with paws and claws on the head when it tries to get out of the box.


To him it is a game but the other cat is afraid to get in the box now and he invents alls sorts of personnal places to replace the official litter box. I already tried to take off the top part of the box but the cats do not feel secured and the bottom part alone is too low to hold the litter and they spill it out.

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February 10, 20190 found this helpful

Many cat behavior experts recommend the one box for each cat, plus one. If your other cats are being bullied while using the litter box, they may resort to eliminating elsewhere, where there is or isnt a box. The one for each cat, plus one evens the playing ground somewhat. Cats do not like to be intimidated while eliminating.


Also, my senior gal just cant jump anymore. I found a DYI litter box on the YouTube website, under Fundamentally Feline. I searched for an appropriate box for months, and ended up creating my own, like you did.

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June 26, 20190 found this helpful

We got a large tub for our cats too... but just one large, long one. It was the best thing we ever did. It helps keep the litter in, and it's easy to reach down and scoop. Even if you put a lid on it, it's easy to take off. I have a boy that is terrible about peeing while he's standing, so the high sides are a life-saver.

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December 25, 20190 found this helpful

Great idea this is efficient and durable thanks

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March 21, 20210 found this helpful

Great idea, thank you. You could also use the lid occasionally like when company comes over.

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July 22, 20210 found this helpful

I have used a large tote and put a litter box inside. But now I use an outside storage box, it looks like white wicker, as the cat's bathroom as we call it. I lined the bottom with litter mats to catch the excessive litter for easy clean up. I can fit a container to hold the daily used litter until trash day plus a bag of litter for replenishing with the scoop and the litter box.


The lid opens from the top for daily scooping. This storage box is sold for storing outside items, cushions, chairs, pool items, etc. We bought a large one and my husband cut an opening into it. They come in different sizes and colors. It's an initial expensive but something that will be used for a long time.

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