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Old 01-23-2022, 01:59 PM   #1
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Litter Box Cabinet?

Soooo...I have a Blue Heeler & a Manx. At home, I built a litter box cabinet (all wood with litter box insert & top is removed for clean up/replacing litter) because the Blue Heeler (we will call him...crazy pup for now) kept getting into the litter. Yes, gross. But, he can't get into it now. Muhahahahaha!
I am currently drawing out a few different plans while saving up for a bus (prefer mid size, willing to go small). My question:
For those that live in a skoolie with cats & dogs, did you build a litter box cabinet into the bus? Like, say, in the bedroom or living area? Similar to the one I built years ago for my Manx (aka little monster).

This photo is to give you an idea of the length of the litter box.



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Old 01-23-2022, 03:58 PM   #2
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My plan is to have a custom litter box that fits into my tub, which is about 2' x 2' and projects 8" below the floor. It will have a big basket-like handle so I can easily lift it out when I need to use the shower. My shower has a MaxxAir fan above which will double as a vent fan for the litter box.
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Old 01-23-2022, 04:45 PM   #3
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Nice! Thank you.
Mine won't be portable. Just in one spot with a removable lid. Back to the drawing board.
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Our build plan includes a completely enclosed litter box with flap door and forced ventilation to the outside. We originally though to put it under the washer/drier combo unit but decided the noise would probably keep the cats from using the box while the laundry was being done and the HOURS it takes for one of those units to do a load made that a NO GO.
We will find a new location but we're keeping the ventilation which may actually go into the battery and electronics compartment to keep that bay cool or warm depending on the season.
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I didn't consider forced ventilation. I like that idea. I use pine/cedar/(no clue) type litter. House smells like pine/cedar/(no clue). I was thinking of putting the hole (exit/entrance) on the top near the hinge (which will be close to the wall).That way, she can get in and out & the pup can't get to it. Probably near the end of the bed, not right up against it, tucked into a corner for forced ventilation.
Completely agree about the washer/dryer. My cat runs when she hears one. I have a set in the garage.
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We use a tiddy cats system with pellets that LOOK like rabbit foor or wood pellets. Urine passes through the pellets which sit on a plastic screen and onto an absorbent pad (in the human medical field they're called "chucks"). The solid waste sits in the pellets (buried if the cat behaves) and get dehydrated.
With two cats we change the pad twice a week (just pull out the tray, fold the absorbent pad so that the waterproof side is out and drop in a garbage bag) then scoop out solids and put in the garbage bag. Occasionally we have to add some pellets to replace those that went out with the solids and the ones you find in every nook and cranny of the house (just like litter). One in a blue moon we will dump the whole thing, scrub it, and install all new pellets and pad.
In the skoolie it will be a drawer that pulls out but that has a flap door for their access.
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I use Tidy Cats Cat Litter Pure Nature - 7.5 Lb (Cedar, Pine & Corn). Strong pine smell though, still better than inhaling regular litter dust... I could smell it in the living room (her litter box is in my walk in closet) the first time I put it in her litter box. Whew!
But, it works great. I like that idea of putting a pad underneath the litter. I may try that out of curiosity. A cat behave? Only when my cat wants something, then she behaves. lol
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I use Tidy Cats Cat Litter Pure Nature - 7.5 Lb (Cedar, Pine & Corn). Strong pine smell though, still better than inhaling regular litter dust... I could smell it in the living room (her litter box is in my walk in closet) the first time I put it in her litter box. Whew!
But, it works great. I like that idea of putting a pad underneath the litter. I may try that out of curiosity. A cat behave? Only when my cat wants something, then she behaves. lol

The pad goes in a tray below a screen which holds the litter pellets that repel the urine so that it falls through the screen and is absorbed by the pad. You might make a mess laying it directly under your current stuff. Surely the cat will claw into it when trying to bury it's presents for you.
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I built a wall with entry door behind drivers seat. Not only does it keep bus warmer but I keep litter box behind drivers seat and have a small doggy door . Because I don't care where in bus u put litter box. I can smell whenever my cat poops. But not since moving to front of bus. I swear the cat only poops when I am cooking or eating. Unfortunately my dog also likes the almond rocas
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LOL "Almond Rocas". I think that's a universal dog thing.
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Litter box

A skoolie fulltimer is Mike on his bus Bussy McBusface. They have cat and built in the litter box in a desk. I found 3 videos of his building and improving the litter box plus porch.


Building Kitty bed with litterbox.


https://youtu.be/jcK02zqx-qQ


Finishing up Kitty Box


https://youtu.be/9Wgt_3fQEts


Kitty door on bottom step with porch.


https://youtu.be/ZrTQ7Bz4hQA




Mike and Kerry built a super nice bus






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A youtuber who lives full time in RV with two cats name is Nomadic Fanatic.


He gave a review for one of those pricey Automatic Litter Robot.


https://youtu.be/qT-9ThHKmV0
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LOL "Almond Rocas". I think that's a universal dog thing.
Welp, that's another favorite treat that's now been ruined for me.
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Welp, that's another favorite treat that's now been ruined for me.
I hope you don't like almond-covered dates.
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