Cat litter boxes stink, cats kick stuff out of them, and they take up valuable space in a cramped apartment. (Can you tell I'm not a fan?) However, if you do need an indoor toilet for your feline, then the IKEA Hacker blog has a pretty neat take on building one that can fit in your bathroom, by cutting a door into an $8 Snalis storage box from IKEA (and adding the $2 lid). If you've got another way of making pet toilets less intrusive, share it in the comments.
DIY IKEA Cat Litter Box
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