If you're tired of litter being tracked out of your cat's litter box, you could buy a pricey top-entry litter box to help contain the mess. You could, alternatively, assemble this inexpensive DIY version.
The commercial litterbox in question is the Clevercat, which looks like a RubberMaid tote with a hole in the lid. The premise is that the cat jumps down into the litter box and then back out again, leaving all the litter behind instead of kicked over the edge. The commercial version retailed for $US30+ which put a clever DIYer on Flickr off. Her solution was to make her own out of some plastic filing boxes:
My little dudes are overenthusiastic litterbox diggers. I originally had a Booda Dome plus a smaller open box for them, but both boxes led to litter (and turds) all over the place. The top-loading boxes are crazy expensive for what they are (a bin with a hole in the lid) so I decided to make my own.
I took two filing bins and removed one lid-flap each. Filled with litter, and whooo! They're awesome. Rock & Roll happily dig away without covering my closet in litter. All I need now is to rig up some small mats on top to cut down on tracking.
There are dryer sheets there to help with the litter smell, though honestly, the boxes barely smell since I switched the kittens to Wellness.
Her solution is a great one for small spaces where litter and the associated smell needs to be disguised more heavily than if the box is tucked away in the far corner of the basement laundry room. If you're looking for a great way to squeeze a litter box into a small living space, make sure to check out how to hide your cat litter box with a hidden entryway.
Have a clever pet-centric DIY solution? Let's hear about it in the comments.