Litter Garage Keeps Litter Out and Cats In

Mon, Nov 10, 2008

Litter & Hygiene

Sometimes the garage isn’t the safest place for a cat, but it sure is tempting to put that stinky litter box out there. Now there’s a way, the Litter Garage. This system helps you install a cat door on a common wall between your house and your garage. A special chute connects to an enclosed litter box that resides in the garage. The whole system is connected so cats can’t escape, but you can easily clean the box from the garage.

The kit has everything you need, including a covered litter box, support tray for holding the box at the right height in the garage, cat door with clear plastic panel, and a wall chute for connecting the cat door to the box. It even comes with a wall-mounted litter scoop, bag holder, and hand wipes — everything you need for litter box maintenance. With the Litter Garage odor and dust stay outside and kitty stays safe.

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13 Responses to “Litter Garage Keeps Litter Out and Cats In”

  1. 1

    Brilliant! I’ve often eyed the wall between our family room and the garage and thought, “Gee, if only I could build a tunnel in the wall and keep the litter box in the garage!”

    How nice that it’s an enclosed box on the garage side, so that the cat can feel secure.

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    i don’t live in a house so no garage for me. but this seems to be a really great product to own.
    one of my three cats is a bit overweight and she’s a little shorter then the other two but just as long which mean i can’t buy the large litter box. this product is just what i need. now if only actually had a garage this could work :-)

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    Amy Russell

    That’s really a great idea!!

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    My mom built something like this at her house and my brother’s house — a cat door in the wall that goes to the garage, and then one of those small wire dog kennels open on one side and attached to the wall of the garage around the exit of the cat door. Put a litter box in the dog kennel, and voila!

    I like how this one is smaller, more insulated, and has the perch to hold it up off the floor though.

  5. 5

    We just built something simular to this only the door opens to an enclosed wooden box and the litter box is inside it. Had I seen this first, I would have used this instead. But my cats seem afraid of it and haven’t used it yet. Any suggestions?

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    @kathy Try leaving the cat door open for a month or so. Once the cat knows it can go in it will open the door on its own.

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    Tierra McLellan

    Thats it! I need to win a house and a handyman to build this for me!! LOL

  8. 8

    My sister’s rental has a closet door in which a few louvers are taken out to provide an opening to the cat’s litter pan. This could be accommodated in that way, too.

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    I have a similar setup at my house-I have 4 cats & 4 litter boxes in the garage. (since its a storage area, no cars, its safe.) i found a cute wooden cat shape, stained it and put it above their door.

    @kathy- push your cat thru the door. do this a few times and the cat will figure it out. If the litter box is not ventillated well enough, the cat may not use the box because of the smell.

  10. 10

    I need to thank this website for posting this article because after I saw this Litter-Garage setup, I purchased it. The company shipped fast and has everything you need for the new setup. So here’s my opinion on the setup:

    The tunnel/chute is custom made with wood, the kind of wood that would not soak up water (urine) in case cats happens to drag a chunk of wet stuff onto the chute. It easily cleans up. The chute comes in two types, regular is an angled one and if your garage floor and inside floor is at the same level (in our case), you will need to have the straight chute. You’ll need to specify during purchase.

    The litter box was much a bigger one than we had previously so our cats probably loves it.

    The installation was somewhat difficult because I didn’t realized until later I needed the straight chute (I had purchased with the angled chute). The company had sent me the straight chute without charging me a dime. Once I got the right chute, I was in business. Everything connected properly.

    Now onto training out two adult cats now to use the new litter box setup. We first left the door open with a piece of tape for a week. We showed each cat by pushing her into the chute and each would go in and come back out. We did that a few times. For the week, it was good. They both use the new setup without any issues. After a week, I close the door and showed them by pushing their head against the door in and out several times, then pushing them through the chute and have them come back out through the door. Coming back out from the litter box was not a problem for both, it’s the going in that was the problem. They were afraid. We tried several more times by pushing their head into the door and let them see the door can open and close. After a day of assisting with the door, they were able to use it on their own. Litter is less messy since most of it is caught in the chute so less on your floor. The smell is WAY less than the level of having an open litter box inside a room.

    I have to give this setup 5 stars of out 5 stars.


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    Looks like a good idea, but most cities have codes that require a fire wall between the house and garage. Typically it is fire rated drywall with a fire rated door ( if there is a door).

    Cutting a hole in this wall would violate the code. You should check with your local municipality building commissioner before doing any modification to the wall between the garage and house.

  12. 12

    Not to be a nay-sayer, but I have to agree with Micheal. The wall between the garage and the home is a fire rated wall intended to slow the spread of a fire that starts in the garage from coming into the home. Its designed that way to help save lives should something go wrong, since there are usually many dangerous things left in garages. When you do something like cut a hole between the garage and the main house you negate the benefits of that additional fireproofing, since mostly likely anything you are putting there has little to no fire rating. It sounds like a great idea, but remember that you are taking a big risk and its probably not worth the benefit. Not to mention I would hate to think about what an insurance company would say if a fire did happen and the spread was contributed to by having this hack.

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    t cat owner

    I’m actually built a chemical fume hood in my man cave.the kids go in there in the fan pulls a cyclone of air past litter box in out the window. it works brilliantly except for the fact that it is so clean that you can never smell when the litter box is full. Until its too late. And then it’s a giant mess.

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