Cat litter box cover

This week I tried to channel my inner animal photographer. Finally, I can benefit from the fact that I am a nature documentary junkie. 100 hours of wildlife documentaries may not yet be in vain. Well, that´s what I thought! The reason for my newfound ambition was of course my latest DIY project: a wooden hut* in which I can hide a cat litter box…
* The model for my hut was off course a small Swedish privy.

The hut was built in no time and so it was time for the “blogpost cover image”. Of course I wanted to have my cats in the photograph, so that everyone can recognize what I’ve built here. A piece of cake! Normally when I take pictures I have to push my cats out of the frame every few seconds. So I put the hut on the floor, my cats come right away and I take my photos but then I realize that I have forgotten to put the litter box in the hut. No problem. The litter box is quickly inside the hut and I’m back on the floor, raise my camera … no cats. I start to make luring noises… 15 minutes later … no cats. Maybe I should disguise myself. I’m sitting right in front of my shelf with my fabric collection. In my mind I picture myself making a hideout out of fabric with a small gap for the camera. But then it occurs to me that sometimes wildlife photographers wait for months in hiding for the perfect picture. I am hungry now and no food is within reach. 20 minutes later … I can hear the cats playing in the kitchen and I need the loo. Wildlife photographers pee in empty bottles … should I … Stop! Time for a change of plan. Resigned I drag myself to the kitchen and collect the cat treats. Does not look like I have a future as a wildlife photographer and while I throw about 20 cats treats next to the hut, I have to think about the vet, with a very bad conscience. Two minutes later I have dozens of wonderful pictures and I can finally take care of my physical needs. So much for 100 hours of wildlife documentaries …

Materials

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First you need wood. You can see the measurements of my wooden parts above. I used poplar plywood with 6 mm thickness.

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Furthermore, you need small wooden triangles (I made mine myself), wood glue and small screws. If you want to paint your hut, you will also need paint and a brush.

Steps

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1. Because I wanted my hut to be as lightweight as possible, I used plywood but this is too thin for screws, so I had to glue the sides with wood glue.

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2. But gluing wasn´t enough, so I connected the sides with small wooden triangles on the inside of the hut which I screwed to the sides.

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3. Before I attached the roof to the hut, I painted the hut first: original Sweden style in red with white accents. Thus, the wood looks a bit like boards I painted lines with a black permanent marker on the sides. Now I only had to paint the roof black and glue it to the hut after the paint was dry.

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One cannot argue that the hut is less conspicuous than the litter box itself but that was not really the goal. Now, every time I walk by the litter box hut, I have to smile and I managed to bring a piece of Sweden in my apartment.

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The cat’s don´t mind the hut at all and use the litter box just like they did before.

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A nice side effect is that the roof of the hut can also be used as a viewing platform or for chilling out.

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