Help with furniture hack for bathroom litter tray area?

Doody
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Hi,

we have a small bathroom with a littler tray under the sink. You can see it, it smells and I'd like to do something to make the area nicer.

My ideal would be a floor standing cabinet with a counter top sink. I want a drawer or two underneath, then a two door cupboard so we could remove one door. The litter tray would be in there, the cats would have easy access (and us for cleaning) but it wouldn't be quite so 'in your face' for our guests.

Can I find the unit I want to modify? Nooooooo. it's a lot harder than I thought. I particularly don't want a vanity unit type arrangement that has the sink unit covering the whole of the top of the unit as the space it would go into is quite tight and I can see water spilling down the sides and generally being hard to look after.

Has anyone any ideas about the furniture I am looking for?

Edit: Obviously a *litter* tray hack but I can't edit the title
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  • GwylimT
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    No I don't, but a litter tray shouldn't smell, ours certainly doesn't. Is it a main bathroom, so the litter is getting damp?
  • KxMx
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    If you can't find a ready made unit to adapt, how about hiring a tradesman to design, build & fit?
  • Doody
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    Well, we have several cats and even though we have two trays and a garden, yes, it smells. It's open and a poo in there smells until a human slave goes and removes it. We have tried many different substances for the contents of the tray and currently I'm enthusiastic about the wooden pellets but they have a retain a bit of a wee smell. I hadn't thought about damp but tbh, every house I've been in that has a litter tray has a bit of an odour. Even in one cat families with enclosed trays.
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  • Doody
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    KxMx wrote: »
    If you can't find a ready made unit to adapt, how about hiring a tradesman to design, build & fit?

    LOL, 'cos I can't afford it!
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  • GwylimT
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    Doody wrote: »
    Well, we have several cats and even though we have two trays and a garden, yes, it smells. It's open and a poo in there smells until a human slave goes and removes it. We have tried many different substances for the contents of the tray and currently I'm enthusiastic about the wooden pellets but they have a retain a bit of a wee smell. I hadn't thought about damp but tbh, every house I've been in that has a litter tray has a bit of an odour. Even in one cat families with enclosed trays.

    What do they eat? Diet causes smelly poo, our cat is raw fed and honesty you have to get within inches of her poo to get even the slightest whiff. If you're using a proper pellet filter tray there also wont be a wee smell.


    http://m.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/cat_beds_baskets/cat_house/indoor/608661

    You can put this under the sink, I'm assuming you don't have a pedestal?
  • Trina90
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    I love how people say a litter tray shouldn't smell.

    I'd be worried if it didn't - where on earth is the cat peeing and pooping instead!
    Of course they smell. Not constantly, but as soon as the cat does a wee in a newly cleaned tray (and obviously poo!), it will smell. I've tried all kinds of litters and cleaning out patterns (even daily, or multiple times a day). Those of you who deny litter trays smell, you've simply just got used to the smell. Your guests still detect it. My husband always says he can't smell anything but I must have a better sense of smell :o
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    And I have the sieve tray that filters the wood pellets by the way!
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  • GwylimT
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    Trina90 wrote: »
    I love how people say a litter tray shouldn't smell.

    I'd be worried if it didn't - where on earth is the cat peeing and pooping instead!
    Of course they smell. Not constantly, but as soon as the cat does a wee in a newly cleaned tray (and obviously poo!), it will smell. I've tried all kinds of litters and cleaning out patterns (even daily, or multiple times a day). Those of you who deny litter trays smell, you've simply just got used to the smell. Your guests still detect it. My husband always says he can't smell anything but I must have a better sense of smell :o

    They don't smell on the correct diet for the individual, our sitter and cattery we use often comment on how nice it is for a box not to smell as the animal has a diet that suits it well. She used to be on dry food, and that did make her urine smell (as it makes them dehydrated) and her poo was smelly, and of course she would always pick her moment to drop one!
  • thorsoak
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    Every time I change the litter completely, I scatter a whole (baking) pack of bicarbonate of soda into it. It doesn't stop it from being a trifle whiffy, but it does stop it from ponging completely! Obviously poops are removed asap (if not by me, by one of the dogs - yeugh!!) and the litter is changed every couple of days. My (covered) litter tray is kept in the utility room - and the cat flap is on the door from the kitchen into the utility room - so that the cats can get through easily enough, but the dogs can't.
  • Money_Saver
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    I have cats, and have trays in the bathroom (fortunately large bathroom) Whenever I discover poo in there, I have a large scoop with holes in, and it is lifted out of the tray and disposed of.
    I wash the trays out every day with Wilko's biological washing liquid, allow it to work, then rise, and re-fill with Catsan cat litter.

    I know catsan is expensive, but I find it is the best out there. It's not going to be 100% odor free though.
    Regards,

    Money Saver

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