Kitty can be finicky, but can you blame her? Try these ideas to keep your cat’s litter box pleasing to her and easier on the eye for you.

Cleanliness is important when you have a cat. You might not think so at first, but your kitty wants a nice, consistent place to do her business. And you want to keep odors down and the litter box away from guests and heavy traffic areas. Here are a few ideas for placing or disguising your cat’s litter box.

Try High-Tech Solutions

You can go modern and spend a little on your precious feline with some of the new cool litter boxes. The Mox Litter Tower looks like a tiny trash can but is designed to keep litter in the can – and off your cat’s paws. That means less on your floor, too. It’s designed to keep dogs’ noses out of the litter as well.

You can also buy designer kitty houses, domes, and a box that dumps the waste into a tray when you turn it over for easier cleaning. And the Cat Genie, well, it’s a toilet for your kitty, so the only place to put this bad boy is in the restroom next to your own throne. Let your cat decide who gets the velvet trim.

Or purchase a combination planter/litter box. It’s decorative from top to bottom and has a neat hole in the middle for your cat to enter. You can put a plant in the top, place it in the corner, and turn the opening any direction you like.

Or Make a DIY Litter Box Cover

There are several DIY projects that you can take on to improve the look and disguise of your kitty’s litter. Place the litter box inside an unused cabinet, used chest or other box. A laundry or mud room usually are your best bets. Cut a hole in the lower cabinet or remove a door and place the litter box inside. Just make sure your kitty has plenty of room to stand up and turn around inside the cabinet.

Some cats will use kitty doors, much like dog doors, and do their thing outside. If you don’t want your tomcat roaming the neighborhood all night, rely on the outside door (or window, at least while your cat is spry enough to jump) during the day or when you’re home and use a litter box at other times. It will cut down on the amount of use for the inside box. Or use a kitty door into a cabinet or small closet, especially if the only spot you have is in a traffic area.

Try the same trick with an end or side table. But if you place the table in a living area, you’ll need to be especially vigilant about keeping the box clean.

Fashion a rustic box using old wine crates or re-purposed wood. Assuming your kitty is willing to go inside, you can tuck the plastic litter box on the floor and use the natural cut of the handle on the bottom or top box. Cut a larger opening in the other box and attach the back with hinges.

Or build your own box to size and taste. Just be sure you have one side opening large enough for your cat to fit through and a removable or hinged top so you can reach in to clean or remove the litter box.

Check with Kitty

On any of these designs, whether you use an existing piece of furniture, a trunk, a handmade box, or an inexpensive, self-assembled cabinet, try placing the kitty’s entry on a side or back. If you’ve got a smart, cooperative cat (and who doesn’t, come on?!), your cat will figure out how to get in. You can leave the top open until your cat is comfortable, and then try a few rounds with the top down to see if your cat still likes riding that way. And always make sure that if you prop open an entry door for your cat, you make sure it can’t shut from either direction and lock your cat in.

And no matter the solution you choose, keep your kitty’s litter box and feeding station separated. You keep yours separate, right?

Of course, you could go to all this trouble to disguise your kitty’s litter box, only to have her turn up her nose at it like yesterday’s gourmet giblets. So don’t spend too much money, especially making several solutions, until you make sure they work with your cat. The Humane Society recommends a box on every level of your home, so get creative!