Tiny House Pet Accommodations!
When you’re building a tiny house and considering the different aspects that are important and necessary in your house, you can’t forget about the furry members of your family (and no, I’m not referring to Uncle Frank). In our house, we have our little baby boy….our kitty, our tiny house pet, Bucket. He’s most definitely our child and he demands so much attention! So when we thought about about how we wanted to build our house, we made sure to include features and pet accommodations that were not only important to us, but important to him.
The first thing we knew we needed were stairs up to the loft. See, Bucket has to sleep with Mrs Epic every night, under the blanket, behind her knees. If that’s not possible, he cries and cries, and we REALLY don’t want that happening all night! He’s also a middle-of-the-night bathroom user (just like his momma), so he really needed to be able to get up and down by himself. We designed these stairs so that both humans and kitty could climb up and down the stairs with ease. You can see more about how we build these stairs here.
The next thing we knew would be on our kitty’s demand list was a window perch! Bucket LOVES his sun spot and LOVES to sleep, so this was the perfect solution! Mrs Epic designed and built this window perch out of left over materials from the build, and the kitty loves it! We can find him curled up there pretty much every afternoon. To build one for your kitty, see the tutorial here.
And after a long nap, what do most kitties want? A place to scratch! Our Bucket has all of his claws, so it’s important that he has a place (or several) to get out his need to scratch and to groom his nails. Bucket use to have a large cat tree in our previous house, but that simply wasn’t feasible in the tiny house. He loved scratching the carpet on the tree as well as the posts, so I decided to give him both options. I found some free carpet square samples and glued those down to a section of my wheel well next to the stairs. This is his absolute favorite scratching place!!
I then purchased some sisal rope and glued it to a piece of scrap 3/4″ plywood and secured it to the outside of our top stair step. If you look closely, you can see that the screw holding the scratching post in place is serving double duty – it’s ALSO holding the pantry shelf in place inside the step! Can we say multi-functional??
And of course, we had to make sure that the kitty had a place to eat and do his business! Mrs Epic built a small food and water dish that sits next to the couch so it’s out of the way for us but an undisturbed location for him.
And then the infamous litter box. To back up, our tiny house pet, Bucket, used to be toilet trained, meaning that yes, he DID use a human toilet.
However, as you know most cats like to dig before going, and Mr Bucket was no exception, except he liked to dig in the toilet water, so we had to leave the lid open for him. Now we have a composting toilet, and leaving the lid open would be……let’s just say a very bad idea. So, back to the litter box for him, which he took to like a champ!
Since we have a rather large shower, we decided to let it serve double duty (so to speak) and hold his litter box during the day, which we move when we shower. The litter box is made out of an 18 gallon tub and a door is cut into the side about 8 inches up. This way most of the litter stays inside the box and does not track out. What little does track out is caught mainly by the mat in front of the box, or it falls on the shower floor, which we vacuum up with a Dirt Devil prior to showering.
Our tiny house pet, Bucket, is so grateful that we thought of him during our tiny house build…for him it’s just purrrrrrfect!