Alternative Use Ideas

Here are some outside the box ideas for products that are not specifically designed for cats but can be used as cat owner hacks. These include affordable swaps, like using a yoga mat as a litter box mat, and creative uses for traditional products, like using electrical tubing to prevent wire chewing.

Alternative Use: Kitchen Cart as Kitty Station

Kitchen carts designed to hold microwaves or other appliances are usually sturdy pieces of furniture. Consider using a multiple shelf unit like this one, highly rated for its intended use, as a piece of furniture for your cat! There are several different space-saving ways you can use...

Stainless Steel Litter Box

This is a great alternative litterbox that was not primarily designed to be a litterbox. It's actually an industrial stainless steel steam table pan. Yep, this "litter box" was made to prepare and serve food!

Alternative Cat Bed: Doll Bunks

Have more than one cat? If they like to hang out together, they might like to nap together using this fun bunk bed made for American Girl dolls as a cozy two-for-one cat bed!

Prevent Cat Wire Chewing with Split Loom Tubing

Alternative use product alert! One of our kitties (it's William) has a thing for chewing on wires. He especially likes Apple product wires and other similarly pliable round cables. They're his favorite thing and he's already chewed through several iPhone chargers and even our Amazon Echo wire! William is the reason we couldn't play Christmas music in our living room on Christmas day. We tried a few options and found this great solution: split loom tubing.

Alternative Use: Suction Toddler Bowls for Cats

This set of three suction cup bowls was designed for kids to help prevent messes at baby's mealtime. They can also serve as pet bowls and users have reported success using these as both water and food bowls for cats who have been known to knock things...

Affordable Litter Mat Alternative

What do you look for in a litter box mat? It's got one main job: to keep litter from scattering all over the place. It would also be nice if it didn't clash with its surroundings, and it fit snugly in the space it needs to fill. Instead of buying a "litter box mat", which may or may not fulfill any of these criteria, consider using a yoga mat!