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my partner and i are trying to figure out where to keep the litter box after the baby is born and gets mobile. we have a back entrance way that i could possibly put a gate up and feed the cats there and keep the litter box there but it is very narrow and i currently keep my bike there. i figured people here must have dealt with crawling babies and litter boxes.
in the past we always kept them in the bathroom but there isn't space in our current bathroom.

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The most current space for our litter box is in the small linen closet in our bathroom. Dh cut a small square hole for a "kitty door". This way the door can always be closed, but give him a private space and also keep kids out. It also helps with the stink factor in between scoops/changes.

We had it in an open area once before with a crawling baby. But we've always used a hood over our litter pan. We never had issues with the litter box. Now if someone has good ideas for keeping toddlers from eating cat/dog food, I'll take them!
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So no basement?

Our cat box is in the basement and his food & water are on the top 2 steps (food on one step and water on the other). The door to the top of the basement is in the kitchen and has a kitty door. We lock that door or put up a gate between the dining room & kitchen.

I once had an apartment that had a stairway to a shared basement. I put a cinder block on one stair to make it even with the stair above. The cat box fit perfectly longways across the one stair and cinder block. You could still walk by.
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Ours is in the bathroom. I never had any issues with my children going near it. They wanted nothing to do with it.

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Ours is in the laundry room and I had a baby gate in the door way when dd was little.
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We keep ours in the basement. We have the door open, but have it chain locked, so the kids can't get in.

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We have a ground-level cupboard in our bathroom that is really big (as tall as counter-height, maybe 2 feet wide and 4 feet deep?). It has a door that we have just removed for now, and we put the litterbox in there. When we have kids who are mobile/curious, we'll put the door back on and cut a hole to install a kitty door if it becomes necessary.

I have seen people do similar things with freestanding cupboards or cabinets and it seems to work well.

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We had a doggy/kitty door out to an enclosed back porch in our old house. Now we have a doggy/kitty door out to the garage.

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In this house, we have the boxes in the laundry room, with the door closed all the time (we put in a cat door).

In other places we have lived, we have usually had the boxes in the bathroom.

We use a gate to keep our dc away from the cat food, and it has worked well.
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In the basement in the laundry room.
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thank you everyone

i really wish we had a basement or laundry room. we rent our house and it is on the same lot as a small apartment building really a 4 plex and what would be our basement and laundry room is a shared laundry room with everyone from the apartment next door. so we can't really use that for the litter box. i am thinking back entrance way will have to work. i can get a cheap used door the same size as the door that is there and then stick a cat door in even. i will probably not feed the cats there i don't like having cat food to close to the litter box.

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When my dd was a baby we lived in a small apartment. There weren't many choices. I put a gate across the kitchen doorway and the cat's litter pan and food and water were in there. It also gave her a retreat when dd started crawling and pulling herself up to get the kitty. The cat was able to easily jump over the baby gate.

Currently we have the litter pan in our basement.

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When we had a cat we kept it tucked back behind the toilet. (well a little off to the side )
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In a closet with the door open-he likes to just chill in there too.....
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Mine are in the spare bedroom. And you can put a babi gate that has a small door for pets. I've seen them at petsmart.

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Mine are in the spare bedroom. And you can put a babi gate that has a small door for pets. I've seen them at petsmart.
the baby gate with a door for pets sounds like exactly what we need. my older cat has issues with some types of jumping and i know she won't be able to easily jump over a normal baby gate.

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