Creating a Hidden Pet Room
Creating a Hidden Pet Room in my English linen closet, for my cats was a complete no brainer for our home.
Here is my easy tutorial on Creating a Hidden Pet Room in my English style linen closet. I find living with animals and keeping a home clean, can be challenging. Let’s face it we love them, but they are messy, and they can trash your house in seconds. This is what prompted us to create a pet room for my cats. This rooms has many uses, we house their litter box, and supplies; along with their complete water and food station, which keeps my house cleaner overall. In building our home, we had the option to create a larger laundry room by closing in the second story of our foyer. Our previous laundry room was tiny, so we immediately chose to implement this option. This change left us with a large “English Linen Closet”. Prior to moving to our new home, we predetermined that this area would make a great pet room for our cats. Above is a before picture of the room as the builder described English linen closet. I know, not many shelves for a “linen closet”, I thought the same thing, LOL.
The first thing we did was add easy to clean linoleum floors and an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan vents any smells from the litter box, directly out of my home. Honestly, this might be the single most important thing we did. If you have cats, you know that the litter box smell can truly ruin your home, and once that smell sinks in there is no getting rid of it.The next important thing we did was painted the entire room with a scrubbable satin finish paint. This will help to seal the drywall and preventing even more odors from getting trapped in the walls, plus it is easy to clean in case of any accidents. Finally we added a large utilitarian light fixture, nothing fancy it’s mainly for us to see, to get the room cleaned properly.The next big thing we did was cut a cat door through the wall into our Master bedroom wall and through the hall door. Why did we cut a hole in our wall? Well, we host a lot gatherings and parties which equals a lot of guests. This room set up will allow me to lock my fur babies in our master bedroom during gatherings, which they actually prefer since they do not care for loud noises or large crowds of people. This also allows them access to their food, water and liter box, but without the fear of a guest accidentally letting them out into the great beyond of the wilderness that is our backyard. The other pet door located on the hallway door gives us the ability to shut our bedroom door when we have overnight guests. This grants our cats the ability to come and go as they please, which will save your door frames, doors and carpet, since they can be quite destructive when confined to one area against their will.So check this out, I came up with idea all on my own! JENRON DESIGNS developed this prototype for a Ventilated Shelf Cover (VSC). A DIY rig to make your pet room aesthetically pleasing, and on a shoestring budget. This process can be used on any wire shelving. We took teacup hooks to the back of some barn wood or shiplap and used felt pads for spacers as you can see above. You literally hang the board right on the front of the wire rack. The finished product was this:We created a facia board to cover the universally ugly wire rack, (we also did they same process for a DIY Linen Closet upgrade too.) Then spray painted the support arms black to emulate iron. This process would be great for any wire rack that you would not use for hanging clothes. So try it in a linen closet, pantry, garage storage area or pet room. We also spray painted the wood letters of Meow, and popped them into the wall with a nail gun.
Designer Tip: A wire rack allows light to pass through the to the floor, which keep the room brighter. Unlike with a solid wood shelving, that would block the light flow and make the room seem smaller and darker. We added a trackless litter mat, to cut down on liter leaving the room on their feet. I used pretty baskets to conceal small odd and ends like kitty treat bags, lysol wipe, and air freshener. Then decided to add in all my accumulated kitty art, hey, makes great decorations. We made a small wall hook from barn wood hold the litter scoop, bag holder and our scooper stool. I found these cute iron hooks at the straw market in Charleston, and added them to shiplap boards. You know how I love a theme!We also have a this great tin for there food since we feed them a custom blend of dry foods. Ever since my oldest Maine Coon developed hyperthyroidism, I decided to change the basic Iams dry food I had feed them for years to a high protein based food by EVO, which was discontinued. Now I use Instinct and I mix it with a Fromm’s Game Bird, organic food for just a little bit of carb. Since this is a custom blend I have to mix each time into a tin to keep it fresh. I got this one from Ballards but they do not carry it any longer so I will list a few of my second choices at the bottom.We also allow our cats to free feed so these gravity feeds are the best. They also love running water so we invested in a fountain water bowl with a filter as well and retired the large gravity water bowls to the screened porches since it stays so hot here in Georgia. Share this idea with your cat loving friends, they will thank you for it, and sign up for monthly newsletters and tell a friend about us too!
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