Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Litter Box Survey

We got an email from our Auntie Susie yesterday.  She and Hubby and Daughter are moving.  To a smaller house  (great location, smaller place).  Aunt Susie has a problem.  There is no good place for her cat Lucy's litterbox.  No basement, no separate cat room.  Apparently, they aren't nose-blind to litterbox smells like TBT is.

Lucy In D'skies (5 years ago)...


So the litterbox has to be in "fambly areas".  She asked US to ask YOU what you might recommend.

WE have no idea, as OUR litterboxes are down in the basement and TBT doesnt care anyway.

We already know that scented litter is not the way ta go (we hate the smell).  But we have no experience with covered litterboxes, fancy litter, or things more unusual.

So give us your suggestions and we will pass them on...

26 comments:

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

We have covered boxes...with doors. Helps with some of the stank, and meowmy scoops whenever it needs it and at least once a day.
No scented litter...sometimes we use a cat friendly odor masker.
There are some really great boxes available online, they are furry much like furniture and meowmy says she has even seen some that look like big planters with live plants in them! OMC!

Its nice to know that they are considering how to make do, and not finding new digs fur their kitty. She is furry purrty!

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

My human keeps two of our litter boxes in the bathroom off the hallway. Although covered boxes work for some kitties, she's always worried it'll be like a stinky outhouse for us, and just tries to keep them clean. If she had to keep them in more of a "family" area than the bathroom, she'd probably put a decorative folding screen in front of the box in a corner, leaving a cat-sized opening at either end.

Katie Kat said...

Perhaps a cabinet with a special entrance? Or a closet?

I'm with Summer on the decorative screen idea... be sure though that it can't fall down. I tried a screen in the living room once and couldn't keep it up.

-Katie Kat.

Megan said...

I'm voting that the Auntie find somewhere else to move: the new place simple isn't suitable as far as I can see. (LOL)

Megan
Sydney, Australia

Hannah and Lucy said...

We have one tray for the two of us. This is filled with Fullers Earth Clumping Litter (UK) and Mum just scoops the wet litter out and disposes of it and just tops it up with more clumping litter.

The Whiskeratti said...

The best we can offer is to be scrupulous about scooping as quickly as possible.

The Menagerie Mom said...

I have known people who put their kitty's litter box in a closet with a small hole cut in the door for the kitty to enter through. This could also go for cabinets and so forth. I have a box in the corner of my own bathroom. My uncle got a large coffee table that has a drawer in which a litter box is kept - the kitties enter through a hole in the side of it, and he scoops it by pulling the drawer out. I've also seen other pieces of furniture, such as end tables and drawer sets, designed for such litter box hiding.

Also, baking soda or another store-bought odor neutralizer could be added to the litter box to help with odor elimination, especially if it needs kept in the family area. I hope Auntie Susie finds a solution for this litter dilemma!

The Island Cats said...

We've never liked covered boxes, but she could try that. We've seen some really cool ones that actually look like people furniture. The mom has put a box for us in the closet with the closet door open on occasion when we've had to be locked up in the bedroom. Auntie will need to be very good about scooping and keeping the litter box clean.

Brian said...

jKeep things scooped and use a Litter Genie and the smells will be gone.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I agree that scented litter smells bad. Why not keep the box in the bathroom so everyone goes potty in the same place. Just be sure to scoop often.

Pretinha said...

Minha casa é pequena e as caixas de areia são sempre um problema.
Eu tenho uma caixa no banheiro, e as outras ficam junto com a máquina de lavar roupas. Elas precisam ser limpas muitas vezes ao dia porque o mal cheiro se espalha pela casa toda.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

We have our boxes in very public places. Baking soda in the litter helps some. We just deal with it I guess, like TBT, we don't care much because they USE the boxes rather than the floor. I don't think that's very helpful to your auntie though..
Lucy is adorable!

SusieQ said...

Hi this is Aunt Susie,
I scoop regularly but will do so more often. I really love the screen idea as we were left a beautiful screen with the house. I'm afraid that living on the water in the keys rules and Lucy will have to deal.
I wanted to know if anyone has experience with automatic litter boxes? There are many kinds and I just need a smallish model for Lucy. She weighs very little and hates to eat. I think we can manage the scent. Good idea about using Unscented as I think the scented stinks as bad as a dirty litter box. If you have an auto box, please give me your recommendation.
Thanks!

Terri said...

My cat's litter box is in the corner by my bedroom dresser (one bedroom apartment). I keep a large strip of plastic hall runner under it to protect the carpet and corral litter. The box is not obvious in that location. My sister uses the Tidy Cats Breeze litter system and really likes it. Some cats don't like covered litter boxes, which you should keep in mind.

Jans Funny Farm said...

We wish them luck figuring this out. When Jan was considering moving a number of years ago, a major thought was where would the litter boxes go?

dezizworld.com said...

OMC Basements? Well our pawdee boxes have always been in furmily areas. Mommy actually keeps them in da bathroom so she can scoop and flush easily. We no longer have covered boxes cuz we're too big fur them. We use SwheatScoop natural litter. No odor and clumpin' and flushable. However we just tried this new litter called Garfields. We'll be writin' a review soon cuz it's amazin'. Mommy luvs it and we both luv it and it clumps great, flushes great and no smell. So dat's our 2 cents. Good luck. Very purretty kitty.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

dezizworld.com said...

We just read awnties comment. Mommy tried an automatic litter box years ago and sis Lexi held it fur 2 days rather than to go in there. Some cats are afraid of those things, so Lucy might not be a candidate. Good luck tho'.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Our main litter box is in the bathroom. I always used scented litter until Mudpie's asthma, now we use unscented and just scoop frequently.

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

@SusieQ:
We used to have a Littermaid automatic box...our now Angel Suki was fascinated by it,MOL!
She sat by it and watched it 'work'. She came running whenever she heard it 'working'...even from the far reaches of our home. Then she started staying close by to see it do its thing...and oh my, she sat on the rake and went for a ride! She only weighed about 8 pounds but she broke the mechanism...thus no more automatic boxes here...Meowmy is the automatic scooper here, MOL! We pee, she scoops...we poop and she scoops even sooner...tee-hee!

Just Ducky said...

Can't help ya. Mine are in the dungeon.

William's Kith & Kin said...

When our mom got her first cat 100 years ago, she had a small utility closet in the bathroom where the box was kept (it was an old converted house and she had the third floor). When she lived in NYC, the box went into the tub (*that* was a 13' x 13' studio ::shudder::). The box in the tub thing has worked ever since, even when we've been a one bathroom family (the box sat on the commode when the tub was used). Mom has never been one to have a box out in the open, disguised or not. We use SwheatScoop and love it--you'd never know our house is run by cats. :-)

Mr Puddy said...

Me got the private area to do it. But my mom always keep it clean as soon as she know so I don't need to hold for the next coming ( I'm not a fan of dirty litter ). And sprinkle with baking soda on the bottom of the litter box keeping odor away =^x^=

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Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

If she has room in her bathroom or laundry room and can afford it, the Cat Genie would be my choice. https://www.chewy.com/catgenie-self-flushing-cat-box/dp/103361

THE ZOO said...

we have one in each bathroom. And while Enzo is squestered in the office (until hes bigger and doesnt resemble a chipmunk) he has one in there too. Beans make a point of scooping and cleaning often. Our rooms get swept twice daily also since we have some throwers here.

Gidget said...

go lux

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Gidget said...

Dis iz my laydees room

http://raincatgirl.blogspot.com/2011/07/thank-yoo-all-fur-da-purthday-wishes.html