Friday, August 05, 2011

New Litter Management

Our friend Zeroichi posted about his litterbox.  As we were leaving a comment, we realized that more information (and pictures) would be helpful to our comment.  So the subject of todays post is how TBT manages new clean litter!

So here is his "Making It Easy" system fer our litter...

First, he buys our litter in huge 35 lb buckets from Walmart.  There is a 27 lb bucket too, but they practically give away the extra 8 lbs.
He has 4 of these (12 lb?) litter containers  from "before".   Guess which container is easier ta handle and pour from?  Good guess!
So he puts the big bucket onna work table and the smaller container on a slightly lower surface (for reasons that will become clear). 

The implements of transfer are a scoop an a funnel.  The scoop is easy.
It is hard sturdy plastic, and used for LOTS of things.  Pet food kibble, gardening, baking, etc.  The weerd thing is that the price varies wildly according to what it is sold to scoop.  Same scoop, different prices.  The scoop sold for pet use is cheapest.  TBT got it in the Walmart Pet Dept cheap.

But ya need a funnel too.  The opening of the smaller litter container is too narrow fer the scoop.  And it needs ta hold a scoopful AND not tip out.  Litter is heavy.

So here is the "funnel".
This is a plastic gin bottle with the bottom cut off!  The long neck holds it in the container opening, it has capacity, and the square shape is easy to pour into.  The smaller container needs to be a bit lower than the big bucket cuz the funnel sticks up a bit.  Hint:  Hold the funnel for the 1st couple scoops until the container has some weight an can hold itself upright!

Could he just leave the bucket on the floor and scoop from there?  Sure, but he says it is lots more convenient ta divide it all once and handle the smaller containers afterwards!

And remember kitties, remind yer Beins that there should be one more litterbox than cats.  Unless, of course, ya gotta big wading pool litter box like the Katnip Lounge.  MOL!

Tomorrow:  TBT's "Making It Easy" system for our kibble...


Brian said...

HeeHee, he sure makes it work for you, but wow, that's a bunch of litter!

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Mom always looks for those big 35 pounders too. And if you get it on sale and use a coupon you save even more!
We have 4 litter boxes.

William said...

Can you believe it? We prefer the one box! It's pretty big.

My mom tried the multiple box arrangement when Russell came to live with us and again when Pee Queen joined us--both times, great big FAIL. We would all pile in to the smallest of the boxes and leave the rest untouched. Mom finally gave up.

Prancer Pie said...

Sounds like a good system! We use lots of litter, too! What goes in, must come out! xoxo

Fuzzy Tales said...

Wow, that's a huge container of litter! The mom doesn't have a vehicle, so buys smaller ones, 7 to 14 kg -- usually the 7kg ones. When she stocks up she takes a taxi home with enough litter to last a few months. :-)

We definitely have a few for each cat plus an additional one. So we had four when Annie was still alive, now we just have 3 -- two in the basement and one in a spare room upstairs.

Fage said...

What a convenient post, seeing is how Mom has just about run out of litter for us! >.< MOL

ABBY said...

We buy the 35 lb'ers too. You should see Mom toting those things, we couldn't believe she could pick them up.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

We are gypped in the litter box department - there are three of us and only two of 'em. My human knows we are supposed to have four, but so far she has done nothing to correct the situation, probably because we have done nothing to show we are unhappy with it.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

The Woman says that looks like way more work than what she does with the Breeze system. She is really glad we use it. She's adapted it to make it more environmentally friendly and it's no work at all and not very expensive either.

The Island Cats said...

Wow, TBT is pretty smart! We got 2 big boxes and 1 regular size one for all of us. It seems to work out okay.

DaisyMae Maus said...

TBT is a furry smart dood! He's savin' lots of money buying the big box o' litter, too!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

I wonder if there'll be a spike in the sale of gin that comes in plastic bottles now--just for litter funneling purposes, of course.

Freya's Staff said...

Hi there, We just popped in to check up on Ayla, to be sure that everything was ok, and she's recovering well.
Thanks for giving such and in-depth analysis of everything, we read it all.

Hugs to all three cats!

Jacqueline said...

TBT is your smart, faithful servant, kitties!!...We hope you all are enjoying your adventure in Bora Bora!!...Happy weekend and stay cool, precious friends...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki