The thing with litter is, there are so many different kinds of kitty litter and they all come with their own host of warnings, costs and environmental issues. So after months of contemplation, we decided to give some other litter types a whirl. We purchased a small package of Feline Pine (compressed pine pellets) and Swheat Scoop (wheat litter). The Feline Pine is neat; it’s like little compressed pine pellets and actually has a very pleasant smell (forest-y!) I actually like the smell of the litter and the cats didn’t seem to mind it. It’s also priced a little cheaper than Swheat Scoop. The pellets are similar in size to that of compressed newspaper and have an interesting reaction. The pellets break down as they urine and it turns into sawdust. Feces sort of sit on top of the litter or catch a few pellets in it while the cats are cleaning up. I found that it got quite dusty with the urine breaking down the pellets, but if you keep the amount of litter to a couple of inches it is manageable. You also have to be more precise when scooping (same thing with the newspaper pellets), because you can’t exactly sift out larger, clean pellets through your shovel and end up scooping clean litter away as well. However, if you were ever a kid that played in a sandbox, this shouldn’t be an issue for you. It also holds odours in pretty well – I have to say, I did not noticed a wretched smell coming from the box after we switched to that brand.
Prior to using clumping litter, we used compressed newspaper pellets and found it worked (although it didn’t clump as well) but it was expensive. It was not too easy to scoop either, since you couldn’t actually sift through and let the unused litter fall back into the pan. It helped with odours somewhat, but we were not totally satisfied. Malee was brought up on that litter so we kept using it until Paislee came along. Then we moved to something designed for a ‘multi cat’ home, bringing us to the clumping litter scenario. The cats were seemingly indifferent to the litter types, which somewhat surprised me since I’ve heard cats can be pretty particular when it comes to litter and are not good with change. I was not a fan. The house smelled, the stuff was messy, dusty and got everywhere when we were changing or scooping it. Cheap or not, it sucked.
Again, we used to use these however they became cumbersome and superfluous. I don’t think the liner is a necessary step so long as you are cleaning and disinfecting your litter box on a regular basis. They seem like a product that was developed to sell in pet stores (Johnson, we need to raise our sales numbers this quarter…think of a way to sell the customers something they already have…). If you want to line the box, use newspaper or tinfoil (they won’t feel it under all the litter) and change it each week. Apparently, cats don’t really like liners. The bottom line: clean your litter box out and you won’t have to worry about a liner. If you find your litter box is absorbing odours into the plastic, you can replace it every year. We don’t, but I’m just saying, if you find that is an issue, there’s your alternative solution.
They’re so cheap that I can replace them easily whenever I want, but do so yearly. (Around 5 bucks USD) They’re very deep so the cats must jump into them AND out of them, leaving most of the litter off their paws and in the box because they’re paws spread to leap. Also, I keep at LEAST six inches of litter in there, because urine never ever gets to the bottom of the box that way, so you clean the box much less often AND it’s easier to get under the litter and scoop upward. I have marked a line in the corners with a sharpie so I know when the litter is lower then it should be. I use a heavy duty metal extra large scoop, so there’s not much work at all.
The litter gets scooped twice daily; in the morning when I feed them and at night when he feeds them. We scoop the litter into little lunch paper bags and dispose of them with the garbage (don’t worry, we don’t light them on fire and place them on our neighbours’ doorsteps). He cleans the box out weekly and changes the litter. Do we stick to our plan always? No, but it really helps in managing that smell when we do. I don’t care what litter has been used, I find nothing else works as well as continual maintenance.
For pet parents who are especially short on space, a “cat center” does triple duty, not only hiding the litter box but storing pet supplies and keeping cats’ bowls out of canines’ reach. Chaotically Creative‘s solution involved repurposing a rustic cabinet into cat box furniture! Once again, a textured mat is used to remove litter particles from paws. By keeping all of your cat’s supplies in one place, you minimize the risk of running out or being a packrat: everything is within sight and arm’s reach.
6. A Litter Box For NYC Living Full disclosure, this hack is mine. Living in a one-bedroom New York City apartment with three cats has its challenges. I knew I needed at least two litter boxes, but I already had one in the entrance and didn’t know where to put the second litter box. The bathroom was too small, and kitchen and bedroom were out of the question. Thankfully, I was able to make use of a small storage space under my stairs for a private “cat cave” the kitties love using, and guests hardly know it’s there!
Like a typical cat, Malee eagerly awaits the clean litter box so that she can hop in and move litter around to better suit her feng shui, literally one millisecond after the last litter granule falls in the box. It’s like clockwork.
This future-esque looking vessel is not a trash can, but a new age litter box for kitty. It’ll look neat in your home while keeping it clean, too: The Mox Litter Box prevents litter from being tracked around the house and is completey dog-proof. (No hounds here!) Learn more about this goodie on Modernist Cat.
Hi all! Thanks so much for sharing! I also would like to know what is used to disinfect the litter box. Anyone? Anyone? Ferris? I am apparently a little different from the norm here but let me explain. I have three cats. I have two litter boxes. They are Sterilite containers that I got at a Big Box store but you can get them anywhere. They’re a little wider at the top where the lid goes. So, the lid works as a tray on the bottom of the box to catch litter.
We keep a PureAir charcoal filter beside our litter box. It is cleaner and looks nicer than a box of baking soda and needs changing once every 6 months. We’ve found it somewhat helpful in managing the ever smelly issue of cat elimination. I am not a fan of air fresheners (they give me a screaming headache), so I avoid them at all costs. Plus I don’t want to mask an odour, I’d rather deal with it. Finally, cats are pretty finicky (you don’t say), and if they don’t like that smell they’ll find somewhere else to do their business. If you are going to use something, stick to a natural solution like a half-lemon left in a dish near the litter box, an open bowl of vinegar, a box of baking soda or a charcoal air filter.
We have two cats. One bold and pushy, the other our scaredy cat, quite timid. We use a covered box with clumping litter. I keep the scoop at the box and scoop daily into a cheap ziplock and then the garbage. Our box lasts quite a while, when the litter gets low I simply empty, clean and refill. We love our data and the box is no problem at all !! Thank you for sharing….
When space is a premium, you may not have the luxury of adding new cat box furniture to your home. However, this doesn’t mean a hidden box is off the table – rather, it’s under it! If you have areas going to waste, put them to work; Towne & Main utilized the area underneath a side table to store a litter box. To provide privacy for your pet – and hide Fluffy’s messes from guests – install a curtain using fabric and a staple gun. You can also give your covered litter box a mini-makeover with some paint, providing kitty with a space of her own.