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post #1 of 13
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I've started this in the lounge because it's not so much about the cat as about the bin

So for those of you with intelligent, determined, and naughty kitties like mine, what type of rubbish bin would you recommend I get for the kitchen?

We currently have a large flip-top bin and Radar has worked out how to get into it and won't be discouraged so we have had to lock it in the bathroom which is hardly ideal. I am thinking maybe a pedal bin with a heavy lid would keep him out? I am not sure that he wouldn't be able to work it out, he is the daftest cat I have ever met but is also very intelligent.

Can't be too expensive mind you as we are bringing home our new kitty on Sunday and have a lot of much more exciting 'new kitten supplies' shopping to spend our money on
post #2 of 13
My kitchen trash is placed in a plastic bag which is then closed and put in an ordinary trash can in the cupboard under the sink. The doors can't be open by the cats. At the end of the day I empty the trash can outside for the garbage collector.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by yayi View Post
My kitchen trash is placed in a plastic bag which is then closed and put in an ordinary trash can in the cupboard under the sink. The doors can't be open by the cats. At the end of the day I empty the trash can outside for the garbage collector.
Good idea, but unfortunately Radar can open the cupboards (we tried hair ties around the handles and he chewed them off ) so I don't think that will work for us - also we have barely any cupboards and they are all full. I definitely need something that is freestanding and can be in the corner of the kitchen.
post #4 of 13
Our kitchen garbage can is hidden in the cabinet and it's on a wheel type thing that pulls out. It's our bedroom and bathroom garbage cans that Sev gets into and knocks over in the middle of the night.
post #5 of 13
The only ones I can think of is one of those heavy metal cans. They are spendy though. $100 or so for a decent one.
post #6 of 13
I think the pedal ones would work unless he's really, really smart. (Maybe you better make the pedal a little inaccessible if he is) The previous owners of my kitty said he's a trash picker. We've only had him for 2 weeks so I think he's own his best behavior for now. I have a pretty big wooden bin with a pretty heavy cover which he hasn't touched so far. Just bought a small pedal one for downstairs since someone got into that one (Lucky kitty says the dog did it, but Cameron insists it was Lucky ) I think the big pedal ones were around 50 dollars at Walmart. Good luck.
post #7 of 13
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Cool, thanks for that! Not sure what to expect pricewise here in the UK, but I think I should just look for the most robust thing available. It was funny the first time we found Radar sitting in the bin (nearly gave Nate a heart attack!) but it's becoming less amusing - he chews up the plastic bin liners and I dread him swallowing any plastic!
post #8 of 13
Mine is kept under the sink with a child lock on the cupbord... I have door opening cats
post #9 of 13
Wow and I thought we had a problem when Scotty jumped off the room divider, onto the lid and fell straight into the can breaking the spring-top lid (it pops up when you push down on a button).

When you say flip-top, is that what you mean (see below example)?

Example:

This is kind of what I have, it's called a "spring-top" can. http://www.rubbermaid.com/rubbermaid...9-white_lg.jpg
post #10 of 13
Just make sure you test the pedal one before you buy it. I bought one & Dorain, who isn't he brightest crayon in the box, can open it easily. Some of those pedal types Radar would have a hayday with!
post #11 of 13
I have heavy pedal bins in two bathrooms and she can't figure how to get in them. yet. this is where all the things I dont want her trying to eat go. It's worth the money many times over.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
Wow and I thought we had a problem when Scotty jumped off the room divider, onto the lid and fell straight into the can breaking the spring-top lid (it pops up when you push down on a button).

When you say flip-top, is that what you mean (see below example)?

Example:

This is kind of what I have, it's called a "spring-top" can. http://www.rubbermaid.com/rubbermaid...9-white_lg.jpg

I have one of those in my bathroom (to keep the dog out of it ), and the bonus is that in most of the oval shaped ones around here, the bag is entirely enclosed inside the can (has 2 handle looking arms inside the top that the bag tucks under).

When we were in the trailer, we had the cat food on top of the dryer- and the angled (back taller than the front) flip top trash can was backed up to the side of dryer. Twice- twice! we watched (from too far away to stop her) one of our kittens finish eating, walk to the side of the dryer to get down, and try to slide down the trash can lid- and whoop! disappear right into the trash can!
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by catsallover View Post
I have one of those in my bathroom (to keep the dog out of it ), and the bonus is that in most of the oval shaped ones around here, the bag is entirely enclosed inside the can (has 2 handle looking arms inside the top that the bag tucks under).
Now that sounds useful, as the other problem we have is that we can't have the bin liner fitted into our current one the way it's supposed to as the edges hang outside the bin and Radar's main aim in life appears to be to shred as much plastic as he can and keeping the liner completely inside the bin makes it difficult and messy to use
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