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opinion on litter trays

post #1 of 17
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I was thinking of getting a closed in litter tray like this one:

http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product_g...d=46&pg_id=228
mainly because Alfie some times sits over the edge of the tray and misses it!!

do you think it would be more hassle to clean and maintain than an ordinary cat litter tray?
post #2 of 17
My cats didn't like the covered box, I think it scared them to go inside. I know it was harder for me to scoop out the litterbox with the lid. But others I know really prefer the covered boxes, so you might not know until you try it. Good luck!
post #3 of 17
Those are perfectly easy to clean and maintain, imo. My kitty has one like that. The cover snaps off easily for cleaning. Some cats actually like the added privacy, but as noted above, some have an aversion to the covers. Hopefully yours will like it
post #4 of 17
I only use covered litter boxes. I think they are easier to clean then clean up all the extra litter and pee and poo that might have not made it in the non covered boxes.
post #5 of 17
I have that tray! I have the large one (has 2 filters on the top). It's not any harder to clean although there is, obviously, a top that needs washing/disinfecting from time to time too so a bit of extra work.
post #6 of 17
Pet sitting means I've seen a LOT of litter boxes. You shouldn't have any more to scoop this box than an ordinary one and it will cut down on the amount of litter they track out.
post #7 of 17
Alley didn't like the covered box as well, because she was a big girl and had a harder time fitting, but it did cut down on the amount of litter on the floor, because she liked the fling litter everywhere when she covered, lol.
post #8 of 17
i now use tall rubbermaid type containers with an entrance cut into them. the cats like them better. and they are a lot easier to wash up once a month.
post #9 of 17
When I got my boy Palas I started him in a covered litter box because that was my preference....keeps the stinky in. However, I later found out (after cleaning the litterbox) that he is a digger and I would've HAD to get a covered box eventually if I didn't in the first place to keep all the litter in.

But of course, if the cat won't use it, it can't help. If you get a covered box, you can always just permanently remove the cover (as use it as a hiding place or cat playhouse) if they don't like it...but I suppose you'll be out of the few extra bucks you spent to get that type.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
thank you for your opinions guys, i think i'll just have to try it to see how it works, if they dont like it then i'll have to convert back
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by troublesome2 View Post
I was thinking of getting a closed in litter tray like this one:

http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product_g...d=46&pg_id=228
mainly because Alfie some times sits over the edge of the tray and misses it!!
Yikes, I keep forgetting how expensive stuff is over there If you have a normal to slightly larger sized cat you'll need a large box.

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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
i now use tall rubbermaid type containers with an entrance cut into them. the cats like them better. and they are a lot easier to wash up once a month.
I've switched that too, I used to use normal covered boxes but the height, width, and length just wasn't enough for Sho. He's a big boy and was having problems stepping in his own poo when he would turn around to cover it.
I use clear tubs. I like being able to see what cat is in it, see what I'm scooping (without opening it), and the cats seem to feel less closed in.
post #12 of 17
We have one of the covered boxes that has (well, HAD) a grate and a tray on the inside. You would roll the box on to the top and all the clumps would fall into the tray and the rest of the litter would be sifted. I took out the grate and the tray because it was actually pretty messy to use, and thorough box cleaning was a pain. I still have the cover on however because it is a way to disguise the pan a bit, it gives Reeses some privacy (although she doesn't care. She'll go in uncovered box with half an inch of litter in it ), and it does mask odors somewhat although not entirely.
post #13 of 17
we use a gimpet with swing door+filter
post #14 of 17
Sebastian won't use a covered box. He did for awhile when he was much younger but he's too big now. I haven't found any that he feels comfy in. Daphne is easy because she's tiny.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by troublesome2 View Post
I was thinking of getting a closed in litter tray like this one:

http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product_g...d=46&pg_id=228
mainly because Alfie some times sits over the edge of the tray and misses it!!

do you think it would be more hassle to clean and maintain than an ordinary cat litter tray?
You can actually get that particular litter tray cheaper from here

http://www.purrsonaltouch.com/fslibrary2a2.htm

Scroll downt he page to find the cat it one. Purrsonal touch have a huge shop at the supreme cat show and I usually buy a new one there but I have bought some stuff from them mail order and they were lovely and helpful. Their mail order shop isn't as big and you can't do it online so have to ring up but they are really nice people. Also if you have a Jollyes near you they sell that tray at £14.99 for the large size.

The flap on that tray is easy to remove so if you buy that one you could start with the top off, then put the lid on but remove the flap and if your cat's happy with that you can then put the flap back in. My cats have never had any problem with the hood or the flap.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
^^ thats very helpful! we have jollyes not far from us
Thank you for the tips, i'm gonna have to try these now
post #17 of 17
I have a mix of covered and uncovered boxes. In general, the uncovered boxes get a lot more use than the covered ones, although all are used in my house.

I have had cats that go off the edge and I switched over to very high sided open boxes (like rubbermaid bins) and that stopped the problem. There is too much wall space over the level of the litter for them to get over the top. Even those that stand and pee (without squatting), hit the walls rather than the wall behind it.

I tried a covered one with a flap at the door and the cats hated it. I ended up ripping off the flap.
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