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post #1 of 27
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To use as litter boxes do you think?.

Sophies a dainty digger, but Jack and Rosie dig to China and get the litter everywhere. I have one hooded litter box, and two large litter trays, but i was wondering if these would be deep enough?

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...RAGE+BOXES.htm
post #2 of 27
Susan.......

It all depends on how crazy your cats get when they dig. The one you provided the link to is about 12 inches high. If the only problem you're having is 2 of them throwing litter over the top, I think the 12 inches would be plenty deep enough to keep the litter in the box. If you think they can't throw the litter over the top of that one, I say go for it.

Years ago, I started out with a standard litter box, which is usually around 4 or 5 inches high. Then I had to switch to the large Rubbermaid litterboxes that Petsmart carries because of litter throwing. Those are 11 inches high. Then my dear Bella decides she wants to pee like a boy cat and would pee over the top of the 11 inch high box. So then I found a Rubbermaid storage container that was 13 inches high...but she peed over the top of that one too. I now have a 22 gallon storage box made by Sterlite that is 17 inches high.....she can't make it over the top of that one.
post #3 of 27
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I now have a 22 gallon storage box made by Sterlite that is 17 inches high.....she can't make it over the top of that one.
Awww bless her.

Yes i think that height would be perfect so i'll go for those tonight. You watch, i bet one of them manages to flick it higher still
post #4 of 27
I find it amusing that someone in the UK uses the expression 'dig to China' - Australia not good enough for your cats?

On a more serious note, we are going through litter experimentation at the moment and have boxes of different depths around the flat containing different litters, my boys don't just dig and track, they THROW the litter across the room and will drag all manner of things into their litter boxes to cover their doings. I'm rapidly running out of socks I will let you know the outcome of our testing!
post #5 of 27
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I find it amusing that someone in the UK uses the expression 'dig to China' - Australia not good enough for your cats?
I've only ever used that one
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On a more serious note, we are going through litter experimentation at the moment
I've ordered those so i'll pick them up on the way home tonight Even with the hooded box they manage to flick it way out the front that it nearly lands in their water and kibble dishes, and their a good distance away from their boxes

They'd make good discus throwers!
post #6 of 27
Hey Susan! I just measured the boxes in my house and compared them to these. Mine are only about 1 cm shorter than yours and even my big "flingers" don't get litter over the top. Scarlett digs to China also. The other dimensions are about the same.

I fill mine with 8 cm (3" for those non metric inclined) of litter and even with that much litter, it doesn't make it over the top. It's not to say that they don't track it out of the box as they leap over the side. I keep throw rugs and tracking mats on the outside to help it from spreading through out the house.
post #7 of 27
Susan, we have boxes just like that for my 2. They dig like CRAZY & flick litter everywhere! With these, it minimizes the litter on my carpet (except when they jump out! ) But I've used these for years & they work awesome!
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
Mine are only about 1 cm shorter than yours and even my big "flingers" don't get litter over the top.

I fill mine with 8 cm (3" for those non metric inclined) of litter .
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Susan, we have boxes just like that for my 2.
Brilliant!, thank you girls I'm getting excited at picking them up now

I fill mine with about 3" of litter as well Amy, because i like them to have a nice dig about
post #9 of 27
This is a picture of the previous 13" high litter box placed next to the new 17" high litter box.

post #10 of 27
They look similar to the boxes we have at our place, ours are 55Lt not sure on the measurements. I didn't cut down the sides, even my little girl at 14 or so weeks was fine jumping into them.
post #11 of 27
If you have high flingers, don't cut out the side of the boxes! Mine have no problem jumping in and out of them, even when they were kittens.
post #12 of 27
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If you have high flingers, don't cut out the side of the boxes! Mine have no problem jumping in and out of them, even when they were kittens.
My boys have never had a problem jumping in & out of them. It actually keeps them from going in there just to play in the litter!
I figure if I cut the side down, I'll still get litter on the floor like I would with a lower box! The high sides really do work great!
post #13 of 27
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This is a picture of the previous 13" high litter box placed next to the new 17" high litter box.

our boxes are as tall as the one on the right, with an entrance like the one on the left. raven has a tumor on his spine so i don't think he could jump over the ledge like other people's cats can. he was healthy when we got the boxes, but it never occurred to me not to cut an entrance in it.
post #14 of 27
I use the 18 gal rubbermaid totes, no idea on measurements, though! The biggest benefit is like Kenz said, the totes keep PJ & Punky from playing in the litterbox!
post #15 of 27
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Well i got them and i'm so pleased i asked you all because i was going to buy another 2 hooded boxes at the weekend. I've took a picture but i can't get it downloaded, but i will tomorrow.

Their brilliant though, and all 3 have used them and theres hardly any litter on the carpet apart from what's come off their toots which is nothing to what used to be on it
post #16 of 27
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I use the 18 gal rubbermaid totes, no idea on measurements, though! The biggest benefit is like Kenz said, the totes keep PJ & Punky from playing in the litterbox!
I also use the 18 gallon totes, and I much prefer them to the standard litter boxes. They give the kitties more space than any of the regular boxes I've had, and they've cut down on litter flinging significantly.
post #17 of 27
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This is a picture of the previous 13" high litter box placed next to the new 17" high litter box.

SophieC, I have the exact same 17" container (same color and everything) for my "high-rise" urinator and it works perfectly as well! I was at a loss before I got it and can't believe that a $6 bin would solve all my problems! I highly recommend these for anyone!
post #18 of 27
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Their brilliant though, and all 3 have used them and theres hardly any litter on the carpet apart from what's come off their toots which is nothing to what used to be on it


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SophieC, I have the exact same 17" container (same color and everything) for my "high-rise" urinator and it works perfectly as well! I was at a loss before I got it and can't believe that a $6 bin would solve all my problems! I highly recommend these for anyone!
I found mine at Wal Mart for $4.77 each. I have since bought 3 more, but have yet to cut them and put them up. Usually if I'm near one of the lower (13") boxes and Bella is using it, I will bend down and push her rear end down while she is peeing so that I don't have to clean up the wall & floor.
post #19 of 27
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Well i got them and i'm so pleased i asked you all because i was going to buy another 2 hooded boxes at the weekend. I've took a picture but i can't get it downloaded, but i will tomorrow.

Their brilliant though, and all 3 have used them and theres hardly any litter on the carpet apart from what's come off their toots which is nothing to what used to be on it
Thats so great Susan! Did you have to cut the sides down at all? I recommend not doing that if you want to minimize the litter on the floor!

I buy mine for about $5 or so - or cheaper on sale, and they are cheap enough that I can replace them throughout the year!
post #20 of 27
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I found mine at Wal Mart for $4.77 each.
$4.77! I think they are over-charging at the Wal-Mart here in Illinois because that's where I got mine too! Eesh!
post #21 of 27
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Did you have to cut the sides down at all? I recommend not doing that if you want to minimize the litter on the floor!
No, they seem to manage ok jumping in and out

Here's Jack modelling one of them It looks quite small in the picture but it is longer so i don't know if it's how i took the picture?

They can fling all they want now, because when i scouped them this morning there was no mess on the carpet

post #22 of 27
he looks soo thrilled to have his picture taken at that moment

I think when it's time to change out my boxes I'll be doing this too...my only concern with that particular box is the wheel part...with my luck Stan would pee right on that and I'd be stuck trying to get the clump off without breaking it into a million pieces...
post #23 of 27
Jack looks so handsome in his box!!

Cheaper than Rubbermaid: Sterilite bins from Target.

Susan - I have 2 sets of boxes because they are so inexpensive. When the boxes are ready to be disinfected, I simpy fill up the clean bin, then I can leasurely disinfect the dirty ones. I like to bleach them in the sun after I wash them out so it gives me time to do that. I'll leave them in the sun for a week.

Scarlett not only digs to China, she also doesn't squat when she wees. She'll stand in the box and blast out the back (thus the need to rotate boxes regularly). Sometimes I wonder if she does this because she was orphaned and didn't have a momma to show her that she needs to bend her legs when she wees.
post #24 of 27
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Susan - I have 2 sets of boxes because they are so inexpensive. When the boxes are ready to be disinfected, I simpy fill up the clean bin, then I can leasurely disinfect the dirty ones. .
That's a good idea Amy because their easily stacked inside each other out the way

Oh something i forgot to tell you all!. I emptied out the 2 litterboxes and the hooded box, and started to fill the new ones up with fresh litter. I heard a tinkling noise behind me, and there was Rosie tinkling in one of the empty boxes?!

She was certainly leaving her scent there alright, and i grabbed hold of her as soon as she finished to wipe her paws because she was standing in it
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by SophieC View Post
Usually if I'm near one of the lower (13") boxes and Bella is using it, I will bend down and push her rear end down while she is peeing so that I don't have to clean up the wall & floor.
LOL! I'm glad I'm not the only who has done that. I used to have to do that to Nabu before we found the right height of tub.

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Cheaper than Rubbermaid: Sterilite bins from Target.
That's what I use too. A few dollars cheaper than rubbermaid, especially since I'm going to cut it up and let the cats use it for a litterbox.
post #26 of 27
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Oh something i forgot to tell you all!. I emptied out the 2 litterboxes and the hooded box, and started to fill the new ones up with fresh litter. I heard a tinkling noise behind me, and there was Rosie tinkling in one of the empty boxes?!
Mine will do that when I swap out boxes unless I immediately move the used box outside. And yes, their paws have gotten in it which is why I get them out of the house quickly. You can't blame them - it is their box and being empty is novel (sort of like that new blanket you lay on your sofa).

I first spray them down with the hose, then do a good wash in the bathtub before they go outside to be sun bleached.
post #27 of 27
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Mine will do that when I swap out boxes unless I immediately move the used box outside.
I'll know for next time
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