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post #151 of 179
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
question: how long can you go w/o removing the poops?
It is a manual scooping box so if you don’t scoop it, its not happening. My two largish (12-15lbs) boys use one Breeze system, but they are very forgiving on my scooping habits. One time when I was really sick it went 3 days without a scoop, though I decided to toss all the pellets and start over after that.

I don’t think the time schedule you mentioned would be an issue for the Breeze, I think it really depends on your cats and what they will put up with. There is less waste the cat is exposed to in the box because the urine isnt clumped in there, but they would still have to deal with the poop until you came home. Did your cats do ok with a regular scoopable box not being scooped all day while you were at work or do they demand to have their “stuff” scooped out as soon as they go?
post #152 of 179
I have two cats, two Breeze style boxes, and I seem to be scooping about once every other day (although I scooped twice in the last 14 hours). My cats are extremely unperturbed by dirty boxes (knock on wood), so scooping every 48 works for them (although I feel guilty about it).

I've been keeping a record, and it looks like I change the pad in one box every 10 days and in the other box once every 15 days. I change the pellets about once every three or four months.

So, yeah, how often you need to scoop the breeze really depends on your cats and on you. If you had to switch to littermaids because your cats used places other than the box before you got home from your 12hr shifts, then the Breeze is very likely not for you. If your cats are not super-sensitive about clean boxes, then the Breeze and your 12hr shifts will probably work very well together. Honestly, I think the number of cats who are so picky that they can't go about 18 hrs between litter box scooping are very few and very far between.
post #153 of 179
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Originally Posted by CruiserMaiden View Post
Did your cats do ok with a regular scoopable box not being scooped all day while you were at work or do they demand to have their “stuff†scooped out as soon as they go?
haven't had one in years.
that said - one of the littermaids broke last year before Christmas 07. i continued to use the box, just as a manual scoop box, because i needed it - i have 5 cats & only 4 boxes. it didn't seem to bother them - they still used it [it was in the 'favored' location] but they still had 3 other boxes to use if necessary.
i'll consider it - if i had another location, i'd just add one. but i have all available locations occupied!
thanks, guys!
post #154 of 179
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Originally Posted by xris View Post
I came out of my room a couple hours ago to find JoJo sleeping inside of it though. Anyone else have that problem?
Yeah when I first got the Breeze box, Roxy kept sleeping in it. Once one of the cats had used it though, she stopped pretty quickly!

I like the Breeze box so much that I recently bought a second one. I might buy a third one because I still have one box using regular litter... Either that or I might buy the "Smart Cat Box" instead which is similar to the Breeze except it has no pads to change (uses a plastic reservoir for the urine instead) and uses safflower seeds instead of pellets.

I can go quite a while without scooping and the cats don't mind, but since we have multiple cats and Sneakers always pees large amounts I have to change the Breeze pad more often than once a week.
post #155 of 179
I still have a regular old litter box. Thinking about getting something like this. And yes, I have to scoop at least morning and night.
post #156 of 179
I have two cats and I use 2 pads/week. Even with that the pad is usually REALLY saturated when I change it out. But I only have one box for 14lb males.

My boys also like the box better with 1½ bags of pellets in it instead of just one. I have to completely change the pellets out every 2-3weeks.

I can get away with only scooping once per day with this system, but the longer I go between scoops the shorter amount of time I get out of the pellets.
post #157 of 179
You do need to check the urine pad drawer on a regular basis: if I don't turn it, it doesn't last nearly as long. I think I'm taking advantage of evaporation, and therefore stretching out the life of the pad. My cats have been concentrating more and more on one box (the real breeze instead of the fake one) and if they urinate it in too often, I do have to change the pad quite often. So I think that more boxes means less use of urine pads (because the lower frequency of use means more time for urine to evaporate, which means that a larger volume of urine can go into a single pad).
post #158 of 179
I broke down and bought one. I set it up this afternoon and someone already peed in it. We're hoping to go to all Breeze boxes if they all like it, or 2 Breeze and 1 scooping litter box.
post #159 of 179
Just wanted to say that I've been using the Breeze since December and LOVE it. I don't think I'll ever go back to regular litter.

No more litter tracked everywhere is the best part. Plus with 4 cats, it takes me maybe 5min. to scoop in the mornings (I scoop once a day, my guys usually go at night so I do it in the AM).
I have 3 boxes, and they use one the most, and the other two get used a lot less. I think I change the pad in the one that's used the most once or twice a week. The other two can go well over a week without needing changed, and sometimes I just change it to change it, even if it doesn't really 'need' changed. I do rotate the pans like Enuja said, and that definitely helps the pad last longer.

It's so great. I love it. And my cats have no issues with it anymore. Only took them a week-10 days to fully switch over. I do think if I tried having 2 Breezes and one regular box, they'd all go in the regular box though. So I wouldn't suggest doing that for anyone looking to switch over. But, every cat is different so who knows!

I get my replacement pads & pellets off of Amazon. Every time I'd go to the store to get replacement stuff, they'd be out! I got so annoyed that I went online and found that Amazon has the best prices.
If you subscribe, you get 15% off every time, and free shipping (doesn't cost anything to sign up either).
You can get 10 packs of pads (4 in a pack) for about $40. Then 6 bags of pellets for $36. You choose how often they're shipped, and if you run out before, you can have them shipped sooner. I have mine set to ship every 6 months, just because I'm not sure how fast I'll go through everything yet. Anyway, it works out great, and it's cheaper than buying them in the store.
post #160 of 179
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Originally Posted by kady05 View Post
I get my replacement pads & pellets off of Amazon. Every time I'd go to the store to get replacement stuff, they'd be out! I got so annoyed that I went online and found that Amazon has the best prices.
If you subscribe, you get 15% off every time, and free shipping (doesn't cost anything to sign up either).
You can get 10 packs of pads (4 in a pack) for about $40. Then 6 bags of pellets for $36. You choose how often they're shipped, and if you run out before, you can have them shipped sooner. I have mine set to ship every 6 months, just because I'm not sure how fast I'll go through everything yet. Anyway, it works out great, and it's cheaper than buying them in the store.
Right now, they have 40% off the 10 packs of pads, with free shipping at Amazon. I priced it out, and it comes out to around $2.70 something a pack, which is half the cost of the ones at Walmart. I'm going to order 2 packs or so, which will last a long time.

Just a FYI in case anybody is looking for a better price for these.
post #161 of 179
I bought the Tidycat Breeze yesturday and I had my doubts whether Sunny would use it or not. My first concern was that there were not many pellets and Sunny is a digger. He previously had a covered box and he usually slung all of the litter to one side.

When I was setting it up yesturday afternoon he immediately got in and begain digging and attempting to eat the pellets. Once he got that out of his system, I put it in the bathroom where his other box once sat. Sunny is an anything-goes kind of cat so I decided to try the system without doing the new pellets on the old trick. It took a couple of hours but within that time he took a pee! Overnight he used it again to take a poop and this am while I was in the bathroom, he took another pee. I gotta tell you, I haven't scooped his box as of yet, but there is absolutely no odor!

Incidently, for those of you who haven't tried it, or those of you with multiples, I have a coupon that came inside the box for $5.00 off the system. If any of you want the coupon I can mail it to you. Just pm me and I'll drop it in the mail.
post #162 of 179
After about a week we're taking ours down. Lola keeps desperately trying to bury where the pee pad is saturated. I think it's a nice idea, but not working for us. I'm cleaning it up then going to try and sell it used. We still have 2 pads, the coupons, and an almost full bag of pellets.
post #163 of 179
Wow, that's the first I've heard of cats who don't like the presence of the urine pad. We had a behavior expert who was worried about the breeze for that reason, but I hadn't heard of anyone who'd had that problem in person.

Does Lola not like non-clumping litter or Feline Pine either?

I think this suggests that if you have a cat who insists on having a box clean of urine, the breeze is not for your cat.
post #164 of 179
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Originally Posted by Enuja View Post
Wow, that's the first I've heard of cats who don't like the presence of the urine pad. We had a behavior expert who was worried about the breeze for that reason, but I hadn't heard of anyone who'd had that problem in person.

Does Lola not like non-clumping litter or Feline Pine either?

I think this suggests that if you have a cat who insists on having a box clean of urine, the breeze is not for your cat.
She's not a huge fan of non-clumping litter but will use it. We tried Yesterday's News Unscented, and for 3 days (long story, but I had to change the boxes, then again in 3 days) used a non clumping clay (Tidy Cats standard clay). The rest of the time we've used clay scooping litter since she arrived in August. She is very fastidious and will bury the guys' waste under a monstrous pile of litter. I can always tell when she's been in there, there's a mountain on one half of the box and nothing in the other.

I can't believe it, but I think she's even more picky than Raven was about the box. I never thought that could even be possible.
post #165 of 179
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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
After about a week we're taking ours down. Lola keeps desperately trying to bury where the pee pad is saturated. I think it's a nice idea, but not working for us. I'm cleaning it up then going to try and sell it used. We still have 2 pads, the coupons, and an almost full bag of pellets.
Oh that stinks. My guys will 'bury' outside of the box after they pee; they'll scratch at the litter a bit, and then jump out and scratch the floor around the box. But it never lasts more than, 10secs. maybe?
post #166 of 179
I've read through this thread with much interest! I have a question that I didn't see addressed completely. I have two CRF cats. Cleo has gigantic pee balls (probably 1/2 cup of urine or more!!!) and Maggie has slightly smaller 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Lola's are normal (about the size of a walnut.) Do you think that the Breeze would work for my three? I use clumping litter, and normally scoop twice daily, am & pm, and they seem fine with that. Cleo tends to balance herself on the edge of the pan, and pee into the litter. Then she turns around (while still balancing on the edge of the pan) and reaches out to cover. The upstairs litter pan is covered, so she isn't able to perform this quaint little acrobatic act. She just doesn't cover in that pan. Do you think the Breeze would be overwhelmed by the copious amounts of urine that would be put into the system? I'm guessing that I'd need to change the pads more frequently. Does anyone have any idea how much liquid the pads can absorb? Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated!!!
post #167 of 179
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
Do you think the Breeze would be overwhelmed by the copious amounts of urine that would be put into the system? I'm guessing that I'd need to change the pads more frequently. Does anyone have any idea how much liquid the pads can absorb? Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated!!!
I think it would be overwhelmed. You would be changing the pads a lot. I was changing ours every couple of days. It seemed quite saturated after being peed on a couple of times (Stimpy is a large cat with a large bladder), despite the website saying it should be good for a whole week for 1 cat. When putting my nose a couple inches away from the pad(about what a cat would be in the box) I could smell the urine after the pad was used a couple times. So I could definitely tell what Lola was unhappy about. My DH, who doesn't have allergies and a stuffy nose like me, swore he could smell urine in the house after it was used a few times too.
post #168 of 179
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
I've read through this thread with much interest! I have a question that I didn't see addressed completely. I have two CRF cats. Cleo has gigantic pee balls (probably 1/2 cup of urine or more!!!) and Maggie has slightly smaller 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Lola's are normal (about the size of a walnut.) Do you think that the Breeze would work for my three? I use clumping litter, and normally scoop twice daily, am & pm, and they seem fine with that. Cleo tends to balance herself on the edge of the pan, and pee into the litter. Then she turns around (while still balancing on the edge of the pan) and reaches out to cover. The upstairs litter pan is covered, so she isn't able to perform this quaint little acrobatic act. She just doesn't cover in that pan. Do you think the Breeze would be overwhelmed by the copious amounts of urine that would be put into the system? I'm guessing that I'd need to change the pads more frequently. Does anyone have any idea how much liquid the pads can absorb? Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated!!!
Eh, I kind of disagree with the above post. I've found that the pads are super absorbent in my case. I have 4 cats, and they all tend to pee in one (I have 3 Breeze's), and I change it every 2-3 days. It's pretty amazing how heavy they get without leaking. But, I also rotate it, so that it's not all in one concentrated area and can 'spread out'. Rotating is easy, you just pull the entire pan out and turn it around, then put it back in.
Of course if you stick your nose to it it does smell like pee, but I've never noticed a smell when it's covered by the pellets.

So, I think it's worth a try, IMO.
post #169 of 179
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Originally Posted by kady05 View Post
Eh, I kind of disagree with the above post. I've found that the pads are super absorbent in my case. I have 4 cats, and they all tend to pee in one (I have 3 Breeze's), and I change it every 2-3 days. It's pretty amazing how heavy they get without leaking. But, I also rotate it, so that it's not all in one concentrated area and can 'spread out'. Rotating is easy, you just pull the entire pan out and turn it around, then put it back in.
Of course if you stick your nose to it it does smell like pee, but I've never noticed a smell when it's covered by the pellets.

So, I think it's worth a try, IMO.
I think it's worth a try too. I have two cats with one litterbox, and I change the pad every Saturday. And I don't rotate it or anything. It stays in the same place when I first put it in. And I can't smell any pee in the bedroom we keep it in. I haven't had any problems yet, but I keep a second pad under the first one to catch any leakage. But like I said, it's just a precaution because I haven't had any problems with that.
post #170 of 179
I use the breeze box as intended but since my cat pees in the exact
same spot, front of the box I use a those small styrofoam meat trays (meat
trays from purchased meat from the grocery)
cut down the sides a little and put in on top of the pad and close
the drawer. I empty the pee twice a day flushing down the toilet.
Since I remove the Urine twice a day my cat is not obsessed with trying to cover her urine either.
post #171 of 179
My mom has a CRF cat, and the Breeze works very well for her. In fact, she was telling me how often she changes the pads, and I was telling her it was too often and that her cats urinate too much and need to be taken to the vet. Unfortunately, I was right. But my mother loves the Breeze, even with a cat with chronic renal failure. You will need to change the pads more often, so it will be a little more expensive, but the Breeze should work just fine.
post #172 of 179
I skimmed through the replies after page 12, so I don't know if it has been mentioned here, but I've done a lot of research on the boxes & have decided to invest in the "Smart Cat Box." It's the same concept as the breeze, but there are no pads. There is a non absorbent, natural litter & the urine goes down the slots into a semi sealed container that you can empty into the toilet. http://www.smartcatbox.com/

It will cost more initially, but over time it's guaranteed to save money. I have 5 cats, all of whom I encourage to drink water in various ways, so there's a lot of urine to contend with. I don't like the idea of a chemical laden pad that sits under their urine, so this seems to be the best thing for me. I also don't like the idea of being roped into buying their pads again & again. Kind of costly for a multi-cat home. I think Smart Cat Box is absolutely essential for kitties with kidney issues & diabetes. They expel a lot of urine. I have a high pee'r so I'll need to invest in the walls. I will be buying 3 boxes. My cats are great at sharing, but they like a really clean box. They use 1 box to pee in, which I dump a lot. I think they pee in one box because they don't dig in the litter much for peeing, so they don't like to poop in there & get their paws all filled w/ urine soaked litter.

My cats are fine with switching litters, so I'll let you know how it works for us!
post #173 of 179
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Originally Posted by Sheena13 View Post
I skimmed through the replies after page 12, so I don't know if it has been mentioned here, but I've done a lot of research on the boxes & have decided to invest in the "Smart Cat Box." It's the same concept as the breeze, but there are no pads. There is a non absorbent, natural litter & the urine goes down the slots into a semi sealed container that you can empty into the toilet. http://www.smartcatbox.com/

It will cost more initially, but over time it's guaranteed to save money. I have 5 cats, all of whom I encourage to drink water in various ways, so there's a lot of urine to contend with. I don't like the idea of a chemical laden pad that sits under their urine, so this seems to be the best thing for me. I also don't like the idea of being roped into buying their pads again & again. Kind of costly for a multi-cat home. I think Smart Cat Box is absolutely essential for kitties with kidney issues & diabetes. They expel a lot of urine. I have a high pee'r so I'll need to invest in the walls. I will be buying 3 boxes. My cats are great at sharing, but they like a really clean box. They use 1 box to pee in, which I dump a lot. I think they pee in one box because they don't dig in the litter much for peeing, so they don't like to poop in there & get their paws all filled w/ urine soaked litter.

My cats are fine with switching litters, so I'll let you know how it works for us!
Let us know how it works I started a thread on the smartcat box and
was sort of interested in it as well, but no one seems
to have one here. They use Safflower seeds, I looked
into those at the feed store but they are so so small I just dont see
how I could use those in my breeze box, but I might still buy some and
see how many fall through for a test. The breeze box has those
pellets and they are very noisy.
post #174 of 179
i will for sure let you know how it goes!! I think people are turned off by the look of the smart box unit, it's not fancy & modern looking & people are always looking to hide boxes away & I also think that they're turned off by the initial price!

Let us know how the experiment w/ safflower seeds goes for you!
I read that they recommend a non toxic clorox product to freshen up the litter, but it might just be cheap enough to toss....
post #175 of 179
I pulled ours back out of the box at the beginning of the week and set it up again. I'm in the middle of midterms and can't get the boxes done until Friday. I felt really bad about that so I set up the Breeze. Someone likes it...It's already been peed in again. We're going to give it another run, Lola doesn't seem bothered by it so far. I really hope giving it another try works...2 of these would significantly cut down on our dust problem.

I was looking at the Breeze forums and it seems Wal-Mart.com and Amazon are the best places to buy refills in bulk?
post #176 of 179
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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
I was looking at the Breeze forums and it seems Wal-Mart.com and Amazon are the best places to buy refills in bulk?
Yup, Amazon's the way to go IMO. Free shipping, and you get 15% off if you sign up for the program that ships it to you every month, 2, 3, 4 or 6 months. I posted about it on the previous page of this post I think
post #177 of 179
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post #178 of 179
For those who want to try it, Target is getting rid of their stock so you can find them up to 75% off if your Target has any left in the clearance sections which are usually at the end of every few aisles.

Also Petsmart is now carrying it and has 20% off litterboxes this week and they all had the $10 off coupon so you can get the starter set for around $18 unless you still have the $5 off coupon which was in the newspaper ads a while back. I figure for $13 if my cats don't use it, I won't feel so bad about throwing it out.
post #179 of 179

Anyone still using the Tidy Cat Breeze? Do you still like it? 

 

I'm still using clumping litter in traditional boxes for my 2 kitties. I'm really considering giving this a try. 

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