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post #1 of 9
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My husband and I are moving to a duplex with wood floors. Currently, we have a litter box that we created from a big plastic sterilite storage container. It is cheap, but creates a mess when the clay litter escapes from the box. It is so messy I have to vacuum a few times a week to clean up the clay. I am concerned that with the wood floor, the clay will get stuck between the cracks in the wood, and our new place will be a lot bigger. I don't want to be vacuuming like I am now and feel that the more I do vacuum the floors the more likely it will be I will ruin them. This is a concern because we are renting and the wood floors were recently redone. Does anyone have a suggestion on a litter box that keeps the litter in confined in the box? I would use another type of litter, but have not found anything that works for my cats. I refuse to use any type of clumping litter because they are environmentally hazardous and other alternative enviromentally safe litters like corn, well my cat simon will eat. Do you have suggestions for me? Thank you.
post #2 of 9
Get a large throw rug and put it under the litter box so that when things spill over the edge, you can pick up the rug and shake it out. Get one as large as will fit into your washing machine.

I've lived in homes with all hardwood floors. If its a good floor with tight grain and no gaps between the boards, you won't have a problem with them. My last house was 130 year old pine with huge gaps between the boards and I didn't really have problems with them. I vacuumed mine all the time but used a floor brush attachment. If its tight between the boards then use a broom and whisk pan.
post #3 of 9
Throw rug is a good idea!

Old large towels might also work, or large inexpensive ones too. Easy to pick up, shake out and wash

Anything else that falls on the floor you can just sweep up!
post #4 of 9
what I've done is take a box and cut a cat sized hole about 6 inches from the bottom. Indy doesn't scatter his litter and it gives him the privacy he likes
post #5 of 9
I would try Feline Pine litter. It's the only litter I've tried that doesn't track at ALL (and I've tried a lot of litters). My cats prefer the softer clay stuff, but this is nice if you need to not have tracking. I use it when we stay at my SO's parents' house because I don't want litter to track everywhere.

(I mean the regular Feline Pine, not the Feline Pine clumping. The clumping version tracks all over).

They also make litter mats for placing under litter boxes, they are designed to catch all the litter that is taken out of the box.
post #6 of 9
My sister got herself the Dirt Devil Sweep'n Vac for her hard floors (she has more linoleum than we do).

I just have the cheapie $15 Dust Buster for in-between vacuumings on our carpet. It's more than paid for itself.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
My sister got herself the Dirt Devil Sweep'n Vac for her hard floors (she has more linoleum than we do).

I just have the cheapie $15 Dust Buster for in-between vacuumings on our carpet. It's more than paid for itself.

We also have the dirt devil and I hate to say this but it sucks!! It does NOT pick up litter well. We are looking into a smaller vacuum that wont damage our wood floors. Roxie has the booda dome litter box and it works quite well for keeping the litter in. But my Roxie is a messy litterbox user and somehow still manages to get litter everywhere! If your cat has good litterbox habits then it's a great litterbox. The stairs catch most of the litter they would track on the floor.
post #8 of 9
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We also have the dirt devil and I hate to say this but it sucks!! It does NOT pick up litter well. We are looking into a smaller vacuum that wont damage our wood floors. Roxie has the booda dome litter box and it works quite well for keeping the litter in. But my Roxie is a messy litterbox user and somehow still manages to get litter everywhere! If your cat has good litterbox habits then it's a great litterbox. The stairs catch most of the litter they would track on the floor.
That makes me glad I never bought it (I almost did). I am very happy with our cheap Dust Buster. I only notice a difference when the battery charge is low. I even use it for cat hair on the stairs if I'm too lazy to drag the vacuum up and down the stairs.

I have to use high-sided Rubbermaids for litter boxes otherwise Nabu hoses the wall.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by simon07 View Post
My husband and I are moving to a duplex with wood floors. Currently, we have a litter box that we created from a big plastic sterilite storage container. It is cheap, but creates a mess when the clay litter escapes from the box. It is so messy I have to vacuum a few times a week to clean up the clay. I am concerned that with the wood floor, the clay will get stuck between the cracks in the wood, and our new place will be a lot bigger. I don't want to be vacuuming like I am now and feel that the more I do vacuum the floors the more likely it will be I will ruin them. This is a concern because we are renting and the wood floors were recently redone. Does anyone have a suggestion on a litter box that keeps the litter in confined in the box? I would use another type of litter, but have not found anything that works for my cats. I refuse to use any type of clumping litter because they are environmentally hazardous and other alternative enviromentally safe litters like corn, well my cat simon will eat. Do you have suggestions for me? Thank you.
I keep a hand vacuum that one of our members suggested to me right by the litter box. One of our cats is very messy and kicks sand out on to the hardwood floors with every use but there has been no problem getting the mess up. We have brand new hand scraped wood floors so there are lots of places that the sand would tend to stick but no problem. I am more worried about discoloring of the floors over time.
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