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post #31 of 51
Ku Ku uses covered one. When I first got her, she was still small & pin-skinny. She(we) didn't have any problem with a tiny uncovered litter tray/pan.
After she got spayed, within few months she started "gaining weight" & grew bigger(), tiny tray was no longer a perfect size for her.
She also started making so much mess whenever she used it - digging, scratching around...sometimes she completely knocked it over because of her weight

I decided to upgrade it to a bigger & deeper kind with a cover to accommodate her new size. Seemed she did not have any problem with it. I also switched the litter to Swheatscoop & feline pine, so, dust is not an issue here.

One more thing - Ku Ku is really good at demanding meowmy to clean her bathroom. She'd first put her head in before she actually steps into a litter box then put it out as if she was sniffing around for cleanliness.
Then she turns around & looks at me(or toward my direction if I wasn't there or looking) as if saying "hey, this is not clean!". If I wasn't looking or not there, then she'd just come to me, and walks back & forth between the litter & meowmy...

Ku Ku has a bathroom attendant/servant. Her litter box is always maintained clean.
Covered litter box is not a problem to her at all..
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by KKH View Post
is really good at demanding meowmy to clean her bathroom. She'd first put her head in before she actually steps into a litter box then put it out as if she was sniffing around for cleanliness.
Then she turns around & looks at me(or toward my direction if I wasn't there or looking) as if saying "hey, this is not clean!". If I wasn't looking or not there, then she'd just come to me, and walks back & forth between the litter & meowmy...
i can imagine this! how cute! a girl who knows what she wants!

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Originally Posted by rapunzel47 View Post
and got corrugated plastic to make walls for the sides and back, held in place by the litter. All cats used it without any problem, and the walls and floor were saved.
Hey that's "thinking outside the box" , litter-ally! (Seriously, you've just given me an idea
post #33 of 51
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Originally Posted by c1atsite View Post
please vote in my poll about covered litter boxes

you can pick more than 1 answer

thanks
My cats have always had a covered litter box but I just recently got them a Booda Dome (the one with stairs) and everybody is happy.
post #34 of 51
I have enough cats, therefore enough boxes that I've done a lot of side by side trials over the years. Given the choice, mine will pick an uncovered box over a covered one about 99% of the time. I do have a few open boxes that are tucked inside wooden boxes (I use these in our sun room as window perches for the cats). When I scoop litter, the majority of the waste is in the open boxes and there are days on end where the box inside the box ones are untouched.

Give a cat a choice and they will tell you what they like.

And if you ever wonder what litter your cats likes the best - do a side by side test for those also. The winner in my house by a landslide? Cat Attract.
post #35 of 51
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post

Cat Attract.
Good to know! I've seen their ads in cat magazines and have always wondered

Thanks for sharing
post #36 of 51
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perhaps kittens that start off young with the covered type keep the preference as they age. i dont know
post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
I have to have a deep tote litterbox

Would this be an example?
http://www.catclaws.com/products/luc...litter-pan.php
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by c1atsite View Post
There are a lot of people on this site that use tall sided sterilite or rubbermaid bins. The ones I use are bigger than the one you posted and cost less than half the price. Cats also seem to like really big boxes.
post #39 of 51
They're ok in single cat households as long as the cat likes them, but in my experience, they have always lead to bullying behavior with my multi-cat lifestyle, so I do not bother with them.
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
They're ok in single cat households as long as the cat likes them, but in my experience, they have always lead to bullying behavior with my multi-cat lifestyle, so I do not bother with them.

yes, even before you said so i had the thought in my head. like, it's an enclosed space that a kitty with a "mean streak" could view as "i have my enemy cornered" and then a whole can of worms opens up so to speak
post #41 of 51
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
There are a lot of people on this site that use tall sided sterilite or rubbermaid bins. The ones I use are bigger than the one you posted and cost less than half the price. Cats also seem to like really big boxes.
oo, where? where?
post #42 of 51
My cats came with a covered litter box, and they don't seem to mind.
post #43 of 51
This is one of the 'totes' mentioned.
I use 3, 14gal. Rubbermaid Roughnecks, and I cut out a small entrance, but keep the lids off, I buy them at Lowes and pay about $7 each.
http://www.usphome.com/catalog/varia...riant_id=56958
My placement situation is kind of unique as I live in a travel trailer and I have to place them out of the dog's reach (another tootsie-roll snacker).
My solution is under my couch, accessed through a cargo hatch from outside.
The cats get to them through a series of kitty holes cut into my indoor bench storage.
post #44 of 51
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ah, Arlyn. thanks
post #45 of 51
We never used a covered litter box until we got a dog. Now it's a necessity and the kitties don't seem to mind. Plus the dog can no longer snack on gourmet treats!
post #46 of 51
I voted I don't use them anymore. I've tried before and didn't like the extra cleaning they required.
post #47 of 51
Keep it scrupulously clean, cat is in and out, and it works great
Don't clean it often enough, contains the stink, yuck!
So it is all in how you use it.
We like it here
post #48 of 51
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Originally Posted by bookworm View Post
I have two covered boxes and 10 framed with a paertial cover. Nost of the cats prefer the more open boxes, but I have a couple who use only the covered. I did take the door flaps off. I keep the covered boxes in the more public areas of the house, it's harder for the dogs to stick their heads in for a forbidden snack.
I forgot to say--I removed the flap from mine too. I was going to try to put it back but I didn't want to rock Gigi's world It is working just fine as is! Sometimes the dogs still beat me to it (Gi seems to decide to do #2 just as I am fixing a plate!!), but the lid slows 'em down somewhat still. It contains the litter and looks nicer and again when kept scrupulously clean it really doesn't get "bad" in there
post #49 of 51
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Originally Posted by Allmycats View Post
Keep it scrupulously clean, cat is in and out, and it works great
Don't clean it often enough, contains the stink, yuck!
So it is all in how you use it.
yup that was my guestimate
post #50 of 51
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interesting, 18 percent of you gave up on covered boxes

(poll is still open btw)
post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by c1atsite View Post
interesting, 18 percent of you gave up on covered boxes

(poll is still open btw)
I just took the cover off and chucked it away and still use the bases.

I just don't have the time to be scrubbing huge covered boxes every few days. I like to soak mine in hot water.
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