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post #1 of 15
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I was wondering what kind of litter boxes everyone uses?

I just have a normal one...no cover or anything...but Harley (the little terror that he can be) has started to THROW his litter outside of the box, which is not so fun for me, considering then I have to vacuum it all up everytime he does it, cuz its on carpet. I really think I'm going to get him a new one...this mess is driving me CRAZY...do anyone elses kittens do this?? Its like he's doing it on purpose....oh the joys of kittens!
post #2 of 15
Rosie and Sophie have deep litterpans but Rosie still manages to get the litter everywhere.

If you have a look further down at a members post "Poopy problems" i've mentioned it there.
post #3 of 15
Alfie does this too, no matter which box he uses (I have one with high sides and one normal). He gets a little over eager to cover his business sometimes, I just consider it part of being owned by him
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Purity
Alfie does this too, no matter which box he uses (I have one with high sides and one normal). He gets a little over eager to cover his business sometimes, I just consider it part of being owned by him
I get so frusterated!! I didn't know if maybe a covered one would be better, with high sides, you know? Its like he's doing it on purpose just to terrorize me! Cuz he'll do it on all 4 sides, he'll just start sweeping away until there are deep sides to all 4 sides and then he just jumps out and starts terrorizing the next thing he sees! I swear there was a HUGE pile of litter next to his box yesterday when I got home from work, I was not very happy!
post #5 of 15
You might be able to see if he'll use a top entry litter box. They have them for sale in pet stores, but it seems to me you could also make one out of a good-sized plastic storage bin with a hole cut in the lid. That would be $10 or less instead of the $30 at the pet store. Since he has to jump in and out, it would be harder for him to throw litter out. Good luck!
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sandtigress
You might be able to see if he'll use a top entry litter box. They have them for sale in pet stores, but it seems to me you could also make one out of a good-sized plastic storage bin with a hole cut in the lid. That would be $10 or less instead of the $30 at the pet store. Since he has to jump in and out, it would be harder for him to throw litter out. Good luck!
I'm about to drive to La Crosse and go to Petco to see what they have there! I am kinda hoping that its just his 'kitty stage' and he will grow out of his sooner or later! Plus I thought that since he is getting bigger so fast that maybe a bigger one would be better?
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by babyharley
I get so frusterated!! I didn't know if maybe a covered one would be better, with high sides, you know? Its like he's doing it on purpose just to terrorize me! Cuz he'll do it on all 4 sides, he'll just start sweeping away until there are deep sides to all 4 sides and then he just jumps out and starts terrorizing the next thing he sees! I swear there was a HUGE pile of litter next to his box yesterday when I got home from work, I was not very happy!
I have three covered boxes for my two littles ones...two of the booda domes, with the steps into the "box" and one of them a booda with a big ol' hole they can view the world out in.

NONE of them are able to stop Napoleon from getting litter EVERYWHERE. I swear, he must lift the cover off with his free paw and just starts kicking till the whole floor is covered in litter

Usually if he starts making a fuss in there, I say "Enough Napoleon!" And he'll get out. I think if you have a determined cat, they will just kick litter everywhere.

Some tips I have -- put JUST ENOUGH litter in the box...cause I find that if I put too much in there, and I think cats in general like to poop or pee in the lowest possible region (to cover it up better)...so if there's not a lot of litter to dig through...then voila...not a lot of litter to throw out!

Another thing is this -- I think it's an age related thing. When Cassie was younger she used to kick litter EVERYWHERE and it got marginally better when we got the domes, but then, she was older too. Napoleon acts just like her. I think it depends on personality and they'll eventually grow out of it. Chances are, they won't like walking on litter when they get out of the box either Good luck!
post #8 of 15
I have both open and covered litterboxes and they're all just as messy. Some of my friends have succesfully started using childrens simple plastic toyboxes as litterboxes. In their experience toyboxes prevent litter escape and urinating outside the box by accident completely. The boxes are just like open litterboxes, but with higher sides, so not really an option with kittens, but I'm tempted to buy one my self.
post #9 of 15
Spaz used to do that, my solution was to get a large and deep carboard box and set the litterpan down inside it, and then cut a little door, just big enough for kitty.
post #10 of 15
My cat Bit used to get in our uncovered normal box and play in the litter! There would be more on the floor thanin the box. I got a high sided covered one with a door and that stopped it completely, well except for what gets stuck to their feet.
post #11 of 15
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I think I'm gonna have to get a bigger one w/ higher sides....I was just curious as to what everyone else uses....and it sounds like Harley isnt the only terror that puts his litter outside the box!!
post #12 of 15
Dax loves to dig and I would have piles of litter on the floor too... I got a covered tray that has a clear swinging trap-door so she can dig to her hearts content without it going everywhere. It was not hard to get her to use the trap-door - I would hold it fully open for her in the beginning and then less and less so she had to push against it a bit herself to get through.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by slitty_kittay
Dax loves to dig and I would have piles of litter on the floor too... I got a covered tray that has a clear swinging trap-door so she can dig to her hearts content without it going everywhere. It was not hard to get her to use the trap-door - I would hold it fully open for her in the beginning and then less and less so she had to push against it a bit herself to get through.
Where did you get that at?
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by babyharley
I think I'm gonna have to get a bigger one w/ higher sides....I was just curious as to what everyone else uses....and it sounds like Harley isnt the only terror that puts his litter outside the box!!
I use 72 quart Sterelite storage containers from Wal-Mart for my litterboxes. Thay're high but if you put something like a small scratching post next to it, he can jump in and out easily. Most cats don't have a problem with it. They're cheaper than litterboxes too!
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by menagerie mama
I use 72 quart Sterelite storage containers from Wal-Mart for my litterboxes. Thay're high but if you put something like a small scratching post next to it, he can jump in and out easily. Most cats don't have a problem with it. They're cheaper than litterboxes too!
I also use these, but mine are alittle smaller. I think 66 quarts. I have never had a problem!
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