Self Cleaning Litter Box and Disposal for a Pregnant Lady with a Cat
The Omega Paw Saves the Day
Living in close quarters with my cat and his litter box was becoming a stinky situation. Sifting the litter box by hand was messy and unpleasant and disposing of the clumped litter, feces, and urine in the trash was making my entire house smell.
Then I got pregnant, and my doctor made it sound like I needed to wear a hazmat suit just to clean my little furry guy's litter box. With my husband out of town for weeks at a time, I had to find a more sanitary way to sift and control the litter situation.
Self cleaning litter boxes can cost upwards of $200 and that just wasn't a viable option for me, so I purchased the Omega Paw Self Cleaning Litter box. The idea is ridiculously simply and the under $30 price tag was exactly what I could afford.
Basically, once the litter box is used, you tilt the box filled with clumping litter to the left, so it can cover any exposed urine clumps or poop. Then you tilt it to the right so the clean litter is sifted through a grate on the interior. You keep tilting until the entire litter box is upside down, then tilt it back so the clean litter fills the pan again. Finally you pull out a small drawer on the right side and voila! It is filled with the clumps of used litter.
For us pregnant ladies, this is a very sanitary option, when you are the only one around to scoop. You will still need help to do the deep cleaning, every so often, though.
There are issues with this litterbox. The cat poo is falling onto the interior of the roof of the box when you turn it upside down. As it is turned right side up again, the poo and pee is dropped into the little removeable drawer, so the entire box needs to be cleaned out every couple of weeks.
This litter box comes in 2 sizes so it can accomadate regular cats and supersized ones as well.
Now, Make the Odor Disappear
Now, the part I like the best; making the odor disappear. I found the best disposal method for your drawer full of stink is to dump it into the unique and affordable Litter Locker II.
The Litter Locker II works with a refillable bag insert and a trap door that locks the odor away. You simply drop the pee and poop into the top section, pull out a little spring loaded trap from the front and everything drops down into the bottom where it is sealed off. Once full, you cut the bag with its handy cutter and reload the bag.
I'm very grateful for this new system and the lack of odor in my house. Cleaning the litter box is less of a chore and my house smells lovely again.
Where to Buy
You can choose the color and sizes of the Omega Litter Box here. Stellar reviews, especially from me!
Stop Tracking that Sand All over the House
I also searched for a special mat to keep the sand from getting all over the place. I saw several varieties at around $20 each, but reviews were not so good.
I decided to take someone's advice and just get a regular, cheap doormat from Lowe's. The one I purchased was the almost no pile type with the rubber border (which I cut off with a regular scissor) It has a striped texture which I think helps spread the cat's paws out and release that sand.
Works great, and cost was less than $10!
Facts and Tips About Being Pregnant Around a Cat
The main reason doctors warn pregnant women about their cat is a deadly disease that attacks unborn children called toxoplasmosis that is spread to humans through cat feces. What most people don't know is that you can actually have your cat tested to see if he has ever been exposed to the disease.
The blood test for your cat can be a little expensive, costing around $200, but the peace of mind is priceless. If your cat has not been exposed and therefore not carrying the disease, keeping your cat indoors will ensure that he will not contract it and carry it indoors.
It is still recommended that pregnant women are not involved with the cat litter, so it is always the best option to task someone else in the household with sifting, scooping, and disposal of you cat's litter.
However, pregnancy never has to lead your cat to the pound. Simple, inexspensive options like these or the more costly electric self-cleaning systems with allow you to live safely and harmoniously with your cat and your baby bump in your home.
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