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A Review of Kitty Litter and Litter Boxes for Multiple Cat Households
Choosing the Right Kitty Litter Can Be Difficult
There are as many varieties of kitty litter as there are breeds of cats. Finding the ideal kitty litter, however, is much harder than finding the perfect cat. Since venturing from your average 1-2 cat household to someone who has 3 and is considering a forth, finding the best kitty littler becomes an even harder task due to of the volume I use and trying to gain acceptance of one kind of litter by all of my kitties. Finding one brand of little that all three of my cats will use without complaint is quite a challenge. Some of my cats dislike litter with a chemical smell, one of my cats will not touch pellet type litter. My male will not use the little balls that are used by a Cat Genie. Other factors that must be considered in choosing cat litter is environmental impact, disposal and cat health risks.
Below I have included a variety of different types of litters, each with an accompanying review by Janet Bromley Ford, who is a cattery owner and has had more than her share of experience with cat litter. Thanks Janet, for your reviews! I have also included some cat litter boxes that I have personally used and reviewed along with Instructions on how to build your own litter box.
Pictures are my own, taken by me of my cats
Kitty Litter Choices
There are a wide variety of kitty litter products to choose from, each has a review by cattery owner Janet Bromley Ford.
Feline Pine Original Cat Litter, 20-Pound Bag
I love the Feline Pine for the great scent and the environmentally friendly disposal. I dump my used kitty litter outside in the woods as I live on a gravel road in the middle of the boonies. Clay litter just isn't as friendly as this Feline Pine kitty litter is. Downside was that with Maine Coon cats, they urinate in larger amounts than an average housecat and this stuff doesn't clump so got expensive to keep the cat litter box clean. I would also advise starting this litter with a kitten or mixing 50/50 with your existing litter due to the different texture
World's Best 00558 Cat Litter, Clumping Formula,
This cat litter has mixed reviews. A lot of fellow cattery owners swear by it but my cousin's cat didn't like it. Of course, she tried about half a dozen cat litters before she found one he would use, which is rare. It clumps great and no real complaints from me.
Tidy Cats Crystal Blend Scoop Pail
This is what I always return to. I love Tidy Cat for it's clumping ability. It clumps firmly and quickly, making clean-up easier. Many clumping litters require me to wait 10-15 minutes for it to clump. With Tidy Cat, I can scoop the cat litter the moment the cat is done doing his/her duty in the litter box. As I have it right next to my desk, this is my norm for cleaning a cat litter box. It isn't too dusty, which I also appreciate. My only complaint is that my Maine coon cats love to play in the water and then track this super clumping litter when they go in with wet feet and I have to wash what doesn't come off from their feet. A cat who doesn't play in water all the time won't have this issue. Best odor control I've found as of yet. I love the bucket as I use the empty cat litter bucket to put my dirty kitty litter into and then carry it out for proper disposal when about 1/2 full. If you have garbage pickup, it makes for a great way to put out for the garbage man as well.
Litter Box Reviews
My Highest Recommendation in a Non-Electric Litter Box - I Have This Litter Box and I Love It!!!
I have this little box and for an inexpensive litter box, I think it is terrific! It is so easy to use and it completely gets rid of the need to poop scoop the little. Check out the video below on how it works.
How to Use the Omega Paw Litter Box
My Highest Recommendation for an Electric Litter Box - I Had This Litter Box and It Worked Quite Well
I had this little box at one time and it worked really well, you just have to make sure to clean out the receptacle every day. The only problem I had was that one of my cats is extremely timid and the noise that this little box makes scared her and she would not use it. But since I have three cats, I have always had two little boxes anyway, one electric and one regular.
Below is a video showing how the LitterMaid works.
Littermaid in Action
How to Make Your Own Litter Box
A litter box is an easy thing to make, with just a few simple items:
What You Need:
~A Rubbermaid storage container with a lid. It must be big and tall enough for your cat to squat in comfortably
~Black magic marker
~A keyhole handsaw, jig saw are the best tools to cut, but you can use a serrated knife or Xacto knife
~Large black garbage bag
With the magic marker, draw the opening you want to cut in the lid.
Cut the opening.
Sand the edges of the cut plastic till they are smooth.
Place a garbage bag in the tote and fold over the lip.
Pour in 3" to 4" of cat litter.
Put the lid on and snap down.
If you have trouble with your cat dragging litter out of the box, put a mat or small rug on the other side of the lid.
Excellent Tote For Making a Homemade Litter Box - Make Sure It's Large Enough
Clumping Kitty Litter Warning
If your cat is pregnant, do not use clumping kitty litter. If she gives birth in the kitty litter, they can be killed as they come out wet
Kitty Litter Boxes
Some of my favorite picks for kitty litter boxes and the reasons why I picked each kitty litter box to showcase here. Food for thought, if you will, to help you make your kitty litter decisions.
Cats tend to back up when they use the toilet so higher sides, especially for larger cats, is a God-send. The lack of a top on this model makes frequent litter clean-up easier than having to remove the top to do your scooping of the kitty litter.
Enclosed cat litter boxes are better for odor control. Be sure and keep your filters fresh that go on the top. The great door on this kitty litter box help with odor even further and also offer a cat more privacy. These enclosed units help a lot with cat litter tracking issues.
Want a Litter Box That Does Not Look Like a Litter Box?
This litter box looks like a beautiful plant in a vase. No one has to know what is in the vase except for you and your cats! A pretty accent for your home that houses a usually unattractive necessity for all cat owners. Brilliant!
I think this litter box is a great idea. If you don't want your cat box sticking out like a sore thumb, this is the one for you!