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Old 01-07-2014, 11:35 PM
 
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We all have one, or more...cat boxes!

Where is yours?
What type is it? Covered?
How many do you have?
What type of litter do you use?
How often do you scoop?

Any funny stories?

Jasper has one cat box, it has a cover, but he prefers it uncovered. We have a two story townhouse, and the cat box is upstairs, in a closet in the hallway. I use whatever is on sale for litter, and I scoop..almost every day, (I miss a day or two once in awhile).
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:11 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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There are three boxes, two dnstairs, one upstairs and neither are covered. Right now my funny story is that before my bf woke me this morning to get up, I was dreaming about cleaning out cat boxes that had poop that was filling the boxes and falling out the sides....

Did I say dreaming? It was a NIGHTMARE!!!! eww
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:24 AM
 
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We all have one, or more...cat boxes!

Where is yours?
What type is it? Covered?
How many do you have?
What type of litter do you use?
How often do you scoop?

Any funny stories?

Jasper has one cat box, it has a cover, but he prefers it uncovered. We have a two story townhouse, and the cat box is upstairs, in a closet in the hallway. I use whatever is on sale for litter, and I scoop..almost every day, (I miss a day or two once in awhile).
One in the dining room and one in the living room (in her cage). The one in the dining room is covered. The other is uncovered. Precious cat. It's amazing so I don't have to scoop as often.

She had diarrhea all over the house. I borrowed a big dog cage and put a pan litter and wool blanket in it. Closed her in it for two days. Turns out, she liked it. I can't get rid of this cage. We keep the door open and she sleeps in there. Eventually, she started only using the cage litter as a backup. She's in heat now (lord help us all) and she is in both litter boxes constantly. I'm proud of her for doing her "spraying" in the litter boxes instead of all over the house.

Funny story. She cleans the litter herself if she thinks I'm slacking by setting the clumps just outside of it.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:05 AM
 
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I have three for two kitkats.

One is in Charcoal's three story foster cage. He loves that cage.. it's his fort.

Two are in a corner of the kitchen. One has litter in it, the other one does not.. I figured out that Lily didn't like having litter in both.... as she would kick all the litter from one box into the other and make a mess.

I use crystals. All boxes are uncovered.

I scoop every day....
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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My earlier cat had covered ones for years, until I learned better about the smell being kept in there. She never complained though, amazingly. I still got covered ones at the end but cut a big hole in the top, because she had always been peeing higher than the sides of most boxes.

For the new kitties, I have chosen the high sided Nature's Miracle boxes they sell at Petsmart. I first bought a regular rectangular one, but when I went back to pick up a second for cleaning, they didn't have any. Went to a second Petsmart, still none. So I got a corner model instead, and actually I think I like that better. The cats don't seem to care about the difference that I can tell.

Right now there's one litter box, but they are restricted to a small portion of the house most of the time still. Last night we had a weird incident though, not sure what has happened. Last night for the first time they had run of the living room at night, in addition to their own room and our bedroom. My SO is sick and she wanted to sleep more upright out in the living room. Sometime in the early morning, I either missed it the first time or it actually happened around 5:30 or so, there was an accident with poop in the hallway near the bedroom door. Could have been cat that was sleeping up with me had an urgent need and didn't make it. Or it could have been the one that spent her time out in the living room overnight didn't make it. Or something wrong, although we don't suspect anything. Could be needing another litter box even up on the main level I guess once we give them more space. Was hoping for maybe one up one down but the one right now is in a far away corner compared to the living space where they might ultimately spend a lot of time. It's not a big house, but it could still be "far" for these little kitties. Who knows, will have to keep an eye on it. Figuring out where to locate one out in the living/dining area will be tough though. There's not a good space for one.

Litter for the last couple years is Precious Cat Ultra.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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We have 3 of them, all out on our lanai in the fresh air. For years I used regular litter but a GF of my Son convinced me to try scoopable and it has been much better IMO. It lasts longer, holds less odor, and the clumps are easy to scoop out.

I keep a garbage bag lined waste basket out there and put the clumps into that and I scoop the boxes once a day. It is surprising how much our 3 fill it up those boxes in 24 hours, but then again, they eat like horses.

I have been buying my litter at Costco, it comes in a 42 pound box for about $12.00, and two boxes last me about a month before I finally toss out all the old, clean the boxes with water and bleach, and refill it with fresh litter. I do not use boxes with tops on them as our cats do not seem to like getting in there and Lucky is too big to fit under the roof of one.

Don
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:16 AM
 
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Funny story about "cages", years ago, I had a large crate for our puppy, this was his refuge...well, I also had little kids then, they used to play in the crate, as kids will...and they would put each other in there for time out. They would say, "You were a BAD BABY, go in the CAGE, "...I had nightmares, that they would say at daycare that they went in a dog cage at home for time out....

I think it is important for animals to have their own space in the house, bed, crate, where they can be left alone, and feel safe. I always taught my kids, if the dog or cat was in their bed, to leave then alone.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:19 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Two covered boxes, the type with a hole in the top and the scattered scoopable litter is kept mostly on the lid when they jump out. I scoop daily sometimes more if needed.

An open pan for the new kitty with Yesterday's News for less dust while he/she is small. She's found the other litter boxes and has jumped up on them, walking around, exploring, but hasn't fallen in the hole.... yet.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I can think of nothing funny about the litter box! LOL

My cats scatter litter around for yards around their boxes. Drives me nuts.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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When my early Christmas surprise - two "cat-olescents" about four months old - was sprung on me I made tracks to Woolworth's the next day. That's right, Woolworth's; we're talking 1992 here. My friend who brought me Weasie and Puppy had included a crate lid and a small supply of kitty litter with them, so they were OK for the very short term. At Woolworth's I found a pale yellow plastic dishpan which suited the purpose nicely. With a fairly small living space I ignored the "one or more box per cat" rule. I've never detected any negative feedback, either from the gift siblings or the "grrrrlz" who have been my housemates since late spring of '12.

Following a short period of brand experimentation I went with Scoop Away, because "clumping" kitty litter is the greatest invention since the breakaway flea collar. Unscented is better - due to store shelf depletion because of winter storm panic I had to bring home the scented variety last week. So now when Blaliko or Seteria are in a snuggly mood I can always tell they've recently taken care of bathroom business.

One of my funny litter-box stories is from last fall. A neighbor, entrusted to cat-sit while I was away for a couple of days, hadn't paid a visit since the night before my return. Neither of the grrrrlz had gone outside at that time. So when I walked in late in the evening, between them they'd had to answer nature's call more than twice without the results' being removed. (I tend to this whenever the need arises.) Barely had I closed the front door when Blaliko scooted into the bathroom and hopped into the litter box, where two large "pee-pee pucks" and some - ahem - other stuff had accumulated. She made a big show out of going through the motions of digging, then swiveled her head toward the pucks with her nose in the air. Whereupon she hopped out and marched toward me in a huff. Message received: "I am NOT going to lower myself, in any sense of the word, to go potty in THAT. Humph!!!" That was the latest example of her communicating something in a way that even the stupidest of humans can understand.
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