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authenticnow posted 8/8/2014 07:54 AM

I'm tired of the battle and feel like there has to be a better way.

We have 3 cats and two litterboxes. I use Fresh Step clumping litter. If I keep up with it I can pretty much keep it odor free. However, it is very dusty and it gets sticky and hard to scoop (not the solid, the urine).

What litter do you all use? How many litterboxes for how many cats? How do you keep up with the litterbox(es)?

ISPIFFD posted 8/8/2014 08:09 AM

A topic dear to my heart

I am forever experimenting with various boxes, litters, placements, etc. It's a work in progress.

For clumping litter, I do not like Tidy Cats - I've found that the urine clumps fall apart as soon as I try scooping them up, which just means I have to toss the whole litter box full out much sooner than if I can get the clumps out intact.

I do like Fresh Step because it really does release more scent every time the kitties scratch at it, and I happen to like the scent. But you're very right about the high level of dust.

For clumping, I really like the new Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal (black box). The grains are so fine that it really does seal the clump up better than coarser litters. I wish I liked the scent better, and it's still somewhat dusty when I pour it from the box, but it does seem to seal the clumps so they don't fall apart.

I have read and been told by my vet that having one extra box is the way to go (a box for each cat plus one for "the house"). I've tried different "systems" like Tidy Cats Breeze (pellets) where the urine falls through the pellets onto an absorbant pad that gets tossed after a week. Only one of my 3 cats has ever used it, the other cats hate it.

My sister's all about crystals and natural (pine-based) litters, but I notice her litter box areas are a messy disaster and smelly, so I end up sticking with my clay-clumping litters instead.

nutmegkitty posted 8/8/2014 08:09 AM

I have 2 indoor cats and one litterbox. I use the same kind of litter you do.

I used to have a Litter Robot and it was worth every penny not to have to scoop every damned day.

You are right, that brand of litter is very dusty.

Lucky2HaveMe posted 8/8/2014 08:13 AM

I love the new Arm & Hammer litter called Clump & Seal. It's not nearly as dusty, is *finer* and doesn't seem to get stuck in their paws as much.

I have 2 boxes for 2 cats. If your 3 are using 2 just fine, then you are good. Sometimes cats can be territorial over their boxes and you need a separate one for each cat. Mine share - they apparently have this agreement that one box is strictly for peeing and the other is for poo. Seems to work for them.

imagoodwitch posted 8/8/2014 08:14 AM

One kitty, one litter box.

I used Tidy Cat clumping with the blue lid.

Kitty is picky about his litter, this is the one he likes and when he doesn't like the litter, he pees everywhere but the litter box and I would be afraid to change litters/systems because of this.

I find the Tidy Cat is not really dusty, the new "light weight" stuff is though.

I clean the litter box at least once a day, sometimes twice depending on the usage. We have dogs that think it's a treat box if you know what I mean

damncutekitty posted 8/8/2014 08:27 AM

Two cats, two boxes. I know I should have one more but there is just not room. I do scoop faithfully though. Once a day, sometimes more. I use World's Best, which claims to be all natural (it's made from corn I think). It clumps as well as the clay stuff and doesn't stink. One of the cat boxes is right next to the front door of my apartment and I guarantee you don't smell the cat box when you walk in unless the cat is in there at the time.

I used to have potty/behavior issues with one of my cats and so I have tried lots of different brands. My cats pretty much refuse to use anything other than the unscented World's Best.

I used to have 3 boxes in my old apartment and honestly they didn't use it. There was always one box that NEVER got used, so I feel like 2 is good for my small apartment. I scoop boxes before bed every night. I think making it part of my night time routine helps me remember. Plus, honestly, if I forget my elderly female cat reminds me by taking a crap next to my bed so I don't skip the scooping.

I keep a roll of dog poop bags next to the box and I scoop into those. They lock in odors so even if I don't take my trash out right away my apartment doesn't stink. I am really touchy about my place smelling like I have pets, LOL.

authenticnow posted 8/8/2014 08:50 AM

I was intrigued by that lightweight litter, and doubtful about its effectiveness. I mean, if I don't break my back carrying the container from the car, how effective can it be?

I think I'll try the Arm and Hammer clump and seal. I forgot to mention above that the tracking drives me crazy as well.

I have thought about buying one of those self cleaning systems but I hesitate to switch because they are really good about using the box and I know some get finicky and I would hate to risk them stop using the box, plus they're expensive and if it didn't work that would be a waste.

Our beagle used to snack from the litterboxes. Friggin' disgusting.

Our greyhounds are really good at ignoring the boxes. Plus, they're downstairs out of sight and one of the dogs is afraid to walk on the floor from the main living area to the basement so it's really not an issue. (good dog but something ain't right in the head, lol)

Thanks for the info.

bluelady posted 8/8/2014 09:13 AM

I don't even want to talk about litter right now.

Usually, we have two cats, two litter boxes. We were using Maxx Scoop by Purina, but it was getting expensive, so we switched to a cheaper brand from Walmart. We aren't overly concerned with dust as the litter boxes are in the unfinished part of our basement.

Then, we went away for a weekend. I was concerned with the litter, so SO went out and bought 3 more litter boxes. So, now we have 2 cats, 5 litter boxes. When we got back from our weekend away, one of our cats had peed on the carpet in the finished part of our basement. Getting the smell up was a week-long task. Now, our carpet is scent-free (I hope) and covered in tarps, just in case. Oh, and we now have a litter box on one of the tarps. Super fun times.

As far as keeping up with the litter? I'm pregnant, so that's SO's job

authenticnow posted 8/8/2014 09:15 AM

As far as keeping up with the litter? I'm pregnant, so that's SO's job
Another perk !

Crescita posted 8/8/2014 09:21 AM

I was intrigued by that lightweight litter, and doubtful about its effectiveness. I mean, if I don't break my back carrying the container from the car, how effective can it be?

Those commercials with everyone tossing the litter around like a sack of feathers drive me crazy. It's still 7 lbs! Regular Tidy Cats is like 12.5 lbs, so it is lighter, but you could still bowl with it.

I did buy it for my grandma when she was watching my sister's cat because she has trouble lifting things, but she never commented on it one way or the other.

Rebreather posted 8/8/2014 10:04 AM

We use that 42 pound bag from Costco. 2 cats, one box. My son scoops it. I'm wondering if I need to get rid of my cats when he goes to college in a couple years.



It's not as bas as who is going to pick up the dog poop in the yard when my dd moves out in 2 weeks.

metamorphisis posted 8/8/2014 10:45 AM

Kitty litter we use any old kind of clumping and scoop every day. I keep a small trash bin with a lid beside the litter and then dump the whole thing and start over with fresh litter on garbage day. With one cat this works for us.
Dog poop has become the easiest thing ever. I walk CB two to three times a day and he poops on the walk and I bag it and throw it out in the garbage can in the park on the way home. I love that it works this way. I went to mow the lawn the other day and we hadn't done the yard in two weeks and there wasn't anything to clean up .
However over the winter when it was too cold to go out we let it go and spring clean up was a nightmare.

Lionne posted 8/8/2014 13:18 PM

I must be a very lucky lady. My two cats use two boxes. They seem to have come to an agreement to only poop in the basement one, and I'm not always great about scooping. I use plain old non clumping tidy cat and change both boxes weekly, using plastic liners. My only problem is that one cat doesn't squat low enough, but I solved that by finding a very high covered box for downstairs an using a plastic placemat as a urine deflector for the upstairs covered box.
The only time I've ever had a problem with a cat peeling outside the box was if they had a UTI.
They are very well behaved ladies.

Lionne posted 8/8/2014 13:18 PM


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Lionne posted 8/8/2014 13:18 PM

Why the heck did this post three times??!!??

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Red Sox Nation posted 8/8/2014 13:24 PM

As far as keeping up with the litter? I'm pregnant, so that's SO's job

My ex heard that one, so, it became my job exclusively once she became pregnant. I never did manage to get her to share that job again.

I was switching brands a lot, until I started using Fresh Step this year. It really does a good job with the urine smell. The perfume is a little icky (I hate perfume in general), but my wife seems to like it.

Jrazz posted 8/8/2014 13:28 PM

This thread title makes me snork out loud every time.

Love you, AN.

authenticnow posted 8/8/2014 15:27 PM

lol, why? Because I started a thread about kitty litter? This is SI, you know, the source for information on ALL THINGS .

GabyBaby posted 8/8/2014 15:36 PM

We have 2 indoor kitties (littermates) and one litterbox.

We prefer to use World's Best litter since we're less than regular about keeping up with daily scooping. We have a litter pan enclosed in what looks like an end table, but because the dogs enjoy Kitty Roca a bit too much, we've since moved the table/enclosure to our downstairs bathroom to keep them out.
I'll admit we occassionally go a week or so without scooping and there's no odor. When we use a different litter, we could detect smells within a couple of days if we forget to scoop.
I don't find it very dusty to use though I'll admit that SIS is usually the one on cat box duty (see what I did there?!! ).

Our cats love it and we do too.

ETA: World's Best is a little pricier, but we think it is well worth it. This stuff is a workhorse!

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 3:37 PM, August 8th (Friday)]

caregiver9000 posted 8/8/2014 16:46 PM

I used either Scoop Away or Arm and Hammer. I have used the new "black box" and I don't know that it is significantly better, although the dust level seems lower. I also add the Arm and Hammer deoderizer or plain baking soda or even coffee grounds to my litter sometimes. (The coffee grounds are because I hate to waste, and I bought some grounds I could not stand the taste of but they still smelled great.)

I recently saw a life hack on living with cats and there was a homemade litter box made from a rubbermaid tote with a hole in the lid. My cat doesn't like a lid on her box though.

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