The Litterbox

ahhh the litterbox.  i dunno about you, but i hate them!  yes i love kitties but truly hate “the box”!

standard "box"

standard “box”

first there is the standard box. no fun to clean, but kitties love it because they don’t like to be in enclosure and it’s just oh so much fun to sling litter everywhere!  (much to kitty owners’ frustations everywhere!)

ahhh boxes!!! they make ’em plain and make em “pretty”, as if prettier colors will make us feel better about cleaning them out.  ummm NOT!

ahh the "modkat" box.  oh so pretty colors but still a pain to clean!  and all for a lovely $150 georges or so!

ahh the “modkat” box. oh so pretty colors but still a pain to clean! and all for a lovely $150 georges or so!

then there’s the fandangled contraptions of a wide variety.  the one i most recently tried-meaning two years ago when i had some cash- the omega paw!  which is just supposed to be easy as rolling and removing the waste from the drawer.  of course, they didn’t take into account cats, male cats, who just jump in and eject pee all over everything, and small kitters who would climb up on the “shelf” and pee there!  (or even poop).  and you still have the back breaking work of having to bend over, and, of course, breaking the box down into it’s pieces, a total of about 5, to clean it!  gotsa love the scoopable litter getting stuck in the grate!

omega paw, or pain in the ars for a lovely $35 per box!

omega paw, or pain in the ars for a lovely $35 per box!

i eventually resorted to taking out all the extra pieces and just using it like a regular covered litterbox.  life was a bit easier, but i wasted money on about 6-8 of these and wish i never had!

then there’s the disposable litterbox, which actually isn’t a bad idea, but if you have several kitties it’s not very economical as a choice!  the price for these averages about 3-4 bucks a piece and that averages out to be about $250 or so a month!

disposable boxes.......

disposable boxes…….

course if i had the dough to throw at a box, it would most likely be the litter robot!  i hear wonderous things about it!

litterrobot!  about $350 to $400 pending on where ya get it!

litterrobot! about $350 to $400 pending on where ya get it!

as i said, pricey, but it’s not like i’m going to be running out and getting one of these anytime soon!  (plus, for that kind of money, it really should clean ittself and take the waste to the trash for you!)

there’s also the cat genie, or litter genie, not sure which.  it hooks to the line of your clothes washer or you set it up to “dump” into your toilet line, so to speak.  it will only run you $250-$300.

litter genie or something like that

litter genie or something like that

the reviews are very mixed on this invention tho.  it sounds good but the “crystals’ for it are expensive along with all the other “stuff” you need to keep it going, and some of the reviews i read complained of having to clean clogged lines.  ICK!

homemade litterbox

homemade litterbox

this is what i’m trying now.  converting plastic storage containers to litterboxes.  they are fairly cheap,a nd so far the kitties like it.  the one challenge is making the entrance big enuff for kitties, but small enuff to keep the dogs out.  (dogs LOVE catpoosicles i dunno why!)   there are still some kitties who aren’t a fan of it, and recommendations have also been made to use underthebed storage plastic containers.  i will be eventually trying that as well.  the only thing about these is that i still have to “stoop and scoop” and it’s backbreaking working for an old cat lady like me!

the litterspinner.  runs $80 - $100.

the litterspinner. runs $80 – $100.

this is another new invention which i have not tried yet.  again it’s pricey.  apparently you “spin” the contraption and all the waste falls into a tray.  this is a somewhat better idea than the omega paw, because you don’t have to physically roll it, this one you just spin it on it’s “spinner” if that makes sense.  much easier.  however, the majority of reviews i read about it would keep me from investing and trying.

and so there you have it.  a no win situation.  it’s the 21st century, and i find it completely baffling the inability of man to design a really good, cheap, litterbox, that does it all.  i’m not asking for one that takes the waste to the trash.  just one that with a quick “something” that moves the waste from the box into a tight odorless, container that i can pick up and toss without having to hold my breathe so i don’t breath in dust, or the nasty odor!  just a box that completely controls odor, keeps itself neat and tidy, without me having to tear it apart completely and bleaching it.

am i really asking for too much?  am i?  ha!  i think not!  and i think you fellow cat owners will agree!

ahh such is life.  i guess i will just continue to dream of a knight in shiny “litterbox armor” who will come and make my kitty litterbox dreams come true!  darnit!

oh look!  time for the cat boxes to be cleaned again!   ……….sigh

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