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catbird
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« on: January 14, 2008, 11:42:37 AM »

Recently the Itchmo main site had a review of high-sided litter boxes, both commercial ones and make-your-own.  The problem being addressed was cats who spray while standing in the box. I want to report that I got a high-sided box last week, and this has solved a long-standing problem for me:  litter piles on the floor.

Two of my cats are real excavators in the litter box.  They seem to delight in scooping piles of litter out onto the floor.  Then another cat comes along, says "Oh, litter!" and uses the litter on the floor   Sad ... you can see why I used a lot of enzyme deodorizer, etc.  I have tried boxes with curved-in top edges, many, many types of pads, plastic bags, newspaper, lids of plastic storage boxes, etc., and never found anything that worked to keep the litter piles and the "results" off my floors.

I was not able to find the Rubbermaid box referred to in the Itchmo article, but I did find the Catty Corner Extra-Large High-Sided corner litter pan.  This product was labelled as made in the USA, and has worked wonderfully!  It is a nice, big, roomy box with high sides that seem to foil even my most vigorous earth-movers.  There is a lower cut-out entry space that I think would be low enough for a geriatric cat, but maybe not for a kitten.  The box also comes with a matching litter catcher mat that goes outside the entry to catch and contain in that area.  Although the mat is made from the same stiff plastic as the box, my cats show no hesitation in stepping on it, unlike many other plastic objects.  I was not able to find this item in an online search, only a covered version which some cats might object to.  But it is worth checking in stores for availability.

Paws up!
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 03:23:11 PM »

I have the extra large covered version, but I don't use it as a hooded litter box.  I use the top as a 2nd litter box, so I have 2 uncovered corner boxes!  I have been using this box for the exact reasons you mentioned, catbird.  I have a geriatric cat that has trouble getting into high-sided litter boxes and also has trouble peeing over the edge of low-sided boxes.  She is arthritic and just can't squat like she used to.  When I saw this box a few years ago it seemed like the perfect solution with its low entrance and high sides.  It's been working very well for us ever since. And my other cat likes them too because they are so big and roomy.  I would definitely recommend for geriatric cats and large cats that need the extra room.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2008, 05:40:28 PM »

Is this the catty corner one?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=3414
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2008, 06:23:08 PM »

That looks like the model I have, except mine is gray/silver and it's older and doesn't have any latches on it.  I bought it so long ago that I don't know what brand it is!
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catbird
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008, 07:33:28 AM »

JustMe's link is the covered one I found searching online.  The one that I have is half of what's pictured (just the bottom half) and is dark coppery brown.  But the structure and the mat look the same, just a different color.  I saw this one in the store also.  Based on kittylyda's experience, I may go and buy the covered one too and use it as two boxes. (I have 6 boxes set up, and there is at least one I might like to replace because it's getting a little worn.)
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2008, 08:25:57 AM »

Petsmart.com has the Rubbermaid High sided box.  I have 3 of them.  Very good for Gizmo, whose back legs aren't working too well.  Also good for Rikers, who digs to China.

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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2008, 08:26:30 AM »

JustMe's link is the covered one I found searching online.  The one that I have is half of what's pictured (just the bottom half) and is dark coppery brown.  But the structure and the mat look the same, just a different color.  I saw this one in the store also.  Based on kittylyda's experience, I may go and buy the covered one too and use it as two boxes. (I have 6 boxes set up, and there is at least one I might like to replace because it's getting a little worn.)

Hey catbird, this will probably work out well for you too, but just wanted to mention again that my boxes are older and slightly different.  I don't think the latches or anything will interfere w/using it as 2 boxes but take a good look at it before you buy. (I'm sure you would anyway). Other than the latches and the color it looks exactly like what I have, but sometimes it's hard to tell from the online picture.
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2008, 12:48:29 PM »

I just found this lovely high sided litter box while doing another search, thought someone here might be interested in it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MPR2GI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top/104-1841979-6551900

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catbird
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2008, 12:55:20 PM »

I just found this lovely high sided litter box while doing another search, thought someone here might be interested in it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MPR2GI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top/104-1841979-6551900

 Grin Grin Grin

IMO only if you are trying to train your cat to go in the plants!  Most of us are trying to keep them out!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2008, 03:13:40 PM »

Well, I would like to hope our cats aren't silly enough to think that's a real plant.  In the first comment on that page, it does say the plant & moss are not at all lifelike & are somewhat difficult to arrange when first setting it up.  That person liked the realistic pot texture though.

OK, not impresssed with that one, then how bout this one for those of you with george jetson decor:

http://www.amazon.com/Litter-Robot-Automatic-Self-Cleaning-Beige/dp/B000LJDLKG/ref=pd_sbs_k_title_3/105-8225863-9972412

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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2008, 02:52:42 PM »

Well, I would like to hope our cats aren't silly enough to think that's a real plant.  In the first comment on that page, it does say the plant & moss are not at all lifelike & are somewhat difficult to arrange when first setting it up.  That person liked the realistic pot texture though.

OK, not impresssed with that one, then how bout this one for those of you with george jetson decor:

http://www.amazon.com/Litter-Robot-Automatic-Self-Cleaning-Beige/dp/B000LJDLKG/ref=pd_sbs_k_title_3/105-8225863-9972412



Is that a litter box or a time machine!   Grin   My cats would never enter such a thing.
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GoingNUTZoverthis
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2008, 03:02:58 PM »

It looks like a clothes dry to me.  That would scare the crap out of my two. 

The one with the plant is pretty scart too, Geisha use to pee in my big potted plants when she was a baby.  I use to have like 25 plants before I got Topaz , Topaz ate most of them, or tried to she however suceed in eating all but the stem of a seedling from my grandmother's palm tree.  When I got Geisha there was only 2 left a yucca tree and a rubber plant tree and her litter box habits did them in.  YIkes
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2008, 08:44:32 PM »

See, there you go, best of both worlds.  The cat can pee in the plant, and she probably won't eat this one.  I'm sure you can spend a little time arranging the leaves so it looks very realistic.  Or put it in a very dark corner.

The white jetson style litterbox (littersphere?) looks like it would tip over in a second.  I seriously doubt my cats would bother to climb that teeny step up into that strange thing. 
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« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2008, 11:26:23 PM »

Wow!  Wish I had known about that when my cats were alive. 

We had three kitties, and used big black cement mixers from Home Depot.  A friend gave us the idea.  Sides weren't too high but box size was perfect.  We had two of those and one smaller one in our home.
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