- 6 years ago
So… I am sitting here, bright and early, drinking my coffee before I start my day. Kitty comes over, has a bite to eat, then vanishes in to the mudroom to go potty…. well, not but 30 seconds later I get this NASTY smell of amona mixed with feces and litter. What? I put fresh litter in to his box every 2 weeks, clean his litter box in the morning and at night, so nothing stays in there for more than 12 hours MOST of the time (granted sometimes I forget a morning or night, but even then, it is still within the normal “clean the box once a day” range).
I also buy new litter boxes every 6 months (as suggested by my vet since the plastic can harbor bacteria, and some household cleaners aren’t safe around kitties) and I usually buy the jumbo 2-3 cat sized litter boxes, despite only having one kitty (he’s a HUGE cat, tall and long). So…. I go to clean the litter box and GAH the entire box stinks! I mean, like over night it just started to stink to high heaven! Needless to say I am taking kitty in to the vet today (my vet has walk-in hours for emergancies starting in 2 hours, so I’ll be going in soon so I can be one of the first in line) just incase he’s got a UTI/other health issue.
But, anyway, this got me thinking… it’s about time for me to buy a new litterbox (well, come January) and I’ve been really interested in those CatGenie litterboxes… you know, the ones that flush themselves, and cleanup after themselves, and you’ll never have to touch litter ever ever again? Yeah, that sounds really really appealing to me… but to buy the entire setup (hood/walls/box/litter and filters) would cost almost $600 after shipping and tax! I mean… that is a LOT of money upfront, but as it stands right now I spend $40-$50 every 6months on a litter box, $30/month on litter ($15 every two weeks), then $10 every 4 months on litterbox liners (changed every 2 weeks as well) as well as $4 every month on those carbon filter thingies for the litter box…. So really, it is cheaper in the long run (still have to buy filters and litter replacements roughly every 3-4 months, so costs aren’t completely eliminated) but it’s a LARGE investment in a product I don’t know will work. I’ve read reviews online and while the majority are GREAT, there are still those bad ones that stick out like a sore thumb. (Like, people say my cat will not use it etc.) Granted, my cat has been use to changing litterboxes since he was a kitten, and has always adjusted well, even when we change the litterbox spot once the weather gets colder (we keep the mudroom door shut, so the litterbox goes in to the utility room where it is warmer, but space is tight, so it only stays until the weather gets warmer).
Anyway, any suggestions or comments about litter boxes? Any really good ones that I maybe won’t have to replace every 6 months (that part is bothersome… and costly)?
Oh, and if we were to get the CatGenie it would go in the guest bathroom, for the wastewater hook up.