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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question question about DIY litter box

For those of you who made your own litter box out of a storage bin, do you ever have a problem scooping it? I went out yesterday to get a storage container to make my own but every storage container was not flat on the bottom... I keep thinking that if pee goes down that far wont it get stuck inbetween the ridges?
I use a scoopable litter and I fill it about 3" with litter but if the cat moves the litter around enough while in there sometimes they pee in about 1" of litter and it sticks to the bottom...
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You must get one with a flat bottom or it will be a nightmare. There are some out there that have flat bottoms. I think Rubbermaid is one? Not sure but I think that's what I've read on here


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I have one without a flat bottom and I've never had a problem. Keep litter 3-4 inches high and scoop it regularly and you should be fine. If the litter gets low or you don't scoop it frequently your cat will end up getting to the bottom.
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I keep Shelly's box to a 3.5" depth. She also is not a huge digger either. She's actually very delicate when burying her pee balls and poop and doesn't send the litter flying everywhere, which I like, especially because she has a habit of peeing right in front of the door opening, with her tail sticking out the door. She also tends to pee and poop in the same areas of the box each time.

One thing that will help to keep the litter level to the desired depth is to take a black Sharpie and make marks on the wall. I have a mark at the 3.5" measurement and I smooth out the top surface everytime I scoop, so I can tell when I need to add more. Smoothing out the top also gives me an indication whether or not I have to scoop - I just look for the little dents left by cat feet, and the mounds she makes by digging, so I know if she's been in there or not.

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has anyone used a disposable tin/aluminum roasting pan for a litter box? they're big and cheap but kinda flimsy.
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BTW - I use a Sterilite 30-gallon bin for my litter box. NEVER AGAIN!! Next time it will be Rubbermaid! Sterilite cracks too easily when you are cutting the door opening (and it is a nightmare to cut through as well). The front wall of my box has duct tape holding a crack together, plus I ended up taping over all of the cut edges because cut Sterilite plastic is razor-sharp, and the last thing I want is my kitty to slice herself getting in or out of the box.
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I have the 30gal rubbrmade and it doesn't have a flat bottom.

IF the litter isn't kept deep enough it's a problem. As long as the litter is deep, the urine doesn't ever reach that uneven bottom.
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All done!!
Stella approves but I'm not sure about Tessie yet...
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Way hay!!!! Good job!!!

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