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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-03-2014, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do with your shallow litter box?

I bought the wrong box when I first got ET, a shallow ones. I have only used it a week or two (I don't remember) before I switched to a 2-tier sifting litter box.

I took it out recently while trying out other litters only to realise it was too shallow. ET kicked the litters all over and so I diyed an enclosure. It did solve the problem of litters being kicked all over the place, but another problem surfaced. Over a period of about one month, it happened twice - poop outside the litter box. Don't get me wrong, ET didn't deliberately did it outside the litter box, he was inside the litter box, but his butt was resting on the white edge, the poop dropped out of the box. How can I be that sure? cos I saw traces of poop on the white coloured edge telling me the poop was sliding off from there. Another time, the poop was outside the litter box but inside the enclosure, again that tells me he was doing it inside the litter box, but his butt must be resting on the edge. So, I have an edge pooper here.

Any ideas to improve the enclosure? or what do you usually do if you have a shallow litter box? give away and buy a new ones? or find a solution to it? I will need another litter box (this or a new higher side ones) when I needed to be away, to use with crystal litter + the scoopfree.

Just trying my luck here to see what others would do or for some ingenious ideas.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 01:26 AM
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No help here...initially I looked and said "Eureka! Exactly what I need!" Then I read and seen it wasn't working. Guess I get to keep sweeping mounds of litter off the floor....Luna loves to dig!

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 06:51 AM
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I would consider it a loss and buy a new high sided litter box. He sounds like an edge pooper. I would just buy a nice tall one with a low front edge. I bought these from Petco:

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I gave me kitten size box and shallow to a local volunteer group who foster so that they can use them if additional equipment is needed. I have done the same with other equipment bought and not used now.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2014, 10:11 AM
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I would also go for a higher litter box. My cat loves to dig as well. I previously had a shallow litter box...I think the problem with it though was that it was too small. (As in the perimeter ) So I opted to purchase a higher and larger litter box, and have had no problems at all with those. Of course my kitties will bring litter out of the box when they jump out after doing their business, but that's the extent of it. I also bought lids for these litter boxes. They have those doors on them and sometimes I'll put them on the litter boxes. But I don't use them that often. You could also try using a large plastic storage container (like the ones you get at walmart) and cutting a hole in the side so your kitty is able to jump in and out of it? I did that with my previous cat and he LOVED it because it was so spacious for him.
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Donate it or throw it away...for the price of a litter box, it's not worth the hassle.

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