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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Clumping litter ickiness

I tried some clumping litter, hoping it would ease on the daily litter dumping and refilling.

Big mistake. The urine-soaked litter turned into a clay-like cement that not only stuck like glue to the inside of the pan, but also stuck to the scooper. I gave up scooping and tried to dump the whole pan, but the urinecement wouldn't come out.

Even hosing the box and the scooper did little to get it off. Finally, after 10 minutes of high-pressure spraying (and much splashback), I was able to clean the stuff out from the scooper and box.

I filled it back up with regular gravel litter.

Is this the way clumping litter is supposed to work? Or did I just get a bad brand? I was expecting it to turn into hard little clumps that could just be scooped out.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 05:02 PM
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I'm wondering, did you put enough litter in the box? In my experience this kind of thing happens very easily when there is very little litter in the box. The cat digs a hole and the urine goes right to the bottom.
The kind of material the box is made of and whether the box is old or new can also have something to do with this.

To deal with the "cement" you do need to use a scooper, but your job is a lot easier when there is plenty of litter in the box.

When you have to wash the box, soak it first. Put some warm water in the box and just let it sit there. In no time at all the cement becomes soft and you can clean it up with paper towel without any problem. Then you can go ahead and wash the box.

I wonder if this helps.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 05:13 PM
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I'd just like to add, don't give up on clumping litter because in the long run it will save you a tremendous amount of work and most likely money as well.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 05:57 PM
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S'wheat scoop (wheat clumping litter) has a great affinity for bonding to the litterbox, and it's like cement when it does (you could build a parking garage out of the stuff, I swear). Spraying the box with PAM usually helps immensely...might work with clay clumping litter, as well. My co-op sells S'wheat, so I have passed this tip on to many very frustrated organic food weenies, and they've all said it works well.

World's Best Cat Litter (made of corn) doesn't seem to stick to the box at all, but it does tend to track pretty badly. I have this thing about clumping clay litter, and just can't bring myself to use it, but I haven't had any cement issues with WBCL.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 06:29 PM
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We use Tidy Cats Scoop with Crystals and we haven't had a problem with the litter bonding to the bottom of the litter pan since we started using it.

Something I've read on this forum to help keep the litter from sticking is to sray non-stick cooking spray (Pam) on the litter pan before putting the litter in it.

I'd also make sure you have at least 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches of litter in the pan. Too little might make it stick more.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 06:57 PM
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I put down a litter tray liner then newspaper then my cat litter sometimes i have to push the clumps off the paper with my scoop other than that it is fine
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