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Just wondered if any of you use covered cat litter trays and how you find them . Do your cats have any problems using them? Do you forget abot the litter because you cant see it?

Just wondered were considering gettting one. We have 3 cats soon to be four and obviously will need to put another litter tray down, was thinking about the covered ones?

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I don't use them primarily because they're a pain to clean. But many people also report that some cats just won't use them. Makes sense, because cats are very sensitive to odor, and the covered box confines the odor inside. If you want to give it a try, there's no great expenditure, but be aware that it might not work out. :)
 

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i also have three cats and i only have two litter trays, One open and one covered, My eldest cat goes out for the toilet unless he gets caught short.

The two younger ones who are indoor cats use both trays without a problem. in fact they use the open tray to pee in and the covered tray for the other!
Why i don't really know maybe they prefer the privacy. I don't have a problem with cleaning it, its really quick and easy, but i tend not to use clumping litter because of the fact its easier to clean. I scoop out the covered tray every day and do a full litter change twice a week, where as with the open tray i need to change every day, i never really forget to do the covered one because i have to do the open one any ways!!

If you get a covered tray and your cats won't take to it then you could always put a blankie in and convert it into a bed for one of them as there is plenty of room inside :wink:

Good luck with whatever you decide and hope your new kitty setlles in well!!!! :D
 

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I agree with the others. If I were in your shoes, I would just get one and try it out. I have three cats and two covered trays (yes I know I should have four,but I don't really have room for all of them right now). They don't have a problem using them.
 

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i bought a covered litter box when i first got my cat butch and he hated it lol. but that could just be because he is kinda pickey. but give it a try, if your kitty doesn't like it you an just take the top off. lol thats what i did. but i agree they are a pain in the ass to clean. :wink:
 

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Both of my litterboxes are covered. I think they're easy to clean. The tops come off-I don't keep mine locked down, then they're just as easy to clean as other litterboxes. If I do notice gunk on the lid part, I take it out and hose it down.
The main problem with covered litterboxes is that they do tend to concentrate the odor inside the box. To combat this, clean twice daily. Also, leave the top slats empty rather than putting the odor absorbing pads in, they don't work.

Here's a good article about litterboxes. Most of it's about why cats stop using them, but it does also talk about covered versus uncovered.

http://www.catinfo.org/litterbox.htm

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I have three covered boxes. Two have doors on them too. I got a covered box for my first cat and have always got covered boxes since then. I just now started finding the ones that having swinging doors on them. I have four cats and I haven't had any issues with any of them using the covered boxes. I don't think they are "hard" to clean. It takes a second to snap the lid off and scoop.
 

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We just got one for Sheba, as she's a "shoveler" and tends to make quite a mess around her litterbox. I was worried she wouldn't adjust to the litter box, so we put the new one out w/out the lid first (it's much higher than the old one) and then once she got used to that, put the lid on. She took to it no problem. Now I just have to get a new mat, as the one we have, she now clears when jumping out of the box and tracks litter through the bathroom!

So if you're worried, maybe try "transitioning" from regular to covered, then it won't be a complete shock to your current 3.
Oh, and we bought ours from walmart... about $13, and very big.
 

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We have allways had a covered litter tray and no problems what so ever. But my boys were used to use it since they were just kitties? Their breeder had covered trays. Hannibal loves to dig and cover with great intensity and covered litter tray keeps all the "stuff" out of our bathroom floor.
 

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I started Allie out in a regular pan with clay litter as it was my first cat and I didn't know anything. I found a covered litter box one day and Feline Pine right beside it. I changed one day and she never skipped a beat. Actually, in the 3 1/2 years I have had her, she has never been to the bathroom except in her litter box. :wink:
 

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I bought a covered litter box for my two cats about a couple months ago, so I have one uncovered and one covered. I bought the covered one because they are sooo messy with the litter box, and end up getting litter all over the carpet even with a mat when they dig and cover up. I figured a covered one would solve that problem, but it doesn't. The litter still ends up outside the box. Another problem I am having with the covered litter box is that, for some reason, they don't actually cover up their poop when they use the covered one (even though they apparently dig because there is always a mess of litter on the ground). Their poop smells when they poop in the covered box because they don't cover it! Yuck! It really smells up the upstairs! I am continually trying to figure out a way to solve this litter box problem of mine. I really wish I had a basement or garage or something to put the litter boxes in. The only places I can put them in is one of the bedrooms and the bathroom.
 

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my cat uses a covered litter box. and doesnt seem to mind it. i really prefer it cause when she goes to the bathroom she has a tendency to fling, not gently cover, her droppings! leaving me with litter and other items, all over the floors and walls that the box happens to be next to.
 

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I only use covered litter trays, and could not imagine having to use an uncovered one. They are no more complicated to clean than any other, and all my cats use them fine.
 

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I started with an uncovered box and I couldn't stand it. Litter was all over the place. I switched to a covered one, the cats are just fine with it. It's easy to clean, the lid comes off. I use liners too and that helps contain the mess.
 
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