What Are Your Litterbox Essentials?

Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny

Litter Box Setup August 2012As a person who likes to do my business on a clean toilet, I have come to appreciate the importance of a clean litterbox.  When my brother told me that he cleaned Boots’ litterbox once a week, I was horrified.  I told him that he was VERY lucky that she hadn’t done her business elsewhere.  I think the first time that I really thought of the importance of a clean litterbox was when our vet was explaining hooded litterboxes.  Rags always had a hooded litterbox.  And the vet said, that a hooded litterbox is like doing your business in a Johnny On The Spot (portable toilet rental).  YUCK!  For that reason and more, I no longer support hooded litterboxes.

So, I wanted to share my Litterbox Essential list and see what yours are.  Mine is short:

  1. One nice size litterbox – I like the NVR Miss or storage bins
  2. One Litter Lifter – this is the BEST litter scoop in the world.
  3. Litter that you and your cats like – we use Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra
  4. Bathmat – I like to put a bath mat or a similar sized towel in front of the litter box

You can see a lot of our litterbox essential set up in this review video of the NVR Miss Litterbox:

What are your litterbox essentials?  If someone was adopting a cat for the first time and didn’t know what to do with a litterbox, what would you suggest based on your experience?


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110 thoughts on “What Are Your Litterbox Essentials?

  1. Dementia Boy says:

    We dun run outta reply space.

    Christy, what did I say that made you concerned/skeptical/worried/confounded? Whatever it was, I apologize for my lack of clarity, but please let me know so that I confuse things even more!!

  2. Martha Jimenez says:

    Cat Litter: I use Swheat Scoop (regular or multicat – both are about the same), together (in the same box) with Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra. There is never a trace of odor with Swheat Scoop (unscented). The litter is also light in weight so it is easier to dump out the entire container when changing and cleaning out the litter tray from scratch. I also prefer to add a little of Dr. Elsey’s to the litter tray, together with the Swheat Scoop litter because Dr. Elsey’s has phenomenal clumping retention. Dr. Elsey’s is heavier so using it entirely would be difficult for me to handle when changing out the entire container. I generally purchase Swheat Scoop and Dr. Elsey’s from Chewy.com (they have outstanding service). Both litters are also sold at the PetSmart stores.

    Litter Box: I purchase Home Depot’s largest [cement] mixing tray, which has a rectangular shape (I think there are only two sizes). The sides of the larger are high enough so that the litter does not get kicked out of the tray. I am not sure what the material of the tray is but it is light in weight. I am also not certain that the trays are for mixing cement, paint or for something else. They are black in color. The largest size provides enough room for two large Ragdolls (my male is now nearly 18 pounds) to get into at the same time (which they sometimes do), and they are very inexpensive.

  3. Patti Johnson says:

    Hi, Jenny & Everyone!

    We received our NVR Miss Litterbox today! We ordered the white one (they were all out of the medium brown/taupe colored one and I’m glad they were as the white one looks really nice!).

    I have our new 2nd litterbox all set up and it didn’t take Miss Pink Sugar very long to investigate it and leave her first little “gift” for me to scoop. It works great! She really did turn lengthwise to do her business. Awesome product. Really glad I got one!

    I’ll probably get second one eventually and get rid of my oldest box. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  4. Tansy says:

    I like the crystal litter as its dust free. Tried the clay litter & found trails of pawprints allover the floors & firniture! Also tried the recycled paper litter but found it too smelly.

  5. Patti Johnson says:

    Hi, all!

    Rec’d my 80 pounds of Dr. Elsey’s Ultra Precious Kitty Litter from Amazon yesterday. Whew! Those 40 pound bags are HEAVY!

    My sweet hubby and I bagged up all the old litter in Pink Sugar’s litterbox this morning and I scrubbed the box clean along with the little mat I keep in front of the box.

    I filled the cleaned box with the new litter and NO DUST was encountered as I poured in this awesome new litter! Pink Sugar jumped in the box about 30 minutes later and “christened” the new litter. It’s a hit. Yay!!!

    Now, I just can’t wait to get my NVR Miss Litterbox on Friday via UPS. C’mon Friday!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  6. Janet Knowlton says:

    Just need to say that World’s Greatest Cat Litter is by far the best I have used. Absolutely no dust, completely natural. It clumps perfectly and is completely safe. My breeder uses it for all her cats and kittens. It has never ever stuck to my kittens’ fur. I will never use anything else. Easy to scoop and never sticks like cement like all those litters like Fresh Step etc. Just my two cents…

  7. Elizabeth( Bailey's Mom) says:

    Yes, my cat was on Blue Buffalo dry food for 4 months because I thought it would be better for him than Friskie’s. However, he stopped urinating and I had to rush him to the 24/7 vet which was very painful for him and $$$ for me. He probably had urinary crystals but now he’s on Hill’s c/d wet with very little dry c/d kibble mushed in. He has not blocked since the diet change but the c/d makes cats chunk-up. Thinking of switching him to another high-quality canned wet food w/ lower carb content but I’m terrified he will block again.

    I’d be interested in a Precious Cat Litter long-hair review since litter gets stuck to my cat’s bottom and toe tufts even with my litter mats. I’ve heard bad things about silica cat litters though so that’s why I’ve stayed away.

    • Patti Johnson says:

      Oh, Elizabeth, how awful for you and for poor Bailey! I am so glad that Bailey is all better now but hope you can find the right food. We’re pretty satisfied with our transition from Blue Buffalo dry kibble to Fancy Feast (the “Classic” varieties are the only ones without carrageenan, wheat gluten and/or soy flour). And the price fits into our budget. We found another brand of cat food called Sheba (it also has no carrageenan) that we may put in the mix along with the Fancy Feast.

      I know what you mean about the litter sticking, too. Haven’t had much problem with it sticking to her little feet but it was really sticking to her “bottom fur” until we began to trim that fur regularly.

      BIG HUGS!

      Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I am sorry to hear about Bailey…unfortunately, I hear about this all too often and the common link between everything? Dry food. Makes me crazy that vets still say it’s ok to feed it.

      Anyway, I would suggest reading catinfo.org

      You’ll discover through that website that Hill’s C/D, etc. aren’t anything but a marketing ploy – and a food that is good and works for him shouldn’t make him puke.

      Have you eliminated all dry food from his diet? Seriously check out catinfo.org if you are worried about him blocking again.

      As far as litter, there is a concern about silica litters – and you need to decide what’s right for you and your kitties. I think it’s an individual decision. If your kitty is using what you currently have and it works for you then use that.


      • Elizabeth (Bailey's mom) says:

        Thank you, Jenny and Patti,

        I’m familiar with Dr. Pierson’s food recommendations. I’m not thrilled with c/d and its ingriedients so I am definitely thinking of switching him to one of the can foods you listed. It’s strange–I’ve taken Bailey to two vets claiming he will block for sure if I feed him anything but c/d. However, when I took him to a feline specialist the doctor recommended any high quality canned food with little to no c/d kibbles and lots of water. I tried the fountain but Bailey wasn’t a fan so I put ice cubes in his bowl and that seems to work.

        It’s more of an issue of convincing my partner that Bailey is better on a different canned food. She’s “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” thinking but I think it’s really clear that the ingredients in c/d are not that great. I’ve only had Bailey for two years now (I think he’s about 6) and I’m not sure about his background before then but I know he was on Friskies so he’s a dry food addict.

        Thanks again for the advice!

        • Jenny says:

          Hmmm, dont know what to tell you about your girlfriend other than to pray that she will have an AH HA moment and get it. Does sound like it’s way broken (“if it ain’t broken…”- so not sure how that’s not clear.

          • Patti Johnson says:

            Had to comment. Just had to…. Especially about the “AH HA” moment.

            My sweet hubby had his “AH HA” moment when I finally got him to do some more investigation such as reading all of the info on catinfo.org (link provided by Jenny).

            Now he’s a total wet food convert and has brought home more wet food for Pink Sugar each of the last three times he’s been to the store over the last few days. Last night he came home with a 24-pack of the Sheba Pate Variety. I now have an entire shelf in our pantry stocked with three cases of wet food for our baby girl! And, he’s made a game out of preparing her wet food with the small amount of dry kibble that we are adding in during her transition (from dry food to wet food). He prepares her meals at the dining room table so she can “help” him mix it up. It’s so cute to watch.

            There is no more stubborn human being on the planet that my sweet hubby. If HE can be convinced that the wet food diet is best then anyone can. Just be persistent and drop hints every day! Worked for me.

            Big hugs & love!

            Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

          • Elizabeth (Bailey's mom) says:

            I think when she sees how freaking cute the Weruva cat food site is I can convince her the ingredients are much better for cats. Especially when looking at the carb content. The Paw Lickin’ Chicken is only 3.3% compared to the c/d with 22%. yikes! Weruva is about the same price as 24X 5.5 oz of c/d but I think when ordered through petfooddirect.com you can get a discount with the autoship option?

            Happy New Years Eve!

          • Jenny says:

            Yes – I like to order from doggiefood.com and last I checked, if you use “Thanks20” you get 20% off your order of $150 or more – but if you get right at $150, then it will be less once the 20% is applied.

          • Dementia Boy says:

            Surely you didn’t expect She Who Knows Everything to keep her mouth shut, Elizabeth. And I even have a link this time:


            Yeah, you have to join, but it’s not like applying to grad school. Just write, “My 6-year-old male cat Bailey is recovering from a UT blockage. Although my vet has him on c/d, I would like to explore other food options, as well as learn more about FLUTD.” Lots of good information. If you want to post, you’ll face the Grand Inquisition if you don’t know what kind of crystals Bailey had, his USG, his pH and other stuff. So read first; post later. And always get hard copies of Bailey’s labs!!

            Is your partner a cheapskate? If so, you might tell her how vomiting leads to dehydration which–surprise!!–leads to bladder inflammation and kidney damage. Chronic vomiting also damages teeth ($$$$), causes electrolyte imbalances and may result in esophageal lesions and GERD. You might check out the cost of a transurethral resection–what some folks call a sex change operation, but She Who Knows That Is a Misnomer no longer corrects them–and casually mention that dollar figure to She Who Must Be Convinced That Prescription Diets Are Kwap.

            How does your partner approach car and household repairs? C/D is duct tape. No, it’s like duct tape applied to a 19th century mahogany dresser–it will hold the drawers together temporarily but ruin the wood permanently.

            C/D has extra methionine, an acidifying agent. So I’m assuming your vet believes Bailey has struvite crystals. But he’s at that awkward age when he could have any kind of crystals. Because you don’t know his history, you don’t know if he’s had prior problems. And you don’t have his labs. (Hint: Get them.)

            OK, I’ve pedantic-ed myself out.

          • Dementia Boy says:

            Weruva: I hate to be a spoilsport–I REALLY do–but please check out the phosphorus content of Weruva varieties before you buy them. I think Weruva is honest food. But some of the varieties are astronomically high in phosphorus, which is one of those dang minerals that contribute to crystal formation in cats pre-disposed to FLUTD, which Bailey is. Still, if that’s your food of choice, you might want to add water to it like Jenny does to keep Bailey’s kidneys flushed.


          • Elizabeth says:

            From the journal review articles dating back to the 80s to 2000’s (just google scholar ‘FELINE FLUTD’ with a .edu access to online journals) it seems like minerals had little to do with idiopathic FLUTD. High protein diets were associated with reduced urinary pH. This breaks up struvite crystals. I’m less worried about the mineral content but that the product is very low on carbs.

            Most of the statistics in the studies were regressions that tend to be sensitive to including outliers. I’m skeptical to why this design was used when there are more robust statistics at handling skewed data such as small sample sizes with n=1 one cat high pH and n=18 cats low pH. Oh well, that’s research. Definitely don’t trust studies from Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

            Thanks for the advice on some of the cans from Weruva.

          • Dementia Boy says:

            You’ve done your research. So have I. Although we have consulted some of the same articles, abstracts and studies, we have reached somewhat different conclusions, perhaps because I refuse to acknowledge or accept “idiopathic.”

            Maintaining a slightly acidic pH is the most important factor in maintaining urinary tract health, together with hydration. Animal protein will get you there.

            Yet what causes crystals? Highly concentrated urine provides the perfect growth environment. Crystals are formed from minerals. In turn, stones are formed from crystals. Struvite stones can be dissolved by diet; others, including oxalate, cannot.

            My former partner manages an Antech lab, so my cats’ blood and urine are tested monthly, if not weekly, or, in Zen’s case, daily during the last two weeks of her life. In nearly 40 years of living with cats, I have never experienced crystals. Yet I have slides of crystals, stained and cultured; they are comprised of minerals and sludge. Phosphorus, magnesium, oxalate and calcium are easy to identify. My friend provides me with duplicate slides of everything she thinks I would find interesting.

            I have studied oxalates and purines extensively and have constructed my cats’ diet accordingly, with an eye acutely focused on calcium: phosphorus balance.

            I have ranted long enough about certain minerals’ roles in FLUTD.Inflammation also plays a role. Stress results in inflammation results in illness. Dr. Niels Pederson, Jolie’s consulting vet for three years, acknowledged this during an honorary dinner. The behaviorist in me wonders: Why are some cats more prone to stress than others?

            A prey model diet may work for Bailey. I hope it does. The important thing is that you’ve taken the first step by convincing your partner to transition Bailey to wet food. After that, there’s an abyss of choices =).

          • ChristyB says:

            So sorry if this posts in the wrong place in the thread, there wasn’t a “reply” button in @Dementia Boy’s last comment…

            @Dementia Boy, @Jenny & all other opinions, what are your thoughts on Evangers Game Meat canned food (http://evangersdogfood.com/?p=cat_gamemeats)?

            I chose it for my earthquake kit because the ingredient deck was short and reasonable in my opinion (meat, water, liver, guar gum) and it’s made in the USA.

            My cat eats a whole prey / prey model diet and I wanted something in a severe emergency that would be closest to that diet. Yes, I know it’s vastly different! My thinking was that other than the guar gum there isn’t anything in it that he doesn’t normally eat (no grains, no produce, no flours, etc…).

            Now, with regard to crystals, I haven’t been worried about them for Prossimo because of his diet. Also, because of his diet he rarely drinks water. I’ve been feeding raw a long time to dogs and I know that it’s totally normal as there isn’t a need since their food is full of water.

            That being said, I’m not sure if I’m reading something incorrectly in @Dementia Boy’s comments or not but I’d wondering what your opinion is on this.

          • Elizabeth says:

            Behaviorist? You must have a masters or PhD in some sort of field in psychology? I’m a PhD student in Educational Psychology and my minor is in neuroscience and procrastination. Anyways….do you think cats with FLUTD can have cat grass? Anyone?

            My guess is it might be okay since it’s mostly fiber but I could be completely wrong. I understand this is not veterinary advice and I’m obviously not a feline nutritionist.

          • Dementia Boy says:

            Sorry, Elizabeth, I just now saw your January 2 comment.

            I have a doctorate in both applied and clinical psychology, with some post-doc training in…well, no need to go there. (Let’s just say that Marsha Linehan and I are not on the same wavelength.) I did my clinical hours at Napa State Hospital.

            As for cat grass, I wouldn’t be concerned about it, unless Bailey eats vast quantities daily or you see tarry poops (chlorophyll). But that’s just my opinion. Admittedly, I haven’t researched it (my cats mow it off just as it is sprouting, so I don’t grow it). Does it flower? Profusely? When I think of grass, I think of nitrogen.

  8. Dementia Boy says:

    It is probably a good thing that I didn’t see Patti’s initial comment about Pink Sugar’s urinary tract condition. Otherwise, I would have stripped off my raggedy sweater, donned my rhinestone crown, and morphed into She Who Knows Everything About FLUTD, IBD and Kandinsky. (Hey, wait a minute, how did HE get in here???!!)

    Just a couple of things, because, even with the raggedy sweater, I am still She Who Cannot Keep Her Mouth Shut.

    Patti, you might want to consider joining the Yahoo FLUTD Group. (I should know the link by memory, but I don’t, so just Google those words.) Because Pink Sugar has had one bout of inflammation, this increases her risk for recurrences. This group has lots of valuable information. You don’t have to comment; you can just listen.

    Aside from a cat on fluids or one with congestive heart failure, I’ve never heard of a cat being overhydrated. If Pink Sugar will eat her wet food mixed with water, do it!! This may save heartbreak down the road.

    OK, that’s it from Ms. Know It All. I’m Dementia Boy here, because that was a term of endearment for my Ragdoll, William, and I’m Jolie Cosette and a whole bunch of other names elsewhere =). I have a weird life so I avoid using the same I.D. too many places.

    • Patti Johnson says:

      Hello, She Who May Not Be Named! (lol)

      First, lurve your sense of humor and I always read your comments and it’s so nice to finally “meet you!”

      Second (& lastly), thank you so much for all the great info. I will check out the Yahoo FLUTD group thingy for sure.

      I will also see if I can mix in a bit of water during our Wet Food Transition with Pink Sugar to see if that will work with her. (I didn’t even think about THAT!)

      Again, DB, thank you so much for all your great guidance and info! Pssssst. I’ll keep your real identity a secret. 🙂

      HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!

      Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

      • Dementia Boy says:

        =D <–that's supposed to be a big grin; I hope it doesn't mean anything bad. (Sure, tell it to the judge, lady.)

        As alter ego Jolie Cosette–who is also my avatar on Jenny's and Molly's YouTube channels–I know some folks from other sites, so I wanted to let them know that Dementia and Jolie are one and the same. The real Jolie, currently surfing my left arm, would consider that quite an affront, although she still misses her big d-u-m brudder terribly.

        I'm so glad you're going with wet food. You already have your New Year's Resolution in place!! Purrs and headbutts from She Who is Simply a Goofball, Jolie and Isabella.

  9. janet Knowlton says:

    Hi Patti – Not that you care what I have to say BUT I concur with everything Jenny says. If budget is seriously an issue, Wellness is another option. They have a sliced turkey (and probably other flavors) with no carrigeenan in it. It is a lot cheaper than say Instinct or some of the other top brands. I do believe it is better than Fancy Feast but as the article states it is ok. I went through a lot with my kitten when we first got him. I could not get the diarrhea under control. I tried all dry, which is really bad, and all wet and a combo of both. Nothing worked until I switched off of chicken to turkey. Anyway, what I discovered is that wet food was the one that seriously stopped the diarrhea. I kept wanting to add kibble because i thought they need crunchy and every time I did loose poops! Even though I am not going through your issue I just wanted to share another aspect of switching to wet. Now both kittens are strictly on wet with maybe a tablespoon as a topping. These foods are all grain free so I am not worried about a little kibble. Good luck with Pink Sugar!

    • Patti Johnson says:

      Hi, Janet:

      I value the advice and experience of ALL the readers here at Floppycatsland! 🙂 <3

      I truly appreciate your taking the time to share your information and experience with me! The information about the Wellness brand is very interesting. We'll check that out, too!

      Oh, I'm so sorry your kitty had such problems as a kitten. Whew! Glad those days are over, I bet! So happy that everything was resolved and your kitty is thriving now! Yay!

      Hope you had a MERRY CHRISTMAS and best wishes to you and yours for a very HAPPY AND AWESOME NEW YEAR!!!

      Big hugs!

      Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

      • Patti Johnson says:

        Hi, Jenny & Everyone!

        I am so excited! Pink Sugar is transitioning over from her dry food to wet food very well! (She’s such a little trooper!) My sweet hubby mixes just a bit of her dry kibble in with the wet to give her that familiar texture and she just tucks right into it. We’ll be lessening the amount of dry kibble in the mix over the next few weeks and see what happens. We have high hopes that this won’t be as hard as we anticipated. Yay!

        ALSO, I FINALLY ordered the NVR Miss Litterbox that I have been wanting since I first learned about it from Floppycats this past summer. YAY! I got the white one (the last one in stock for the year at the place I’m getting it from here in the USA!). I was hoping to get the brown/taupe one but after I ordered it my sweet hubby told me he’s glad I got the white one as he likes that color better than the ugly brown one. (Isn’t he sweet?!)

        AND…I’ve got two 40 pounds bags of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Ultra whatchamacallit kitty litter (that schtuff you use, Jenny) coming from Amazon.com – got a special deal with an Amazon Prime free trial thingy where they were $15.99 per bag and free two-day shipping! Woo-hoo!

        Soooooo, we are all very happy here at Casa Johnson now that we have our plan in motion for better litter, two litter boxes and a wet food diet for our baby girl Pink Sugar (who is doing so much better with her UTI now). Happy Sigh….

        Best wishes to everyone and their families (which include all of their furry babies) for a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

        Big hugs!

        Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

        • Jenny | Floppycats.com says:

          Hi Patti,

          I am thrilled to hear that everything is going well and that you have ordered the litterboxes and litter.

          Please let me know how Pink Sugar likes the NVR Miss and the litter.


  10. Patti Johnson says:

    Hi, Jenny and all the other lovely folks out there in Floppycatsland! 🙂 <3

    I reaching out to all of you for thoughts and input based on your experiences with long haired breeds, urinary tract infections and kitty litter.

    I'm researching litter products this evening, as my precious Pink Sugar girl has a urinary tract infection and I can't help but think that this dusty litter may have helped to cause her condition! My poor baby! She's only 14 months old and has a UTI! Argh! But we are treating with Uromaxx (as recommended by our vet) and she's doing much better just after one dose!

    Now, I mentioned in a post last night that I would be trying the Dr. Elsey's Ultra Precious Cat litter that you use Jenny. However, now I'm wondering if anyone out there uses the Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Long Hair Litter product? (I saw someone else post a question about this last night but my eyes are too tired to skim back over all the comments in this GREAT DISCUSSION THREAD!)

    The reason I'm thinking of the long hair litter formula is that the description of this product on Petco.com states the following:


    . Biodegradable
    . Traps urine and odor on contact
    . Non-toxic
    . Helps prevent kidney failure and urinary tract infections
    . Low tracking
    . Easy to scoop"

    Jenny and/or Floppycats Readers, I would truly appreciate your thoughts on this long hair kitty litter formula if anyone has experience with it….

    I just want to do all I can to avoid our little Sugar girl from getting another UTI. I scoop her box several times a day, I totally clean the box monthly (dump all existing litter in trash, wash out box with hot soapy water and rinse and dry and fill with new litter), she has a water fountain and a glass bowl that gets filled with fresh water & ice cubes twice a day and she's eating the best premium food we can afford.) Sigh…

    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    Patti & Pink Sugar (who's resting quietly on the couch right now) <3

    • Yuki says:

      Was a Urine Culture & Sensitivity done to determine if there was in fact an infection? Plus it helps in determining which antibiotic is best suited for the infection. Sometimes vets just give out medicine without determining if there is an infection or not. So just wondering… What was the result of the urinalysis?

      As long as the cat (in general) is eating canned food with species appropriate ingredients I don’t see a reason for an infection unless it has other health issues like CRF which causes the urine to be dilute.

      I only have experience with clumping litter, sorry.

      • Patti Johnson says:

        Hi, Yuki!

        Thank you for your kind response. 🙂

        Our vet told us he could do the urinalysis which would just make our bill higher. He already knew with all the symptoms we gave him that our angel had a UTI. He gave us two choices. Try the Uromaxx or put her on an antibiotic. I went with the Uromaxx as the antibiotics can be so strong with serious side affects. He explained that the Uromaxx has worked quite well with other patients in the same circumstances and is much cheaper than the antibiotic in the long run. (He’s aware that my hubby and I live on a limited retirement budget and works with us to keep our medical costs down for our baby.) I trust him so we are trying the Uromaxx which appears to be working pretty darned well after one dose early today. At least she’s stopped squatting and trying to pee outside of the litterbox. Poor thing.

        Merry Christmas!

        Patti 🙂

        • Teresa says:

          Awe Patti,
          Am so sorry to hear about Pink Sugar’s UTI. That’s no fun at all! There is a good article from the Only Natural Pet Store that might be helpful: http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/knowledgeBase/knowledgebasedetail.aspx?articleid=84&SubjectId=13253&SubjectName=food+

          Know that the thinking over the years has changed from having a low ash/mag. content in the food to now just trying to feed them foods that create a low urine ph which would be foods high in protein, like all meat.
          Over the years, had several male cats who got frequent UTI’s and put them on Friskies special diet/urinary tract formula canned food. It worked like a charm and none of them were ever bothered with any more UTI’s. That’s just my experience but it was good. Don’t know if you like that brand or not, but it is not expensive as pet food goes and you can get it in bulk which is a little cheaper from Petsmart in cases of 24. If that isn’t good, maybe the option of trying a really high protein food would make her urine more acidic and keep away those awful UTI’s.
          Hope she feels better soon – give her lots of hugs and kisses! ♥

          • Patti Johnson says:

            Thank you so very much, Teresa, for the great advice and the link! Going to go read that info from the link right now!

            The vet highly recommended the Uromaxx as a treatment and supplement to continue on a daily basis. I’m pretty impressed with the product and will be ordering more from Amazon.com.

            She’s already doing tons better now than she was earlier yesterday. Whew! I can’t stand seeing her not feeling well. Just breaks my heart.

            We’ve been giving her lots of cuddly hugs and kisses! I’ll be sure to give her some from her “Auntie Teresa!” 🙂 <3

            MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

            Patti & Pink Sugar <3

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Patti,

      My guess is the UTI is a result of the dry food – and typically they will return if the diet isn’t changed.

      I would suggest taking a look at catinfo.org and would think she might highly benefit from a wet food diet.

      If it resonates with you, be sure to transition her off of the dry food according to the suggestions on catinfo.org.

      Sorry for her and for you – but the good news is that it is easily treatable!

      So glad you care enough about her to ask further!
      Merry Christmas,

      • Patti Johnson says:

        Thank you, Jenny! My hubby and I are reading that info now!

        My hubby asked me to ask you for your help with the following as he continues his research on nutrition and prices of wet food, etc… He’s concerned that we may not be able to afford to buy the best premium wet food compared to what we spend now on the dry food.

        Would you be able to provide some guidance on the following?

        1. We currently feed Pink Sugar the following dry cat food: Blue Buffalo Indoor Chicken & Brown Rice Formula (NOTE: We buy a 7 pound bag of this at Petco about every 4 weeks for around $20. We let her graze during the day from the kibble in her food bowl and replenish the bowl with fresh kibble when it’s gone.) Does this mean that we would need to buy 7 pounds of wet food each month as an equivalent replacement to the 7 pound bag of dry food we’ve been buying?

        We have tried to get her to eat some premium canned food when she was younger and we were attempting to supplement her with some L-Lysine and she ate very little (and then none) of the different wet foods we tried. So we gave up on the wet food at that time.

        Pink Sugar currently weighs 15 pounds.

        Any recommendations on a good nutritious wet food that’s not too expensive would be great appreciated!

        Thank you so much for any guidance you can give us!

        Merry Christmas!

        Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

        • Patti Johnson says:

          We’ve figured out what we can best afford right now and that is the Fancy Feast variety packs of canned food (pate style). We have some Fancy Feast left over from when Sugar was a kitten and she turned her nose up at it.

          However, we removed her kibble tonight and placed a can of Fancy Feast in her food dish and she gobbled a lot of it right down. We are going to continue with this for now. We were going to try and go with the Blue Buffalo Spa Select for Indoor Cats but discovered carageenan in the ingredient list.

          So we will continue with the transition to the Fancy Feast for now and see what happens.

          Wish us luck!

          Thanks for all your support, Jenny!

          Merry Christmas!

          Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

          • Teresa says:

            Hi Patti,
            Just wanted to let you know when you transition your kitty over from dry to wet foods, they tend to lose some weight but gain muscle mass. It is because the dry has so many carbs they have more fat, but when they eat the wet food, they get more lean and muscular. Just didn’t want you to panic and think that Pink Sugar is starving or something cause it is normal. Glad you are switching her over and think she will do a lot better. Keep us posted and Merry Christmas!!!!

          • Jenny says:

            Hi Patti,

            Yes, I think Dr. Lisa on Catinfo.org says that Fancy Feast is a good option if you are on a tight budget.

            I order all my food, $250 a time from Doggiefood.com – that way premium food becomes pretty inexpensive when you order it like that – I always use a promo code and it’s always shipped to my front door.

            I mostly buy Weruva, Cats in the Kitchen by Weruva, Nature’s Variety, Hounds and Gatos and Fussie Cat – but the “best” premium foods are covered here: https://www.floppycats.com/best-canned-cat-food.html

            If she can transition cold turkey, I guess that’ll work, but it took us over 2 weeks to transition Charlie and Trigg – https://www.floppycats.com/transitioning-charlie-and-trigg-from-dry-food-to-wet-food-only.html

            About 99% of the time, Floppycats readers write me back and say they are THRILLED that they transitioned their kitties – that their behavior improves, their poops improve, their coat is gorgeous, etc.

            When my brother transitioned Boots, his wife said to me, “I don’t know what it is but her coat just seems to be more hydrated!” I laughed and said, “YES! Because her body is!”

            However, every now and again someone just does the cold turkey thing and then the cat has diarrhea because the person didn’t really read catinfo.org – and they get fed up and keep them on dry food – rinse and repeat, UTI comes back or bladder stones or whatever.

            So please know I have gotten negative feedback, but for the most part highly positive feedback.

            There are also articles on the site from Dr. Hofve – who is adamantly opposed to dry food because of the UTI issue and more.

            Please keep me updated!

          • Patti Johnson says:

            Thank you so much for your advice and support, Teresa! We read about the weight loss and muscle gain on catinfo.org (which Jenny referred us to earlier today).

            Hope you have had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

            Patt & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

          • Patti Johnson says:

            Hi, again, Jenny!

            THANK YOU so much for the great information and all your advice, guidance, support…

            My sweet hubby and I are so thankful for you and all the great info you provide here at Floppycats.com! Truly!

            I read the info from Dr. Hofve yesterday and that really got me concerned and I finally asked my hubby to read it and seriously consider the switch. After reading that yesterday and then the info on catinfo.org today he’s totally on board with the wet food as the main nutrition for our girl! Whew! Thought I was going to have to battle it out with him as he’s pretty stubborn about the “I’ve always fed my dogs and cats dry food, etc….”

            I’m feeling so much better now knowing that we are doing the right thing for our precious Raggy girl! Didn’t sleep very well last night at all because I was so worried about it all.

            Hope you have had a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

            I will definitely keep you posted on our progress with the transition!

            Very warmest regards,

            Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

          • Jenny says:

            Hi Patti,

            I am thrilled to hear about your husband’s support – as that will definitely help.

            And more importantly that he was open minded enough to consider another avenue – this will help Pink Sugar ni the long run and yes, while wet food might be more expensive in the short run – the complications of UTIs would be more detrimental in the long run.

            I have not heard of the issues with dogs on dry food – but usually it’s allergies. Cats seem to be way more affected by it.

            Please keep us in the loop – I know you will!


          • Patti Johnson says:

            Thank you SO MUCH, Jenny! We truly appreciate your input (along with all the other wonder kitty lovers who lurve your Floppycats site as much as I do)!

            Hope your had a truly Merry Christmas and very best wishes for a Happy, Healthy & Love-filled New Year!

            Big hugs!

            Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

    • Martha Jimenez says:

      I use Swheat Scoop (regular or multicat – both are about the same), together (in the same box) with Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra. Swheat Scoop is expensive but can last for several weeks with regular scooping. I don’t change out their litter box every week though, and sometimes it is nearly 3 weeks. There is never a trace of odor with Swheat Scoop (unscented). The litter is natural as well as light in weight so it is easier to dump out the entire container when changing and cleaning out the litter tray from scratch. I also prefer to add a little of Dr. Elsey’s to the litter tray, together with the Swheat Scoop litter because Dr. Elsey’s has phenomenal clumping retention. Dr. Elsey’s is heavier so using it entirely would be difficult for me to handle when changing out the entire container. I generally purchase Swheat Scoop and Dr. Elsey’s from Chewy.com (they have outstanding service). Both litters are also sold at the PetSmart stores.

      I always leave dry foods out (I commute 100 miles daily each way to work). My Ragdolls Whitie and Khari each get a 3 oz can of wet food in the morning and generally one at night. However, I think Khari is eating more of the wet foods. I have recently been purchasing the Weruva for their wet food but have tried others too. They are somewhat picky about shredded meat in their foods and had also at one time stopped eating any pates.

      I am not an expert but water consumption is very important. I don’t use the continuous fountains like Drinkwell, but use one that filters in when they drink. I also use a stainless dog bowl which I wash out and refill with filtered ice water at least twice a day during the week and more frequently on weekends. I keep this on a kitchen counter near the refrigerator and I notice that they utilize this more than the one that fills with water as they drink.

  11. Janet Knowlton says:

    I took off one of the doors to my bathroom cabinet so I would never have to see the litter box! Then I put a put white linen curtain across there. I use an extra large high sided litter box. We have two kittens so I use The World’s Greatest Litter, Multiple cat one. I am happy with it as It’s so safe for kittens. I am insane about odor and keeping that box clean. The minute they hit their butts in there, I am in there scooping! I actually have only one box for two cats. I really had no other appropriate place for a second box and they are so good about using one. So I have a roll of bio-degradable dog poop bags in the bathroom and a great metal scooper by the litter box. I scoop and dispose of the poop bags in a brown shopping bag that I keep on my deck. Poop bags go outside immediately. I put the scoop in a plastic bag so it doesn’t get the cabinet yucky. So after scooping I always spray Zero Odor on the litter and sometimes have to light a match for those extra stinky times! Amazing how a lighted match works. I never have an odor smell as I am on it instantly! Also, change the litter box, washing and soaking in vinegar, once a week. I am a little worried about my 7 month old getting too big for this box and then I don’t know what I will do. He is almost 14 lbs and he’s 7 months old!

    • Jenny says:

      that’s a good idea about the biodegradable poop bags!

      i am not sure if i like the idea of the zero odor on the litter – because that residue is there when the cats go back in, so then it gets on their paws and they more or less lick it off. just something to ponder.

      that’s a good idea about the lit match.

      wow -your 7 month old is quite large – fun!

      • Janet Knowlton says:

        Really? I somehow get these emails from “Dr. Jon” and he claims it is safe. It doesn’t work that well anyway. I’ll stop. The match works! Thanks, Jenny.

  12. ChristyB says:

    I wouldn’t have a cat without the Breeze Litter System by TidyCats – LOVE that thing!

    With the system (the box, disposable pads and litter), the only other things I need are BioBags to pick up the poop and a vacuum to suck up any stray pellets.

    • Janell Simpson says:

      Is the Tidy Breeze litter box big enough for a large ragdoll? Also what happens with diarrhea? Does the mess infiltrate the screen?

      • ChristyB says:

        @Janell, it’s plenty big enough for my cat, who the last time I weighed him was 16.5 pounds!

        Admittedly, I don’t deal with it very often at all but if there is pudding type stool or diarrhea, it does go through the screen onto the pad which isn’t a problem. The pads give off no odor and they trap odor really well.

        It will dry around the grate.

        I used to use the scoop that came with the system but now I use biodegradable dog poop bag (BioBags) to pick up the poo. In the case of a loose stool this would allow you to grab and remove most if not all of the litter pellets surrounding it. You can at that point push the pellets away and wipe the grate clean if necessary.

  13. Erica says:

    My litterbox essentials are a large litterbox, (the one I have now is covered just to make sure my dog doesn’t go digging in there) hard clumping litter,(I am using Scoop Away, my cat likes Precious Cat better, but I found that pieces kept calling off the clumps. Maybe because the box is in the bathroom.), plastic bags, a scoop, and a small shower caddy.(those baskets people use to hold shower products. I put one above the litterbox and put my scoop in there so it doesn’t end up on the floor spreading germs.)

  14. Bailey's(Maine Coon) Mom says:

    Litter: I really love Precious Cat Ultra–low dust. I’ve been thinking about trying the long-haired type with the silica gel because the ultra gets stuck to my Maine coon’s fur…even after he’s had his butt shaved at the vet’s! Have you product tested the Precious Cat long-hair silica?

    Box: I have a hooded jumbo pan that I scoop everyday but I’ve been thinking of making the switch to open. I’m worried my male cat will spray out of the sides of the pan though.. I hear about the disposable kind but again I worry about the spraying issue.

    Mat: I have a fancy nature’s miracle no track mat that works well. Towels don’t seem to work well for me as mats and tracking is a HUGE issue because I live in a small condo so it really spreads.

    Stinkies disposal: I use paper bags from Trader Joe’s that’s outside always. I don’t like the idea of keeping clumps in my place using a disposal system. Maybe if I had a bigger place I would consider it though.

    • Martha Jimenez says:

      I place scooped litter into Fabreeze scented bags and keep them in a covered garbage container in an unheated garage until I go out (which is every day Monday – Friday). The Fabreeze does an excellent job of containing scooped litter odor.

  15. Dominique says:

    I have one litter box and storage boxes. I like the storage boxes better though, the bottom is very smooth. I scoop with the litter lifter 2-3 times a day and use clumping litter. I use doggie litter bags for discarding the litter. I have cheap doormats in front of the boxes at the moment. There is no smell really.
    My kitten likes to play in the litter boxes. He just jumps from one in the other and back. Anybody else has cats who do that? He’s also protective: when I want to scoop, he quickly jumps in the box. When I then start in another box, he jumps in that one. I always have to pick him up and move him.
    Both cats use all the litter boxes. The kitten was used to share with his siblings and the other kittens at the breeder and my old cat was an outdoor cat also shared with her (now deceased) mother and sister.
    The storage boxes are quite high. I wonder if I should cut out an opening for easy entry.

  16. Teresa says:

    My list is pretty much like yours Jenny with 2 things added:
    1. NVR Miss litter box + a big Rubbermaid Tuff box (it has a great finish on the inside kinda like the NVR miss that is easy to disinfect without ruining the finish and costs only about $5 at Walmart
    2. Litter lifter – best in the world (thanks Jenny)
    3. Hard clumping cat litter – world’s best (thanks Jenny)
    4. Rubber mat (Petco) This mat has little dots about the size of a dime that are raised (the mat is very soft), so I turned it over and so now any litter that might fly out, gets trapped down in the little round places and I just pick it up and pour it back in. Made keeping the surrounding area so much easier to keep up.
    5. Litter locker – that is the best thing I have ever seen!!! The bags are 5 ply and so when you dip, the waste goes straight down in the bags and is “locked” away from the air, plus it is trapped in 5 ply plastic bags.
    6. Have a really light “Monster” vacuum cleaner that I use around the boxes for touch up and use my other vacuum 3 times/wk. in the area.

    Scoop out as soon as they go #2 and always 3 times day so there is never any smell. Don’t like for them to step on fresh pee clump and get that on their sweet little feet. Never know when I might be kissing those little toes.
    Would NEVER EVER put a top on the litter box. That is just gross. Cat’s sense of smell is 10x ours, so just imagine how horrible they feel when they have to smell #2. The concept of it reminds me of my grandmother’s outhouse in the country she had before she got indoor plumbing. I would go in there and regretfully shut the door, do business as fast as possible, in the dark, and fly out of there as fast as lightening. Hated it and those covered boxes remind me of the exact same thing.

    It is funny, sometimes I stay downstairs for a few hours (my girls’ boxes are upstairs), and they stay down there with me. When we all come upstairs, (they follow me everywhere), the two babies, go straight to the boxes and use them simultaneously. At first, I thought they might be embarrassed, but these are two that do everything together, so I guess they like it that way and not having it covered doesn’t bother them in the least. I scoop the boxes. Then they follow me to my bathroom wanting me to hold them at the same time. That must be a sight! So funny, but I love it cause they don’t like me to hold them most of the time.

    Great discussion Jenny!

  17. Cynthia says:


    I live in a place where litter is difficult to find. Also, I dog sit for a friend who also takes care of my kitty while I am away. My kitty is 1 year old and is my first cat ever, so I have had to learn a lot. After reading about litter boxes and breathing in the litter dust myself, I decided to stay away from hooded boxes. I can’t imagine having to breathe in that stuff in an enclosed space and sometimes my kitty likes to try to dig to China. I hate cleaning up the dust, but I do that rather than have her breathe it in a concentrated dose.

    I have
    ** Rubbermaid storage box with lid that serves as a litter box and the lid is great for when my kitty and I have to move house to dog sit; 8 ” high sides
    ** shredded paper
    ** large spoon
    ** bathmat
    ** small plastic bags from shopping

    As i cannot regularly find litter, I am using finely shredded paper. As it is paper, it “clumps” to a degree when I pack it down with the spoon before removing, but a litter scoop would not work well. It does still create some dust, but not as much as the litter I have found periodically here. I clean the box often and so have no odour issues. The disadvantage is that shredded paper is more likely to stick to fur and track. I also
    have some concerns about ink on the paper, but I don’t see any trace of it on her paws, so it seems ok (I use regular paper, not newspaper.)

    I clean the box in the morn, when I get home from work and before bed. When I get home from work, I put the scooped stuff in a bag, add more at night and then in the morning when I take the bag out. Once I start a bag, I keep it inside a second bag to reduce any smell until the litter bag is thrown out.

    I have been hemming and hawing over whether to try to toilet train my kitty. Then there would be no litter-unavailablity issues and no tracking issues. However, the disadvantage to toilet training is to not have as good a track of how much my kitty is pee’ing and the quality of her stool. I have been thinking that perhaps I could toilet train her, but then put out the litter box every couple of months to check the situation more closely.

    Any thoughts, recommendations, warnings or experiences regarding toilet training?

    • Ragdoll Mommy says:


      I tried to toilet train my two mix breed cats, and it didn’t work. I have had friends/family tell me that they tried it too and it didn’t work.

      Plus, if you do decide to do it, you’re gonna need to keep the bathroom door open at all times and the toilet lid as well. If those kind of things bother you, than you might not wanna do it.

      But I’d give it a try if you’re really thinking about it.

      Hope this helps!

    • Jenny says:

      Where do you live?

      The toilet training thing – there are TONS of videos on YouTube that might help you.

      I was going to do it with Charlie and Trigg until I read that feline feces in our water supply is a dangerous thing. I didn’t want to contribute to that.

    • Martha Jimenez says:

      Re: toilet training — I recently read an excellent book, “Starting from Scratch: How to Correct Behavior Problems in Your Adult Cat,” by Pam Johnson-Bennett. I recall that the author, a cat behaviorist, did not recommend toilet training. The gist was that it did not mimick the natural behavior of a cat.

  18. Patti Johnson says:

    Great post, Jenny! Awesome discussion!

    Here are my Litterbox Essentials:

    1. Natures Miracle Advanced High Side Corner Litter Pan (sold by Amazon.com) — best litterbox I’ve used yet. But I have the NVR Miss Litter Box on my Wish List.

    2. Litter Lifter (I agree — THE BEST litter scoop EVER!) And…mine is Pink for my Pink Sugar girl! 🙂

    3. Tidycats Lightweight Litter (although I am seriously thinking of transitioning to a more dust-free litter)

    4. Mat in front of litter box to reduce tracking (doesn’t really work that great but I keep using it). lol NOTE: I vacuum our den (where the litterbox is kept) A LOT! I swear Pink Sugar must spin around in her litterbox like the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes! 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

    • Teresa says:

      You always crack me up with your funny responses. I can just see Pink Sugar spinning around in that litter box like a TD! So funny but so true. Just love your sense of humor. Thanks for making us smile.

      • Patti Johnson says:

        Aw, thanks for your kind response Teresa! You are most welcome. 🙂

        Pink Sugar is just such a character that makes me laugh each and every day with something adorable or silly that she will do.

        Just don’t know what I’d do without my little Miss Pink Sugar Fluffypants! She’s such a doll!

        Merry Christmas!

        Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Patti – sorry for my delay in responding.

      I see that Nature’s Miracle has a few different high sided ones – have you considered the rectangular version?

      I would suggest transitioning to a dust free-er litter too!

      Ha ha ha about the Tasmanian Devil!

      • Patti Johnson says:

        Hi, Jenny!

        No worries! 🙂 <3

        I just love the corner one and it works very well for Pink Sugar. Plus, I scoop it several times a day.

        I'm going to order some of the Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra from Amazon next payday and try it. The price is much cheaper than what I'm paying now for the Tidycats Lightweight formula. 🙂

        MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family and all the lovely furry babies!

        Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  19. Yuki says:

    Zoey has the Cats Rule Pink litter box (no hood).
    I use the Hot Pink Litter Lifter. I bought it since watching your YouTube videos. I like the litter lifter since I don’t have to shake off the excess litter.
    Currently using Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract since it was on sale, but use the Ultra one.
    And have an old towel that my mom sewed that I put in front of the litter box.

    Wish NVR had a Pink litter box. =(

    • Jenny says:

      ha ha – you must love pink =)

      write NVR Miss and ask them if they could run a few for you in hot pink – they might just be able to!

  20. patricia says:

    my essentials are.. 1: a big litter box for my big cat. i thought i had a decent sized one until he came along. i now have one similar to yours jenny. it has high sides and he can be in it and actually cover the business, though sometimes he will still put his back half in the box and his front half out and dig on the floor when he is done. 2: a good scoop as well. 3: good litter. i use “the worlds best cat litter. i like that it is all natural and it lasts for a long time and it doesn’t track like some litters do. the only thing i don’t like about it is the smell when it gets wet but i’ve been using the orginal. i may try one of the scented ones. 4: again… a good mat so they can wipe their little feet. i have used different kinds of mats and the one i like the best so far is a “hello kitty” car mat. it keeps the crumbs down. i also have to have bags and a great broom and dustpan. i too once used a covered litter box until one hot summer i lifted that thing up and it reeked so bad i almost passed out. and i clean my litter box at least once a day. i thought about them sitting in there and yeah, it’s just like being a porta potty out at a hot summer concert.. yuck. after that, no more. you can get those pads to put in the bottom that helps the smell or try some of those little treats from “pet naturals”, it’s called “smelly cat” (cracked me up when i first saw it). i give it to my big cat (his poops are stinky) and it worked in 2 days and he loves them.

  21. Susan Marie says:

    I have a litter robot with a globe back on it. I use that with Fresh Step. I just ordered a NVR miss litter box and am using it while the robot has been washed. My cats do NOT track litter out of the NVR miss. I have a litter lifter scoop I do like it. I like reading Floppy Cats so I can find out about the best products.
    I also have a hooded litter box that I have used without the door. I work a lot but my boxes get scooped at least twice daily. I have two ragdolls. I did not find any problems with the hooded box. I guess if you keep them clean they can work well. Each to their own.

    • Jenny says:

      I am glad you like the Litter Lifter and glad to hear that there is no tracking out of the NVR Miss Litter box! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Shelley says:

    Many cat experts will tell you, and I personally agree, that a hooded litter box in a multicast situation is horrific. Cats often feel trapped, and that they have no escape. I foster and adopt rescued Reggie’s, and the dreaded ‘hood’ creates perfect staking and pouncing situations guaranteed to make even your favorite kitty avoid the litter box! Please, as Jen says, avoid them! All you have to do is keep a box scooped daily to avoid smells. The hood was NOT invented for cats, but for lazy owners! Don’t be one.
    As for favorites, I like The Worlds Best Cat Litter, it clumps, tracks less, and is natural (won’t clump in kitty’s tummy when he licks his paws) and best of all, flushable.

  23. Suzanne Freeman says:

    I scoop my boxes for 2 Raggies every time they use it.
    I keep ‘zipper’ ziploc bags behind each box, and scoop the clumps into that (gal. size). When it’s 1/2 full, I toss that into the garbage. No smell, no mess.

    I use ‘larger than litter boxes’ clear storage boxes about 7 in. tall.

    I like hard clumping “World’s Best Litter” with pieces of carpet in front for less tracking.

    Luckily, neither of my cats ever goes outside a box. I never smell anything unless it’s right after a number 2, but then I go clean it out. I don’t ever want my cats to have to step on one in a box!!!!

      • Dementia Boy says:

        I’ll second that amen and add a hallelujah. Thanks to Anitra Frasier, I’ve always imagined myself standing in a toilet. And I remember my two Burning Man experiences.Those are experiences that the precious tufted paws in my household can do without.

  24. Lisa Barrett says:

    My list is very similar to yours –

    Generous sized, lidless boxes (the next one we purchase will be a NVR Miss)
    Litter Lifters – LOVE these
    Swheat Scoop in most boxes, Feline Pine Clumping in two
    Bath mats/rugs underneath the boxes

    We have absolutely no problem with odors as we clean the boxes out daily. In addition, we thought it important to have the boxes open as the Swheat Scoop does create some dust when kicked up.

    • Jenny says:

      What kind of litter boxes do you have now?

      Love that you love the Litter Lifters.

      How many boxes do you have? Have you ever had bugs in your Swheat Scoop?

  25. Dementia Boy says:

    My list is about the same as yours, Jenny. I became obsessive-compulsive about litter and litterboxes when I read Anitra Frazier’s “The Natural Cat” back in the early 90s.

    (1) NVR Miss litterboxes. I buy a new one each month, so no box is over six months old.
    (2) Soft, sandy, unscented, clumping clay litter. Specifically, Integrity and Dr. Elsey’s, because that’s what the feed store around the corner carries.
    (3) Litter scoops. When I get caught up on vet bills, I’m going to purchase the Litter Lifter scoops.
    (4) Coffee cans, three for scooping clean litter from those 40 lb. bags (three litterbox areas), and one for waste.
    (5) Bath towels.

    • Jenny says:

      Hmmm, I might need to read that book – would you recommend it? Is Integrity sold at the big box pet stores?

      I know you will – but let me know how you like the Litter Lifter!

      WHOA! Coffee Cans? How big are they?

      • Dementia Boy says:

        I think you’d like Anitra Frazier’s (Frasier?) book. A second edition is out, but I still have the first, the covers lovingly chewed.

        Anitra Frazier was way before her time. She was one of the first people to say that dry cat food is kwap, suggesting that you use crushed Iams only as a topping or cheat. (Remember, this was early 90s, maybe even late 80s, and Iams was the best dry food out there.)

        I learned a lot from her. I learned about flower essences and herbs. If it were not for slippery elm bark and cornsilk, Jolie would not be alive, despite all of UC Davis’s high-tech explorations.

        Booda boxes were popular then, and I briefly had several. Both Puck and Fast Oeddie sprayed in them. I think Ms. Frazier also compared them to porta-potties. I remember sticking my head in a freshly cleaned one–WHOA, DOGGIE!! Just mace me instead!! Cats have such an exquisite sense of smell–it must have been hell for them. We learn. =(

        I don’t know if Integrity is sold at the big box stores. I go to Dog Dog Cat (south shore, $$$) and the feed store, any place I can ski to, lol. Otherwise, I order stuff on line.

        Coffee cans, lol. Isn’t it funny how we stick to old habits and routines when they’re no longer necessary? With just two cats now, there’s no reason to have six litterboxes and a 3-lb. coffee can for waste, especially since I make litter box rounds three or four times daily.

  26. Ragdoll Mommy says:

    I can NOT stand litter boxes without a lid/hood! It helps a lot with the smell.

    We use FreshStep cat litter. (Best litter!)

    And we use those litter bag things (you know those?)

    And we use litter scoopers of course!

    I just don’t know what kind of scoopers they are, because Nico and Anya came with those scoopers when we got them.

    And we use a litter mat we got at Wal-mart (I HATE Wal-mart!)

    Nico and Anya did come with a litter mat when we got them, but we had to throw it away, ’cause one of them threw up on it. 🙁
    I LOVED that mat! It was pretty too. I saw it at Petsmart in PC (Panama City, Florida), for $17 dollars! So expensive for a litter mat!
    But I am thinking of buying it, because the old one we had was so GOOD!

    Anyway, hope this helps!

    • Jenny says:

      well, i guess you must not mind doing your business in a porta potty! when i think of doing my business in a porta potty every time i go and then having a nose that can smell like a cat’s – i really feel sorry for cats that have to go the bathroom in a hooded litterbox. furthermore, a non-hooded litterbox shouldn’t smell if kept properly clean.

      thanks for sharing your essentials. it’s funny how we are so polar opposite. a friend of mine using fresh step and when i have had to take care of her cats, i hated dealing with the litter because it tracked everywhere and didn’t clump.

      • Ragdoll Mommy says:

        I think of it this way about a litter box with no lid/hood: Do you like to take a sh*t without a door on the bathroom? I KNOW I wouldn’t want that, and I am sure EVERYONE else in the world can agree with me on that, lol. And my cats (my two that aren’t Ragdolls), they like to watch one another in the litter box, lol. So a hooded one can definitely give them some privacy. I don’t use the stupid doors that some people use on a cat’s litter box.

        Also I think hooded litter boxes are definitely better for Anya than a no hood litter box. Because Anya is a shy cat and the hooded litter box, probably makes her feel safer.

        And again, all of my cats (but Star), like hooded litter boxes better. Star is not a fan of them. She just has never liked them. So she’s the only one of them that doesn’t have a hooded one.

        Anyway, cats actually can’t smell that great. Their eye sight is a lot better. And they can hear EVEN better!

        I don’t see anything wrong with a hooded litter box; as long as it’s kept clean (like any litter box should be), also in my experience with the no hood litter boxes, cats’ ALWAYS kick the litter out and it just drives me INSANE!!

        But every kitty is different 🙂

          • Ragdoll Mommy says:

            Yep, no problems here.

            Have you always never used the hooded litter boxes?

            P.S: I had to unsubscribe from your website. My inbox kept saying it was spam. So I just unsubscribed. I do read Floppycats.com though 😉


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