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Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Cat Litter Scoop

The cat litter reviews are in and I'm here to share with you the results of my extensive research and trial and error experience. 

There are plenty of cat litter boxes to chose from today in the market. You can go the traditional cost effective route of a simple box with or without a cover. You can also pick an inexpensive, non mechanical, self cleaning litter box like the Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Green and Beige. We tried it and found it to be too messy and inconvenient. 
If you are willing and able to spend more money, you can opt for an automatic self-cleaning litter box such as the LitterMaid LM900 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box, or the ScoopFree® Self-Cleaning Litter Box, the Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Beige, and even the CatGenie 120 Self-Washing Self-Flushing Cat Box. All those are pricey though, and sometimes, when not introduced properly to your cat, can create more issues than solutions. The best automated cat litter box reviews go to the Litter Robot. 
Because I live in a mixed, dog and cat, household, and because I have had mechanical malfunction issues when I attempted to test the automated self-cleaning litter boxes, my personal favorite is the Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box. It costs only $28 and it's the most dog proof cat litter box we've used. It's simple, inexpensive, effective, and your dogs don't get to use its contents as dog food! You can pick any type of cat litter to use with the Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box.

A new product to hit the market is the Absolutely New Scoop 'N Bag Pivoting Head Blue Litter Scoop for Cats. This cat litter scoop sells for $16 and boasts that it can scoop up waste from hard to reach angles using an adjustable five position head. It even holds a roll (included in the order) of biodegradable waste bags. An older favorite, is the $9 Booda Scoop'N Hide Litter Scoop which has the added convenience of self storage and a built-in rake for easy cleaning. It's also available in many colors to suit your style. My personal favorite is the basic, but sturdy and convenient while inexpensive, Litter-Lifter Kitty Scoop. It does it's job and it does it well. 

So many options available once more, but I urge everyone to opt for an eco friendly brand. Flushable cat litter not only can occasionally cause plumbing problems, in some states, as in California, it should NOT be flushed. Apparently, in California, flushable cat litter has caused damage to sea otters. Check with your state before purchasing flushable cat litter. Overall, cat lovers and experts are not fond of crystal cat litter either. Chrystal cat litter is made out of silica gel and is super absorbent and convenient, if your cat does not mind the texture. Because of its super absorbency, this type of litter comes in more manageable size bags that are easier to carry. Crystal cat litter has been labeled dangerous by the less savvy. They are not. They only contain silica sand, water, and oxygen. They are supposedly safe enough to eat. Currently, because we live in a multicast household, we are using Scoop Away Multiple-Pet Cat Litter - 28 lbs. because it's easy to use, easy to clean, all the cats got used to it without any adjustment period, and because we can also find it at our local Costco, a great source for discountd pet products.

This concludes todays overview of cat toilet paraphernalia. Stay tuned for future individual and more specialized product reviews and tips.


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