Saturday, December 8, 2018

New Box...er, um...Oval!

New oval litter box

Chili Bruce, reviewing my purchase
When Chuck was alive, we thought for a long, LONG time that his inability to use the litter box for 'solids' was due to his dislike of: 1) the type of litter, 2) the size of the boxes, and 3) the placement of the boxes.  I changed litter...slowly, carefully...several times.  We went from a covered box, to several boxes, then to the largest boxes available.  And I moved them, over weeks, to different locations.

Nothing worked.  In the end, the veterinarian suggested that Chuck probably had Irritable Bowel Disease, although we refused to have the invasive tests done that would confirm it.  We treated him as if he did, with a steroid, and his litter box habits improved.

When Da Boyz joined the household last year, we kept the same boxes in place on the first floor, while Angel received her own boxes in her apartment upstairs.  All has worked out nicely.

That is, until I decided that rectangular boxes are BORING!  The search for round or oval 'boxes' began.  Although pricier than the hardware store cement mixer tubs, the 40-gallon oval tubs are now my go-to household accessory for the cats. 

The Hubby remains stoic, because he doesn't scoop.

Da Boyz now have three ovals.  Angel's daily output is so small comparatively, and her apartment is not in our public house area, so I haven't 'ovaled' her litter boxes...yet.  I will be out and about this weekend, and I'll have access to the feed store where I purchased the ovals from, so we'll just see what happens...

Previous posts about our rectangular litter boxes, and the oval ones:

Litter-box-a-palooza
Independence From Old Litter Day


20 comments:

Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

Here, we all have to pee in the same spot so there's a great big stalagmite for Mom. We know she appreciates this. We're not sure we could do it with an oval. Excellent box hack, though! Large litter boxes are hardly large enough, and they are quite expensive, considering.

Brian said...

That looks nice but it might be a little tough to climb into for some of us here, but maybe it's not as tall as it looks.

Kitties Blue said...

Interesting. Mom likes things that will fit into a corner, so ours are square with one triangle shape, which is an addition as Sawyer wanted to poop in a particular place where there was no box. Put one there, and all is to his satisfaction. That oval looks as if it would need an awful lot of litter. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

The Whiskeratti said...

Mom will absolutely not mess with our litter or boxes. We bet da Boyz will adjust very quickly, but Angel.. probably would like things to same the same.

Marg said...

I have litter boxes all over the house so everyone has a choice. Only one cat won't do his business in them but he is an outside cat and only comes in when the weather is really bad. So I have to forgive him.
You all have a great day.

The Island Cats said...

We bet an oval box would be easier to clean. Nothing to get caught in those corners.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Very interesting! I've never even thought about using an oval litter pan!

pilch92 said...

Feng Shui wise, ovals are better :)

Deziz World said...

Well technically, our litter robot is oval and we have a regular box that is angled. So guess we're a bit different too. So long as it works and we use it, that's all that matters. Big hugs

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

John Bellen said...

I bought a couple of new boxes some months ago (one is still in reserve) and worried most about the doorway. I wanted it to be low enough for seniors to get into without difficulty (not that any of mine have that, yet) but high enough so a lot of litter can't get out. Your lot evidently do all right without doors at all.

Tamago said...

Oval box looks elegant and I like it’s so big! I think Da Boyz will like new boxes :-)

Rene said...

This is interesting. We are dealing with Benny having occasional poops outside of the box but think it's due to his age and difficulty using the box. I've tried everything I can think of, but I wonder if he would use a box like this?

Katie Isabella said...

I was looking at Katie is her jumbo box (she stands to pee more often than she sits...so it's covered after all the pee escaping I had back when I first got her) And while it's big enough, she would like it bigger. However the house's available floor space (it's small here) is so limited this is about it for her. Here's about one place for her box.

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Sandee said...

I'm glad they took to the oval boxes. Whatever works best for us is the ticket.

I linked this post to Awww Mondays. Chili Bruce is too cute not to be featured.

Have a purrfect day and week. My best to your mom. ♥

My Mind's Eye said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Fancy for sure...now if you had clawed feets on it you'd have a claw foot tub too.
Hugs Cecilia

Anonymous said...

Wowy, that oval container looks like it will give Chilli Bruce lots of room to do his business! Mom asks if that is one of those flexible rubber tubs that are used to feed horsies? I don't have one of those, but that's a good idea you have there. Purr purr purr. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

Cathy Keisha said...

With the ovals, I guess you don't have to worry about clumps stuck in the corner. I pee high so we need a covered box.

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

that DOES look interesting, but like Brian said....aren't the sides kind of high?

Three Chatty Cats said...

Dem some pretty nice ovals! Looks like CB approves.