Unless its a small cat I doubt you will find it useful. Petsupermarket and
target sell them. target may only have the small size. I have an older
model and when it stopped working I took apart the moving portion and found
it full of kitty liter. After cleaning it out I put tape over some holes to
stop liter from getting in. We also left out the regular kitty liter box and
the cat uses it most of the time.
What is good is these large scoops with built in battery operated vibrators.
They last a long time compared to the small scoops at most stores and make
cleaning a box fast. Got mine at petsupermarket.
Don't know if this is any simpler but...
I took a 2 1/2 gal plastic bucket, cut the bottom out leaving a lip,
cut a piece of 1/4" hole screen to fit the bottom. Put it over a good
bucket, pour the litter through, put clumps in garbage and pour the
good stuff from the bottom bucket back in the litter box. Sounds
good, is good. Has one drawback, I have to do the work outside as
pouring it causes dust.
I just purchased the "Litter Maid" at Target. It was on sale for $89.99 and
came with a free, 8lb bag of Iams cat food.
I've had it set-up now for a couple of days and it's working well so far for
my 2 cats.
I've had two LitterMaid's in the past decade (I'm an early adopter - the
first one cost me $189.00 as I recall). Anyway, after the first one
died [twice, covered under warranty], I threw it away. Decided to give
the newer, lower-priced unit a try. It worked for a few months and then
quit. In the meantime, it decided to cycle itself while one of my cats
was in it, scaring the poor kitty so badly that the cat then decided to
go somewhere else, anywhere but in the LitterMaid.
Eventually threw all the fancy stuff away and now I have a large plastic
container (a pool store chlorine bin) filled with a whole bunch of
clumping litter. A single cat won't fill it up in a week, and it is
easier, less messy to clean than the LitterMaid ever was.
Sometimes, simple is better.
after a cat suffered a similar attack of the auto unit while in use, we
changed over to pine litter, which is a miracle product, IMHO. NO odor at
all, and when the clumps are removed the balance can be added to the compost
pile or put around shrubs as soil amendment.
Your post prompted me to do a bunch of research on alternative cat
litters -- I had never heard of the pine pellets and was intrigued :)
What I learned:
Clay litter is awful. Besides just the landfill issue, the dust and
chemicals can cause or exacerbate asthma in humans and animals. Some
even contain silica dust, which is carcinogenic. Unfortunately, pine
litter can ALSO cause or exacerbate asthma.
So far, it looks like wheat, corn, or recycled-paper-based litters
offer many of the same benefits without the drawbacks. Just FYI :)
Do NOT get a reconditioned one from Ebay. They don't last.
If your hand fits a saw or hammer, you can multiply the capacity of the
thing by a factor of twenty. Here's how:
Build a base with 3 sides made of 1x8 and a top and bottom of 1/4 plywood.
You now have a box with five sides onto which you will place the LitterMaid.
Take one of the plastic poop containers and cut out the bottom. Position
everything and mark where in the top of the base you'll need to cut to match
the bottom of the plastic poop-catcher. The object of the exercise is for
the litter box to dump its load, not into the skimpy plastic containers, but
through the plastic container into the base unit.
Now get a Tupperware-type pan and put in the base.
If you like, you can add a door for the sixth side of the base into which
you slide the plastic pan.
General thoughts on your new cat.
Everybody wants a kitten, but there are fine felines facing an uncertain
future at your local shelter. You will be quite pleased, as your new friend
purrs on your lap, that you gave this fine animal a safe home.
Cats can live over twenty years (most of that asleep) and be a fine
companion. They'll earn their keep, too. Mice, rats, roaches, small snakes,
lizards, etc., gone.
The only reason anyone can give for de-clawing a cat is to save the
furniture. Remember, however, furniture is FURNITURE. The cat is a member of
the family. De-clawing a cat because it scratches the furniture is almost
equivalent to pulling the teeth of a toddler because he bit a book!
De-clawing a cat removes BOTH its most effective offensive weapon AND its
most effective defensive weapon - it can't fight back and it can't
climb/escape. Getting a big scratching post is even cheaper than de-clawing.
You train dogs with kindness and scolding. You train cats - to the degree
they will put up with training - with food.
Cats DO NOT like changes. It takes them longer to accept new things than you
would expect. Be patient. They also hate, really HATE, riding in cars (most
cats), vacuum cleaners, and the teeniest drop of water.
Don't give your cat cheap food. It's mostly corn or rice. Cats cannot digest
vegetables - they are meat eaters. Good premium cat foods are Iams, Science
Diet, and the good stuff from Purina. With these, more of the food stays IN
Dogs are mostly two-dimensional - the best they can do is hop in the back of
the pickup. Cats work in three dimensions. They will dust places you can't
Animal exercisers: Dogs, frisbees. Cats, a laser pointer.
Cats don't need much: a little food, clean water, a litter box, a window to
watch the world, a trip to the vet every once in a while, and a place to
nap. Not a lot.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Zemedelec) wrote in message
I foolishly purchased several of these things, they all have quit on
me except for the last one which is on its last legs. For the price
they charge, they should last longer, or be repairable.
I just went back to normal litter boxes with the ratio of number of
boxes = number of cats + 1 ( which is what my vet recomended ).
I don't know why it is that so many people seem to be so negative about Littermaid
I have 7 siamese cats and have been happily using Littermaid Mega-Deluxe litterboxes
about 5 years now. Yes, they do wear out over time, but I say they are worth the
One very important thing, however, is to find a brand of cat litter that works well
for your cat
and for your Littermaid. I have tried many brands and have been using Litterclean
for a year
or so now with great results. I buy it at Sam's Club and it's very inexpensive.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are a few photos showing the custom-stands
built for the Littermaids (http://www.aliengem.com/misc/lm /). The stands make it
work much better.
I don't think my very chubby tabby would like having to jump up to the
box. We actually have a platform for him to use in jumping up to the
bed! <g> BTW, what are the plastic covered boxes underneath the stands?
Wayne in Phoenix
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