As you may know, we adopted a kitten a little over a year ago. This is our first pet in about 22 years — long dry spell…
I have for the past several weeks been on a pilgrimage of sorts looking for the PERFECT litter box. We had the standard littler box and the cat kicks the litter all over the place. I know some people who invested in the dome type with a front entry and their cat kicks the litter out the door.
I went to PetSmart [among other place] and there I found the most unusual litter box with a TOP entry. Cats can’t kick litter UP, evidently. The box “looks” pretty much like an ordinary Rubbermaid tote and retails for $33.
This is the product description of the “CleverCat” litter box from the PetSmart website:
Cats adapt quickly to this top-entry litterbox and love the privacy! The revolutionary design is virtually dog and toddler-proof and prevents litter tracking. This award-winning litterbox also eliminates over-the-edge mess while reducing odors. The tall seamless sidewalls prevent leakage. The CleverCat® Top Entry Litterbox has an inconspicuous appearance and is also great for traveling.
How the CleverCat® Top Entry Litterbox Works:
- Cat hops onto the top of litterbox and steps down inside through the opening.
- Cat takes care of business and exits through the the same opening.
- When exiting across built-in tracking mat, litter is removed from cat’s paws.
Note: This litterbox may not be suitable for disabled, elderly, or extra large cats weighing over 20 lbs.
Light gray litterbox is made of heavy-duty plastic and measures 20″ L x 15″ W x 15″ D with a 9″ diameter opening. Use one litterbox for up to two cats. Manufacturer provides a one-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee. Two sample pan liners included.
- Scooping is quick and convenient with lid removed.
- Scoop waste daily to maintain your cat’s good health.
- Replace liner & litter every 5 to 7 days.
- Wash with soapy water and rinse well as needed; use brush to clean tracking mat.
I had my doubts that this would actually work and certainly was not going to spend $33 on a litter box, especially not knowing if it would even work. + on top of all that, our cat is not a “Clever Cat” he he he… Actually, sometimes she’s an idiot, but we love her.
So, I took down the measurements and headed off to Target delighted to find out when I arrived there that their Rubbermaid totes [same size] were on sale this week for — GET THIS — $3.00! Now $3.00 I can handle!
So, I purchase the tote and head to my dad’s to get him to cut a 9″ diameter hole in the top. I leave the top with him and home I go. I actually put litter in the tote and set it in place before putting the top on. I thought that this might help the cat acclimate to the new box. Right away she jumped over in it and WHALA! She used the new litter box.
A day later the top arrived with it’s nice, round 9″ hole. On goes the top and we’re in business [for the cat to do it’s business].
The results are AMAZING. No more litter scatter all over the floor. AND, it is very inconspicuous looking. Just looks like a tote sitting there — not a litter box.
It’s a WINNER! And worth every bit of the $3.00 investment. If you have a cat, I’d HIGHLY recommend it.
UPDATE: Today I came home from work to find the CleverCat knock off on it’s side :O Never fear, I righted it and all is well. Not sure how that happened but hope it’s only a one-time thing!
Also, I purchased this hand dandy scoop thing today at PetSmart and GUESS WHAT!?! It hangs on the side of the litter tote thing and then the lid snaps down on top of it – COOL!
I’m not sure how anybody could get so excited about a litter box and scoop…