Fussy old cats and saving money on litter
I foster cats as a hobby. Most cats are from people that are in extended hospital visits, so the cats come to me stressed and confused. Stressed cats sometimes think actually hitting the litterbox is optional.For a while I was changing litter twice a week just so it would stay pristine for the fussier of the bunch. I think I've finally come up with a system to save on litter and make the litter boxes fresh enough for even the grouchy old guys that pee a gallon a day. I use a litter called Fresh Results, which is a clumping litter that's made out of pine. It works well, but it doesn't have the greatest odor control. What I did was to take several five gallon buckets and make a screen for the tops of them out of 1/4 inch hardware cloth. The screens are shaped like a funnel going into the bucket. Now each morning I dump a litterbox through the screen into the bucket. The screen catches all the clumps so it makes it easy to clean the box entirely. Then I take one of the buckets that has sat outside in a sunny part of the yard for a few days and use that litter in the box of the day. I have two litter boxes and 6 buckets going right now, and I haven't had to throw out any litter in months. The sun dries out the litter and clears up lingering smells. Washing the boxes every few days keeps the clumping agent from sticking inside and trapping odor. Now I add about one bag a month saving me close to $40 a month in litter. And even the grumpy old guy that's on the verge of renal failure is using the box 100% of the time.