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Old 10-26-2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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Litter Box Woes

Hello all you cat lovers. I thought we might discuss the bane of the human / cat relationship - the litter box. I am sure that you agree this issue is compounded living in an airstream with limited space.

I was wondering what others have done to improve the situation, as well as wanting to share our success.

Has anyone tried toilet training? My husband and I recently embarked on a program with our 5 month old chinchilla shaded Persian, called Citi Kitty. It is definitely not for the feint of heart, but is getting easier and easier. I know it will be worth it in the end if I never have to look at another litter box again or hear the crunch of litter under my feet. Truly disgusting.

Here is a link to a youtube video of our Cyrus demonstrating his Citi Kitty technique. Enjoy!

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Old 10-26-2011, 12:26 PM   #2
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Posted the wrong link. Here is the one you should check out.

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Old 10-26-2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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We tried that with our last kitty...to no avail! The places she chose to go were much worse than dealing with a litter box. We tried with very slow progress over the course of several months. It was a PITA, especially because we only had one bathroom in that house...

Good for you if you have success!

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Old 10-26-2011, 02:22 PM   #4
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I changed to a top entry litter box. It looks better and the three cats seem to like it. Along with non-tracking litter, I get a lot less litter out on the floor.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:29 PM   #5
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I tried putting the litter box in the shower but I still had to clean some extra litter out of the shower pan before using the shower, even with a rug in the shower pan to catch extra litter, and then I had to dry the shower walls and pan before putting the litter box back in. Now I put the litter box between the twin beds during the day, and move it to the front at bedtime. The cat watches me move the litter box, and doesn't seem to mind.
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:41 PM   #6
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What a clever kitty you have.
MY AIRSTREAM has rear twin beds. I found a carpenter who installed a cat door in the cabinet between the beds which leads to the rear storage compartment. The litter box stays there and i can clean it from the outside. Don't see it and don't smell it and my cat enjoys the privacy she says.

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Old 10-27-2011, 07:53 PM   #7
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What a clever kitty you have.
MY AIRSTREAM has rear twin beds. I found a carpenter who installed a cat door in the cabinet between the beds which leads to the rear storage compartment. The litter box stays there and i can clean it from the outside. Don't see it and don't smell it and my cat enjoys the privacy she says.

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IMO, this seems to be the best way to go from the various threads on the various RV forums. Have also seen dinette bases that were so modified (but without exterior door, although that appeals for ventilation purposes with a bit more DIY). On this one the 5'er crowd has it easy.
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In my former Classic 25, the only place the litter box worked was in the shower. I found that it was just about impossible to keep every bit of litter out of the drain and I sure didn't want clay in my black tank. My solution was to change to a wheat-based litter that would degrade in the tank. The grains were larger and there was almost no litter tracking.

The box was a bear to get in and out of the shower since the accordion folding door took up a lot of the opening. When we showered, we would put the box up on the seat and fit a big black trash bag over it to keep it dry.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:46 PM   #9
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We now use the Breeze litter system and it works very well in the house.
Have not tried it in the Airstream but I think it would fit in the shower.
The system uses a combination of pads and larger pellets rather than traditional litter.
We've had it for over a year now. Our cats accepted the change and use it without a problem. Of course, nothing is perfect but we find this easier to deal with than a regular litter box.
Here is a link and a picture. Hope you find this helpful.

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Old 10-27-2011, 10:19 PM   #10
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We put the litter box in the shower in the motorhome and bathtub in Buttercup. We kind if line either area with pittle pads because one of our cats is so large that he sort of misses when doing his business. We are currently using "The Worlds Best Kitty Litter" and it works well. Being as one of our cats is a Renal Failure patient, we have to clean the box daily. This litter is larger than the other clumping brands so is a little harder to clean but we like it all the same.
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Thank you for all the great suggestions. I think they would all be great for a week or two of streaming but since my husband and I are full timers we needed something that really was less hassle compared to moving the litter box back and forth.

I am happy to report that our Cyrus conts to do awesome on the toilet. We have now removed enough of the center rings that he hits the bulls eye every time and there has not been any clean up for a week. So while there is still a bit of litter there has been no scooping or litter tracking. I really think he likes it better because there is no smell for him to try to cover up.

Our back up plan if this should turn out not to work is to build a pen on the outside of the trailer with access through the little door on the side where the dinette was. It would be easy to disassemble or reassemble for ease of travel.

But, I definitely recommend the Citi Kitty for anyone that has the dedication to try it.
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We use a littermaid and keep it in the bathroom. I keep a little hand broom and dustpan to keep the litter picked up. They also now make a crystal littermaid that we want to try. I am waiting for our current one to break to buy the new one.
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No Problem

Since there are only two of us, we place a covered litter box against the wall under the dinette table. There is plenty of room for our feet in front of it. We clean it often. We have two cats that travel with us, and have no problems with them going anywhere else.

Also, just as you would in a house, provide plenty of designated scratching places. We have a scratching post in the bedroom, one by the sofa and one my wife built that straps onto the dinette support leg. At the first sign of any scratching on an authorized place, we discuss this with the cat and then place doubled sided clear tape on the place where they tried to scratch and leave it there for a while.

They provide us with enough company and amusement to make all this worthwhile.

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Since there are only two of us, we place a covered litter box against the wall under the dinette table. There is plenty of room for our feet in front of it. We clean it often. We have two cats that travel with us, and have no problems with them going anywhere else.

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We do the same in the MH... stop feeding helps also.
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