“ Animals Equipment Type: Cat Litter & Litter Boxes „
Since our cat came on the scene he has been using a small open tray to do his business. As he was so tiny at only 3 weeks old, he couldn't climb more than a couple of inches so this was perfect.
Now he is getting big and has outgrown his tray, it is also a bit messy as the litter ends up all over the floor surrounding the tray as he digs in it. Also it can get quite smelly with an open tray so I find myself constantly cleaning the tray.
So I decided it was time to upgrade and get a deeper, covered tray with an odour filter.
I chose this CatIt box, which cost around £16. They are available in a good few shops online, all being similar in price. Depending on what you're ordering you could get free delivery too.
This comes in a couple of different colours. Mine is grey on the bottom and white on the top with pink locks at the side, a pink lid and handle. There is enough pink to please my cat who is well in touch with his feminine side, but not too much that it would look silly or stand out too much.
The tray comes in 2 pieces, the hood and the base, so is extremely easy to assemble, the only thing you need to do is take the odour filter out of its plastic wrapper and put the top onto the base, you don't need to do anything with the flap door or handle. You can remove the door if required or just leave it open as I will demonstrate in photographs.
The flap on the front is clear and easy to go in and out of and luckily it didn't take long at all for my cat to get used to using this door rather than an open tray. There is an odour filter on the top which is black. Replacement filters are easy to buy and not too expensive.
The tray is far bigger than I expected so should suit any size of cat, which is better than buying one they're going to grow out of. One needs space to do ones business.
As they are so big they can take a lot of litter which could lead to using more than you normally would but I actually put the old open tray inside this one so he knew what this new box was for so I am using the same amount for now.
If your cat is fully grown and is not that big, I'd probably suggest you go for something smaller, but if you're not sure how big your cat is going to be this is a good option.
The only negative I have found with this tray is the locks on the sides. There is one on each side which slide along to keep the top and bottom of the tray locked together so you can pick up and move the tray using the handle on top of the hood.
These locks are really stiff and tricky to get in place. Only last night did I pick up the tray to have the bottom fall out of it. Sometimes it feels like the hood is pushed down onto the base properly and sounds and feels like it has locked when the hood is actually sat on top of the base. So if you are planning on lifting the whole lot check and double check that it is locked in place on both sides before moving it.
The handle is comfortable to lift and the tray is lightweight considering its size, but obviously the weight will depend on how much litter is inside it.
It is really easy to clean and I find I can't smell any of my cats business from the tray which is great.
As I've only had this tray a couple of weeks I can't really comment on how it will stand the test of time, The only thing I could imagine being a problem is perhaps the locks would loosen over time but so far so good and I will update if I experience any issues.
This tray suits my cats need perfectly so I would recommend this.
CatIt Hooded Litter Tray
Description: Animals Equipment Type: Cat Litter & Litter Boxes.
If you have read any of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) or even seen my username, you will probably already know that I share my home with 2 rather pampered Siamese cats.
The cats are indoor cats due to having been rescued, because they had never been outdoors, it was decided to keep them as indoor cats which of course, makes the use of a cat litter tray an absolute necessity.
Now as most cat lovers will probably testify, keeping the cat litter inside the cat litter tray is an ongoing problem! My lilac tortie especially seems to take great delight in using a very small portion of the litter and then scraping the rest all over the floor. This is a problem that I accepted and dealt with on a daily basis for many years until a friend suggested one of these covered cat litter boxes.
The cat litter tray will cost you around £15 but can sometimes be found on special offer. We paid just £12 for ours and it was a definite bargain in my opinion and well worth the money.
Obviously, there is only so much you can say about a cal litter tray, it doesn't have magical qualities but it certainly is significantly better than the bog standard (no pun intended!) uncovered version which is why it is such a great product in my opinion. It is an enclosed box with a filter which helps to contain odour. The lid easily unclips to allow cleaning and there is a little cat flap style door for your pet to enter and exit from.
Initially, it did take a few attempts for the Siamese to get used to the cat flap style door, perhaps because they hadn't used one before. To help them, we wedged it open for the first few days so they could easily get in and out. Since then, they have had no problems and wander in and out when they need to.
For me, I have the solution to scattered cat litter with the added bonus of the smell being contained, the tray is very easy to clean and while it may be more expensive than the usual litter trays, I wouldn't go back if you paid me!
I have a Persian (Harvey Nicholls) who thinks he is far too precious to poop outside! He is very much an indoor cat and infact the furthest he really goes to going outside is to sit under a plant on the window sill in the kitchen and look out into the garden! He is not an adventurous cat and does not like the elements.
So, with that in mind, I have always had to have a couple of little trays in the house - one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom. Prior to this purchase, I always had the traditional cat littler tray that, despite cleaning every day, would still let off an odour, not to mention end up with little bits of cat litter on the floor that has escaped from the tray from when Harvey has buried his treasure!
And then I saw this in my local pet store and thought it was worth a try as it was only £14.99 and if it helped to overcome some of the above issues then it was worth giving it a whirl. The product consists of a tray together with a "hood" which clips on top of the tray. The hood has a cat flap incorporated into it which allows the cat to enter and exit, and then in the room there is a filter which works to combat any odours created.
Harvey did take a little while to get used to the cat flap part of the product and he would tentatively approach it and then scarper away again. But within 24 hours or so he kind of managed to get in and use it in the way it was designed - and once he'd done it once he took to it like a fish to water.
Because it is an enclosed box with a filter incorporated, it really helps to control the odour well - to the extent that there is no noticeable smell unless I'm changing the whole litter. The filter does need replacing from time to time (about every 4 months) and I would order replacements online for about £4 and so the cost of this is really negligible. The closed system also means that you do not end up with cat litter over your floor!
To clean the unit you basically unclip the hood from the tray and then clean in the normal way, preferably with disinfectant. I tend to do this about once a week. Between cleanings I simply remove any clumps in the litter about twice a day which is easy to do through the cat flap door.
I would recommend this product to literally anyone with an indoor cat because it eliminates odour and basically looks nicer and more hygenic for communal areas of your home.
Having a predominantly indoor based cats, litter trays have had to become a necessary evil. Also the layout of my house being what it is, I unfortunately have no real choice but to have it close to my living area. During my time of being a cat owner I have had many trials and tribulations and bought many different styles of litter tray (please see my cat litter and litter tray review for more substantial comments on this.) However, I was finding that nothing was really successfully combating the issue of unpleasant odour without cleaning it constantly and using pricey cat litter.
I came across this tray in a local pet shop a while ago. Initially being somewhat put off by the size of it - 46.5cm x 39cm x 57cm and the price - circa £20. I eventually just decided to go for it. And, boy, am I glad that I did.
Basically, the tray itself takes the format of a large box in two halves, the bottom - the actual tray if you will is smaller but still quite deep. The two halves are locked and unlocked by pushing forward and back a tab and then lifting off. These tabs are quite substantial - I have had some on lidded cat boxes which haven't been, meaning that leakage is a bit of an inevitability! The tray also has a sturdy handle on the roof for lifting the top off . It is recommended by the manufacturer that you do not use this for carrying the tray around. The tray is deep enough is put at least one average bag of cat litter in at a time.
There are two other main differences between this tray and the other lidded cat trays that I have used - 1 - the door and 2- the filter.
Firstly, the door - it is made of a light Perspex type material that flaps inwards and outwards lightly like a catflap to allow your cat to easily enter and exit it. Being light it should not snap back so bad that it frightens your cat. The door is connected to a panel on the roof that is designed so that it folds upwards. This is a great idea because it gives you a chance to freshen up the tray and remove small amounts of waste on a daily basis without having to take the full lid off and let odour escape. For full tray cleans with disinfectant it is advisable that you take the whole thing apart so that you can get the whole lot of litter out more easily.
If you are concerned that your cat may not take to a tray with a door I would advise you do as I did and fill it up and leave it in the same area as your normal one; maybe even placing your cat in it so it knows what in there. With my cat, eventually curiosity got the better of her and within hours she was entering it by itself and using it. I have also seen on websites that people have recommended getting cats used to it by only using the base of the unit to begin with and then gradually introducing the top and then putting the door down.
Now onto the filter - in the roof there is a hole where a 'carbon impregnated' filter is fitted to help deal with odours. This really does work incredibly well and I had mine for several months before having to replace it and then that was only because I had accidentally left it out in the rain whilst leaving the rest of the tray to soak outside. You may find that the filters are not sold instore but a good independent petshop that stocks Hagen Cat-It products may order them for you if you ask. If not they are available then you can get them online in packs of 2 for around £5 from places such as petplanet.co.uk.
I am really impressed with this product, to the point that I cannot see that I would ever go back to any other style. Yes it is large, but the sheer benefit of it keeping out odours the way it does more than makes the most of it. It really does contain unpleasant odours within it, although I would still recommend that you clean it out as much as you would do normally just to make it non offputting for your cat as they may find the odour stronger as it is all contained. I find the best way to deal with this is to top up the litter with some Doc Martin litter freshener when you remove the waste on a daily basis.
I would highly recommend this litter tray for all cat owners who have to have a permanent one within their home. It works perfectly and all the different features of it have been carefully considered to help cat owners.