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The best cat litter tray ever?
CatIt Hooded Litter Tray
Member Name: cerys82
CatIt Hooded Litter Tray
Advantages: Works perfectly, good quality, eliminates odour, holds a lot of litter
Disadvantages: none, is expensive but worth it if you ask me
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.
Summary: A great solution for an eternal problem
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