Having had pet cats all my life, I was well aware of their litter habits. Cats love to ensure they have every inch of their 'business' thoroughly covered up, even if that does mean sending litter flying out everywhere onto the floor, and they often dig so furiously they will tear the bag or pull the bag away from the edges of the litter tray, causing the tray to look like a mini bomb had gone off in it, with the crumbs of litter scattered all around. I've seen those litter trays which look more like carriers, where your cat goes inside it to do its business and then comes back out, but for an average of twice the cost of a normal tray I've never given them much thought.
When I originally got my kitten, Snoopy, I bought her a bog standard litter tray from the supermarket. This was four months ago and at the time there was no problem, she was still too small to cause much damage or send much litter flying. As she started getting bigger, I could see those first few signs emerging, consisting of her frantically clawing away to cover up whatever she had done. I didn't think there was much I could do about it.
I was in Pets at Home stocking up on some kitten food when I came across the Clean 'n' Tidy litter tray. When I first looked at it, I immediately had a thought of 'wow that's brilliant! Why did I never think of something like this?' You see it's so very simple. It's still the usually bog standard litter tray, except around the edge of the tray there is a detachable lid. I realised immediately that all you need to do is put the litter liner in the tray as usual, but this lid would stick it down firmly in place! I was sceptical at the idea that it might stop litter from being kicked out of the tray, as anyone who owns a cat knows just how obsessive they get when doing this, however it solved the problem of the bag being practically turned inside out by their claws.
My tray is a bold pink colour, very fitting for my feminine feline, however it was the only colour in the shop at the time so I'm afraid if you don't have a soft spot for pink, then you may have no choice. I was very eager to get Snoopy to start using the tray, but of course this wasn't a problem as all cat owners know that a cat just loves to go in her litter tray immediately after you change the litter. My kitten in particular loves to watch me change her tray (and jumps in it when it's empty, mystified as to where her litter is!) and dive straight in to make her mark in it.
I've had this tray a good 2-3 months now and I still prefer it much more over the usual litter trays. She has never once been able to rip the bag out from under the lid, it is fastened nicely in place, and although she does still make occasional holes in the bag with her claws, this is much better then having the bag being all over the place. As I guessed she still manages to kick a good amount of litter out of the tray, however I am pleased to notice that it does stop some from escaping, which is better than nothing! I have noticed with Snoopy that she loves to walk around the lid afterwards, balances herself carefully, then digs away at the litter with one claw so she doesn't have to stand in it whilst tidying up her mess. My kitten is rather strange, and after using her litter tray she loves to wipe her paws frantically against various surfaces such as storage boxes situated near her litter tray. I've never had a cat who behaves like this so it's quite amusing to watch, and I think she's grateful for this lid around her litter tray so she doesn't have to put all her paws in the litter afterwards!
I didn't realise until now but this litter tray comes in 3 sizes; Medium, Large or Jumbo. They only had this one size in my local Pets at Home but online they have 3 sizes and 3 different prices. I am convinced I paid £5.99 for mine which is the large size and I have found my litter tray to be big enough for my kitten. Despite her only being two thirds of her fully grown size at the moment, I can see the tray will easily be large enough for her once she has fully grown, therefore I do recommend this size. If you have more than one cat, I would suggest going for the jumbo size.
When we ot our second cat we decided that we needed a larger litter tray. Usually I would shop around online, but I decided to go into pets at home so that I could see the exact sizes of the litter trays. The trays come in three sizes - small, medium and large. I opted for the large size of the litter tray. It cost £5.99. Having looked at the Pets at Home website they are now stating that a Jumo size is available for £8.99. I purchased a black litter tray, but the trays are also available in otehr colours including the red in the dooyoo picture.
The litter tray has quite a modern look. It has 4 small stumpy legs, and a removable edge to help keep the litter inside the tray. My large tray was big enough for both cats to stand in (if they wanted to!) and would easily hold 2 pees and 2 poos at the same time if ever necessary.
I love that this tray is big enough to hold a good amount of litter as it means scooping out individual wees and poos is very easy. There are, however, a few issues with the litter tray. Where each leg is popped out on the outside of the tray there is a dent on the inside corner. This means that any wee filled litter can get stuck in these corners, and is makes it harder to scoop out.
The litter tray and removable edge are both made of plastic. I find this very durable. The only problem I've found with it being plastic is that, as my cats are 'diggers' and like to cover their toilet presents with litter they can easily scratch the bottom of the tray, which can make it harder to clean when soiled litter gets in the scratches - this is nothing that a good scrub won't sort out, but is a little time consuming sometimes. The edge being removable is extremely helpful, as it can be difficult to scoop anything out or clean the tray with it there.
Overall, I have found the size of this litter tray to be excellent. It has a few minor problems such as the inside dents from the legs and that it scratches relatively easily when the cats dig, but aside from that it's a good tray which looks very stylish too!
We first got a cat 5 years ago and she sadly died at the beginning of this year and we then purchased two kittens so we haved used a vast range of litter trays over the last few years, always trying to find the right one. One litter tray we encountered was the Clean 'n' Tidy Litter Tray.
Now I will be honest and say the main reason we purchased this litter tray was because I thought it was a bit "different" and looked a bit space like. It was an interesting style on the usual cat litter trays. The one we purchased was the same colour as the one in the picture - a deep red. The tray is different to other trays in the way it is shaped and also in the fact that it has 4 little stumpy legs which raise the tray a little bit off of the floor. I didn't see this as an issue in regards to litter being knocked out of the tray as I thought the raised edges of the tray would prevent litter getting out.
The tray comes in three sizes - medium, large and jumbo - we got the large tray which was plenty big enough. I was also impressed to see that it is made out of non toxic plastic so should your cat try to chew the plastic or something strange then it will not harm them.
When I put this litter tray out on the floor both of our cats came over to investigate almost immediately. They had a good sniff and then Pepsi (our girl cat) decided she would be the one to christen it officially though she does tend to christen a tray everytime fresh litter is put in so I think it is more habit than her actually doing it because it was a new tray!
The first annoyance I had with this tray was that somehow litter still managed to get out and on to the floor even with its raised sides. Now not only did it go on the floor, it also went underneath the tray because of the tray being raised - not something you have to deal with when you have just a regular tray. The tray had to be moved out twice a day for us to be able to sweep out underneath it. It was a bit annoying to say the least.
The legs of the tray caused further annoyance with that when you look in the tray, there are indentations where the legs are.When you fill the tray with litter, the litter fills the indents up and when the tray has been used a few times the litter in the indents becomes clumpy and hard to get out and if you leave it, it just starts to smell so you end up having to change the tray more than you normally would. It is a job of cleaning the indents out and it is not a job I favour.
I cannot recommend this tray. I found out that just because something looks good and stylish doesn't actually mean it will be fit for its purpose. After about a month we went back to a regular tray.
This was the first cat litter tray that got my eye in the pet store when we inherited our new cat from my grand aunt. It was initially the colour that attracted me. Unlike the picture above we have ours in lime green and it looks really funky and cool!
I wasnt too keen on those kennel cat litter bed as they seemed to take up a bit too much room so I chose this as a simple tray for my cat. Also because she had never used one previously I wanted the cat litter tray to be really obvious as one and not hidden under some plastic hood!
The cat litter tray itself is actually really deep. It measures at H 28 x W 51 x D 38.5cm and this would be the large size. There is a small size available but this was the only one available to us at the time but it suits our needs.
The top rim is also detachable. This is meant to be for easy cleaning but I never bother to remove it because it doesnt really make a difference. It is easier for our cat though as I find that the cat litter doesnt spray out onto the floor when she is covering her mess. This is because the rim closes in on the tray so prevents any bits flying out.
Its a good cat litter tray and I have no real complaints. The bottom is quite scratched from scooping out clumps of cat litter but this is covered everyday anyway. I think it all depends on the quality of cat litter you get but our cat litter can get a bit sticky to the bottom of this which can require a lot of elbow grease. It is a generous size so I find we dont use as much cat litter as I have done with smaller trays.
I would recommend this to any cat owners and its available in some really cool colours and I like how it is designed. It looks different from traditional cat litter trays.
This Clean N Tidy Litter Tray is just one of a large number of litter trays we have had for use with our cats and it has landed today as a product suggestion, so I am able to share my thoughts. It was one of the more quirky looking shaped and styled types of litter trays that we had seen, so a total lack of thought and sense got the better of us and we bought it.
I have to say that our purchase was 100% based on the fact that we thought it looked a bit cool and kitsch. Its kind of like a plastic cat bath on small stumpy legs and we thought it looked cool! Our purchase certainly had nothing to do with practicality and I blame the fact that we tend to spoil our cats to the point of wanting to treat them to something new as often as we can, on us coming home with this.
Now I cannot say that the Clean N Tidy Litter Tray is a total loss as our cats took to it easily. They were soon scratching about and using it as if they had always had it, which was a plus point I guess. They certainly seemed right at home with it and as we placed it in the usual spot, all we noticed was a bit of a sniff and an 'ooh whats this then' look before it was well and truly christened.
The Clean N Tidy Litter Tray stands on 4 little curved edged feet which lifts it slightly off the floor. This does mean that if your kittys are a bit over keen to cover their tracks after using the tray, little bits of litter can end up getting underneath the outer edges. The only way to get rid of those is to lift the tray off the ground, which isn't something you want to keep doing with a used tray, unless taking it away to clean it totally.
Another annoyance about the Clean N Tidy Litter Tray is that due to the same little bulbous legs, the inside of the tray that you fill with litter is not totally flat. This means that there are 4 little indents in each corner of the tray where the legs are. Whilst this may not sound like an issue, it does mean that wet and clumped used cat litter can sit in these indents and cling to them. This is not very nice to have to clean off.
I have to say that buying the tray was an error on our part as not only does the litter clump in the indents in the tray, but the oddly shaped outside edges do attract their fair share of spills and as there is a small lip around the bath shaped litter tray, once again this makes for unsavory and intricate cleaning. This is a reason not to recommend the tray on its own.
I could harp on about what sizes the trays come in but I will just say you can buy medium, large and jumbo sized trays to suit the size of your kitty. The plastic used is sturdy and the whole things sits well when full. Non toxic plastics are used as the basis for the product so these trays should be safe for most cats to use.
The info about the product states that 'The rounded ergonomic design not only looks great, but makes filling and scooping out waste easy'. Sadly I cannot agree with that and I have to say this product is a definate case of style over substance. The lesson learned here has to be that a simple shaped litter tray is much easier to clean and care for than a fancy number like this. As we haven't found this works well for us, I can only give it 2 stars.
Clean N Tidy Litter Tray