“ Manufacturer: Clean N Tidy / Type: Litter Pan „
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When I first got my 2 rabbits, it was so hard cleaning them out nearly everyday as they used to go to the loo absolutely everywhere! They never did it in one place which I could just clean out daily, they did it all over the hutch and it was getting a bit much, as I didn't want them sleeping in there own mess all the time.
When I went in to pets at home to see what I could get to stop them going everywhere I was recommended this litter pan by one of the staff working there. It is a small litter tray for them which fits perfectly in a corner in the hutch. I was told to put some sawdust in there and some of there droppings so they could smell them. It took only a few days for my rabbits to start going all the time in this litter pan. They always use it now which makes it so much easier to clean out as you can just take the litter pan out each day to empty and clean, and the rest of the hutch can now just be done once a week.
It is a perfect size for my rabbits to go in, and it is easy to clean out. It is quite lightweight as it is made of plastic and a few times my rabbits have actually tipped it up with only sawdust in it. So now I actually put cat litter in there to weight it down a bit and my rabbits still use it as normal. Now and again they do it elsewhere in the hutch but most of the time they don't mind using the litter pan!
I bought mine in pink, I haven't seen them in any other colours, and they come in different sizes too. I paid about £5.99 for a medium sized one, and I have had it a few years and it is still as good as new, except for a few scratches on the bottom of it, and a few gnawing marks on the sides where they have tried to bite it.
I would definitely purchase one of these litter pans for the corner of your hutch if you have rabbits, it encourages them to do it in just one place, which makes the hutch nicer for them and a lot easier for you to clean up!
I have two guinea pigs Coco and Amber who live in our spare bedroom in an indoor cage. A few months ago I decided that I would use fleece blankets as bedding in the cage, rather than woodshavings. I thought that I would get them a litter tray as they seemed to mainly toilet in one area of the cage, if they would go in a litter tray it would make cleaning out the cage a bit easier.
I was out shopping one day and happened to be near a Pets at Home store so I popped in and took a look at the different litter trays they had available. They had the usual rectangular cat litter trays, but in the small animal section they had some corner ones. I thought this type would be more suitable as it would take up less floor space in the cage.
The corner litter pan is available in two sizes: Medium and Large. I opted for the medium sized one as I thought this would be the best size for their cage, and felt that the large one would take up far too much space.
The medium sized litter tray measures approximately 23 x 30 x 36 cm, it is high backed and the back has two plastic hooks on it so that you can secure it in place on the cage bars. The front of the tray is shallower so that the animals can get in and out easily.
I found that as the tray has slightly rounded edges it doesn't fit completely flush into the corner of the cage, because of this only one of the hooks attaches onto the cage although it is still sufficient in keeping the litter tray in place.
I did forget to hook it in place one day and came back in the room to find they had pushed the tray around the cage, and pooped where it should have been.
When using the litter tray I first line it with newspaper or some pieces of kitchen towel, I then add a layer of Carefresh. Despite the the front of the litter tray being fairly low, most of the Carefresh does stay in the pan. Some does get kicked out but this is when they are getting in and out of the litter tray.
I find it best if I empty out and replace the Carefresh each day, because of the size it doesn't take much of the Carefresh to put a layer of it in the tray. The soiled bedding mostly comes out with ease but there is a bit in the back corner which has an indentation where some of it does get stuck, a quick whack on the outside usually sorts this out though. Then I give it a quick spray with pet safe disinfectant.
The guinea pigs aren't completely litter trained, however most of the time they do use the litter tray (I think having it directly under their hay rack helps.) if they do poop outside of the tray, I can easily sweep up any of the stray poops. This means that with the litter tray in place I find it a lot easier to keep the cage cleaner as full clean outs aren't needed as often. I can do them twice a week now where as before I would need to do it every other day.
The tray is available in a variety of colours, I got mine in a bright pink. I have seen a bright lime green and a blue as well.
I paid £5.59 for the litter tray which seems about average.
If your small pet only toilets in one particular area of the cage I would recommend this, but if they go in different spots it would probably be a waste of money.