Monday, May 16, 2016

Littervention Makeover


WAFFLES:  Hey Boss! You didn't do a very good job cleaning our litter room mirror.  Can you–



KATIE:  I'm a little bit BUSY right now, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  But Boss, it's time for our litter invention thing. 

KATIE:  You mean Littervention.  

WAFFLES:  Litter what???

KATIE:  It's like an intervention, except for our litter room. Like a makeover. Can we please talk about this later?



WAFFLES:  What's wrong with my litter room? It doesn't need any stinkin' ventioning.

KATIE:  Seriously? Have you SEEN the state of the litter room after you've done your business???





It's a LITTERVENTION! 
When our friends at Tidy Cats® told us they were going to do an intervention on our litter room, a "Littervention" they called it, we realized the first step to coming clean was going to be admitting we had a problem. (See photo above.)

They sat us down at our computer screen and proceeded to ask a myriad of questions -
  • How many litter boxes do you have?
  • Where are your litter boxes located?
  • What's your biggest litter box pet peeve? 
  • What would you do if you could give your litter room a makeover?

A few answers and a couple of weeks later, two HUGE boxes arrived. They were filled with a cornucopia of cool stuff.




All the Right Tools
We received shiny new litter boxes, litter mats, a VERY effective metal scoop with a handy hanger and even a Litter Genie litter disposal system. We keep one of our litter boxes in a fiberglass shower enclosure and the addition of the perfectly sized mat is making clean up a breeze. The Litter Genie means fewer runs to the garage to toss out our clumps.



Taking It to the Mat
These are the first litter mats we've tried out and we love them! We never realized how much litter Waffles and Katie were shaking out on the floor as they left the box. A simple (and cute) litter mat is a no-brainer solution.




A Little Math
Do you know how many litter boxes is the perfect number for your furry family? One per cat plus one extra. For us that makes three. So simple, even Waffles can figure it out. We hope.

Glogirly's Biggest Litter Box Peeve
When Glogirly opened up the new boxes, you'd have thought she won the lottery! You see, her biggest litter box pet peeve is the gunky stuff and clumps that stick to the bottom and corners of the litter box. Besides cleaning regularly, the best solution to sticking is making sure your boxes are replaced regularly. Over time, all that scratching really takes a toll on the bottom of the box. It's not only difficult to scoop, but it's hard to clean and sanitize. Depending on use, it's a good idea to replace them every year or so.

FUN FACT:  Speaking of use, did you know that Katie and Waffles use the same litter box?  No His and Hers in our litter room. Of course, Katie would never admit it.



Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
And that's especially true when it comes to litter boxes. We scoop daily, adding in additional litter as needed. Then once a month, we do a soap and water deep clean. We always use fragrance free, pet friendly cleaners.



Scratch, Scratch, Scratch
We're not sure if scratching and litter boxing goes hand in hand for other cat households, but they do in ours. We keep a couple of scratchers nearby and adjacent to our primary litter room. Whenever there's scooping going on, chances are there's an occupied scratcher in the vicinity.



Finishing Touches
Cool little storage boxes with French kitty art make perfect storage cubbies for disposable bags and other small necessities. And for those who don't mind a soft scent, Tidy Cats new deodorizer can be lightly sprinkled into the litter for a fresh, outdoorsy smell. 

Do you need a Littervention too? 
What's YOUR biggest litter box pet peeve?


Thank you so much to everyone who entered our Littervention Giveaway! 
Big congratulations to Team Dash! 




This post is sponsored by Tidy Cats® for Purina®. As a TidyCatInsider, we are being compensated for sharing our Littervention experience and offering a Littervention Giveaway to our readers. GLOGIRLY only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Tidy Cats is not responsible for the content of this article.


81 comments:

  1. I have two...dust & litter tracking outside the box.

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  2. Hank tries to dig to China and even with large covered boxes seems like more litter outside the box than in!

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  3. The Farm cats have three boxes and well, the farm. I've seen them using the compost pile, the old hay pile, the goat pen. So maybe they have a world of litter boxes.

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  4. Toffee has two boxes, but doesn't cover her "deposits" ...

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    1. That'S Usually A dominance issue. Shes the big cat in the house and that meand she needs you to know it by seeing and smelling her poop lol.

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  5. This is a cool giveaway...for me AND the boys

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  6. Biggest litter box peeve...is the litter tracked or thrown out of the box

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  7. I do not all the cat litter on the floor.

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  8. Wow, that is an awesome litter room makeover!

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  9. Wow this is amazing! Jon from http://cattree.uk

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  10. Will definitely try the scratcher near the box- I bet that's a winner at our house. Everyone seems to have a lot of energy and feel great after a trip to the box!

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  11. I've just gotten used to the mess (litter EVERYWHERE) - so I don't even bother to try to change it anymore; however, I'm all ears for a solution that actually works. Someone who's never had a cat won't understand all the ridiculous places you find litter - and Bear is very thorough. I love Litter Genie - for those paint-peeling "gifts" that you can't scoop fast enough (as you hold your breath); the refills get a bit expensive though. We'd DEFINITELY try this package of solutions!
    (ps - Bear says, "DUDE! My litter box is YEARS old! Stupid humans!")

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  12. Gee, my biggest litter box pet peeve? Until last month, it was one of our dogs constantly getting into the litter box in our main bathroom (and making a mess all over - scattered litter, litter in the water bowls - coming off her face when she drank after eating cat poop from the litter box). While there is still some scattered litter, it's a fraction of what we had with Suki. I miss her so much, but I'll be honest - I don't miss having to deal with her going into the litter boxes. We lost my deaf girl, Ran, exactly one year earlier, and she was the other one who liked getting into our boxes. I guess my second biggest pet peeve is gone now, too - our senior Maine Coon, Koneko, simply would not cover his poop, and of course, that would make such a smell in the house, and of course attract Suki to the box. We just remodeled our upstairs bathroom, and I would love one of the litter mats for that box. I really don't want litter getting all over our nice, new floor.

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  13. Solved my biggest peeve: the dust! Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Lightweight litter is truly dust-free. As for the box, the high sided shown in the blog looks like it would be great for keeping (most of) the litter in the box! And I've never tried a litter mat but would be happy to win the Littervention kit and try all of the items.

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  14. Wow, a totally splendid post. Soon as we get onto the big computerwe will work hard to win for a USA friend!

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  15. My biggest pet peeve is finding cat litter that doesn't mess with my asthma, changing the box is a nightmare so my poor fiance has to do it or yours truly has an asthma attack! I really wish low dust meant it!

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    1. Clay based litter would make me hack up a storm from all the dust while scooping, but since we switched to the Arm & Hammer sawdust litter I rarely even wheeze. I have no issue with smells either, the sawdust smells amazing to me and they add an odor blocker for the poop smell, until we run out of it I also put a thin layer of a Tidy Cats clay based (multi cat maybe?) on top after a complete change out. With how infrequently I tend to scoop I do have issues with it not wanting to sift, but that would likely be better if I were to scoop everyday like I should.

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  16. That's a sooper-cool makeover! We have 3 boxes fur the 2 of us, so that's a good start....

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  17. I definitely need a littervention here....I love that deep walled litter box...one of my babies likes to make solid deposits over the edge of the box, but will pee in the box. Silly kitty! We have 4 boxes for 4 kitties, so we use the Tidy Cats 4-in-1 strength, it clumps hard and fast with no odor (can't use the scented due to my allergies) (Abbyjude2002@gmail.com)

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  18. That littervention is pawsome ! Mum's biggest pet peeve : litter everywhere on the floor (Pixie !) despite the litter mat... We have two litter boxes for two cats + the big outside as third litter box. Purrs

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  19. What a great littervention! That looks like the kind of mat we use to catch litter. The head peep forgets how effective it is until it is sitting outside to dry after it is washed and she realizes how much litter we track without it.

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  20. My Gin Gin is my biggest kicker of litter. Everyday when I go to clean their four boxes, I find a pile outside each entrance!

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  21. With a tiny 875 sq ft house, just finding space for their litterboxes is hard. I really do need to change out the boxes though. Embarrassed to say how many years I've had them!!
    Christine with Sweet Pea, Oliver, and Toby...

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  22. What a nice litter room! We tried disposable litter boxes for awhile. They held up really well but weren't that easy to dispose of. We decided washing the litter boxes wasn't anymore work than disposing of the disposable.

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  23. What a grwat idea! With 4cats we really need a littervention

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  24. Excellent give away! With 6 of my own and 6 from a friend that ran into financial hardship, there litter litter everywhere. Littervention needed here.

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  25. Excellent give away! With 6 of my own and 6 from a friend that ran into financial hardship, there litter litter everywhere. Littervention needed here.

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  26. The mom's biggest pet peeve is tracking litter. She finds litter all over the house. We really could use a littervention.

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  27. Biggest pet peave is the litter getting on the floors. Thanks for the chance.
    Sue B

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  28. We love that high sided litter box that has the lower entry way. One of our kitties prefers to stand up and spray the side of the box so low sided boxes are out of the question. That is my biggest pet peeve about short box sides. What a mess I end up with. All I can say is "oy".

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  29. I hate all of the little pieces of litter outside the box. I clean it every day and it's back every time they go.

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  30. My biggest pet peeve is with myself. I tend to neglect his basement box. The one upstairs is easy to take care of.

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  32. My biggest pet peeve is the corner concrete!

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  33. We have 6 adult cats & 5 fosters (1 momma, 4 kittens). With 12 litter boxes it's a lot of scooping! My biggest pet peeve is my Occicat digs & sprays litter EVERYWHERE.

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  34. Dust and tracking drives our mom crazy.

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  35. I hate dust and having to breath it in. Also, tracking especially when the carpet has been freshly vacuumed.

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  36. We've tried all kinds of mats to help curb the litter tracking, would love to try this new one. And the shape of that litter box is quite interesting. :)

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  37. My biggest litter box pet peeve is that I have five cats, and no time to scoop! I'm currently in Vet Tech school and it'd be great to have those litter mats, my little heathens sure love to bring their "work" out with them...

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  38. I would love to try this with our 5 little monsters! I need the high sides for one of mine who is a high pisser.

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  39. My biggest litter box pet peeve is that I have one cat who doesn't like to use a litter box. Her right paw doesn't work quite right, which I think is the reason. I have to use pads for her, and I'm still trying to figure out the best way to do that.

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  40. I bought a litter mat and you are right it makes a huge difference!
    I just need a makeover to help with my over the edge pee -er.... and I have TWO of them.
    *SIGH*

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  41. Every year?? Oh my! My kitten room needs a total litter box make over then!! Oh Tidy Cats! come to the foster kittens' rescue!!

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  42. Our biggest litter box peeve is the litter that gets kicked out by one of our four cats. Talk about an icky mess!

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  43. I recently got a litter mat and it has helped considerably. We have high sided boxes too for our very energetic digger and kicker. Any tips are appreciated!
    xxoo
    Maggie

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  44. I'm down to four cats and two boxes. The deeper the better! And the lower entry is perfect for my oldest and smallest cat, Ladybug. She's 15 years old but only four pounds.

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  45. Whoops, my pet peeve is that Ladybug, being a cripple since birth, tends to pee over the side of the box if it is not deep enough.

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  46. We like before. There is more stuff to play with
    Lily & Edward

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  47. My biggest guy rooster tails the litter a good 2-3 feet every time he goes, it's a mess, I tried a high sided box and he treated it like a challenge. The scratcher idea is great! ( Raine buzzyngabe at yahoo dot com )

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  48. Looks like a great prize! I could definitely use that.

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  49. The dust is my biggest peeve. And I just have to say...those Le Chat Noir boxes are too cute for words!!!

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  50. Biggest complaint from Mom is threefold: We don't all like the same litter; litter turning to cement and gluing itself to the box, dust! We have just started a series about litter. Wish Tidy cats had contacted us. Maybe we'll get lucky and win. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  51. Great giveaway. My cats are surprisingly good with the litter boxes being that we don't have 14 boxes ( 13 cats and 1 extra box).

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  52. Wowza, mum has two boxes for me. She likes the layout of these boxes with the side. Very cool.

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  53. Awesome littervention! I'd say that dust is our biggest complaint over here.

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  54. The clumpy stuff left in the bottom of the litter pan, and accidental misses over the sides

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  55. Our pet peeve is scented cat litter with all kinds of toxic stuff inside them. I also go against the front side of the box and the litter all sticks to the box like cement. We just saw that new Tidy Cat tv ad with that really cool new litter box system and was hoping you got one of the those so you could tell us about them.

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  56. Litter TRACKING and dust are my pet peeves. Did I mention litter tracking? I have tried a dozen different litter mats and still have litter tracked all over the house. Did I mention I hate litter tracking?

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  57. My cats have two litter boxes in the garage, but they have the whole neighborhood as litterbox too ! So many yards !

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  58. Oh this is soooooo cool. Me thinks mommy would be as excited as Glogirly. Mommy says she has a few litter pet peeves but da biggest is tween da sticky to da sides pee and da trackin'. MOL

    Luv ya'

    Dezi

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  59. Biggest pet peeve is definitely litter kicked everywhere....

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  60. I have the same tall-sided litter boxes as Mister Meow is a high pee-er. My biggest pee-ve (hehehe) is the litter that comes out of the box and sticks to my barefeet. argh!

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  61. Oh man...the DUST. So much cat litter dust gets everywhere. That might be worse than the actual litter tracking for me.

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  62. I can't stand the tracked litter. It is always all over the place.

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  63. My biggest pet peeve is all the litter on the floor from one of my cats who can't ever finish digging and throwing litter out of the box.

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  64. Tweet link for May 21st, I accidentally input the incorrect link on RC form, sorry. Raine buzzyngabe at yahoo dot com https://twitter.com/buzzyngabe/status/734018708402753537

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  65. My litter pet peeve is tracking and the fact that my boy will get in the litter box after every cat, including himself has done their business and dig and dig until half of the litter in all over the floor. We do have low-ish sided typical boxes and I've been considering high sided or even covered boxed for this reason, even though Im not keen about it feeling like a kitty latrine.

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  66. Our pet peeve is stepping on litter when we get out of the shower! Especially after we just swept the floors. :)

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  67. My biggest pet peeve is all of the litter that gets around the bathroom.
    I'm forever sweeping!
    thank you

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  68. Mom says she has too many pet peeves to mention when it comes to our litter boxes. We don't understand!

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  69. I don't like the litter that finds it's way all around the outside of the litter box and get tracked everywhere. I also hate the dust when refilling the box or when scooping.

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  70. My biggest litter box pet peeve is finding urine outside the box because the sides aren't tall enough to catch it when my cat backs up right to the edge of the box. That high sided litter box is exactly what we need :)

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  71. Litter tracking! I also have problems scooping but then I'm disabled. Sir Merlin Fuzzybutt is very good about staying in the box though which is a blessing.

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  72. Ugh, I can't stand the litter being tracked all over when Ciara or Saucy gets out of the box!

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  73. My biggest pet peeve is scattered litter.

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  74. Oh puuleeeease!
    Ollie leaves Puma sized poop and Misty covered his but Miss Jack gets mad and leaves hers uncovered just in time for Bruce to wake up and chase her out and dig to Australia, leaving the litter of THREE separate boxes all over the dinning room floor. (Needless to say we don't dine in there). Then Bruce has a box of his own in his own room with his pawrents too for nighttime deposits.
    And done get me started on the Foster Kitten room that currently has four residents who think litter is The Best Toys Ever (next to their mamas tailio).

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  75. Oh puuleeeease!
    Ollie leaves Puma sized poop and Misty covered his but Miss Jack gets mad and leaves hers uncovered just in time for Bruce to wake up and chase her out and dig to Australia, leaving the litter of THREE separate boxes all over the dinning room floor. (Needless to say we don't dine in there). Then Bruce has a box of his own in his own room with his pawrents too for nighttime deposits.
    And done get me started on the Foster Kitten room that currently has four residents who think litter is The Best Toys Ever (next to their mamas tailio).

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  76. I couldnt find a large enough ( we have a cat thats 33# and not fat- hes very long and tall) for our big boy so i cut up a large tote. Works perfect, high sides.

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