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amberellie 🐄 - Idk what day it is.
December 4th, 2017 7:10:01pm
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Hello!  I live in a fairly small space and was wondering if anyone has any ideas on hiding a litter box??  My spare bedroom is rather small and it's more of an office space but is going to be a place where my mom will stay when she visits, but it is also home to the litter box.  Has anyone tried clever ideas on how to hide the litter box so no one can see it around the house??


 


Also my vet says my cat should be on a wet food diet vs dry food.  Does anyone have recommendations on wet food??  I've already tried Blue Buffalo and she will not touch it!  But I also need it to be fairly affordable.  She loves fancy feast but I don't think she'll be getting the nutrition she needs with that stuff. 




 


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Master Administrator Samantha
December 4th, 2017 7:23:15pm
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Do you have a closet that you'd be able to leave the door cracked on? Not sure if you're in a house or an apartment where you can cut into the doors at all, but they sell "cat portals" which is basically a cat door that you can put into a closet door so they can come and go through the litter, but it's closed off to human eyes!

I don't have any advice on the wet food :(. We feed our cats friskies, but we give them wet and dry food, not just wet, so the nutritional value isn't something we have to pay a lot of attention to.




 

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Equ » Autumn is in the air🍁
December 4th, 2017 7:29:00pm
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I have recently been doing both of these things with my two cats since I have moved to College; my cats are nortorious for strewing litter about the house and making a mess, plus, their litter box was big, dysfunctional and unappealing to guests who came to my place as it was always right in their face. I use a plant litter box from the Good Pet Stuff company. It looks like a potted plant, but they can do their business inside it. They sell it on Amazon for $41.99 > https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MPR2GI/ref=asc_df_B000MPR2GI5291079/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B000MPR2GI&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167144469268&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5660642747274241345&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011521&hvtargid=pla-272772779746. There are many variations of these to choose from so I'm sure you can find one that suits your home's size, color palette and style. I would strongly recommend a couple things if you choose this product:

1.) It comes with Spanish moss, which is particularly fatal to cat if ingested, so I would throw that away immediately.

2.) The plant is a little unstable, but can easily be remedied with some small river stones or changing out the plant for a lusher, heavier one {can pick these up easily at Wal-mart, Target, Michael's, etc.}

3.) Every cat is different, but start slowly with it. Let them check it out, but still keep their familiar one near-ish so they don't have any accidents in the household. Also be sure to put a scoop or two from their old box so they have a more familiar scent. Secondly,  keep the top off for a few hours so they don't freak out; my boys absolutely refused until we did this. I'm not sure if it has a weird smell out of the box or it was just spooky to them, but after we did this and re-attached the top, they've absolutely loved it and so have I!

As for cat food, I would always try and feed them wet food if you can; Vanis {my cat's vet} has always emphasized that dry food can impact in their intenstines and cause issues such as colic, stomach issues/ulcers or megacolon disease. Blue Buffalo has worked for us as our is gluten-free and specially made, but if your cat won't touch this, then I would suggest Purina One or Adult {assuming he/she has no health complications and needs special food} or Fancy Feast like you have been buying. Friskies is also reasonably priced, if I recall. Any other brand you're going to start getting into the 16 - $20 ranges.




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Eyre &1
December 4th, 2017 7:49:46pm
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I'll chime in about wet cat food. (I have no litter box solutions at the moment.) We used to feed our cats sardines and rice when dry food wasn't an option when we lived abroad. Tuna and rice works just as well if you don't have access to sardines. We used tuna/sardines right out of the can. My neighbors used to feed their particular cat canned chicken and rice with a little bit of canned pure pumpkin mixed in. Pumpkin is supposed to aid in diegestion. That's my tid-bit. We have special dry prescription mix that we feed our cats now. They seem to do well on it, though.




 

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amberellie 🐄 - Idk what day it is.
December 4th, 2017 8:47:55pm
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I was thinking about using a closet but I wasn't sure if the smell would be a problem, I do clean out the litter box once a day though, but I still get a litter box odor.

 

I'm going to look into that plant litter box, I really think it's something that would work really well here!!

 

For the wet food, it was really more of a weight issue.  My vet said she was getting on the heavy side but I didn't think was.  She's a fairly large cat in size not weight, and she's super active.  My vet also said dry food is more like pizza where is wet food was more healthy.. but she wouldn't help me out on what food to try!  But my cat would much rather have the dry, I feel like I waste more in wet!




 

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December 4th, 2017 8:51:01pm
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There's also ones that are made to look like end tables or whatever that you have the litter box inside...

 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/139-0004888-1786730?url=search-alias=pets&field-keywords=hidden litter box




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Equ » Autumn is in the air🍁
December 4th, 2017 8:54:33pm
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The plant box is really good for hiding odors, since I've had it, the smells from the litter tray I used to get has ceased almost completely unless it's unusually dirty.

If it's weight-related and she prefers dry, then honestly, just get dry. It's better to get a food that your kitty likes and portion it than waste money on something that's not working; my cats appalled it, but originally, we had them on Purina One Indoor Advantage Hairball & Healthy Weight. It's a dry food so it may be something she's willing to try? Other than that, I can't give much offering on foods. My kitties are super picky, but seem to prefer wet food than dry.

Hopefully I was still a little help though!




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Master Administrator Samantha
December 4th, 2017 9:19:56pm
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Just a note on the above, be extra cautious feeding cats tuna. The tuna that humans eat from cans are large tunas which are older and have more mercury in them, whereas the tuna they use specifically for cat food are smaller tunas which are unappealing to humans but have less mercury so they're safe for cats. Sardines is a good idea!




 

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amberellie 🐄 - Idk what day it is.
December 5th, 2017 8:15:20pm
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I ended up getting this!

https://www.amazon.com/ecoFlex-Litter-Loo-Cover-Table/dp/B008KYHH6S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512504864&sr=8-1&keywords=ecoflex litter loo

 

Only so that I can put stuff on it since the room is small! :P




 

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