If you are OCD, or a neat freak, or even remotely high functioning anxiety with an overlay of Type A... then this is your new system. This review is being written after using this system for over six months with two adult male cats by a retired veterinary technician in the...
If you are OCD, or a neat freak, or even remotely high functioning anxiety with an overlay of Type A... then this is your new system. This review is being written after using this system for over six months with two adult male cats by a retired veterinary technician in the USA.
So, my two male cats have been using wood pellets their whole lives 9 and 7 years. As I have been using the wood pellets for almost 20 years after getting so sick and tired of traditional cat litter and the tracking all over the house and the smell and the mess and the caking of it between their toes and the disgusting all over thought of it.
I was researching a new litter system during the spring of 2020 because sometimes the wood pellets and the urine get pretty heavy in the bottom of the litter pan after a week (the usual change out of 3 inches of fresh pellets) and the smell isn''t always that awesome. I found this litter system and thought, they already use pellets so this wouldn''t be that much of a stretch to try and switch.
Initially, I left out one of the old boxes and put out one of the new boxes. After a week I put some of the wood pellets into the new box to put the scent over there as they had only used the new box a few times apparently as a tester. After about three weeks we had switched completely over to two of the new litter systems. I got the XL boxes with open tops because I have a 19 lb chonker who has some getting in and turning around issues. And my 10 lb feller is a tad on the sketchy side and he doesn''t like any surprises.
Reasons I love this system: The ease of cleaning!!! On Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays I change the urine pads. And this is just personal preference. I purchased a bulk pack here from amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JN9K83S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
but there are many others. I will be switching to a cheaper brand, (amazon basics) on the next buy just because I am not concerned about odor control as I change them every other day. And also, cost because, I change them every other day.
I have seen several other reviews where others have washed/boiled the pellets to use them again, and I will tell you that I tried this in a large boil pot (bought for this and now thrown away) with bleach and then dried them and to me the pellets just smelled like boiled urine. Not to mention the boiling bleach and urine and feces smell for the 30 minutes in my whole house while that was boiling on the stove. I am not a fan of this, but each to their own. I will continue to buy new pellets on the subscribe and save and get them on chewy when they are on sale and pause the S&S as needed.
Now.... THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!!!!! And... I actually owed my veterinary clinic an apology for this!
When my two boys switched over to this system... I panicked! I thought HOLY MOLY!!! My heckin'' chonker is urinating so much!!!! I was changing the pads all the time. I was terrified something was wrong with my cat. He was drinking constantly and urinating constantly. Fortunately, this system allows you to change out the litter, clean the catch pan and leave the pad out and put your cat in a room alone to catch a clean urine to be able to take him to the vet to check him out! And turns out in the end... I have two very spoiled cats who drink out of faucets, have fountains, have fresh bowls daily, have glacier water, and have a fresh drip in the tub too. And all that drinking of fresh cold water all day (which is so good for cats) leads to a whole lot of urinating!!!! And if you aren''t used to seeing it on pee pads, then you might be alarmed as to the amount! If you are used to throwing out old clumped clay litter or tubs of sawdust, then you will be elated to fold up a simple little pad and toss it out.
Things that will make this easier on you...
I have a diaper genie (leftover from my kid but they''re like $5 used on any garage sale site) which I use generic insert refills with. I use cheap dog walking type poop bags (you get like 1000 bags for $10) and scoop out the poop every night before bed. This seems to cut down on the amount of pellets lost and the amount of smell from poop. Then I toss the poop bag into the diaper genie. Every other day M/W/Sa, I toss the urine pad into the diaper genie too. The night before garbage night, I empty the diaper genie. It all works out pretty good for our system here. If there are any issues with a smudge of poo anywhere, a clorox wipe cleans it up pretty quickly. Other than that, I change out the pellets as needed (amazon says once a month), or pour more in from the S&S refills as needed.