Back in January I wrote a blog post about some of the various litters I’d tried. I said I wasn’t with the lightweight litter choices out there. But after I was bitten by a dog and my dominant left hand was useless for several days, scooping the litter box quickly escalated from a task I dislike but could easily perform to one that was quite labor-intensive. I decided then to rethink my position on lightweight litter.
In looking for a lightweight litter I could live with, I quickly learned that all lightweight litters are not created equally.
Lighter litter typically costs more than the regular clay litter (and are often excluded when regular clay litters are on sale), so I want to be sure that I’m paying more for a product that performs well.
Going with a cheaper litter isn’t ideal, as it requires cleaning the box and replacing the litter more often, and with the less than stellar clumping action, you may still be exerting pressure to scoop the box. Be sure to keep an appropriate depth of litter in the box. I clean the litter boxes with Mrs. Meyers Clean Day cleaning concentrate in water. I pour a small amount in the bottom of the box and use a cloth to cover all inside surfaces. Mrs. Meyers does a great job of cutting through the litter and leaving the box clean.
As I grow older, I know that lugging large containers of regular clay will not always be an option. Sometimes there are staff available to help with the loading, but when it comes to unloading, I’m on my own. The large container of LightWeight was easy for me to lift, and was light enough that the handle didn’t cut into my hand. I have a strong grip in my right hand and I could carry the container and a shopping bag in one hand IF the shopping bag wasn’t heavy. The Cat’s Pride and ExquisiCat containers had the built-in handles. If I had use of only one hand, I could carry one of the smaller jugs, but because of the grip needed to hold onto the jug, it would be difficult to also carry a shopping bag.
So for my friends with limited use of hands or arms, how do you manage the litter box?