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Offline GburgNatsFan

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1975: December 03, 2021, 09:17:27 AM »
Any of you know anything about the automated litter boxes? A friend of ours in North Carolina has the Litter Robot. It's very expensive, but that's not the main issue; my bigger concern is that it's big and I'd have trouble figuring out where to put it (too big for the powder room where a box is now). Do the automated boxes work as advertised?

A metal scoop, an air-tight refuse container, and frequent scooping is the best approach that we've come up with.

Also, they make mats for under litter boxes that capture litter as the cat walks out of the box. Falls in through the rubberized grid and is captured. they work really well.
Like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Grip-Original-Resistant-Honeycomb/dp/B08F5HFHCH/ref=asc_df_B08F5HFHCH/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=475737694738&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3240873604713297883&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007798&hvtargid=pla-1197558749671&th=1

Offline Ali the Baseball Cat

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1976: December 03, 2021, 10:54:58 AM »
Ghetto porch astroturf works well too.  A square under the entrance catches about 90% of the litter and you just need to shake it out every so often. 

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1977: December 03, 2021, 01:53:45 PM »
Any of you know anything about the automated litter boxes? A friend of ours in North Carolina has the Litter Robot. It's very expensive, but that's not the main issue; my bigger concern is that it's big and I'd have trouble figuring out where to put it (too big for the powder room where a box is now). Do the automated boxes work as advertised?

I looked into them and decided not to buy one for a variety of reasons:
- they aren't covered (at least the ones I looked out), so the cats are still going to make a mess
- they require daily cleaning if not more often as the dirty litter holder is fairly small)
- I've always been afraid of the cat seeing the contraption in motion and getting scared away from using the litter box

We clean our three about 3x a week.

Ghetto porch astroturf works well too.  A square under the entrance catches about 90% of the litter and you just need to shake it out every so often. 

I tried that with my last cat, he started routinely peeing on the artificial grass.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1978: December 03, 2021, 06:34:32 PM »
Totally agree with G'Burgs frequent scooping - I do Meows trays at breakfast and late evening; as long as the trays are (relatively) clean he digs little out. I appreciate you have the 'vigorous female digging' issue...In the past, I've made an outsize 'pseudo' tray, using cardboard with the sides folded up no higher than the height of the tray. The tray sits inside this, and it contains ejected litter pretty well. And, as it's cardboard, it is easily disposable should there be any 'accidents'.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1979: December 03, 2021, 07:24:40 PM »
Totally agree with G'Burgs frequent scooping - I do Meows trays at breakfast and late evening; as long as the trays are (relatively) clean he digs little out. I appreciate you have the 'vigorous female digging' issue...In the past, I've made an outsize 'pseudo' tray, using cardboard with the sides folded up no higher than the height of the tray. The tray sits inside this, and it contains ejected litter pretty well. And, as it's cardboard, it is easily disposable should there be any 'accidents'.

We used the box trick as well for one of our cats. He was uh... very enthusiastic.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1980: December 29, 2021, 05:54:31 PM »
Just been reading that the Ooh-Ahh Bird is so-called because it lays square eggs... ;)

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1981: December 29, 2021, 06:09:56 PM »
Just been reading that the Ooh-Ahh Bird is so-called because it lays square eggs... ;)
That must hurt.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1982: January 11, 2022, 02:49:43 PM »
https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2022/01/11/bruno-the-rare-african-serval-found-in-lincoln-is-on-the-move/?p1=hp_secondary

1 year old serval found wandering in a Boston suburb.  Will need a leg amputation but will be sent to a serval sanctuary in Minnesota.

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“Not only will Bruno live out his live at a sanctuary that offers him a natural and safe habitat with heated, indoor buildings, but is going to a place that shares the MSPCA’s values: that wild animals do not exist for our entertainment,” Kara Holmquist, director of advocacy for the MSPCA, said in a statement.

The MSPCA said the sanctuary does not “buy, breed, sell or exhibit” the animals they house.

Alyssa Krieger, the community outreach manager at MSPCA Boston, told NBC10 Boston that Bruno may have been kept in order to breed a type of cat that is illegal in Massachusetts, called a Savannah.
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“Servals can do very well on three legs and the MSPCA’s adoption center veterinary team, in consultation with the team at Wildcat Sanctuary, is confident this outcome will provide Bruno the best opportunity for a pain-free life after surgery,” Rob Halpin, an MSPCA spokesman, said in an email.

My first thought when I found out he was named Bruno is I wonder if he had a son OJ.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1983: January 11, 2022, 05:01:45 PM »
Someone near to us has a Savannah Cat. To be fair, it's always been as soft as anything when I've seen it - but when you think of a cat the size of an Alsatian, with claws to match, then you can't help but wonder what would happen if it ever turns nasty...It is so powerful, it's walked in a dog-harness, not  a lead. I'm with the MSPCA - wilds and hybrids don't do it for me.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1984: January 12, 2022, 11:25:52 AM »
Then there was Ming from Harlem 



I have no idea wheter Ming was named after CMW.  Anyways, from the sounds of it he wound up living a pretty decent life after making his way out of Les Projets:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ming_of_Harlem


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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1985: January 12, 2022, 01:17:55 PM »
Then there was Ming from Harlem 

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I have no idea wheter Ming was named after CMW.  Anyways, from the sounds of it he wound up living a pretty decent life after making his way out of Les Projets:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ming_of_Harlem



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