Problem semi-solved

October 30, 2012


Back story: Since I am the one who has had to deal with cats peeing/pooping in the wrong places in the past, I am currently on it to prevent such occurrences in the future. One part of the plan is having litterboxes on all levels of the house. Mock me if you must, but you haven’t wept as you’ve ripped out carpet and discovered horrific damage to sub-floors.

Current problem: We have raised cats who are not afraid of water (see squirrel-monkey post), and the two boys like to get in the shower with you. (Well, not you, but whoever is in the shower.) Then they go into the litter box with their wet paws and make a mess. Awesome.

‘Solution!’: A milk crate from the basement, a tub and rug from Walmart, and mini-clamps from Harbor Freight.

Not the most elegant solution, but it works.

They have to jump on the rug to go in and out, so their paws dry off. The rug also catches most of the litter when they come out.

Plastic tubs are hard to cut.

I like the milk crate because I can put the scale underneath.

I like keeping track of Sarge/Ralph. He is going to be a monster. They are only 4 1/2 months old but he’s already nearly 7 1/2 pounds. Hooray! I’m going to have my own tiger!!

That's Ralph and Emme. She's just 5 pounds.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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6 Responses to “Problem semi-solved”

  1. Gretchen Said on:

    These kitten posts make me waffle between wanting to adopt a kitten immediately and vowing never to own a pet again. Brilliant prototype though, Lauren!


  2. Lloyd Said on:

    I suggested super gluing the tubs together, but Lauren wanted to be able to scoop the poops (as it were).


  3. Cousin Sam Said on:

    Looks like picture 3 has the solution to the problems. Hook that power outlet up to something and …


  4. Kris Said on:

    Lauren, your problem-solving amazes me!


  5. Brad Said on:

    That’s a clever solution. It should also help contain any stinkiness.


  6. Tammy Said on:

    Lauren you are a genius!!!! When your kittens are “full grown” you’ll need to address him with Sargent Ralph Sir! I can’t wait to see this guy in person.


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