I recently shared what I loved about walnut shell cat litter. One of the best features is that it lasts twice as long as clay litter. One reason we can make it last longer is a sifting litter box. We have 2 that we’ve been using for about a year and a half, so today I’m sharing the good and the bad when it comes to this litter box.
How the Litter Box Works
There are several types of sifting litter boxes available. Some are automatic, which is great, but they’re a bit on the pricey side. We use the Van Ness Enclosed Sifting Litter Box. This particular litter box has to be sifted manually, but it only takes a couple of minutes and is a much cheaper option. Basically there are two pans that stack together, and a sifting tray that also stacks with the pans. You simply pour the litter through the sifter and toss the clumps.The good and the bad when it comes to sifting litter boxes-can they make your cat litter last longer?Click To Tweet
- It saves on cat litter. This is my favorite part. I always got too much of the clean litter when I scooped the box and it felt like a waste. Less of the clean litter is wasted by sifting. This is one of the keys to making the litter last longer.
- It’s easy. It only takes about 5 minutes for me to scoop both litter boxes. This is honestly one of my least favorite chores, so I’m all for anything that makes it a little easier.
- They are enclosed. This means less litter gets thrown around by my cats. Plus they seem to like the extra privacy.There’s also a filter in the lid, so odors are minimized.
- It comes in two sizes. We have one of each, giant and regular. You can easily find one to fit your needs.
- The lid snaps on and has a handle to make moving the box easier. As long as everything is put together right, I’ve never had a problem moving this box with the handle, even when it’s full.
- It’s easy to clean. About once a month, I dump out the litter and give the boxes a thorough cleaning. I take them outside and spray them down with my hose. They rinse right off! Then I disinfect them, and once they’re dry, they are good to go.
- Figuring out how the sifting works. The instructions say to stack the pans together and the sifting tray on top. Then you pour your litter in, and to sift, just pull the tray up and dump. Then you place the tray inside the bottom pan, pour the clean litter on top, and restack the pans. Sound simple, right? The problem is that wet clumps tend to stick in the sifting tray, so after a couple of days, it needs to be cleaned. There is a simple workaround, though. Simply place the sifting tray in between the pans and pour the litter through when cleaning. Then dump the clumps and restack. I often have to scrape wet clumps out of the bottom of the pan with a scoop, but I think that’s the litter I use.
- Everything only fits together one way. This isn’t really a big deal, you just have to pay attention when you put it all back together. The pans and sifter only stack one way, and the lid won’t snap in place if it’s turned the wrong way.
- The lid has a swinging door on it, but my cats knocked both of them off. I tried putting them back, but they keep getting knocked off, so I finally gave up. To me this isn’t a big deal, but it could be a drawback for some.
We combine these litter boxes with this mat. It catches most of what the cats might track out the box and is easy to clean. I just spray the mat off with my hose.
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