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Old 09-05-2010, 19:02   #16
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First year we were in Mexico we learned that cat litter was a foreign idea to them.
Translation: "Dirt for cats? Cats go outside!!"
(We spent about 8-9 months on the boat and went back to the PNW for the summer.)

The next season, we brought lots of litter with us.
We prefer the corn based stuff. It's really good for odor control.
We get it at the local Cenex store.
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Old 09-05-2010, 21:29   #17
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I use the corn stuff too. Not much more money and its lighter and cleaner.
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Old 09-05-2010, 23:14   #18
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We just acquired a stray kitty in Mexico while cruising. I put the litterbox in the walk-in shower. My 10 year old is responsible for cleaning up after the cat and she is very thorough. The litter here is cheap, but it stinks after just a few days. We're thinking of using beach sand after we head up to the Sea of Cortez because we can dump it overboard daily and it's plentiful... and FREE!
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Beach Sand is not such a great idea. It is home to many different species of critters including sand fleas, spiders, microscopic crabs and lots of sea salts. I suppose if you baked it in an oven at a high temperature for a while you might kill all the critters but that is a lot of trouble. Once you get fleas on board it is not only the cat/animal that gets bitten.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:54   #20
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Oour cats stay at home but I know the owners of two boats who have trained their cats use the toilet. I've never asked whether they lift the seat.
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I use the corn stuff too. Not much more money and its lighter and cleaner.
What's the corn stuff? We use scoopable litter. It's expensive and weighs a lot.
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Thanks for the sand info... didn't think of the fleas. We have friends that used beach sand and didn't have any problems, though. I hate fleas! Okay... will have to do research! Regards.
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What's the corn stuff? We use scoopable litter. It's expensive and weighs a lot.
It's called the worlds best litter: World's Best Cat Litter

It scoops but isn't as messy as bentonite clay which is what usually is used for scoopable. Suppose to be safer for the bilge pump and kitty.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:44   #24
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hint in mexico--make sure your cat will use regular clay non clumping litter --they do have that --they use it and call it something to do with cleaning up oil from under the car...lol....is also used as a dehumidifying agent.....gotta think outside the box,(,pun intended) as it were, for cat sand....LOL
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We have been using "Sweet Scoop" a wheat based litter. The enzymes in the wheat do a fantastic job of masking the odors - we smell it for about two minutes, and then it just goes away. Gretchen found a great literbox, with the entry on the TOP. The lid has ridges, that traps much of the litter on the cat's paws. Works like a charm.

The great part about the top loading box is that you can put it just about anywhere. I think we got it at Petsmart. The thing was $30, and I balked initially about the price, but it was worth it.

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Of course I'm dealing with the guilt that we are using a food based product for our cat's litter when there are people starving in the world...but it is safe for the cats and works...
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Oh, don't let her fool you, she is not guilty about it. At least not until her nosey, know-it-all-friend made that comment. Like we don't use food based products for other things besides eating?

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Of course I'm dealing with the guilt that we are using a food based product for our cat's litter when there are people starving in the world...but it is safe for the cats and works...
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Old 18-05-2010, 14:34   #28
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We also have our cats on board:

The first one is named "Kwats", she's 6 years old (almost 7). And she's been sailing on this ship all her life. And she's very relaxed about the whole thing as you can see on this photo:



The second cat, "Ukkie" also sailed with us, but sadly she passed away last year. Not due to sailing, but to kidney problems, even though she was only 2 years old.

Our third cat, named "Snowy" was adopted by us in january 2010, we were on a skiing trip, and the poor creature, only a couple of months old was abandoned near our hotel. So we took her home.

She's now becoming a real sailing cat, she likes it very much!

Here she is at the tiller:


And like kwats, she also likes to relax:



We keep the litterbox in the back berth, which isn't used by us, or any visitors. We clean it every day, and keep the litterbags in another sealed bag, which is stowed away in one of the outside storage compartments.

This works really well.. The only downside is, that the litter we use, is very fine grained. So this sticks under their paws, and gets carried around through the cabin.

So every day, we clean everything with the vacuum. But isn't there a more efficient way? Or are there other litter brands out there which don't stick, and remain inside the litterbox?

Any good advise on this? Kwats is a bit messy, she tends to kick the litter out of the box, even though it has a door..
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The aforementioned corn based litter doesn't track nearly as much as the clay I'm pleased to say. If you can find it you might try it. Now if I could only find a replacement for kitty's fur ...
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Ok, so corn based is the way yo go? I'll look for it in the shops.. i've only seen clay or wood based products.. So lets hope i can find it..
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