Managing Kittie Litter - SailNet Community
 8Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 22 Old 01-25-2017 Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Fort Myers, Fl
Posts: 49
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
 
Managing Kittie Litter

We are about to move aboard a Catalina 470 with 3 cats. Any tips or suggestions on how to manage the kittie litter situation. What works the best?

Thanks,
SWFLman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 22 Old 01-25-2017
Learning the HARD way...
 
eherlihy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Boston / Ft Myers Area
Posts: 6,925
Thanks: 396
Thanked 299 Times in 294 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
Re: Managing Kittie Litter

No idea...

If it were me, I would get an enclosed litter box, and I would secure it to a specific place in the cabin. With 3 cats going in and out while using it, it's going to make a mess though. How do the cats feel about the boat?

I'm planning to bring my 35' boat to Ft Myers. Any leads on where I could keep it at a slip would be appreciated!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, US/Sailing BKB and ASA 101/103/104/105/106/114/118 Instructor - Also ABYC certified in Marine Electrical Systems,


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
eherlihy is offline  
post #3 of 22 Old 01-25-2017
Senior Member
 
MacBlaze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 400
Thanks: 4
Thanked 23 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Managing Kittie Litter

The bigger the litter the better. Clay is out. The wood pellets work pretty good and the absorbing synthetic stuff isn't too bad (we had a jug stored as emergency backup). At some point you will lose the leisure to choose so bring plenty. But get used to having bits of it underfoot regardless. You can never seem to sweep enough. And it goes without saying you can't afford to be a lazy scooper.

We used a small open litter box for ease of access and ability to stuff it under the chart table. Not sure if that is recommended with three of the little monsters ;-) Get one of those non-skid mats. The litter box rarely moved an inch even when we were negligent about reefing.

Don't forget the cat amusement systems (although I suppose with three of them they can amuse themselves) and cat scratching posts. We wrapped the compression post with hemp.

Please, please, please, bite the bullet and both rig and actually practice a system for your cats to get back onboard. And consider lifejackets if you ever intend for them to be left alone on deck, even for a just a short while.
Computer_bad likes this.

Gaudeamus igitur iuvenes dum sumus...
before it's too late

Youtube:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
MacBlaze is online now  
 
post #4 of 22 Old 01-25-2017
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Stafford Springs, Ct
Posts: 400
Thanks: 1
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
Re: Managing Kittie Litter

First off you are either very brave or ........... to be moving onto a boat with three cats. That's a lot of cat .... to get rid of on a weekly basis. Have you thought about retraining them to use the head. Yes I'm serious, a friend of mine bought a system that you put on top of the toilet and train them to go in the toilet. It actually worked. She then got an auto flush timer that would flush every few hrs. Not sure if you can get that for a marine head or not. But it worked great at home.

Peter
justified is offline  
post #5 of 22 Old 01-25-2017
Old as Dirt!
 
svHyLyte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 3,476
Thanks: 27
Thanked 185 Times in 175 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
Re: Managing Kittie Litter

Three cats on a 47 foot boat? That will smell just lovely in no time!

"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
svHyLyte is offline  
post #6 of 22 Old 01-26-2017
TQA
Bombay Explorer 44
 
TQA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 3,619
Thanks: 0
Thanked 132 Times in 128 Posts
Rep Power: 11
 
Re: Managing Kittie Litter

I have one cat and live on the hook. I use a big box with a hole cut in one end, it is kept at the stern end of the cockpit. Cheapest chipped clay litter works fine for me. Sometimes commercial litter is unavailable and I use sand but he does track it around the boat.

I move it down below into a head on passage.

I change it weekly and it goes into the landfill.
Attached Thumbnails
5-RIMG1664.JPG  
Minnesail likes this.
TQA is offline  
post #7 of 22 Old 01-26-2017
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 531
Thanks: 1
Thanked 34 Times in 34 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
Re: Managing Kittie Litter

Quote:
Originally Posted by SWFLman View Post
We are about to move aboard a Catalina 470 with 3 cats...
I wonder why you are on a mono... you should be in a Cat - one Cat!
Computer_bad likes this.
SVTatia is online now  
post #8 of 22 Old 01-26-2017
snake charmer, cat herder
 
zeehag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: refitting a formosa in exotic tropical locations....
Posts: 2,624
Thanks: 11
Thanked 49 Times in 49 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: Managing Kittie Litter

the group gatos del mar on facebook goes into this in depth complete with potty training and best litters to buy. be prepared to show off your cats .... over 600 members each with awesome ideas. come on over

https://www.facebook.com/groups/277701742402893/


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

formosa 41, cruising tropics


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
zeehag is online now  
post #9 of 22 Old 01-26-2017
Learning the HARD way...
 
eherlihy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Boston / Ft Myers Area
Posts: 6,925
Thanks: 396
Thanked 299 Times in 294 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
Re: Managing Kittie Litter

zeehag likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, US/Sailing BKB and ASA 101/103/104/105/106/114/118 Instructor - Also ABYC certified in Marine Electrical Systems,


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
eherlihy is offline  
post #10 of 22 Old 01-26-2017
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: The Bahamas
Posts: 4,045
Thanks: 3
Thanked 151 Times in 149 Posts
Rep Power: 10
 
Re: Managing Kittie Litter

A bristle mat at the box exit/entrance and a small handheld battery vacuum work well.
RegisteredUser is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Abandoned Boats litter MD waterways... T37Chef Chesapeake Bay 5 07-21-2010 04:57 PM
Kitty litter alternatives??? Nereus32 herSailNet 8 02-07-2006 09:09 AM
Kitty litter alternatives??? Nereus32 General Discussion (sailing related) 3 03-08-2004 06:30 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome