Pine Pellets Cat Litter Box

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Introduction: Pine Pellets Cat Litter Box

This is the best homemade cat litter box ever! Here is why:
- No pee smell. Actually, pine smell.
- Little tracking. The large pellets do not stick to the cat’s paws.
- Natural.
- Flushable*
- Inexpensive
- No waste. Only used pine falls to the bottom.

Once the cat goes, the pee is absorbed by the pellets, which expand and become sawdust. Pick up the poop and mix the pellets once a day. The sawdust falls to the bottom box, leaving only "unused" pine pellets on top.

* Do not flush the poop! It may contain eggs of Toxoplasma gondii, which are able to survive the wastewater treatment process, contaminating waterways. While Toxoplasma rarely affects healthy people, it can cause defects and brain damage in babies whose mothers were exposed when pregnant. Brain disease can also develop in people with compromised immune systems. In addition, Toxoplasma has been shown to harm sea otters and may affect other wildlife as well.
Dispose of the cat’s feces in sealed plastic bags via your waste management company.

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Step 1: Buy Two Matching Storage Boxes;

Step 2: Make Lots of Holes on the Bottom of ONE of Them;

The holes must be as big as possible without letting large chunks of pine pellets to go through.

Step 3: Add Pine Pellets to the Box With Holes;

Some home improvement stores or most feed and tackling stores have them cheap!

Step 4: Stack Both Boxes

Step 5: Optional: Cut a Doorway That Matches Both Boxes When Stacked.

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    8 Discussions

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    Petloverzzz
    Petloverzzz

    3 years ago

    This is the wrong way to use wood pellets and will harm your pet! These pellets revolutionized the horse bedding industry BECAUSE you are supposed to pour 3 gallons H2O on a 40 lb bag, which then reconstitutes into 3x the volume in soft, dry, highly absorbent shavings. Using the raw pellets is extremely heavy, wasteful, and worst of all, will damage your pet's joints and ligaments as they struggle to balance on the hard objects. It will give them arthritis. Throw the bag of pellets in a Rubbermaid tote, add water, and in less than 30 minutes you'll have 3X in dry shavings. The shavings also suck urine to the bottom.

    http://www.guardianhorsebedding.com/pinepellets.htm

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    CostumeGal
    CostumeGal

    Reply 2 years ago

    I had one cat that did not like walking on the pellets. Now I leave a clear section in the front of the box and push the pellets to the back half. She is much happier now.She just stays in the front and puts her butt over the pellets.

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    Mazenghani
    Mazenghani

    Reply 2 years ago

    You may be talking about cats raised outside, but for inside home cats, shavings are out of the question as they will get scattered all over the place. Besides, cats are not walking on this all day long to get arthritis, its just a couple of short visits a day. Have a nice day.

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    kennyp14
    kennyp14

    4 years ago

    What size drill bit did you use?

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    dobesv
    dobesv

    5 years ago on Introduction

    By the way the "do not flush poop" warning isn't really very relevant. Apparently cats only shed Toxoplasma gondii for a few weeks. So if you have kept your cat indoors for more than a month and they seem healthy ... it is fine to flush, chances are they will be done shedding that parasite in their poop and you can flush away. Also this parasite is so common it may already be in your tap water.

    Source: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_inf... :

    Once infected with Toxoplasma is my cat always able to spread the infection to me?

    No, cats only spread Toxoplasma in their feces for a few weeks following infection with the parasite. Like humans, cats rarely have symptoms when infected, so most people do not know if their cat has been infected. The Toxoplasma shedding in feces will go away on its own; therefore it does not help to have your cat or your cat's feces tested for Toxoplasma.

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    dobesv
    dobesv

    5 years ago on Introduction

    By the way the "do not flush poop" warning isn't really very relevant. Apparently cats only shed Toxoplasma gondii for a few weeks. So if you have kept your cat indoors for more than a month and they seem healthy ... it is fine to flush, chances are they will be done shedding that parasite in their poop and you can flush away. Also this parasite is so common it may already be in your tap water.

    Source: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_inf... :

    Once infected with Toxoplasma is my cat always able to spread the infection to me?

    No, cats only spread Toxoplasma in their feces for a few weeks following infection with the parasite. Like humans, cats rarely have symptoms when infected, so most people do not know if their cat has been infected. The Toxoplasma shedding in feces will go away on its own; therefore it does not help to have your cat or your cat's feces tested for Toxoplasma.

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    sunshiine
    sunshiine

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks so much for sharing this instructable and do have a splendorous day!
    sunshiine