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Litter Box Tips for Tripawds - Member Tips
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7 July 2017
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15 March 2018 - 10:31 am
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How lovely to see Three Paw Malek’s Mum! heartThank you for dropping in! Brilliant idea for a litter box! If only i had a loo that big!! 😉
Im sure you are missing Three Paw still heart if we still think of her heart then it means that you are still loving her a Million times over heart! Shee is wrapping her loving paws around you every day my darling!
Sending you hugs from across the Oceans heart
Petra, Stewie and his Pride Spikey, Chester, Miss Lily and Ted ♥️

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15 March 2018 - 10:34 am
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Thank You, Joanna, this is great,  you were thinking outside of the box for sure!

Three Paw only had two legs for anyone who doesn't know our famous bipawd Hero ThreePaw Melek! Your both still helping others Joanna and always will!

We understand your grief and please know we are here, share more of ThreePaw Meleks story any time you will always have an audience! What about starting a blog on ThreePaw? Just an idea. I think it would help you and the future kitties!

Sending lots of love and a big hug across the sea!


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15 March 2018 - 12:32 pm
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Anyone else have tips that worked or did not work. Please add to this post. I can list many that have been talked about but would rather everyone share their stories.

Much appreciated!


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26 March 2018 - 5:24 am
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Hi there

I just wanted to add a video of the toilet I made for Three Paw just in case it helps anyone.


It wasn't long after her second operation but as you can she was very happy in it from the beginning



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26 March 2018 - 8:58 am
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Purrfect Thanks for the visual Joanna!

I love the size and the entire idea! It will help someone no doubt! This would work great for 3 or 2 paws and 4 with arthritis! LOVE it!


I added it to YouTube so it plays directly here Joanna;) 

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Three Paw's litter box is huge! It works so well for her. You found a great solution that may work for others. Unfortunately my tripawd cat Mona leans into the box, walks in and then hangs her butt over the edge, covers up by spraying the litter out 2 feet behind her, ensures there is no smell and leaves. Where is the poop? Sitting on the floor outside the box. laughing She does better peeing.

Kerren and "Meticulous" Mona


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sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost good to see the ADORABLE Three Paw againheart.  Such an inspirational little kitty!  And she continues to touch lives! ''This was extrw helpful!  Tha ks so much for sharing!

Sending @ots of @ove and hugsheart

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS...The visual of Mona and her thought process.....priceless 🙂

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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I cut (with dremmel tool) a lower "doorway" in Rocky's existing high sided box (he aims high ;), but he still tried to jump over the side when he was finished.  So next I added a second "doorway" on the side. works great.


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Great idea! Thank you for adding what worked for Rocky and no pee coming out since he pee's high? Have to ask;)

We would love to see what you did if you want to post a photo.
Here are instructions for adding photos to forum posts 

If you don't already share photos online somewhere, you can start a free Tripawds blog and upload them there. You do not have to blog if you do not want a lot of people use it just for photos to post on the forums. 

Thanks again this will help someone!
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16 April 2018 - 12:41 pm
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You guys have summed everything up that we went through with Rusty (rear amputee).  His favorite two boxes now that he has healed are:

Senior Cat Litter Box    and Nature's Miracle Advanced High Sided Corner Litter Box.

The senior cat litter box is the one that got us through his healing time too.

The issue that we still have is finding a little that doesn't stick to his fur as much.  Being a rear amputee, his little butt is in contact with the litter and it then sticks to him.  This means that when he cleans himself, there is the potential of more ingestion of the litter.

I have had to eliminate the light weight litters.  I am now trying Fresh Step Clean Paws Multi-Cat Low Tracking Cat Litter .  The one I have is unscented although this links to Febreeze scented.  So far, it has had the best results as the pieces are larger and tend to stick less.


Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014.  Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He remained cancer free over 900 days. Cancer returned as of emergency visit on day 931. 15 days later, he gained his wings 04/18/2020 due to congestive heart failure.  He will always watch over his fellow tripawds and their hoomins with Head Scritches and Sand Paper Kisses.


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16 April 2018 - 1:39 pm
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Thank's Gina for adding what works for Rusty!
This is great info!clap The more we can share, the better! All of us putting what works or didn't is the best way for new members to decide what may work for them.

Appreciate everyone's input! Thanks for taking the time to post! Keep them coming, please!
Holly & Purrkins ❤️

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16 April 2018 - 3:47 pm
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Ditto, thank you for taking time to share about Rusty's experience. Even one tip can make such a huge difference in a new Tripawd's life!

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If you are looking for a heavy larger clumping litter, I have used  Dr. Elsey's Cat Ultra Premium Clumping It is unscented, very heavy, and clumps well. I don't know if that will help or not. Huckleberry has not had problems with litter sticking to his back end. I have gotten this on Amazon and also at Pet Smart. One of the things I like about this one is the odor control. It seems to stay less stinky and it sifts well through the litter-box liners. 


Jackie, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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20 April 2018 - 11:55 am
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I agree Dr. Elsey's litter it is a great cat litter. Heavy clay litter. Clumps are solid.

We switched to clay alternatives for several reasons. One was the dust, and the other was because of Purrkins cancer diagnosis.
Dr. Elsey's was the least dusty in clay we tried in the past. We used that for years.

The natural litters are lighter Gina, and we did notice more tracking when we switched, our litter mat solved the tracking issue. We did not have any litter sticking to rear fur 😉 Let us know if that new litter works better for Rusty, please.

We find solutions by trial, and error & hopefully, we can take some of the trial and error out for new members.

As Jerry said even one tip can make a huge difference!  

We would love to see everyone add to this topic, please. Thank you!

Holly & Purrkinsheart

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10 May 2018 - 8:14 am
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Hello all! Thanks for this great information. I am completely new to cat ownership and just adopted Benioff (aka Beni or Benny), a ~5 year old, diabetic, rear leg amputee with no tail. He is using the litter box just fine, but I want to know what kind of litter is best to use - something that won't stick to his rear end. The shelter was using pellet litter and the only thing I could find at local stores in my small town was paper pellet litter (it says for ferrets on the bag). It works, but I have to replace it after every use because it will saturate and plump up. And because he is diabetic, he drinks a lot and so pees a lot. Plus, Beni tries to bury his poop and always manages to hide some of it but not most of it. I think because the pellets are so big. Recommendations?

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