As you may recall, my cat Romeo (the inspiration for this site) seems to prefer to pee on soft items. When given a choice, he’ll opt for anything soft on the floor rather than hop into the litter box. So, I removed litter from one of the boxes and put a towel inside, which worked great. Except I was constantly washing the stinky towels.
So then I tried paper towels. He didn’t mind that either. But the drawback there was I had to use quite a few and I felt very wasteful.
Then, recently I got the idea to use puppy training pads, thinking they’d be much more absorbent and easier to change out.
So, at my request, Hartz sent me some of their Hartz Puppy Pads to sample.
I’ve been using them for about a month now and it seems to be a solid solution. I change the pad once or twice a day. I’ve noticed Romeo will pee on one side and then pee on the other until it’s soaked. But it’s easy to just pull it out of the box and replace with a new one.
One drawback is that sometimes, if the absorbent pad part is askew, urine collects underneath the pad. I solved this by putting a small amount of litter under the pad to soak up any puddles. Of course, that requires scooping. But hey, I’m already devoting an entire blog to litter box issues, what’s an extra box scoop or two a day?
The other downside is I’ve noticed a couple of oopsies right outside the box but I think it’s because a part of the pad was hanging over the edge. So, I don’t consider this a Romeo error, but rather a staff (that’s me) error. He’s thinking “pad = pee” so if the pad’s hanging over the edge and he pees on it, so be it.
I am going to try another brand of puppy pads for comparison purposes. There are quite a few of them on the market. Has anyone had experience using puppy pads for this purpose? Any recommended products?