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Van Ness Sifting Enclosed Cat Litter Pan
- Ideal for owners who want the benefits of litter scoop free maintenance combined with the odor control qualities of an enclosed pan
- Provides class leading odor control by enclosing litter and providing the added benefits of an odor door and replaceable zeolite air filter
- High polished finish that is odor and stain resistant
- Easy to clean and Assorted Colors
- Made In USA
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Throw out your scoop and save time with our Van Ness sifting enclosed cat pan. This smartly designed unit features two nesting pans and a sifting screen. Stack the pans with the sifting screen on top and fill with clumping litter. When you lift the sifting screen the litter sifts out into the pan, leaving the clumps that you throw away. Replace the sifting screen in the empty pan, move the litter from the full to the empty pan, restack, and your are finished. Roomy pan features a locking lid with filter, carrying handle and removable odor controlling door. Made of durable, easy to clean plastic.
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|Item Dimensions||15.25 x 19.5 x 17.5 in||15.25 x 19.5 x 17.5 in||17 x 22 x 18.3 in||21.25 x 23.5 x 10.5 in||17.5 x 21.5 x 18 in||15 x 19 x 17 in|
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Top customer reviews
I'll try and explain another way for the sake of repetition.
This system comes with 2 bottoms: at any time one bottom contains the litter (let's call this the "active box") and the other is empty (the "standby box"). The boxes fit inside of eachother so the standby is stored below the active box. In fact, the lid won't seal properly unless the boxes and sifter are all stacked together in a nice package.
There are two major ways to use the system - the NASTY WAY and the AWESOME WAY:
NASTY WAY (most people do this):
Most everyone leaves the sifter inside the active box so that the litter itself is sitting inside the sifter. The sifter, in turn, sits inside the active box. From top to bottom we have:
SIFTER (contains litter)
When it's time to change the litter, people simply pull the sifter out and dump the contents into the trash. The sifter then goes into the standby box and the (cleaned) litter is dumped from one box to the other. What was previously the active box is now the standby box and everything gets re-stacked like before.
This is the most obvious way and I think the product literature even suggests this. However, there is a small gap between the sifter and active box which leaves room for liquid to gather below (and around) the sifter. Clumping litter will clump *around* the holes in the sifter and create clogs. This also allows for some small clumps to gather on the inside walls of the box - these get smeared over time. After a week or two, you're left with a messy, stinky box and a sifter that needs lots of attention.
AWESOME WAY (everyone should do this):
You can eliminate the clumping inside the sifter if you don't leave the sifter sitting in the litter!!
You can order the boxes like this:
ACTIVE (contains litter)
When it's time to clean, you simply pull the active box out and pour its contents (including clumped waste) into the sifter (which is sitting inside the standby box). Next, you pull the sifter out like you would have done for the NASTY WAY. The sifter now contains all the waste but, since it hasn't been sitting in the waste, doesn't have any clumps or clogs!! Throw away the waste, put the sifter into the empty box, and stack everything up. Voila! You're done.
I have 2 cats sharing 1 of these boxes. I can completely clean the box in less than 1 minute using this method. This allows me to clean the box every day without trouble. I change out the litter once every few weeks, rub down the insides every few months and do a deep clean maybe twice a year.
That's seriously low maintenance and I have the cleanest box of anyone I know!! That includes those with fancy auto-cleaning systems!
-Lift up the box currently being used (1st box).
-Pour it into the 2nd box underneath (with the sifter already on top of / inside of the 2nd box).
-Put the 1st box down.
-Lift the sifter tray & gently shake.
-Dump the contents into the garbage can.
-Place the sifter back down on top of / inside of the 1st box.
-Then put the 2nd box (with the now clean litter) on top of the 1st box with the sifter & you're good to go!
Doing it this way prevents the sifter from becoming clogged with wet cat litter in the process of clumping. Other accessories that I recommend to use along with this box are the Petmate Ultimate Litter Scoop 22972 (for quick clean ups between siftings) & the Vivaglory Large cat litter box mat to prevent the litter from tracking all over the place.
If modified as many other reviewers have suggested, it takes just a few minutes for cat box detail. Set one of the solid litter trays with sifter inside aside (Be careful to match up the corresponding matching shapes on the sides of the sifter to the correct sides of the inactive box as the sifter will only fit down in the solid box when correctly aligned.), Fill the remaining solid litter tray and treat it as your active cat box. When it's time to clean, lift off the hood on the active box, place unused, inactive solid litter tray with the sifter set inside on the floor. Dump contents of active dirty box into the inactive clean box/sifter combo, lift sifter up and out, dump waste in trash, and snap hood back on newly active box. Tada, your done. A few scrapes with a scooper to clean any stuck on debris on the used box, rinse off, set aside to dry, ready for next rotation. This method prevents debris from sticking or caking onto the sifter basket (as it would if you left the sifter in the active box as the included instructions suggest).
The only negatives are that the privacy door on hood won't stay in place and the box could be a little bigger. The door is impossible to snap back in place. I just leave it off. Even so, the hood still contains odors well. This is why I docked the one star.
I highly recommend this cat box. I have recommended it to others I know who have cats. There is currently a much pricier unit currently being marketed which sifts using an "all slotted boxes" design costing more than double the $17 price of this cat box. It seems to me that such a design would be a constantly caking and sticking nightmare due to all the slots on the bottom of all the boxes involved. If you're on the fence, give it a try. I don't think you'll be sorry.
Its super easy to clean!!