Litter Box Scooping
After scooping litter boxes for twenty-some years, I think I've finally hit on a system that works for me and the cats. I usually have anywhere from four to nine active litter boxes to scoop two to four times a day.
When the bag is full, I hold it by the top, spin the bag till all the excess top is twisted, make a loop and tie a knot. The bags are pretty strong, but they will pop open when tossed into the garage because it's winter and you don't have shoes on. Not a fun clean up job.
My favorite covered litter box is one from Petsmart. It's a nondescrip two-tone taupe color. The inside of the pan is very slick and stuff doesn't stick to it like with other boxes. I have several boxes in the garage that stuff sticks to like concrete, and I won't use them.
I also use Sterilite tubs, about 7" tall for litter boxes. They're larger than regular boxes and the the cats seem to like them better, too. In the two rooms I have one of each type of box, the uncovered Sterilite boxes get the most use. Because the cats can flick the litter out, I use a rug or sheet under the boxes. Some boxes have more angles and grooves than others. The smoother ones are easier to scoop and clean. Toby approves.
I've also discovered Sterilite boxes for the babies. They're 15 x 11.5 x 3.25 and are 6.2 qts. Got four of them at Walmart in April, '10. When they graduate to a regular box, I put the lid on these, and they become steps for the little ones to climb into the regular boxes. It works great. Colby also approves.