More and more people are keeping their cats indoors all the time. In the past few years, this has lead to a lot of change in the types of litter boxes available. Whereas 20 years ago the only litter box available was the simple cat pan and scoop, today pet owners can choose between litter boxes in all shapes and sizes. There are litter boxes ranging from the traditional flat tray to fully automatic machines that scoop the waste into disposable containers.
The Tidy Cats Breeze is a manual litter box with a twist. Instead of clay litter, the Tidy Cats Breeze system uses large ceramic pellets held in a grid over an absorbent pad. When the cat uses the Tidy Cats Breeze, the urine drains through the pellets into the pad, which is housed in a tray underneath the pellets.
The liquid urine evaporates off and the rest is caught in the pad. The pellets are on the large side, about the same size as pellet stove fuel. They don’t stick to cats’ feet, though some cats might like to roll them out and play with them on the floor.
The smell from feces can be a problem if your cat has particularly stinky poop, since the pellets have no scent absorbing capabilities. However, the feces can be scooped out and flushed down the toilet or composted. The drawback to this system is if the cat gets diarrhea, it can cause a real mess and the Tidy Cats Breeze will have to be torn apart and cleaned.
The Tidy Cats Breeze startup system comes with a one month supply of pads and pellets for one cat. The pad is replaced once a week and the pellets once a month. If you have more than one cat, or you have a cat that urinates frequently due to medical issues, you may need to replace the pads more often.
The pads and pellets for the Tidy Cats Breeze aren’t cheap, but they can be bought over the internet at a substantial savings over buying them in retail stores. This makes the cost of the Tidy Cats Breeze about the same as buying clumping clay litter.
- Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE Hooded Cat Litter System
- Easy-open hinged hood allows for quick, easy cleaning
- Ammonia Blocker is guaranteed to prevent ammonia odor for seven days for one cat
- Pellet system separates urine and solids to help control odors
- Disposable pads absorb urine and control odor for up to one week for one cat
- No having to lug heavy containers of litter.
- No fragile urine clumps that break into pieces too small to be scooped
- No tracking of litter
- Less smell from urine
- Possibly more smell from feces.
- Expensive consumables like pads and pellets
- Diarrhea can cause waste and effort to clean
- Some cats might not take to the change
- Might be too small for large felines
Cats are creatures of habit, and this includes their litter. While some cats do take to change right away, others are extremely reluctant. A few refuse to change at all. So it might take some convincing to get your particular cat to use the Tidy Cats Breeze. The instructions included with the Tidy Cats Breeze give some tips on how to get a stubborn cat to adapt.
The instructions suggest placing the Tidy Cats Breeze next to the old litter box. Once the cat starts using the Tidy Cats Breeze, gradually stop cleaning the old one until the cat is using the Tidy Cats Breeze instead.
The Tidy Cats Breeze does offer a convenient solution to cat owners who have cats that can make the switch. Ultimately, the flexibility or stubbornness of your cat will determine whether the Tidy Cats Breeze is the right litter system for your needs.
Last update on 2019-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API