Feline Pine Self-cleaning Litter Box Is a Lifesaver!

Fri, Nov 2, 2012

Litter & Hygiene


This litter box isn’t as stylish as some that I’ve shared with you, but the pure functionality has me giddy! This is the Feline Pine Self-cleaning Litter Box, and it is fabulous! I’ve been wanting to try this out for a while now, so the company sent me one to test, and I’m hooked. I’ve used pine pellet cat litter in the past, but I was always frustrated because as the pellets breakdown into sawdust, the whole box becomes a mess and the sawdust tracks all over the place, then you wind up throwing out good pellets when you dump the whole thing. Ugh!

The Feline Pine Self-cleaning Litter Box takes care of all those issues. It’s a 2-part box, as you can see above. The top compartment has a slotted bottom, allowing the sawdust to fall into the bottom tray. You simply scoop solids from the top, add a few more pellets, and dump the sawdust out of the lower tray as needed. Brilliant!

This litter box can be used with Feline Pine pellets or any other pine pellet cat litter, or as discussed in our Budget-saving Cat Litter Tips post, wood stove pellets work great, too.

Purchase the Feline Pine Self-cleaning Litter Box at felinepinelitterbox.com for $21.99 plus shipping.

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23 Responses to “Feline Pine Self-cleaning Litter Box Is a Lifesaver!”

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    Would this work with world’s best cat litter? If so, I definitely need two!

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    How large is the space between the bottom and the sifter?

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    This is very similar to the DIY system I use, and it cuts litter usage nearly in half. I drill holes in the top box and place a cloth diaper in the bottom box to soak up liquids. The dust is removed daily when I change the diaper. The Feline Pine box seems to be well designed, and would certainly cut down on litter costs when switching from a conventional litter box.

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    Heidi, this litter box is designed for use with pellet litters that breakdown when they come into contact with liquid. The sawdust falls to the bottom leaving the fresh pellets on the top. World’s Best is a clumping litter, not meant for use with this kind of a box, but there are other boxes that can be used with clumping litter to make it easier to scoop, but they are very different from this litter box. You’re looking for something more like this one:

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    Awesome! I gave up using pine pellet litter because of the inconvenience of the dissolving pellets. I was trying to think of a way to jury-rig something exactly like this.

    If anyone’s on the fence, the pine litters are really good. No smell at all, and they track less than more traditional litter. I’ve used Pine Logic though, not Feline Pine. This would probably also work with Yesterday’s News, and a lot of people on Amazon actually suggest using pine horse bedding pellets which are more or less the same as the cat litter ones. Anyway, pine litter + this box = amazing combination. If I fall out of love with my Breeze, this will be my next try for sure.

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    This looks like a modification of a ’90s invention by Peter Gumpesberger from Toronto — his had 3 trays, because if one is slotted and you’re removing either pan for disposal, what happens to the litter that’s there? Or how do you pour it into the slotted tray without the other underneath? The 3-pan system ensures the clean litter is always in one or the other so you don’t make a mess. And unlike the Petco kind, there were no clips — they just nested in each other, and I could use pretty much any litter — I did use Odor Lockers, as well as World’s Best and others of similar consistency and granule size.

    About 12 years ago, when I was living in Toronto and planning a trip to California, my neighbor agreed to look after my cat only if I got one of Peter’s pans. By that time — a few years after they came out and were all the rage — you could only buy them in the States, as they were being sold on TV. I was in a panic and finally looked Peter up in the phone book and what do you know, he answered. I explained to him my neighbor’s request and he said, come on over, I’ve got a few in the basement. I came over with a bottle of wine (to which he said, you didn’t have to, and I replied, oh yes I did!), and he gave me the litter box and I was happy and the cat was happy and my neighbor, I believe, has it to this day, for cases of emergency (they have two dogs, they don’t need the litter box!)

    Here’s the story from People magazine, August 9, 1998:

    The Cat’s Meow

    Pointing to his elegant, century-old Victorian home in Toronto, former tool-and-dye maker Peter Gumpesberger, 37, dispatches questions of how much money he has made from his QuickSand Litter Sifting System with a wink. “This,” he says, “is the house cat-crap bought.”

    Indeed, Gumpesberger’s device, which enables cat owners to sift the catty deposits out of their litter with no scooping required, has sold nearly 2 million units in the United States, at $19.95 each, in just two years. Not only is his interlocking three-tray system (which also reduces odors by minimizing the disturbance of the waste) making him rich, it has won him accolades as a 1996 Canadian Inventor of the Year.

    In 1994, Gumpesberger, grandson of a German inventor, was cleaning his cat Blackie’s litter and thinking, “There must be a better way,” when he remembered the part-time job he’d had at 16, breading shrimp using a sandbox sifter. In short order he whipped up an aluminum cat-litter sifting prototype, got a patent and went to a friend’s trendy hair salon to pitch his invention to the wealthy potential investors there. Dini Petty, a Canadian talk show host, offered to put up $100,000, and Gumpesberger was on his way to his fortune. “By creating a throne for my cat,” he laughs, “I live like a king.”

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    I have been using the Tidy Cat Breeze system for awhile now, and it worked well except I never liked the hard pellets that you put on top. So, I started using Feline Pine pellets instead (along with the Breeze absorbent pad in the bottom) and found it worked very well. I was doing the same thing by sifting the sawdust into the bottom and then tossing the used pad.

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    For cats who like and will use the pine pellet litter, this looks like a must-have!

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    Stephanie Downie

    I tried one of these and eventually got rid of it. The problem I had is that at least one of my four cats gets really vigorous when it comes to digging, and the low sides on this box meant a mess everywhere around it. Just a warning to those with cats who like to fling litter everywhere.

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    My kitties don’t care for pellets, but the box looks like it would be awesome for my two house bunnies! I buy their litter by the 20 pound bag. I use pressed wood pellets intended for horses from the local feed store.

  12. 12

    Does kitty mind standing on the grated plastic? Does it take him/her any time to get used to that?

  13. 13
    Mary Sue


    Do you think the slots in this box are small enough to contain safflower seeds without them slipping through? If so, it would be a less expensive alternative to purchasing another brand box that was designed to collect urine for glucose testing.

    Mary Sue

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    Monica C.

    I owned this litter box. The concept is great. However, the litterbox itself is actually quite small. Its sides are not very high and the box itself doesn’t have very large dimensions. If you have anything other than little cats that don’t dig or hang their butts over the edge, it is great. Otherwise, you should consider making your own litter box that works similarly. :)

    What I did was purchase two medium sized clear Sterilite tubs. What you want are tubs that specifically have a gap of 2 or 3 inches between them when they are stacked together (so they don’t fit perfectly flush inside of each other). Then I took one of the tubs and drilled holes throughout the bottom of it. I put the pellet litter in the upper (holey) tub and then put that tub into the bottom (solid) tub, leaving the gap between them. These tubs have much higher sides and allow the cats to kick and dig and poop at funny angles much more easily.

    When I went to scoop out the poop every day, I would simply shake the upper tub (and usually stir with the scoop a bit) to get the sawdust to fall into the lower tub. Then every few days I would empty out the sawdust from the bottom tub. :) It really cut down on sawdust tracking and allowed my cats to have a big enough box.

    I would still be using litter boxes like this except that I adopted a little guy who hated the pellet litter so much that he would prefer to poop on any floor surface instead. So I use the nut-based clumping litter now, but I wish I could switch back to this. It was so much cheaper!

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    I agree, the design of the box leaves a little to be desired. I’ll have to check out their website and see if they give the dimensions. Maybe I could use the insert in my better looking box ;)

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    Alice Workman

    I have used Feline Pine in the past and really liked it. However, I have gone to the Breeze system that works better for me. One of the things I really liked about FP was that it could be re-used as mulch. I also found that Equine Pine was really the same and MUCH cheaper. When you live in the boonies and have to drive 25+ miles for litter, etc. this is important.

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    I have this litterbox, and while I agree with the good points about it, it also has a few bad points. The sawdust that falls to the bottom absolutely REEKS when you go to scoop it out. I mean….the stench of pee that comes out of that layer of sawdust is eye-burning. (and I scoop every day). I guess because it’s so concentrated and no air gets to it down there. Also, the cleaning issue: The top layer with the wholes, it gets some pellets wedged in the holes that take quite a bit of scrubbing to get out (sometimes have to use a q-tip). That being said, I still use it and my cat likes it. Just wanted everyone to be aware of issues I’ve had with it. ;)

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    I own this litter box for my one cat for about 9 years now and love it! I can understand the complaints about the sides being low and if you have a kitty with certain habits, litter will get everywhere. Luckily, that is not a big problem for us. Regarding the smell, I find that spreading a little bit of litter on the bottom pan to help absorb the urine soaked litter as it falls makes a big difference. When I do this, I don’t get the urine smell.

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    Thought you might like to know, there is a similar product from Sweden which has been in the market for the last 5 years (at least here in Singapore it was). You can find more information here:


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    Speaking from experience from using the Pee Wee, I usually line the bottom compartment with newspapers and sprinkle bicarbonate soda (baking soda) on the newspapers before putting back the upper compartment. With the Pee Wee the gap between the top and bottom compartments is about 3 inches which means it’s not likely there will be any seepage provided you dispose the sawdust daily.

    My 2 cats that use the Pee Wee are “kickers” which means you still have the occasional sawdust and pellets flung onto the floor but it is still far less than using conventional litter boxes.

    BTW I don’t have a stake in the company making Pee Wee; just a very satisfied customer :)

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    I’ve been using the Feline Pine sifting box for about a year for my cat, and I love it! I like using natural litter, there is no dust, there is no smell (other than the smell of pine), there is minimal tracking, you don’t go through as much litter, and cleaning it is easy.
    You should line the bottom pan with a small amount of pellets (just enough to barely cover the bottom). I have never had a problem with a bad uring smell as I am emptying the bottom pan (as one commenter said).
    A local rescue organization gave me the sifting box when I fostered a cat for them. This rescue uses pine pellets and these Feline Pine sifting type of litter box for their cats (600+ a year), and they swear by it. They save a ton of money using this method versus traditional cat litter and boxes.

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    This litter box is very interesting…

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    There is an Australian version as well done by http://www.oz-pet.net.au I plan on trying this out when I get my kitten. Also they have a hooded version to prevent pellet spillage.

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