Our elderly cat Napoleon (yes, I know the rules!) has, among other complaints, a missing front leg and pretty significant osteo-arthritis in his remaining front leg - and possibly elsewhere. (you can hear the joint clicking when he walks)
He gives no indication of being in pain (cats often don’t), but he vocalizes A LOT when using the litter box. He vocalizes constantly anyway - he’s extremely talkative - but it’s noticeably more now when he uses the box, and he was having a significant problem with having litter caked to his back feet - we assume because he was having trouble maneuvering in the box and stepping in the pee clumps - so we took the top off his main litter box. He definitely seems to appreciate this, but we believe we also need to switch him to a very low-sided litter box so he has an easier time getting in and out.
The problem is that litter boxes with truly low sides seem to be nearly non-existent. So we will be going to the Container Store to look for a suitably sized low sided plastic bin to use as a litter box. If we find something he likes we will replace his other boxes with it.
I have two questions:
if you have a cat with mobility issues, do you have any advice on size or type of box to use? I am thinking of a plastic bin inside a much larger topless cardboard box to try to contain scatter.
has anyone tried using puppy house training pads in lieu of litter? Any success or horror stories? Napoleon hasn’t even attempted to cover his leavings in about 10 years. Wondering if he’d know what the puppy pads were for.