Saturday, 28 January 2012

Product Review: Dog Litter Tray

Everyone knows about cat litter trays but litter trays for dogs are less well known. These litter trays aren't meant to replace walkies but to give an area for little bladders who can't always hold it in long enough. All dogs vary in the amount of times they need to visit the toilet, smaller dogs tend to go more often- anywhere from 3-5 times a day (larger dogs can probably manage about 2-3 times a day).

Initially we bought our dog litter tray because Morgana LOVED running off with the puppy training pad. At first we looked at the Simple Solution Puppy Pad Holder [£12.49], but this seemed pretty flimsy and to be honest didn't look like it would last very long. If you are only going to be using this for a puppy who will be growing into a big dog quickly this is perfect for you as it is only temporary and a lot cheaper than dog litter trays.
Simple Solution Puppy Pad Holder

We then found the UGODOG Indoor Dog Litter Tray [£34.99] where the puppy pads could just be placed under a grate. We personally use puppy pads as they are the more absorbent than news papers and it doesn't smell as much. This tray is indestructible as its the only thing we have bought that has lasted 2 years. It is also one of the bigger dog litter trays out there measuring 67cm x 49cm (26.5"L x 19.25"W).

UGODOG Indoor Dog Litter Tray

Since then a lot of other prettier trays have come out, such as the Nugi Indoor Dog Litter Tray Medium Olive & Cream [£37.99]. The difference between the Nugi and the UGODOG, despite the nicer colour, is that the Nugi comes with a reusable pad that is placed in the bottom of the tray which you can be rinsed clean and left to dry before using again (maximum of 50 times). This sounds great but I do get the feeling most people will just end up sticking newspaper or puppy pads underneath anyway. Refill pads come in sets of two for £15.99. This tray is slightly smaller measuring 47.5cm x 54.5cm x 3.5cm (18.75"W x 21.5"D x 3.5"H)

Nugi Indoor Littery Tray

The latest addition to the dog litter trays is the RASCAL DOG LITTER BOX "LITTLE SQUIRT" [£50.00-£70.00]. If I didn't already have a litter tray I most probably would have bought this one. Besides being the prettiest tray, it also has fake grass which makes the litter tray nicer on little paws. Even though Morgana and Cassie have never had an issue with the UGODOG I do like the idea of fake grass. The grass has holes in it which drains the wee, under the grass is a support grid, when cleaning you can remove the grass and grid and simply tip the wee down the toilet, give it a rinse and its good to go. The grass is also machine washable and with high walls, if you have a little boy, its the best dog litter tray for you.

*Please remember these trays are not meant to replace walkies*

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