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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-07-2008, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Seeing as we live in a high rise condo, and now we have the two boys, I have been trying to think of a more efficient and aesthetically pleasing litter box system than just pee pads in a big plastic box. A Havanese friend from my breeder's chat site recommended the PetaPotty with the synthetic grass.

For the Original size (3'x3'x6") the cost is about 270$, plus the cost of synthetic grass, which is 49$ a pad (but it is reusable, although it eventually has to be replaced).

My question is, does anyone have any experience with the PetaPotty (positive or negative)? I know it has been featured on Jay Leno and a lot of upscale boutiques sell them.

Thanks!
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I have some friends that bought a pre-made one, and personally..with a price tag of $270, I'd make my own too. lol, Heck the wood, hammer and nails would cost less than $50 at Home Depot.

But anyhow..I LOVE theirs. They live in a condo at the beach and only have a balcony, and dogs are restricted on the beach during tourist season. I think they bought theirs from someone here in town that makes them and sells them at the flea market? It is a wooden box, with a place cut out to go in and out, and they use real grass, which has to be replaced every 3 months (I think she said) But she took some wallpaper trim (or whatever its called, border..I think?) and she put that on the outside of the box, so its really quite pretty. The dogs use it religiously.

So, though I don't have one, I'd surely get one if we didnt' have grass closeby. And you can always paint them, or use the border to make them all pretty I'd probably go with real grass, too. Since Havs poop is so tiny, Gucci's seems to disentegrate into the grass quickly.

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Wow, all I can say is that thats EXPENSIVE! LOL

ours our litter box trianed(doggy version)


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Kristin,
I know they are very popular in Los Angeles! Every store sells them! I just would look how you clean it would be my biggest concern!

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Kristin,

Do you know if the box would smell bad? Or with the artificial turf, would you be able to hose it down regularly?

At the Nationals in Denver, they brought in some sod and made a small potty area just outside one of the hotel exits which was very convenient. But, boy the smell of urine was very strong in just a short amount of time

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Wow, all I can say is that thats EXPENSIVE! LOL

ours our litter box trianed(doggy version)


http://www.doglitter.com/GetPage.asp...8198&T=4217254
Oliver uses the same but Comet won't he likes to go out even in the
Oliver will go out when it is offered or use the box

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THanks Ladies for the advice!

Kara, I was thinking the same thing about crafting one myself! But the truth of the matter is that I don't have any space to set up a work area in or any heavy duty tools
I was going to ask my dad to do it since he restores old houses and is excellent at woodworking, but between the crafting, the shipping, and wasting my dad's time, I thought it would make everybody's life easier if I bought one.

Jane and Amanda,

As far as cleaning it is concerned, the synthetic grass portion is removable and it comes with a cleaner (you just soak the grass pad in the solution) and it should last 9 months-1 year. The grass is specially perforated to let the urine flow through and the unit itself has a tray underneath to catch everything. I was going to line the undertray with potty pads and just discard like I usually do. I would get a lot more use out of those pee pads because right now, the boys only use them 1-2 times before they can't find a "clean" spot on the pad, so I feel so wasteful about throwing so many out.

Ugg, I wish I knew what to do about this. I am starting to dislike the eyesore of the big plastic bin with the pee pads inside despite its usefulness, I wish they made a decorative covered box like they do for designer cat litter boxes.

Thanks for the ideas!
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Natasha and Sally,

Thanks for the suggestion . I had that same box with the litter last year, but Carlito likes to take the litter out and play with it, so I had it hidden all over the house He also peed over the side about 1X a week, so I was finding "miss" spots all the time.

Also, I found the box to be small, and I had to change the pads right away or Carlito wouldn't use it a second time since he is a larger Hav (17 lbs).

Thank you though!

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Kristin,

I don't think you would need anything but a hammer, nails and probably some wood glue. You can have the wood cut to specifications at Home Depot or Lowe's, maybe ask your dad for measurement ideas and which type of wood? He could probably help you with the details if you go that route?

I bet the one at Nationals smelled, but with only 2 dogs..it shouldn't be that bad...and take awhile to get nappy! lol

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I checked out their website and they give all the dimensions for the box. If you made it. then you would just have to buy the "grass" from them, and it isn't expensive. You might be able to find a local carpenter to make the box for you pretty cheap.


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