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Discussion in 'Countryside Families' started by wombatcat, Mar 27, 2008.
We have dozens of the Tidy Cat litter buckets....what can/should I use them for?
I use them for container gardening. They work great and are the purrrfect (sorry, couldn't resist) size for my patio garden.
I clean them out and use them to store cat food and dog and horse treats. Keeps the mice out. DH uses them in his workshop to put chains in, large tools, shop rags, etc.
We use them for cat and dog food too....We bought the buckets for the first 6 or so times in order to get the buckets to use for other things.
Next time buy the bags to refill the bucket - it's much cheaper that way.
We use them for cat and dog food, to keep fish food in down at the pond, for bird seed, etc.
Unfortunately the store where we buy our litter most often sells either the buckets or the much smaller (but proportionately much more expensive) jugs, no bags of the Tidy Cat Scoopable
Homemade laundry soap (the liquid kind).
Nextboxes! There's great pictures of these on the poultry sites.
They also could make great trashcans, diaperpails, clothes hampers for those little items that seem to get lost. drill holes in the bottom and make planters. I also use them for a poopie-scooper bucket. I have a little rake and the flat side of the bucket lays against the ground and I rake the poopie in--works great.
The frugal-est thing to do is to stuff the cat in the container and stop buying the Tidy Cat. (Of course, I don't like cats unless they are cooked right.)
Barring that here's a few ideas: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf105780.tip.html
If you ask the owner of your favorite store, he might just order your bagged litter for you. I just asked ours about xylitol and 25 pound bags of flour, both of which will be here next week! It never hurts to ask.
We cut eye holes in them, line them with tin foil and wear them as helmets for extra protection to prevent cats from trying to steal our breaths or suck out our souls through our ear canals.
Plus the subliminal reminder emitted by the kitty litter labels on the side of our new helmets usually triggers a message in the cat's brains that soon has them running off to the litter box and out of trouble.
My friend uses them for catching sap on the maples!
I have what seems like a million around the house as well. I use one for bird seed for the outdoor feeder. They also make good mop buckets. And soaker buckets for laundry that needs some pre-treatment prior to washing. Still have lots of empties around waiting for a good repurposing.
Oggie the cats you have encountered must have evil souls --- you need to bond with a good cat!
I'm not falling for that one, again.
Line with a clean kitchen trash bag (not food safe, but neither is life) and use to store flour, sugar, and grains. I heat treat corn and soybeans and wheat to help make them shelf stable in the buckets too.
I use mine for sap buckets too (haven't tapped in several years, but there's always next year!)...
OR barter them for something you want!
Keep some for Christmas. Make "theme" gifts. i.e. put a canned ham, canned yams, etc. for a Christmas Supper In A Bucket gift.
Or put carwashing stuff in there for a gift.
I also use them in my car as my picnic supply bucket. Everything I need to have a car-picnic except the food.
Little folks like them for toy storage. Got Grandkids/kids? They LOVE buckets!
Wow, I'm amazed at the uses for these things! I buy the Tidy Cats in the bucket, but use the empties for holding dirty cat litter when I clean the boxes. What do y'all do with the clumps when you clean the boxes? :shrug: I swear I learn something new here every day. :bow: I'd love to be able to use the buckets for useful stuff instead of just throwing dirty litter in them when they're empty!
i wash them and use them to hold feed and hay for my goats. i cut the top section off of course. can you picture a goat trying to stick his head in that little hole? yes i know, they would definitely try. i also hold dog food and cat food in them. i have alot awaiting uses, just haven't come up with a new idea yet.
oh yeah i also put the goats water in them too.
Don't laugh! When the power was out for three days (no well pump, no flush toilets) ((and this was before we bought the generator; )), every family member had one for their own personal sawdust toilet sort of thing.... The boys preferred a shovel and a jog for the woods during the daytime, but it worked for the girls...
that is brilliant, i might keep some extra for that. gross but hey, better than squating over a hole in the ground outside.
What's cat litter?
Man I wish the cats would quit leaving me presents under the car in the driveway...