I will be undergoing TLIF next month (hopefully if insurance grants clearance). This morning, it just dawned on me that I will have a big problem after surgery. I know I won't be able to bend to allow for the fusion to take properly. Here's my delemma - I have 2 cats and need to be able to clean their cat box. I've checked into those automatic cleaning litter boxes but from what I have read, they're quite costly to buy and replace supplies, are very noisy and don't work that well to boot. I've also tried to locate a very long handled scooper but the longest one I can find is 16.5 inches long. Certainly not long enough to keep me from bending over. Putting the box up on a chest (atleast that would get it waist level) but I have one cat who is elderly and might not be able to jump up that high and my other younger cat would most certainly end up dumping the box and litter to the floor in a messy crash. I have to come up with some way of cleaning the litter box without doing damage to my back. Any suggestions welcome.