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So Long Blue

You may remember in Post – Litter Update Blue #2 – I was about to get rid of the Blue brand litter. Well, I delayed that decision – was hopeful I guess – or just lazy. But now…. it is final. Only one cat, our baby girl Ella, used the box with the Blue litter. So, the last and final vote is certainly cast. The Blue brand walnut based clumping litter is no longer in this cat household. The last of it went into the trash yesterday. 😦

I tried. I really did. I really, really wanted to use this litter – thinking it was good for my health and the cats, and I was doing something good for the environment. But, the crew would not adjust. No walnuts here. But we do still have a few nuts. Related Blue posts: The Filler, Litter Update- Blue and Litter Update Bue #2

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Box Placement

I’ve been off for a while dealing with an assortment of personal things – one including moving my office.  Most people have experienced the stress and exhaustion that comes with a move.  But all said and done, it turned out great.  Speaking of moving – I made a major move of the litter boxes.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2013 in Cat litter box, Pee Pads

 

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Success!

Well, I must report great success!  Production levels in two of the litter boxes up by 200%.  How you ask?  I simply removed the plastic liners.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Litter Box – Reviews #1

A review of the world of litter boxes….at least in my world.
We currently have six litter boxes, one for each cat plus one. That’s what “they” say you should have. Just a few weeks ago we only had five boxes, so I thought perhaps adding number six would cure Satchmo’s dysfunction of using the wall, window and door. Manic-pee-pressive. I think that’s what the dysfunction is called. Ask your vet, I’m sure they’ll agree.

So here’s a quick rundown of our boxes and the cats’ usage rating of each:

  • 2 open top plastic boxes (large) – 2.5 paws up
  • 1 compressed cardboard box (large) – 4 paws up
  • 3 covered boxes (lids) – see below for detail on ratings. Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Cat litter box, Resources, Uncategorized

 

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Poll – How often do you deep clean your litter box?

 
 

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Litter Update – Blue #2

If you haven’t read the original post about Blue Walnut clumping litter go here first.

Well, it seems as if our pride of felines has voted…… they don’t like Blue Walnut clumping litter. Seems as if only one cat is comfortable with making deposits.  That’s not enough when you have 5 cats.  I am disappointed because I really wanted to use this more eco-friendly litter. 😦  So, I have purchased a semi-ton of clay litter and will be transitioning two of the boxes back to a clay litter base.

Now, don’t let my experience dissuade you from trying Blue litter.  I hope your pride will accept it.  I think it is overall a good alternative and better your health and your cats.   The adventure continues……..

Benji doing research on his ipad.

Benji doing research on his ipad.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Cat litter reviews, Resources, Uncategorized

 

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Litter Update – new brand

Did some major cleaning of one of the litter boxes the other day (picture below). One of the dreaded chores of cat ownership… do I hear an amen to that? (Curious – How often do you give your litter box a thorough cleaning? ) This box is a Nature’s Miracle box and it’s a very large box, one of the largest I have ever used (well, technically I don’t really “use” it). But the important fact is that the cats seem to really like it a lot!  I highly recommend this box for big cats and high pee-ers. More on that subject in later posts.20130215-173938.jpg Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Litter Update – Blue

Blue’s Walnut Clumping litter. Before I bought this litter I knew it was going to be brown. But it is kind of strange at first when it pours out of the bag. It also has a different odor than the typical clay litter we are all used to. The odor Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Cat litter reviews, Uncategorized

 

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The Filler

Actually the Litter.  I have been trying different litters…not because I think it’s part of the problem with Satchmo, I don’t think it is, but – trying different ones anyway.  I am really more concerned about our health.  With 5 cats, the dust from the litter is just a little much – has anyone heard of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s??

So, I’ve been doing online research and reading about this and that – wheat vs. corn vs. clay vs. pine.  They all seem to have pros and cons, which makes it hard to decide which is the right litter.  I am currently using the following brands: Tidy Cat for Small Spaces; Fresh Step and Blue Walnut Shell litter.  I am not promoting either of these – no money has exchanged hands for endorsements.  Although a multi-million dollar deal in the sports figure realm could be considered.   More later…

I am also experimenting with boxes.  Do they like covered boxes, open boxes, cardboard, plastic.  I have not invested in the electronic shifter boxes or the new pellet system boxes.  Again, I’ve read pros and cons.

I basically think there is no one perfect solution.  That is why I am on this quest, with my litter scooper raised high ready for the fight to find the solution for this household.  Will it be a mixture of litters I have to concoct myself?  What kind of box?  Will I end up modifying that?  I might end up a chemist or engineer after this.  Which might be a good thing, as I will be looking for a new career soon.

The photo shows two different boxes and two litter types:

Walnut shell litter and Tidy Cat litter in cardboard box

Walnut shell litter and Tidy Cat litter in cardboard box

Walnut shells are the brown litter; the other box is using Tidy Cat in a disposable card board box.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Cat litter reviews, Resources

 

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The Kids

I want to introduce the family. Ladies first…

Ella

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Mamma Mia

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Charlie

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Benji (boo)

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And of course… Satchmo

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Cat litter reviews, cat picture

 

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