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

 
 

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Good Resource

Found a really good resource regarding cat pee problems.  I’m not shy about referring you to others; after all, the objective is to find a solution.   I’ve been doing many of the things discussed in the article.  The one thing that makes me sad is that Satchmo might be sad.  I sure hope not.  He seems happy other than the pee issue.  In fact, I think it makes him happy to pee freely about the house.  Anyway, a link for ya……. http://www.catbegood.com/cat-behavior/litter-box-problems/

Just hangin

Just hangin

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Resources, 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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Pee-Pads

More like carpeting or wallpaper…… you can see from the following pictures the situation as described in my post “The Problem. The Herd.”   The photos of the pee pads on the bookshelf thingies is a new problem.  I know this is a nasty photo, but the truth will set me free!

Pee pads in use.  Ick.

Pee pads in use. Ick.

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Pee Pads, Resources

 

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The Problem. The Herd.

Here’s a little background for you to set the stage. We have 5 cats – Benji (a.k.a. Big Boy), Charlie (Benji’s brother or CharChar), Ella (a.k.a. Baby Girl), Mamma Mia (the new cat – named after a Queen song), and Satchmo (a.k.a. Pee-body, Motorboat, MoMo). You can tell right away who our problem child is – Satchmo.

The problem: Mr. MoMo likes to pee outside the box. And not just near the box but at just about every entryway of the house – the door to the garage, the two doors to the patio, the window in the dining room, and most recently, the bookshelves in the office/cat room (this is odd).

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You say, “Why haven’t you tossed that cat out?” Well, you must not be a crazy cat lady/guy … but imagine you are and tossing Mr. MoMo to the grassy kitty litter box in the suburban-wild is not an option. So we currently invest in a lot of “pee-pads,” Nature’s Miracle solutions, and other homemade miracle cures. This blog-journey will document how my partner and I are handling the issues as they come up. I will blog about the products, tricks, and miracles that work and those that don’t. I will also probably brag about our cat family – because they are so cute, despite the issues.

I also hope to gain some ideas from YOU. They say putting our collective brains together is better than just one brain. I hope that ends up being true for this case, because our carpet is ruined, the two doors will need to be replaced at some later date, and the stock price for pee-pads is going up based on our consumption demand.

 

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