National Pet Day

How did I miss National Pet Day? I heard about it this morning on the local news. Of course, I immediately sent in pictures of the kids. We didn’t make air. Oh well…..

It was started in 2006. Here is a link to more information about National Pet Day. They also have a facebook page that you can check out.

I have photos of all our kids on the page under Meet The Kids.

Please share pics of your pets so we can all enjoy them on this National Pet Day.

Easy To Clean Litter Box

I’ve written a couple of articles about self cleaning litter boxes, the Cat Genie and the PetSafe Self Scooping Litter Box. They are both great litter boxes and have their own pros and cons. They are a little more on the expensive side. You pay a little more in the beginning, but save money in the long run.

That might not work for your budget, so I’ve decided to give you another option that isn’t “totally” self cleaning, but isn’t just regular clay litter that you scoop. This product is an easy to clean litter box.

This article is reviewing the Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE Hooded Cat Litter System. We used this for a little while until our Oreo (who you learned in the last articles, didn’t like the smell of this litter box as well).

**This is based on my observations. Your results may vary. **

**Full Disclosure: There are some affiliate links in this article and if you click on them and purchase products I would receive a promotional credit and maybe buy the kitties a couple of toys :-)**

How Does It Work?

It comes with a litter box, a hooded cover, and a slide out drawer in the bottom that holds a odor absorbing pad to soak up the urine. You also receive pellets that go basically on a “shelf” above the drawer where the solid waste will stay until you scoop it out. The pellets dehydrate the solid waste (much like the litter that the PetSafe litter box uses).

Unlike the PetSafe and Cat Genie, this litter box does not need to be plugged in. You will have to scoop out the solid waste, but the pellets will dry out the waste so it’ll be easy to scoop out. The urine will go through the slats in the shelf that holds the pellets. Once it goes through the slats it will land on a pad that will soak up the liquid in a drawer under the box.

The pads have a light fragrance to help mask the odor of the urine. (That was the downfall in our house. Oreo, our sensitive smelling cat, did not like the fragrance).

Pros

  1. Not as expensive as the Cat Genie or PetSafe litter box.
  2. No need to scoop clay litter. (You will need to scoop solid waste from the dehydrating pellets).
  3. Urine gets absorbed by a fragranced pad and can get easily changed.

Cons

  1. If your cat is sensitive to smells, they might not want to use it.
  2. If you have multiple cats, you will be going through the pads in less than 7 days. It might become not cost effective anymore.
  3. Some cat might not like the feeling of the pellets as litter.

Final Thoughts…

We liked the idea of this litter box solution when we had four cats. I liked the idea of not scooping the clay litter and just having to scoop solid waste. The pads were really good at soaking up the liquid and keeping the smell to a minimum. However, our Oreo (who didn’t like any fragrance, prevented us from using it longer).

For a one or two cat household, I think this is a good option if you are on a budget. I prefer the self cleaning options, but when you don’t have multiple cats, it not as daunting of a task.

Below are some refill supplies that you can use with the Breeze Litter Box Solution.  Thanks for reading….


CES And LavvieBot

Last week, I introduced you to Basepaws the Cat DNA company who was at the Consumer Electronics Show. I wanted to share another product that was unveiled at CES. It’s called LavvieBot.

What Is LavvieBot?

I had no idea what to think when I first heard this. I honestly thought maybe it was some sort of robot that would play with your cat. Not even close…… 🙂

It is a litter box that will clean itself and also refill the litter. OK….now I’m interested because scooping the litter is not one of my favorite activities.

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Consumer Electronics Show And Basepaws

Your first question might be, “This is a cat blog, why are you writing an article about the Consumer Electronics Show”? The Consumer Electronics Show is happening right now in Las Vegas. It’s on my bucket list to attend because I’m a self-admitted “techie”. But that’s not the reason for the post. I received alerts about a new product release and couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Basepaws – Genetic Testing For Your Cat

I’m sure you’ve heard of 23andMe where you can send in a saliva sample and learn more about your genetic history.

This is also on my to do list, someday. But before I do that, I might have it done for some of my kitties. Basepaws unveiled their Cat DNA Kit at CES 2019.

The goal of Basepaws is to build a database of cat DNA to help identify genetic markers to assist in the care and well-being of your cat.

How It Works

Once you order and receive your kit, you collect the sample. The sample is collected by sending in some of your cat’s hair by using the supplied adhesives. You can also send in a swab of their cheek (if they are hairless). It is sent back to the company in a prepaid envelope for analysis.

Once your sample is received it will be tested and a detailed report will be written about your cat. As the database grows, more information will be included in this report. Some items included in the report (as of this post) are:

  1. Your Cats Breed Index -Is it related to any breeds already in the database or is it Domestic (untested breed).
  2. Your Cats Wild Cat Index – Explains which wild cat your cat is related to.
  3. Identification of any abnormality in a few of your cat’s genes. (Mentioned on their website but not on the report example page).

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Are Essential Oils Harmful To Cats? – What Do I Need To Know?

It’s been one of the most popular trends in recent years. Essential oils and oil diffusers. I thought about bringing one into our home. I’m glad I did my research, as I always do with any product that I’m going to bring into the house. I was SHOCKED by my findings on something that most people might not give a second thought.

First Things First-What Is An Essential Oil?

Essential oils are compounds that are extracted from a plant. It is thought they capture the “essence” of the plant. After you purchase them many times you will mix it with a carrier oil (coconut oil is one example) to carry them to their destination (your skin).

The Most Important Question-Are They Safe For Cats?

Unfortunately, it’s not a strict yes or no. One thing is pretty clear. Full strength essential oils will be dangerous to your cat (or dog). The science behind it is the oil can get absorbed orally and through the skin very quickly.  The next step is it gets metabolized in the liver.  The issue is, cats do not have an essential enzyme in their liver to eliminate the toxin from essential oils. The Pet Poison Helpline has a great article that goes more in depth about the science behind what happens and how you can tell if your cat got into the essential oils. I’ll introduce some symptoms of exposure next.

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Cats Purring And Your Health – Is There A Connection?

If you have been around cats for any amount of time you’ve probably heard that their purrs can have healing powers. I’ve heard it too and wanted to do a little research and see what I can find out about cat purring and it’s effect your health.

Why Do Cats Purr?

First things first, why do cats purr in the first place? Of course, none of us know for sure, but here are many theories.

It starts when they are born. It might be to let the momma cat know that they are there. Momma cats purr to help soothe their kittens. Think of it like when your Mom would rock and hold you and speak to you gently. The same type of idea.

Cats can also purr when they are content. I can attest to this claim. My Baby Jack is one of the loudest purring cats (in my opinion). He will purr when he is just touched or petted. Our other kitties will purr when they are curled up on my lap.

Cats will also purr when they a scared or sick. More on that next….

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Cat Towers- Concerns To Keep In Mind….

Hello and welcome to my first blog post.

Since we have multiple cats in our house, a cat tower was a must. I’ll explain below why it’s a natural product to have in order to “keep the peace” in the household. That being said, we also had an “incident” happen with our Dora. It was 6 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday and want to share with you things to keep in mind when looking for a cat tower.

Why do cats like to climb towers?

Before cats were domesticated, they needed to hunt for their food in the wild. While they were hunters, they were also the huntees. Being able to climb trees was good for two reasons. First, if they were being chased, they could escape up a tree and evade the predator. Remember the old Tom and Jerry cartoons when Tom would run up the tree when Spike would bark or chase him? It’s a survival instinct.

Secondly, as the hunter, when they are above the ground they can survey an area and find their prey. It’s much easier than walking back and forth around an area searching for prey.

When cats became domesticated, that instinct didn’t leave them. If you have had cats for any period of time I’m sure you have had your cat perch on the back of the couch or most recently for us, in the Christmas Tree. 🙂

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