It’s Been A While….

Hello everyone,

I am so sorry that I haven’t been posting as regular as I have been. I’ve been on the road and missing my kitties, like this guy Queso.

Queso been enjoying his life with us and getting used to his brothers and sisters. We have been noticing Luke and Queso have become pretty close buds. We catch then laying next to one another and licking each other’s ears. I’m going to try and get some video because it’s pretty precious. 🙂

Queso also had another milestone. He got added to my Apple Watch face. He quickly moving up the ranks in our household. LOL

That happens when I have too much time at the airport between flights. My next project is to get everyone on the face of my watch. I have a long layover on the flight home so I might have that accomplished by Saturday night.

My goal is to start writing more on my blog so expect to hear more from me. Please drop me a note if there is anything that you would like to chat about. I love to interact with everyone.

 

Best Multiple Cat Litter Box

Thanks for reading my articles about litter boxes. If you missed them, I wrote some reviews about the Cat Genie, the PetSafe Litter Box, and Purina’s BREEZE Litter Box Solution. I have used all of these solutions and like each of them for different reasons.

However, because of our Oreo (who was sensitive to smells), we had to go with a traditional litter box set up.  PetSafe and Breeze are better for single cat households, but we needed a solution and needed to find the best multiple cat litter box out there. In my opinion, now that we have nine cats, we needed a solution that can handle our multiple cats but I didn’t want to feel like I had to scoop every five minutes.

**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 :-)**

The Rule Of Thumb

Because we have Oreo with his sensitive nose, we had to go back to traditional litter boxes. However, with eight cats (at the time) we should have had nine litter boxes. The rule of thumb is you should have one more litter box than the number of cats you own. No one really has room for that many litter boxes. So we were at a crossroads trying to figure out what we should do. Then it came to us!

It’s Simple

Most of you have probably moved at some point in your life or you needed to store some things away in a closet or attic. I know I had a lot of those big plastic storage containers. We looked at those and thought, that will work exactly for what we need and will take up less space.

I consider each container to be the size of two and a half litter boxes. We have four of these throughout our house. That’s 10 litter boxes but only four containers!

Pros

  1. They are durable because they are used for moving so the kitties really can’t destroy them.
  2. The clean up easily because they are made to use used over and over
  3. Because they are large, if you have a kitty that likes to “overshoot” the litter box when they use it, you won’t have that problem with this product.

Cons

  1. They are not the most aesthetically pleasing to the eye. (But if they are in a laundry room, no visitors will really see them).
  2. If you have an elderly cat you might need to put a step in front of the box because it is quite high to get into the container.
  3. You will need to replace them eventually because of the smell, however, you can extend the life if you clean them regularly. (It’s nice to have a couple extra boxes so you can clean and let them dry).

Final Thoughts….

I prefer the Cat Genie (check out my review here), but if you are on a budget and have a multiple cat household (and have the space) using Sterilite Containers would be a great and cost effective alternative.

I hope you enjoyed my articles on litter boxes.

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PetSafe Self Cleaning Litter Box

Welcome to part two of my self cleaning litter box articles. In order to not have the articles be too long, I’ve decided to only review one litter box each article. Last article we talked about the Cat Genie. This time I’m going to review the PetSafe, ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box.

One of our friends used this litter box so we got to see it in action. Because we have multiple cats, this litter box wouldn’t hold enough waste to make it worth our while.

**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?

When you receive the package, you will receive a box, a separate bag with the crystal litter and the frame with a connected rake. You also have the option to buy a hood for the frame.

You will pour the litter into the box and put the cover under the box and the frame with the rake on it on top of that. At this point, you can use the hood on the frame to give your kitty some privacy.

Once the kitty uses the litter box you can set an interval to have it run after the kitty leaves the box. There is a sensor that will notice when your kitty leaves the box and run the rake through the litter.

The rake will go through the box and pull the solids into a chamber at the front of the litter box. The crystal litter dries out the liquid and pulls the moisture out of the solid waste as well.

Some pros and cons of the PetSafe, ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box.

Pros

  1. No need to touch dirty litter (you take the frame off the box with the litter, put the cover on it and throw it out)
  2. Virtually dust free because it is not clay litter its crystals
  3. The sensor will keep track of how many times your kitty uses the litter box. Easy to keep track if there are litter box “issues”.

Cons

  1. The solid waste area is not that large. Not good for multiple cat households. (This would be good if you have one cat that you are fostering a cat in a separate room).
  2. The hood might impede your kitty from using it (It is detachable)
  3. Sometimes the solid waste will stick to the rake and it takes some “elbow grease” to clean it.

Final Thoughts

If you have a one cat household and don’t like to scoop litter, this litter box is what you need. I do like the litter is dust free and can easily sweep up the excess if it gets out of the litter box. On the other hand, if you have multiple cats, you would spend more time and money emptying the box and possibly cleaning the rake (depending on your kitty’s aim).  (This litter box solution is cheaper than the Cat Genie, if cost is an issue.

Below, I’ve added a link to the litter box and supplies if you were interested in checking it out.

Thanks for reading…..Stay tuned for another option for a litter box that isn’t self cleaning, but it’s not just plain litter either.


 

Best Self Cleaning Cat Litter Box

It’s something that every cat owner would like to purchase for their cats. Which self cleaning litter box is the best?

I’m going to share “my opinion” of what litter box won that distinction in our house.

However, I honestly think it’s up to each individual cat. In the next few articles, I will share my experience with a few of them that we have tried in the past.

I don’t have the patience to read a long article so I won’t do that to you either. So, this article will review the Cat Genie. Kevin and I have used the Cat Genie (with some success…I’ll explain why it didn’t work for us). However, we are going to try it again very soon!

Before we talk about the Cat Genie, let’s get a little background about how/why cats use litter boxes.

How Did Cats Learn To Use Litter Boxes?

From the research that I did, cats have a natural instinct to cover their waste. The most popular reason is to cover their scent to protect themselves in the wild. Another option could be for hygiene to prevent the spreading of parasites.

I think it’s just amazing every time we’ve brought in a stray cat, we just have to show them where the litter box is and they will naturally use it. We brought Queso in and he’s used all the litter boxes in our house within the first three days that we had him (and he’s been a stray for at least five months).

How Many Litter Boxes Should You Have?

The base knowledge is you should have at least one litter box per cat PLUS one more. Jackson Galaxy (the guy that is on Animal Planet’s, My Cat From Hell) has a great article about litter boxes.

I’ll explain what we are using right now for litter boxes in a future article.

What Type Of Litter To Use?

I wish this question was as easy as it sounds. Again, what works for one cat might not work for another. This is a whole different article because there are so many options. We’ve tried a few different varieties. I’ll share with you what worked for us in the future.

Cat Genie 

The litter box we loved the most, but Oreo (who has since passed away RIP) didn’t, was the Cat Genie.

How It Works

It uses washable granules and scoops out the “solid” waste and grinds it up sending it out the washer drain. We had it hooked up in our laundry room with a hose that will run the water into the drain hose from your washer. You can also put it in the bathroom and have it drain into the toilet.

You can set it up to run manually (you push the button) or based on a time interval or when the kitty has left the box.

What will happen is it will scoop out the solid waste into a holding area and it gets ground up and flushed out of the Cat Genie with the water from the washing of the litter.

After the solid waste is out of the “box” it then fills with cold water to “wash” the litter. There is a SaniSolution that is put into the bowl with the water to “wash” the granules. After the litter is washed, there is hot air that is blown on the litter to dry it so the kitties don’t have to step into wet litter. The time from beginning to end is approximately 30 minutes.

Some pros and cons of the Cat Genie.

Pros:

  1. No need to scoop dirty cat litter
  2. Easy setup
  3. Cheaper than buying litter every month (granules can be reused multiple times). (It’s a big purchase price up front, but you’ll save in the long run with the cost of litter).

Cons:

  1. If you have a cat with a sensitive nose, they might not like it
  2. If you have a “large” cat they might not like it. (Our Bones would use it, but he would only put his back end into the box. His front legs would be on the floor in front of the Cat Genie)
  3. It’s a challenge to get everyone to use the cat genie. We needed to slowly get rid of our litter boxes so the only choice was the cat genie. Otherwise, they would use the litter box over the cat genie.

As I mentioned earlier, Oreo didn’t really like the cat genie. It was because he was very particular to smells. All the other kitties, even Bones who was a very large cat used the cat genie. You will need to encourage your kitties to use it. We would use some catnip in bowls near the cat genie and would use positive reinforcement when they would use the cat genie.

Final Thoughts…

At the bottom of this post are links to everything you would need to get started with the Cat Genie. I also added some links if you wanted to purchase extra supplies (to save on shipping if you don’t have Amazon Prime.)

Stay Tuned

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more articles about self cleaning litter boxes and what we are using right now for litter boxes in our house.


 

Cat Adoption (Part 4)

Thanks for sticking with the back stories on our “kids”. So far you’ve met: Casey, Spike, Cookie, Oreo, Bones, Jack, Jill, Dora, Onyx, and Minnie. You’ve made it to the last article. 🙂 Today we cover, Magic, Houdini, Luke, and Queso.

Magic

There is a restaurant down the street from where we live that has stray cats hanging around that people will feed. The people that owned the restaurant (at the time) would feed the cats because the cats would keep rodents away from the building.

I flew home late one night (in August 2016) from working out of town and Kevin asked if I wanted to go to the restaurant to get something to eat. That sounded like a great idea but when we pulled in, they were closing for the night but some workers were outside. We chatted with the bartender and said how much we appreciated they fed the stray cats. He told us that there was a new litter of kittens, but they thought that one of the little black ones wasn’t going to make it because he was too small.

That brought Kevin and me to attention and I remember saying, “Not on our watch”! Kevin and I then started to look around the area with our phone flashlights until we found that little peanut. He was less than half a pound and was just stumbling around in the shed where we found him. We immediately brought him home and gave him some food.

He’s been an absolute joy ever since!

Houdini

Houdini came to us from the same restaurant where we got Magic. Houdini was hanging around with his “Mom” (we think) for many weeks. However, we started to see Houdini by himself. That was when the plan to adopt Houdini started, in our minds.

We spent a few weeks playing with him with a string and nerf balls and feeding him treats and soft food. I remember it was New Years Eve 2017, we decided it was going to be Houdini’s adoption day.

We headed to the restaurant and put some soft food in a cat carrier and Houdini walked right into it. Then, the bad part of closing the carrier and listening to him meow was so sad as we headed right to the vet to get checked out.

He was in great shape, but Kevin got Houdini duty to stay in the room with him that evening. Kevin said he wandered around the room all night and was meowing. He said it was so sad to hear. 🙁 Once Houdini got to meet his brothers and sisters, he became more well-adjusted and he fits right in!

Luke

Luke was a fluke! LOL We were taking two of our kitties into the vet to get checked out and the vet tech knocks on the examination door and asked me to come out into the lobby.

When I got into the lobby, I see an older gentleman holding Luke. He said that his son adopted the kitten and then moved and left the kitten with his parents. The parents didn’t want him but they wanted to find him a good home. So they brought him to the vet first to see if someone there could find a home for him. Because we were in the office, they said, “Wait a minute, we think we know the right people”.

Needless to say, we arrived at the vet with two kitties and left with three!

Luke took no time at all to get familiar with everyone and became a member of the 3 Amigos (Magic, Houdini, and Luke).

Queso

Queso is our newest kitty (at the time of this article publication). He was also a stray that we fed at the local restaurant. We started seeing him about four months ago and most of the kitties that are in this colony are black or black and white. This kitty was orange and white so he stood out to us right away.

We laughed and called him Ginger (we didn’t know if it was a boy or girl at the time). He started to meet us every time that we would show up to feed the colony. Most of the others were scared, but “Ginger” would walk right up to us and start rubbing against our legs. Once he started meowing and flipping on his back to show us his belly we knew we had to take him in. He was getting to be too friendly and there might be people around that aren’t as friendly as we would be.

He’s also been a joy and has been one of the sweetest cats that we have brought in. We could snuggle with him right away and he is always giving us kisses and head bonks.

It’s getting better with his brothers and sisters, it’s a work in progress.

The End (For Now)

Whew, it took four parts, but we finally made it to the end of our kids (for now). Stay tuned for updates if, or should I say when, we add some new faces. (We have our eye on another kitty at the restaurant, we just need to gain his/her trust).

Thanks for reading this four-part series! 🙂

Cat Adoption (Part 3)

Making our way through the crew. You’ve met: Casey, Spike, Cookie, Oreo, Bones, and Jack. Now to meet Jill, Dora, Onyx, and Minnie.

Jill (aka Baby Jill)

Jill was the second cat that came to us from the vet. I remember walking into the vet and seeing her in the cage. I went right home and told Kevin we are adopting another cat, no questions asked. LOL She was so so tiny. I love the picture that we took of her sitting on top of the cat carrier.

Something else cute she started when she was little was “squeaking” when you would touch her butt. She still does it to this day.

I also love this picture of Jack and Jill. Jack is actually the taller one. Jill now towers over him.

When we go to the vet they will ask (before they see the name) if Jill is a male because I guess for a female she is a large cat. She’s not fat, but just big-boned (honestly…..) When she was tiny we would call her Baby Jill, just like we called Jack, Baby Jack. Then she grew…..

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Cat Adoption (Part 2)

Thanks for sticking around for part 2 of my cat adoption stories. We started with Casey, Spike, Cookie, and Oreo. Today you’ll hear the stories behind Bones and Jack. (Their stories got a little long so we’ll cover Jill, Dora, Onyx, Minnie, Magic, Houdini, Luke, and Queso another day.)

Bones

My husband and I had just moved into a condo in Connecticut in 2004. I was traveling for work (like I still do) and Kevin told me he saw a cat by our back patio. I said, “Don’t feed the cat because we already have 2 cats….3 cats would make us crazy cat people”! (Here we are with 9 cats. My new mantra is that “crazy cat people” are people that have 1 more cat than we do. LOL Through the years, that number has been rising).

Kevin didn’t see the cat again after we talked but he called me another time and said the cat is back, but he is limping. Of course, I’m not a monster so I told him to scoop him up. Kevin was able to do that and took him to the vet. We found out that all the bones in his paw were broken straight through. The vet that we saw wanted to put pins in his bones and have them grow together, to the tune of $3000.00. Needless to say, we asked for another option and I’m glad that we did because we found the best vet that we could have ever had! 🙂

“Our vet,” told us that putting pins in would be a waste of time. He suggested that he line up the bones and put on a cast and just let it heal (to the tune of $300). That is what we did and Bones fully recovered. We decided to name him Bones since his paw had broken Bones.

However, we did get some bad news when we took him in. We found out he was FIV +. I’m going to write an article about it in the future, but think of it as HIV in humans. It cannot be spread between cats and humans. We had never heard of it so we didn’t know if it was something that Bones could live with. What we found out is that as long as Bones was an inside cat (which he was going to be), he would live a “normal” life. We were very on top of any colds or sneezes since his immune system wasn’t as strong.

He was a big cat. He looked like a Panther. (Like the ones that you see in front of the Carolina Panthers stadium.) He was not fat but just big and tall. He loved to get petted and LOVED cheese. Bones should have been from Wisconsin like me! 🙂 My favorite thing about Bones was that whenever he would see us, his tail would go straight up and shake. That’s a sign that your cat LOVES you.

He passed away right after we moved to Charlotte in 2016. We believe that he had a massive heart attack. He passed away while we were on the way to the emergency vet. That was one of the worst experiences of my life.

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Cat Adoption (Part 1)

I know I’ve introduced all of our cats already, but I think it’s always fun to hear about how your kitties became your kitties. I’m going to share all of my adoption experiences of my cats (past and present) starting from oldest to youngest.

Casey

Casey showed up on the porch of the house I was living in when I lived in Wisconsin. It was chilly outside so it was an easy decision to bring her into the house. She was not black and white (like all our kitties right now). She looked like a lion and had long bushy hair. When I moved to Connecticut, she ended up living with my Mother because I didn’t want to stress her moving her across the country. She passed away in 2004. I need to search my archives for a picture of her. She was a super sweet kitty.

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Humans Are Uncomfortable So Cats Are Not

I have been striving to write articles about serious topics that I’m hoping are very helpful to cat parents. I’m going to still do that, but I feel I need to add some more fun posts in between the serious posts.

If you have a cat you know EXACTLY what I am talking about with humans being uncomfortable. There are a lot of memes with charts of a bed where the human fits on the corner and the kitty takes over the rest of the bed.

Cats Like Warmth

I always thought that cats would sleep with you for the warmth factor. Their body temperature is 102 degrees so they, very much like humans, try to use other heat sources to stay warm. Think of how many times you see kitties following the sunlight throughout the room during the day.

Why Do We Not Move?

I know why I personally don’t move, it’s because my cats are totally spoiled and they have me wrapped around their paw. 🙂

I cannot tell you how many nights I needed to get up to go the bathroom or get a drink of water and because I have 3 or 4 kitties tucked in with me, I will lay there until one of them moves.Magic, Onyx and Jack

As you can see by this picture, I couldn’t even get into bed because Magic, Onyx, and Jack have taken over the bed. 🙂

My Thoughts On Why We Don’t Move

I know that cats aren’t “human” children, but I feel like it’s very much like a parent will not move once a child falls asleep on them. You don’t want to disturb your angel while they are asleep. You want to enjoy watching them breathe and just take in the peaceful bonding time with them. Plus, it’s also very relaxing and comforting to have another “being” tucked in and next to you (at least it is for me).

Is It Worth It?

This is a picture that my husband took. He needs to always sit on the couch or in a chair with his legs spread out with his knees sticking out so Magic (Or in this case, Jill, Magic, and Houdini) can sit down and snuggle. Kevin jokes that someday he might have hip issues because of the way that he needs to sit in order to keep the kitties comfortable.

 

Will We Continue To Be Uncomfortable?

I’m not sure about you, but I know I will continue. The reason why is I know there will be a time that I would pay any amount of money to get those snuggle times back. I’m going to take advantage of any extra snuggle time I can get with my kitties.

Final Thoughts

What about you? As I’m typing this Onyx just jumped into my lap for afternoon snuggles. Time to wrap up the article and savor this sweet time!