Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s sure hope you all had a pawsum weekend. Things have been a little crazy ‘round here. And not even fur the reasons you might be thinkin’ ‘bout. Let me tell ya’ a little story. It all started a couple months ago when mommy ordered our review items from Chewy. We get asked all the time fur recommendations. Ya’ know the kind, what food is bestest? What litter do you use? And so on. ‘Course, we always tell peeps that we purrfur our natural litter over clay every day of the week and twice on Blest Sundays. Anyways, lots of peeps wanna know why we don’t like clay and even tho’ we don’t, is there one we would recommend over another. So, mommy decided we’d give one of those clay litters a try and she purromptly added it to our normal litter. (Raena shakes her head) Sometimes mommy ain’t the crispest cracker in the box.
RaenaBelle, what are you meowmblin’ on about?
I’s tryin’ to x’plain what’s been goin’ on ‘round here lately sissy. Ya’ know, with you and the pawtty box? Ya’ know, how you quit usin’ it when mommy added that clay to it.
Uh, that might have been the main reason Raena, but it fur sure wasn’t the only reason. Don’t furget to tell everypawdy what a pain you are. Jumpin’ on top of the pawtty box and whappin’ me’s tail while me’s tryin’ to do me’s business. Nopawdy or kitty wants to have your paws unner their hoohaw while they’re goin’ pawtty. Just ask mommy. ‘Member when you tried to stick your paw in the toilet while she was usin’ it?
Anyways sissy, back to mine’s story. (Raena thinks a minute) Actually sissy, ifin ya’ stand at the openin’ with your tail flyin’ ‘round like a flag, you’re just askin’ to get whapped. You know we kitties can’t resist a wavin’ object. Anyways, I’s, bein’ the good girl I’s is, continued to use the pawtty box of course. Even when that nasty stuff ran every where and globbed on mine’s bloomers. I’s could see how frustrated mommy was havin’ to clean your messes several times a day. Fanky fankfully, as soon as mommy got paid this month she bought several jumbo bags of our good litter and completely changed out your favorite box. It took a while, but you furinally started usin’ the pawtty box again. And lo and behold, but what did Chewy offur us this month? More litter. Fanky fankfully, it’s the natural kind we like. You can see that review here. But wait, they also offured another natural litter. See Chewy has their own brand called Frisco. And, they have a natural pine and corn litter that mommy thought we might like, so she ordered a bag. We received a 28 lb. bag of Frisco All Natural Pine and Corn Clumping litter that sells for $20.99, $19.94 ifin it’s on auto ship. Let me tell ya’, it ain’t lightweight in the bag, so be sure ya’ have your muscles ready when it arrives. Let’s see what Chewy has to say ‘bout it.
Frisco All Natural Pine & Corn Clumping Cat Litter is made from a 100% corn and pine blend without any chemicals or added fragrances. Natural, biodegradable ingredients, like pine shavings from reclaimed lumber, make this earth-friendly litter a great alternative to standard clay litter. This low dust litter is ideal for multiple-cat households. Formulated to fight the toughest odors, its natural pine scent provides outstanding odor control to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. This ultra-absorbent formula is up to 3 times more absorbent than traditional clay litter and uses the power of natural ingredients to form soft clumps that are easy to scoop, making cleanup simple.
Made with a 100% natural corn and pine blend with no added chemicals, dyes or fragrances.
This earth-friendly litter is made with natural, biodegradable ingredients like pine shavings from reclaimed lumber.
Low dust and ultra-absorbent formulation is up to 3 times more absorbent than leading clay litter brands.
Clumping action that makes for easier scooping and disposal so that keeping the litter box clean is less of a chore.
Offers superior odor control for strong ammonia and pet mess smells, creating a more pleasant litter box area. It’s ideal for multi-cat households.
After recent events, mommy decided not to place this is both of our pawtty boxes right off.
At least she learned from her mistakes, Raena. After all, me might be a little purrticular, but me does purrfur to do me’s business in the appropriate place.
lightweight with some sharp edges
Sure sissy, whatever you meow. I’s heard stories ‘bout when you were a baby kitten and tried to…
RaenaBelle!!! Just get back to the Frisco pine and corn litter. Nopawdy wants to hear your so called stories.
Mommy poured 1/4 cup water in the middle of the bowl. As you
can see, the water ran from the middle and only stopped
because it ran into the sides of the bowl.
I’s bet they do sissy. Wanna bet? Why don’t we ask ‘em? Anyways, I’s gettin’ off track here. Where was I’s? Oh yeah, after openin’ the bag, which by the way has no way to reseal any unused pawtion, mommy decided not to put the litter in any of our pawtty boxes. It smells kind’a moldy and funky, altho’ we didn’t see any mold and I’s not sure what funk looks like. So, mommy placed some in our handy dandy bowl so we could purrform some tests. You know the ones, what’s the texture, does it make a good clump and is it easy and clean to scoop?.
So, what were the results you ask? Well, it’s dusty as a construction site and has some pointy sticky pieces that might be a little rough on tender paw pads. When mommy poured the 1/4 cup of water over the top, it ran everywhere, kind’a like the clay did. That means it would’a been stickin’ to mine’s bloomers. Not a good thing let me tell ya’. So, we had a clump and some fur mommy to scoop. The main clump started breakn’ apawrt the minute mommy tried to scoop it. You can kind’a see it in the fotos. Mommy overfilled the bowl and it’s really fluffy and lightweight so it kind’a scattered everywhere when she tried to scoop it.
The center clump started breaking the minute it was lifted out of the bowl.
Yep Raena, mommy made a real mess with this one. Me’s sure you were no help bein’ right unner her feet tryin’ to see everythin’. You know, you don’t have to be a pawrt of every little thing that happens.
The dust is so lightweight, it spilled over the top of the bowl during the scooping process.
It’s also a bit staticky and some stuck to the edges of the bowl. Based
on prior experience we know that it would also cling to fur.
Yes I’s do sissy. You never know when mommy might need me. I’s just bein’ a good girl and lettin’ mommy know I’s there to help her any time, any way she needs me. Mommy shouldn’t have to holler fur us and wonder where we are. You know how much she hates that. Mommy’s always sayin’ she likes fur us to be where she can see us and hear us and touch us ifin she wants. I’s just doin’ what mommy wants me to do. She’d like you to do it too, but noooooooo, you were too busy bathin’ on the scratchin’ pad.
So what Raena. Me’s sure some of that litter dust got on me. Me didn’t wanna stink like that so me had to hurry and get it off. Mommy could still see me. Ifin she had needed me, me would’a been right there. But, me knew she didn’t need both of us t’ween her legs. Sometimes, your help ain’t very helpful. You just oughtta be glad you’re not the reason mommy falls so much. You know she ain’t no ballerina. Grace ain’t her middle name.
You better be nice sissy. I’s gonna tell mommy that you’re makin’ fun of her. Anyways, we need to wrap this up. We can’t speak fur odor control cuz we think the fresh outta the bag litter already stinks. It might not smell like cat pee, but it ain’t purretty let me tell ya’. And, we kitties actually purrfur unscented litter. Since I’s didn’t actually use the stuffs, I’s can’t meow to how it feels, but based on our tests, I’s can tell ya’ I’s wouldn’t like it.
Well Raena, me fur sure wouldn’t like it. Me doesn’t like it when me’s business runs all over the place and gets me dirty. That’s why me quit usin’ the pawtty box when that clay stuff was in there. Besides, all that dust and stench, is totally unacceptable fur any self respectin’ kitty’s pawtty box.
Mommy was quite disappointed sissy. She had really hoped this would be a good alternative to our regular litter. Ya’ know, in case she wanted or needed to add it to our rotation. She says ya’ never know what might happen and when ya’ might need an alternative. The size and purrice are right up there with other quality natural products and it’s made in the USA. We give it one paw fur bein’ made here at home, but we think they need to go back to the drawin’ board. It could fur sure use some upgrades. Our idea of a soft clump isn’t somethin’ that breaks apart the minute ya’ touch it. Can you ‘magine the mess you’d have with it breakin’ apawrt all the way to the trash or toilet to dispose of it? We’ve tried other Frisco purroducts that are top notch, but this one’s a miss in our opinion.
But we still luv Chewy. They’ve got great customer service that’s available 24/7, and purroducts fur the whole family, furred, feathered, scaled, finned and skinned. And, they offur speedy free shippin’ on all orders $49.00 and over and speedy flat rate shippin’ fur all other orders. They even offur a great auto ship program that allows you to save an extra 5% off your orders and makes sure you never run outta your pet’s faves. Don’t worry, you can skip, cancel or delay anytime.
Disclaimer: We received the Frisco Pine and Corn litter in exchange for our honest review. As always we tell it like we see it. Chewy is not responsible for the opinions expressed here unless otherwise stated. We only bring products we use or have tried and feel would be of interest to you, our readers and friends.
Don’t furget the great boxes you get with your orders sissy. Chewy has great boxes. We get a new toy every month with our auto ship. Ifin ya’ wanna check out other reviews this month, check out the Chewy blog hop here. C’mon sissy, let’s go play.
Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. Can I’s just tell you, it’s really smokin’ hot here. Seriously, it’s been in the triple digits as mommy calls it. Y, It’s gonna be at least 110° F today. Mommy says that’s so hot you could fry an egg on the hood of a car in the shade…ifin ya’ had an egg and a shade that is.
Raena, are you meowin’ stories again? Me doesn’t ‘member hearin’ mommy say anythin’ like that.
Well sissy, maybe that’s cuz you were UTB (under the bed) hidin’ out from the lawn crew.
How many times does me have to tell ya’, me’s not hidin’ out. Me’s pawtrolin’ fur intruders. Anyways, enuff ‘bout all that, it’s hot every where right now. Haven’t you seen our furiends complainin’ ‘bout unseasonably hot temps where they live?
Yep sissy, I’s have seen that. Still, I’s wanted to meowmble. Mommy says that no matter what the weather is, we’re gonna complain, so I’s just gettin’ mine’s complainin’ in fur today since we’re still in a state of limbo as far as everythin’ else is concerned. Ya’ know, we’re s’posed to meow ‘bout litter and the pawtty box today. I’s don’t know why, since you seem to be usin’ the piddle pads more and more lately. What’s wrong with you? Are you sick, or mad, or are you just tryin’ to create more work fur mommy? Huh, what’s up with ya’?
Never you mind Raena. Let’s do meow ‘bout litter and pawtty boxes. Everypawdy knows, mommy purrfurs natural litters fur us and we, bein’ cats, purrfur the unscented variety. And, most everypawdy knows, we were Blest with a Litter Robot last Christmas which you think is the greatest thing since sliced rabbit with gravy. ‘Course, mommy knowin’ the rules and all kept our great corner box up and runnin’ too. Ya’ know, just in case there was a line to the pawtty box one meownin’. The thing mommy luvved ‘bout the Litter Robot was that we could still use our favorite natural litter, SwheatScoop.
Yep sissy, I’s too young to ‘member such things, but mommy says she ‘members when SwheatScoop furst came out and she had to order directly from the company. Back then it came in generic brown boxes and the shippin’ costed more than the litter itself. There were only 2 sizes, big and bigger. Anyways, lots of time has passed since then and SwheatScoop now comes in their very own bags and several different sizes, 10lb, 25lb and 36lb; we received the 10lb bag. They even have a couple of different furmulas, Fast Clumping and Multi-Cat. They range in price from $9.69 to $24.99. Let’s see what Chewy has to say:
Fill your litter box with sWheat Scoop Premium+ Natural Clumping Wheat Cat Litter, an all-around better litter. It uses the power of natural plant extracts to eliminate odors instead of harmful chemicals, which is better for you, your pet and the environment. The secret is exclusive Noble Ion Technology that infuses wheat enzymes with noble ions to neutralize litter box odors. It’s extremely effective odor control. This high-performing litter has no added dyes, perfumes or dust and is 100% biodegradable. Clumps are fast-forming, firm and compact for easy scooping. sWheat Scoop Premium+ works well for single- or multiple-cat homes.
Three times more powerful odor control for a breakthrough in odor elimination.
Three times faster and firmer clumping for easy scooping and a mess-free home.
Noble Ion Technology infuses wheat ions with noble ions to naturally break down odors.
Recommended by veterinarians with no added dyes or perfumes. Great for single and multi-cat homes.
Eco-friendly, all-natural litter is made from wheat and is 100% biodegradable.
We purrsonally don’t think there’s much of a difference t’ween the furmulas ifin any, so we always buy whichever furmula’s on sale or the cheapest at the time. Some of mommy’s favorite features of sWheatScoop is that it clumps well, only smells when heated by a fresh urine depawsit and is flushable. That heated smell we’re meowin’ ‘bout is like a loaf of bread and goes away quickly. So long as kitty covers their business, it controls odors very well. Me will tell ya’, it’s not a lightweight litter. The bigger bags are heavy, so bein’ able to have it delivered right to our door is a big plus. Now, ifin we could only get the Fedex man to scoop. MOL
the white stuffs just a little baby powder mommy shook in there to aid in odor
control. She scooped the smelly right when it happened, so the smell lingered a minute.
You’re a laff a minute today sissy. I’s like the sWheatScoop litter. Since It’s all natural, it’s much safer fur me to clean off ifin it gets stuck to mine’s bloomers. Bein’ wheat, an actual food product, anythin’ that makes it into mine’s tummy by accident, just comes out the other end. ‘Course, ifin you’re ‘lergic to wheat, it might be a purroblem…just meowin’. I’s not, so I’s give the sWheatScoop 4 paws up. What ‘bout you sissy?
Me fur sure likes it better than any of that clay stuffs Raena. Me gives it 4 paws up too. And, cuz we buy the big bags, we always get a great size Chewy box to play in. Me knows mommy gives 2 thumbs up or she wouldn’t keep orderin’ it after all these years. Meowin’ of orderin’, Chewy’s a great place to shop fur all your pet’s needs. They offur speedy furee shippin’ on all orders $49.00 and up and a low flat rate speedy shippin’ on all orders below. They have a great auto ship program that lets you save an additional 5% and makes sure you never run out of your pet’s faves. But don’t worry, you can always skip, cancel or delay any auto ship up to 24 hours befur shipment.
Disclaimer: We received a bag of sWheatScoop in exchange for our honest opinion. As always, we tell it like we see it and only bring products we use or have tried and believe would be of interest to you, our readers and friends.
That’s right sissy, and they have the bestest Customer Service peeps ‘round. They also have great boxes and packin’ paper…just meowin’. Ya’ know, that means a new toy every month. MOL Guess we better get off here and see ifin we can help mommy. She’s still purretty stressed, so we’re tryin’ to take really good care of her.
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Let me tell you, this GDPR thingy has the whole innernets all messed up. I’s mean, we of all kitties and peeps are happy to have our purrivacy and purrsonal infurmation purrtected; but Kittens!!! Sometimes things can go a little too far. ‘Course, you all know we’re purrobably the least tech savvy kitties ‘round, so we don’t unnerstand why so many things have been affected. Like, most of the blogger blogs we follow have their comment settings changed so that ya’ gotta use google to meow anythin’ to ‘em. Google is not our furiend. But, we did try it and within minutes we were swamped with spam, and I’s don’t mean the kind in the can that the coons like.
C’mon furiends help us meow at ya’ and comment again.
Yep Raena, me thought mommy was gonna lose it when she saw all that spam. Some of ‘em are really disgustin’ and nasty.
They sure made me blush sissy. Anyways, there is a way our blogger furiends can help us to keep visitin’ and commentin’ on their bloggies. All ya’ gotta do is change your comment settings to allow us to use our Name and URL. Yep, that’d do it. We’d be able to comment on your posty’s again and not be bombarded with all this disgustin’ spam. Now, we got that outta the way, so let’s move on to somethin’ else. We’re gonna be meowin’ ‘bout pawtty boxes and their contents today.
Purrlease Raena, we’re gonna be meowin’ ‘bout litter. Quit tryin’ to sound fancy.
Fine sissy, we’re meowin’ ‘bout litter. As most of ya’ know, we were blest with a Litter Robot Open Air Automatic litterbox last year. We luvs it fur a lot of reasons, and one of those is that you can use just ‘bout any kind of litter you want in it. ‘Course, the Litter Robot peeps recommend clay, but say any clumpin’ litter will work. That was pawsum since we really like the natural litters. But, we had noticed that we have a slight purroblem with stickage. Ya’ know, some of the clump sticks to the rubberized bottom which means it’s not completely clean each time. Mommy always comes behind us and unsticks the stickage and runs another cleaning cycle. We’ve just assumed that was cuz we have to have it set on the quickest time cuz sis Dezi won’t use a dirty pawtty box, and the clump doesn’t have enuff time to set up. So, mommy changed the settings to see what would happen. That still didn’t completely fix it, so, when we had the oppurrtunity to try out a clay litter, mommy decided to see ifin that would help.
We received the Scoop Away Complete Clumping Cat Litter in exchange for our honest review. Neither Chewy or Scoop Away are responsible for the opinions expressed here unless otherwise stated. As always, we tell it like we see it and only bring products we use or have tried and feel would be of interest to you, our friends and readers.
Yep Raena, we received the 42 pound bag of Scoop Away Complete Performance Scented Scoopable Cat Litter from Chewy this month to try out. It costs $15.99. We can fur sure say that’s cheaper than what we normally pay fur litter, but we don’t know ifin that’s a good purrice fur clay. We can say that’s ‘bout .38¢ a pound and sounds purretty good to us. Anyways, this purrticular litter is scented. Mommy hates scented litters cuz of course, kitties hate scented litters. But, we decided to give it a try anyways. It happened to arrive the day mommy had gone to her monthly doctors ‘pointment. Our Fedex purrson is an idiot and put the box right in front of the door on the ground. After ‘bout 30 minutes and the help of our new neighbor, mommy was furinally able to get the box moved and get to the door so she could get inside. It took both ladies to shove the 42 pound bag inside the door where it then stayed fur a couple of weeks. There is no handle on the bag fur pickin’ it up, and 42 pounds is really heavy.
It sure is sissy. Befur we get to the tryin’ it, let’s see what Chewy has to say ‘bout it.
Enjoy all-in-one, maximum-strength clumping and odor control with Scoop Away Complete Performance Scented Scoopable Cat Litter. Perfect for multi-cat homes, this litter addresses all of your needs, starting with a patented formula that contains special minerals that actually trap and eliminate odors on contact—no harsh chemical or additives included! It also inhibits the growth of bacteria through the Ammonia Shield technology, which helps that pervasive ammonia smell from spreading. And with maximum clumping strength, it helps to save you precious time on cleaning.
Created with plant extracts for maximum odor control. No harsh chemicals or additives are used. Scoop Away litter’s patented formula contains special minerals that actually trap and eliminate odors on contact.
Scoop Away litter also inhibits the growth of bacterial odors through Ammonia Shield technology, which help prevent ammonia odors from growing.
Made with maximum clump strength, this product will cut down the time needed to clean your litter box. Make cleaning time less of a chore.
Scoop Away litter uses patented technology to ensure that: 1) Waste and urine smells are absorbed and eliminated on contact, 2) Waste and fluids are easily removed, and 3) There’s virtually no used litter left behind after scooping.
Designed to help keep your house clean, this product has low-tracking and is 99% dust free.
So, the claim is that it has maximum clumpin’ ability, tracks less and contains special minerals that trap and eliminate odors on contact. It even guarantees 10 days of odor control. We’ll see. We’re purretty sure those minerals are the purretty purrple and green pieces ya’ see throughout. Ya’ll know how much we luv purrple, right? MOL
Yep Raena, we also saw ‘em on your bloomers. Girl, you gotta learn how to squat without your “wee” actually touchin’ the litter. Cuz me thought mommy was gonna break her neck tryin’ to get to you befur you started cleanin’ the purretty specks off your bloomers. Unlike the natural litter we normally use that breaks up when it gets rewetted, clay just clumps harder. It’s like all mommy could see was this huge clump o’ clay in your tummy.
Sissy, are you tryin’ to embarrass me? Least I’s use the pawtty box every time and make mommy happy. I’s not used to the litter stickin’ to mine’s furs. Ya’ know, that stuffs s’posed to stay in the box.
You’re right Raena, it is. Fankfully, the floral purrfume smell isn’t overwhelming. We still purrfur unscented, but this one won’t kill us. MOL In other words, the smell isn’t so overpowerin’ that the whole bathroom smells like it. Since mommy can’t actually lift the bag to pour it, we can’t really meow whether it’s dusty or not. The openin’ in the top of the bag comes with a zipper seal to keep any unused litter fresh. The openin’ is really small, so it made it hard on mommy to ‘dip’ out litter to put in our boxes. As fur trackin’, we find it tracks ‘bout as much as most other litters and it also gets stuck to the furs. Ifin you’re a short haired kitty this won’t be as big of a purroblem as it is fur us longer haired kitties. That stuff’ll stick to anythin’ that’s wet. This of course is very disturbin’ to mommy who doesn’t want our tummies full of clay.
Yep sissy, it is sticky. I’s tried to spit that piece I’s cleaned off mine’s bloomers out over and over again, but it just wouldn’t leave mine’s tongue. That meant I’s had to get an extra dose of malty (hairball paste). Cuz we mixed the Scoop Away with our normal litter, mommy put some in a bowl to test out the clumpin’ factor. Mommy says it clumps purretty well. She also says she ‘members now just what that house I’s came from smelled like. The amonia smell eminatin’ from the Litter Robot waste drawer is pawfully overpowerin’. So, we don’t think the Scoop Away Complete does much fur long term odor control. 10 days? No Way, we say.
The waste drawer generally gets full and changed after ‘bout 5 to 7 days, dependin’ on how many times it’s used. We still have a second pawtty box that gets used and mommy has to scoop into our Litter Genie. Normally we don’t smell anythin’ comin’ from the waste drawer or the Litter Genie till mommy actually opens them to empty and clean. But, since we added the Scoop Away Complete clay to the pawtty boxes, the amonia smell takes hold after ‘bout 2 hours in the drawer. The Litter Genie tends to hold the smell till you open the lid to dispose of another clump. In the pawtty box itself, it will be overpowerin’ immediately ifin the clump gets broken. As fur whether or not it helped our stickage purroblem in the Litter Robot, the answer is sort of. There is far less stickage with the addition of the clay litter. However, the smell is somethin’ we can’t abide. Mommy would rather come behind me and recycle and dump the rest of the clump than put up with the amonia smell. I’s meow fanky fank ya’ mommy, cuz ifin you think it’s strong in the rest of the room, ya’ oughtta smell it inside the Litter Robot itself. Hmmmpht
There’s a very small opening for pouring or scooping
out of bag to add to litter box. Has a resealable zipper.
Yeah Raena, we really have been spoiled when it comes to the cleanliness and smell of our pawtty boxes. All in all, ifin ya’ like clay litters, this is one to try. You’ll need to have someone on hand who can lift 42 pounds, but we think it’s a good value fur the purrice. So long as you scoop regularly into a covered trash can, their shouldn’t be too much purroblem with stink, but hold your breath/nose befur ya’ lift the lid to depawsit new clumps. MOL Watch doggies and children and long furred kitties and clean any stray litter off of them immediately. We’re still advocates fur unscented litter, but ifin ya’ just think you need a scent, this one isn’t overpowerin’ and shouldn’t be too much fur kitty.
Great tips sissy. As always, you can find just ‘bout everythin’ ya’ need fur the furry, finned, scaled and unfurred family members in your house at Chewy.com. And there’s a gift of every box. They always offur speedy furee shippin’ on all orders over $49.00 and flat rate speedy shippin’ on all others. You can save an extra 5% by settin’ up an auto delivery so you never run out of food, litter, treats or anythin’ else ya’ might need. But don’t worry, cuz you can skip, cancel or delay any time. You can also add to any auto delivery up to 24 hours prior to shipment. And you can shop with confidence. Even ifin you order the wrong thing or kitty suddenly decides they don’t like the food they’ve eaten furever, Chewy customer service will make it right. Check out other product reviews this month here. Guess we better go now. I’s think that Chewy box is callin’ mine’s name.
MeOW Welcome to a brand new Service Cat Monday. We’re really behind today, but we think when ya’ get to the end, you’ll furgive us. We have quite a few questions regarding the wheelchair that we’re holding until the new chair gets here. In the meantime, we’re runnin’ low on your other questions. ‘Member, the only dumb question, is the one that’s not asked. Everypawdy can’t be a seasoned pet pawrent; ya’ have to start somewhere. So ask us anythin’ and we’ll do our bestest to help out. We’re tacklin’ a good one today. Let’s get the business outta the way and get to it. The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat Monday posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Feline Behavior. Ifin you have any questions or topics you would like us to cover, purrlease let us know in the comments section or send us an email. When asking behavioral questions, purrlease be as specific as pawssible. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up by clickin’ the links at the end of this post. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.
So, what’s the hot topic today that every kitty pawrent wouldn’t want to miss? Well, every living being on the planet has 4 basic functions they must do in order to survive: Eat, Drink, Sleep and Eliminate (urinate and defecate). Today, we’re going to focus on kitty’s need to Eliminate. We call this a hot topic because inappropriate Elimination has been the cause of so many kitties losing their furever homes. Problems arising from kitty’s inability to Eliminate can lead to illness and even death. And as every inside only kitty parent would probably say, the litter box is the least favorite part of being owned by a cat. But, it’s necessary. The litterbox isn’t something you or your kitty can live without. Now we know that some have trained kitty to use the human toilet, and some have kitties that go outdoors, but, ideally kitty should have access to a clean litterbox to use for their Elimination needs.
Me’s not usin’ this thing. Me wants a real box.
We’re not going to spend much time on the alternatives, but we would like to quickly address kitties using the human toilet. As we prove each week with our Service Cat Monday posts, cats are extremely intelligent, but even cats have limitations. Mommy had once thought teaching kitty to use the toilet would be wonderful. However, watching sis Lexi’s mobility and balance decline over the last year of her life has totally changed her mind. We Do Not recommend toilet training any cat.
So, whether you have a new kitty, one kitty or ten (or more), you’re going to need a litterbox. The rule of thumb is 1 box and a spare for each cat in your home. As most people with one or two cats will likely tell you, they’re getting by with just 1 box. But, be aware, the fewer boxes you have the greater chance you have of inappropriate Eliminating. Now, we’ll get back to choosing the right box in a minute. We’d like to talk Litter for a minute.
With all the different types of litter on the market, it can be confusing. Especially to the novice cat owner. But, even long time cat owners can get overwhelmed at times. To Clump or not to clump, that is the question. If only it were that simple. But, that is the first question you need to ask yourself. We prefer Clumping. Mommy says she can’t even remember the day of non clumping litters and is thankful for that memory loss. MOL The next question you might ask is, natural or not? The truth is, clay is just as natural as corn, wheat or grass. The difference is how it reacts in the litterbox and inside kitty’s tummy. Make no mistake, kitty is getting some litter in their mouths. And just about anything that goes into kitty’s mouth is going down their throats, due to the nature of their tongue barbs. (we’ll cover that in another post if you’d like). Cats are such fastidious groomers, that anything left on our furs or between our paw pads is going to get licked and may be ingested. Here is where the natural difference comes in. Clay and it’s clumping additives are not naturally edible and don’t easily pass thru kitty’s intestines. Instead they do inside kitty the same as they do in the litterbox…form clumps and cause blockages. While there may be little nutritional value to corn or wheat in a cat food, it can certainly pass thru the intestines with ease.
The next question to ask is, Scented or Unscented?. The smell of cat urine is like pouring a bottle of amonia in a bowl. It can quickly cause burning eyes, burning and/or itching in the nose and throat and just plain be unpleasant. Many litters on the market add things like perfumes, baking soda and other scented additives to make the litter smell more pleasing to the human nose. Notice me said human nose. When was the last time you saw a kitty of any size looking for the closest lavender field to urinate in? Kitties have very sensitive olfactory senses (noses). We kitties prefer a totally Unscented place to Eliminate. Remember, cats are both Predators and Prey; and anything that draws attention to us could in our minds put us at risk of becoming something bigger’s meal. And hey, if you’re scooping like you should be, there shouldn’t be any lasting smells. (we’ve only posted a few different types of litter. there are many many more to choose from)
Another thing we’d like to bring your awareness too is Litters/Additives that can help one keep an eye on kitty’s urinary health. In recent years crystal type litters have gained popularity due to their lack of color or color changing crystal additives. These help humans identify Urine pH levels or blood in the urine easier. We’ll tell you that for this reason, we really like the Garfield Cat Litter. It’s completely clear, clumps well and keeps down odors naturally. It has minimal dust and a texture most cats like. It comes in two formulas, small grain and large grain. We prefer the small grain, as it’s very soft and easy on the paws. It feels a lot like sand. We think it would work great for older, paw sensitive and declawed cats. (PLEASE Do Not Declaw your cats!!!). Stay tuned at the end of this post, we’re giving away a couple of 10 pound bags.
Let’s talk about scooping for a minute. No matter how many cats and/or litterboxes you have, you should scoop the litterbox at least once a day. Me personally, thinks it should be scooped every time a deposit is made. Yes, mommy spoiled me and me never grew out of it. But, one day when she was mumbling about scooping so me could go poop, me had just peed and so the box must be cleaned ASAP; she thought to herself, “I wouldn’t want to use a potty that hadn’t been flushed after the last use so really…why would I expect my girls to use a dirty potty?.” When ya’ put it that way, it makes total sense. She doesn’t mumble as much anymore. MOL Anyways, for the rest of the world, we say at the very least, once a day. The cleaner the box, the less chance you’ll have of Inappropriate Elimination. Remember, us cats really like clean.
So, you’ve chosen a litter and are ready to go. How do you pick a litterbox? The box you choose must be large enough to accommodate kitty. Most kitties are going to want to turn around a time or two, dig a little and then pick a spot and squat. Of course there are the kitties who forget to squat. If you have one of those, be sure to look for a box with high sides or maybe a lid. Just be sure the lid is large enough for kitty to be able to stand up straight in. If you’re using an enclosed litterbox, regular scooping becomes even more important. Most of the smell is trapped under the lid. We shouldn’t have to explain walking into a stinky bathroom, we think most everybody already knows about that one. You may also want to look into an automatic litterbox. They’ve come a long way in the last few years. Stay tuned, we’ll be giving you the scoop on our pick next week. The last step is to place kitty’s litterbox in a quiet place with easy access in and out. You don’t want kitty to feel trapped or cornered.
Hmmmmm I’s don’t know sissy, what do you think?
So, you’ve done everything right. The box is the perfect size, you chose the best unscented litter with a texture kitty loves and placed it in a quiet location, but kitty’s still Inappropriately Eliminating. Here are a few tips to get kitty and their pee and poop back in the box where it belongs. Do Not Punish kitty!!! Remember, all successful Training is about Positive Reinforcement, Repetition and Rewards. First things first. Clean the area well with an odor neutralizing cleaner. You don’t want to mask the odor, but eliminate it altogether. Take kitty to the VET to rule out any medical reasons such as Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney or Bladder Stones, etc. If kitty gets an all clear, try placing a litterbox over the area kitty is using temporarily to entice kitty to use it. Sprinkle a litter attractant, catnip, silvervine or valerian on the litter and the lip of the litterbox. If you see kitty start to use the floor, say in a firm voice, “NO” and move kitty to the litterbox. Each time you see kitty use the box, praise them and reward them with hugs or treats. Always set kitty up for success and you’ll have a much happier home. Remember, you might like the scent of all those scented litters, but you’re not the one trapped inside a small enclosure with them. The litterbox should be attractive to kitty, not necessarily you.
Litter Robot Open Air III with Garfield Cat Litter.
Whew, That’s a lot of infurmation and we just barely scratched the surface. MOL But, we’ve got a give away to get too. So, tell us ‘bout your litterbox or favorite litter in the comments and then paw the Enter Here graphic fur your chance to win a bag of Garfield Cat Litter fur yourself. And don’t furget, you can ketch up on any post you may have missed by clicking the links below. Send your questions to us by commenting below or sending us an email.
Don’t furget the Blessing Train sissy. Our blessing today is the wonderful companies that allow us to pass a blessing along thru give aways. And, a pawsum mommy who cares more ‘bout us likin’ our litterbox than her.