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Critter Photo #38

Posted on: August 14, 2017

With our household of critters having expanded to include three cats and a dog, I thought it fitting to join a meme related to pets. After searching around, I came across Awww….. Mondays. The one rule is: “Post a picture that makes you say Awww…. and that’s it.” Every photo seemed to feature a pet and so the meme is a perfect fit!

Back in the days of being a one-cat household, my husband and I used Yesterday’s News by Purina. I don’t remember why we picked it. Maybe the brand name? Maybe because it’s eco-friendly? Whatever the reason, the texture is that of paper pellets, and it suited our first cat just fine. The cost was right too until the number of cats began to increase.

When we adopted our third cat, we began to look for a cat litter particularly designed for multiple-cat households. The first kind, Feline Pine, didn’t work out. This brand’s pellets are made of 100% yellow pine. Supposedly, pine neutralizes ammonia, and thus leave the litter box with a clean fresh scent. Not true. The advertising also says there’s no dust or tracking, but that wasn’t my experience either. I even have (of all things) a journal entry where I recorded that Cinder had left half the litter on the floor. Just as bad is the fact our cats would scatter yellow dust throughout every room of our house.

The next kind of litter we tried, Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal has worked out better. Made with microparticles, this litter is described as having a soft feel and being easy to clean. Our cats do like it! And I have no complaints with my ability to clean the box. The litter forms solid clumps that I can quickly scoop and toss into the garbage. The advertising says that the microparticles form a tight seal around odors, guaranteeing a 7-day odor-free home. Perhaps our family just have sensitive noises, but we can always tell when a cat has recently used the litter box. However, it doesn’t take long for the odor to disappear, and so we’re happy enough. Just as importantly, the reside is minimal. I still do find litter in the area immediately surrounding the litter box, but no longer throughout every room in the house, and that’s a huge plus.

As the number of cats that we owned multiplied, so did the litter boxes. We have one in each bedroom and one in the utility room. The photos are of her looking cute in these three areas, not all bothered by the presence of a litter box. The fourth is downstairs, mostly to accommodate Cinder, who seems to view the basement as a resort.

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2 Responses to "Critter Photo #38"

Awww, what a pretty cat.

I so remember the kitty litter. I’m like you with the sensitive nose. I wanted the best order protection available in a cat litter.

Have a purrfect Awww Monday. ☺

When we move, we’re going to buy litter mats to give us added protection against mess. Have a purrfect week!

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