The Litter Battle!

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Come on Mom…find me the right litter!
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I decided to switch to clumping litter about six months ago. I am getting too tired to be dragging the boxes out every day to clean them (I have six of them)  and finally gave in, even though I prefer regular clay litter. It’s been quite an adventure!

I wrote an earlier post that The Worlds Best Cat Litter was indeed the best and I still feel it is, but it’s too expensive for me. I have tried Precious Cat and it was very good, but again, pricey.

I then moved on to Arm & Hammers brand and I liked the fact that I could get unscented, but it didn’t clump well at all. I was very disappointed because the price is good.

Walmart has Special Kitty. It is a great price, but again, I found it didn’t clump all that well and I didn’t like the scent.

Next I went to Tidy Cats. Fair price, pretty good at clumping, but too strong a scent. Why can’t they make more unscented varieties?

Also tried the new lightweight Tidy Cats. It is fabulous as far as the lack of weight…such a relief, but it is extremely dusty and, once again, too strong a scent. I’m hoping other companies will come out with their versions of lightweight and one of them will be unscented. Also, cheaper.

At this point I’m definitely going to go for an unscented litter. I don’t like breathing in that scent and can’t believe it’s good for my babies to breathe either. I obviously want something that clumps well and is a good price. I’m not sure that getting this is possible!

My next try is Boxiecat. It is a little pricey, but is unscented and suppose to clump very well.  I’m hoping if it works as well as they say it does, it will be worth the price because it will last longer.  I can also order it to be delivered to my home and the more I order the more I save per bag. So with all those boxes I can get the maximum savings. I will let you know how this one worked out!

I have had all of these delivered to me as I just can’t lift 40 pound bags of litter and I have to get the larger sizes to save. Unfortunately litter is something that you just can’t do without and it can’t be replaced with anything else! I wish all my babies were toilet trained, but I never tried that system and it’s too late now.

Does anyone have another suggestion for me? Something you use that I haven’t discovered yet? Please let me know in the comment section if you do…I’m desperate to find a good litter!

UPDATE: I have tried the Boxiecat litter and wanted to give an update on that brand. It clumps very well, has no scent, and I generally love it…although it tracks badly, but then they all seem to! The only problem I have with it is the cost. If you have  one or two cats, it would be worth it, but having as many as I do, it just won’t last long enough to justify the cost. Otherwise it would be on the top of my list.

 

Hmmm…That Works Pretty Well!

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Pay attention to me!
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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I think with my cats it’s the sincerest form of getting attention.

My Chloe, who is 16,  has always been a quiet cat. It was very rare for her to ever cry or meow. Recently, however, she has noticed Honey screaming to get my attention when it’s time to eat.  Honey never did this until about a year ago, and why she started I don’t know, but that’s the way it is with cats. They have their own mysterious ways.

About six months ago, I heard crying (the whining “I want something” kind) coming from the kitchen. I went out to find Honey and reassure her I was going to feed her soon. To my surprise, she wasn’t there. But sitting on the counter, with a happy smile on her face, was Chloe. She decided Honey had a pretty good gimmick going on. She now talks to me quite often!

I’m sure you’ve noticed this in your cats too. They are very patient and will watch one of the others for a long time before deciding that’s something they need to be doing too. And it’s almost always related to a way of getting attention or something else they want. I find it so cute and amusing.

I have had one problem with this. Ling Ling likes to bite my leg to get my attention and I have been scolding her for this forever, without much luck. Gebel, who is the sweetest cat on earth, decided it was time to start copying Ling Ling and that surprised me. The only difference is that  after a few “no, no…no biting!” scoldings, he quit. I’m not sure Ling Ling ever will. But they have totally different personalities…he’s a lover, she’s hell on wheels…haha.

What habits have your cats picked up from each other?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adorable Video!

This is so cute I wanted to share it with everyone. Thanks to my cousin Jeanne for sending it my way. It has never ceased to amaze me how cats can squeeze into the tiniest spots!

Purring: the Eternal Mystery!

To me there is no better sound in the world than a cat’s purr. When I am stressed out and lay my head on that soft little body and just listen to them purring, it is pure bliss.

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I’ll bet this cat is purring!
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There have been many theories as to what causes a cat to purr, how they do it, where it comes from…they still don’t know. The one that is most popular is, to put it simply, the vocal chords relax and air is pushed through, which causes the sound. I’m not very scientific, but it would seem to me that if this were the case, they would purr a lot more than they do. Whatever, it doesn’t make much sense to me!

I like to think it is some magical thing they do, because it sounds like magic. For all of us who love cats, we know they are very unique and sometime do things that are beyond reason.  So, it doesn’t surprise me at all that they can perform this mystical thing called purring.

 

 

Here’s a great video to help you relax!

 

My Purrfect Moments With Honey

I have gotten to that age that when I lay down after dinner to watch TV, I usually end up falling asleep for awhile. Embarrassing to admit, but true! It is such a wonderful nap though and is so much better because of my baby Honey.

This is her quality time with me. She props herself on my shoulder and lays her head against mine. There is nothing

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My Honey, my little bed buddy!

sweeter than feeling that soft fur against my face and knowing how happy and content she is.

She also uses her paws like hands and will stretch her arm out and put her little hand (ok, paw, if you want to be technical) on my face. She never uses her claws and is very gentle. She holds my face for a short time and then retracts her arm and snuggles back down.

This is one of those purrfect moments that we have with out cats. Each one has their own habit that is so endearing and brings you so much closer to them.  I would love to have a picture of this, but have no one around to take it and know she would run if a camera appeared.

My nightly nap is so much cozier and special thanks to my Honey. I would love to hear about your purrfect moments…please leave a comment!

How My Cats Have Helped My Grief

In 2005 I lost my dad to cancer. In 2007, my  mom, who had developed dementia, crossed over too. I use the expression crossed over because I just like the sound of it. A week and a half ago, my brother (the only family I had left) had a fatal heart attack…totally unexpected. To say that I’m in shock and devastated is understating it.

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Such comfort!
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In each case, my cats have been a huge factor in my recovery from these horrible events that we all have to face and deal with.  They have been my angels, my saviors.

Animals are so in tune with our emotions, much more than humans I feel. They know when we are upset and are right there to comfort us. They stay closer to us, give us their wonderful unconditional love and let us cry without making us feel bad about it.

They keep me going. I have to make sure they are fed and their litter boxes cleaned, because, despite my despair, they come first.  I also have to step outside of myself and give them attention and love. I have to think of someone else besides me. They make me get up each day, when all I want to do is hide under the covers.

I have taken in my brother’s two cats and I have to help them cope. Their whole world has changed too and they need extra TLC. They miss my brother, they have to adjust to new surroundings, share with other cats…it’s so hard for them too. But having to help them helps me.

All of you cat lovers (or any animal lover) know what I mean. Our animals are such a comfort and I’d be lost without them. They can truly help you when you are drowning in grief and sadness. I am alone now as far as humans go (except for a few friends) but not truly alone because of all my babies. Frankly, they are better company than most people. For one thing, I can just be myself. They don’t judge me or make me feel like I have to put up a front.

If you’re reading this, thank you.  If you are going through a rough period, your cats will help you through it.

 

 

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