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Yesterday’s project

It was a rainy day so I thought it was perfect for a new project.  Our home is two stories and until recently, the only litter box in it’s ‘litter box hider’ has been upstairs.  We decided that sometimes the girls are playing hard and have a bit of a problem getting to the litter box upstairs in time when they’ve been distracted, so we bought another piece of furniture for the downstairs.  We’d tried putting a box in the half-bath downstairs but it was way too messy – and it really upset Sophie, the bird, to have the bathroom door open by her cage. So we decided we needed the additional hider.  Oh, my, what a project!

I’ve put together a lot of this type of furniture in the past.  It’s fiberboard underneath it all so it weighs a ton.  NewLitterHiderWe just have to hope there are no Wilma-style floods in our future.  I bought this on Amazon for under $200 and it actually looks quite nice.  It did, however, take a sweaty hour and a half to put it together by myself.  The photo to the left is from the listing.    It came in a big, flat, rectangular box.  The UPS guy kindly brought it in the door for me.  That’s when the fun started!

Of course, no project in our home happens without a LOT Of help, as you can see in the photo to the right.  Inspection  They had to inspect the packaging, inspect the pieces and every screw and hardware item.   While it is heavy and bulky, the parts did eventually go together – but not without wrenching my already – mangled back.  A few things didn’t work such as the plastic ‘caps’ to go over the holes where the screws are on the inside.  They just fell off.  Still and yet, it wasn’t that big a deal until I got to the seemingly simple job of attaching the doors.

The instructions stated that there were pre-drilled holes for the screws.  There were actually little dents.  It was difficult to screw the screws into the uber-hard particleboard furniture base, and the first one, predictably, ended up stripped.  :::sigh::: It took as long to do those four hinges as it did to put the rest of it together.

Anyway, the finished product looks great!  The girls have inspected and seem to like it. InteriorInspection It actually looks far nicer that it did in the photo in the listing.

I had purchased a new high-side litter box for this as well and also am using the the new “blue-sand litter”  (See previous post here: http://www.sukismiller.com/cats/danger-to-your-cat-corn-again/ ) Yes, it’s a lot for our girls to take in.  Too many new things at once especially when you consider that their world is very small and very controlled and of course, limited to our home.

You never can tell.  We could end up having a chat with the ‘cat whisperer’ if the girls are not comfortable with it all in a few days.

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Danger to your cat – CORN AGAIN!

We had DRAMA today at our house!   I have decided to test a new litter.  The girls don’t care for change of any sort, thus changing to a different litter has been rather interesting.

A little background:  We’ve used a product called Nature’s Miracle “Just for Cats” corn cob litter.  Recently, I had read a number of articles about aflatoxin contamination with this and other corn-based litters.  In an article here, it appears the company really never would take responsibility, declaring the litter to be fine as long as it doesn’t come in contact with moisture.  Seriously?  What do these people think happens in a litter box?   So it was time to do some research.

We’re trying something called UltraPet Litter Pearls Micro Crystals. Litter It looks like blue sand thus with our girls blue eyes, they look GOOD in it!  🙂  It is promoted as “low tracking, fragrance free, superior odor control, cat safe & cat preferred, inhibits bacterial growth, non-allergenic and low dust*, less to dispose. Change monthly, and 70% less landfill contribution”.  It is made with ‘all natural materials: sand, oxygen and water. No minerals, no chemicals and no crystalline silicate’. SO, we’ll see how it goes.

We use a piece of furniture that was made for the actual litter box – a litter box hider. It looks like an old-fashioned cedar chest but not cedar.  I vacuumed it well, got rid of all of the corn dust, sprayed with vinegar and water, wiped it down and air dried.   Then I took the litter box to the shower and totally disinfected, dried, then put in the new litter.  I have to say, it was dusty!!! But the girls seem to love it.  Well, I should clarify:  They seem to think it’s a new place to hang out. They’ve been lounging in the ‘foyer’ of the hider.  There has been some usage though. In the box

The way this works:  the sand totally absorbs the urine thus there’s nothing to scoop. I swear, it just disappears!  The poop is all you scoop. You need to gradually add more periodically to refresh, then eventually you need to do a total litter change.  Demonstration Video

I’d like to hear about everyone’s experiences with various litters.  Please feel free to post below.