We all love our cats, but their litter box is another story. We put up with the tracked cat litter, smell and eyesore because the cat box is one of the few downsides to owning a cat. (And I think it’s much better than picking up a dog’s warm droppings in the rain.)
I’ve tried many things to make my cats’ litter box less annoying – including trying to toilet train my kitties – but it’s not easy in a small one-bedroom apartment.
I was so impressed and inspired when I saw the handy work of one of my cat sitting clients. Their solution made the litter box as subtle and out of the way as possible.
Their cats enter through a cat door in the stairwell to their garage, which put them in a wooden box containing their litter box.
Inside that wood box is a space for the trash can to make scooping easy. There’s even a compartment for storing the scoop, and when it’s open it blocks the cat door entrance to the box.
The lid on the wood box means the cats stay in the litter box box and out of the garage, and then the lid can be opened by people.
Why do I think this is so great?
- The litter box itself wouldn’t ever be seen by guests, even if they went in the garage.
- The container looks nice and doesn’t take up much room at all.
- You can’t smell the litter box, even in the garage.
- Everything is all in one place for the person scooping.
- Less litter will be tracked throughout the house.
- It doesn’t compromise the safety of the cats. (No roaming around the garage, for example.)
What do you do with your litter box? Have you found a good solution? Share in the comments.
Because my cat Thumper is a bit overweight, a Maine Coon – a larger type of a cat – and 11 years old, our vet recommended I give her glucosamine treats to help her joints so she can be more active and comfortable. Obstacle #1 – It’s hard to find Glucosamine treats for cats in many pet stores. Obstacle #2 – It turns out Thumper is an even pickier eater than I ever realized.
Here are my – well, really Thumpers’ – reviews of the Glucosamine treats we’ve tried. I hope it helps some other “fluffy” kitties get what they need to feel better, and help you not waste money on ones your cat may not eat.
- First, we tried Zuke’s “Hip Action” treats for cats. They contain 50mg Glucosamine and 15mg Chondroitin Sulfate, and they are about the size of a big Tic Tac and very chewy.
- The verdict: Ultimately, Thumper usually didn’t like them, although my other cats (who didn’t need them) did. She would get them in her mouth and spit them out – either because she decided they didn’t taste good, or because they were too hard for her to chew. I could sometimes trick her into eating them if I hid one in wet food, but that’s entirely too much work.
- Next, we moved on to PetNaturals Hip + Joint treats for cats. Each treats contains 100mg of Glucosamine, 50mg of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and Chondroitin, and other ingredients like DHA, Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids. These treats are bigger – about the size of a very thick goldfish cracker – and very chewy.
- The verdict: Thumper was finicky about these treats, eating them sometimes (when she’s pretty hungry, I think) and turning up here nose sometimes. Because of their larger size it didn’t work to hide them in her wet food. My other less picky cats ate them just fine, though.
- Then I found Catswell Happy Hips treats, which looked promising because they weren’t shaped liked normal treats. They’re thin and stringy, and about 1-2 inches long. They contain Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Vitamin E, and Omega 3s (no MSM though).
- The verdict: Thumper likes these treats (look – she even poses with them!) and they’re easy for her to eat because they’re small. My other cats like them as well, but they’re not picky. I don’t even need to hide them in her food ;-)
If you’re in the market for Glucosamine treats for your cat, you will want to buy them online, or better yet, from your local, non-big box pet store. (You won’t find anything but dog Glucosamine treats at the national pet stores or most grocery stores.) In my area, I buy them at Bark Market or Holistic Pet.
Have you tried other kitty Glucosamine treats that you’d recommend? Share your review in a comment.
Shameless plug: I’m a cat sitter in Portland, in case you need someone to care for your kitties.
I won’t name any (domain) names, but I keep seeing websites with meaningless title tags that don’t help their SEO and are unlikely to be clicked on if people see them in search results or in social media posts.
For example, I keep seeing title tags that include or are simply:
- Home Page
- Welcome to [Name of Company/Website/Page]
It’s easy to set your title tag to something generic on day one and forget about it, but your title tags are ridiculously important so you should really take a few minutes to make sure they’re helping you and not just full of filler words.
For more missed opportunities I often see in title tags, and tips of how to make yours great, read my article 9 Common Title Tag Mistakes To Avoid. Have a question? Comment below.