3 Genius Products Your Cats Should Have
Guest Blogger : Adrian
I LOVE my kitties and I’ve had many of them over the years – each with their own unique bundle of quirks. The thing is, having cats living in your home 24 X 7 isn’t always easy, so I thought I would share a few genius products I’ve discovered over the years that make my life with kitties ever so much easier!
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First, I give you the FATTY CATTY FEEDER:
OK, it’s not really called the “Fatty Catty feeder”, but that’s what WE call it. It’s really called the “SmartCat Tiger Diner Portion Control Feeder” by Pioneer, but that’s a mouthful and I think the Fatty Catty Feeder is so much more poetic!
And if you have an overweight cat who loves to eat, this is a great solution. I wish they made it color so you could see it better. But all you have to do is pour the dry food (any kind) in the center compartment and put the lid on firmly. Then, when they want to eat, they have to scoop the kibbles out a few at a time through the bottom holes with their paw. It stops them from gobbling up their food so quickly (and barfing it up again – ew! – we’ve had that happen too many times) and after a while, they get full or get bored and wander away from the buffet line.
I will warn you that this is not for cats who are too smart, or too dumb. Our Russian Blue – Shamus O’Sullivan – too dang smart! Even if it took him an hour, he would keep at it until he knocked the lid off it, which is pretty firmly seated. Then he would thoroughly enjoy his victory dinner – the little stinker!
Shamus would also get up on the kitchen counter, nudge open the door with a sneaky paw, grab the foil packet of cat treats out of the cupboard and then carry them off to enjoy at his leisure under the couch! I finally had to resort to putting them in Tupperware! Like I said – sneaky… But he was also a skinny guy, so we let him get away with it. If he had been one of our fatty cattys, I would have brought out the duct tape. Take THAT, smarty cat!
On the other hand, you have the too-dumb ones, like our little cow-colored Moo Moo (pictured above). She is definitely a chunky monkey, but she’s not the brightest bulb in the box and she could not get the hang of eating out of this feeder. She didn’t seem to understand how to fish out the food with her paw and would just look at it and cry piteously. I think she thought we were just mean people who were starving her on purpose. She finally figured it out, but you can tell she just HATES it, so once in a while I take pity on her and give her a little handful in a regular bowl. She is so grateful! But for our not-too-smart and not-too-dumb cats, it works brilliantly and Moo did lose weight from it.
Second, I give you the ROLLING CAT BOX
Over the years, I have “scooped the poop” probably thousands of times, but now I literally don’t have to any more. This thing is brilliant! All you do is fill it with litter and let nature take its course. Then you take and roll it all the way over on its top and tap on the bottom. Then you roll it back and voila! All the nastiness is in that nice, neat little drawer on the side. You just dump it in a little bag and DONE!
SO much easier and nicer to clean. The only downside is that I did see a lot of reviews about the clips that hold the two parts together, so I am very gentle with it. About every month or two, we carefully disassemble it and give it a good rinse out with the hose because sometimes the little screen in it gets clogged. But I highly recommend it.
My second favorite litter box – a plain old Rubbermaid storage bin. It has nice tall sides, so they don’t fling the stuff all over the place. And if you’re squeamish, you can just cut a cat-sized hole in the top and it hides away the yucky stuff, but my kitties were a bit too tall for a lid idea.
Third, is DOCTOR ELSEY”S CAT ATTRACT LITTER
If there’s one thing that I really struggle with, it is a cat that does not use the litterbox. We recently had to remove every scrap of carpet from our basement, and then they started peeing on the brand new tile. I wish I could say that this was a miracle product that saved the day and brought them back on the path of righteousness, but I think it did help quite a bit to reduce the frequency of unpleasant incidents. If anyone does have a sure-fire way to solve the litterbox issue, please SHARE in the comments.
I do recommend this so much more highly than the store brands and especially the kitten version. I plan to start using it as a starter litter for each new cat we get, just to cement their litter box training from the start. The kitten version has a very soft feel so they like the feel of it on their paws. It doesn’t have offensive smells, and in fact, has some herb or chemical that does seem to encourage their use. It is a bit expensive, so I would probably only use the kitten litter for those critical first months. After that, they have an herbal powder you add to regular litter and that seems to help also.
I hope these little tips will help you and the kitties that live in your house to live longer, happier and more harmonious lives. Cats can be such wonderful pets – we need to do what we can to keep the little buggers happy!
Adrian is our guest blogger today from Adrian’s Crazy Life. She’s been blogging for 7 years and her tagline is: “I am passionate about helping women become better Moms, manage their finances, & organize their clutter. Stop by AdriansCrazyLife.com to pick up some new ideas”
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