Archive for April, 2011

Cats, by nature, are very clean animals, they wash constantly and expect their living environment to also be clean.  If you are noticing that your cat is peeing elsewhere, chances are his or her litter box is a mess.  If you put off this simple chore of cleaning the litter box, chances are kitty will look elsewhere to urinate! Alternatives to Litter Box Cleaning are probably in order!

Litter boxes should be scooped out daily and needs to be changed at least weekly, depending on the number of cats you have.  It only takes a few minutes but it is a necessary task for a number of reasons.

A dirty litter box can also be unhealthy for your cat – afterall this is fecal.  A dirty litter box can draw fleas, ticks and other pests that can harm your cat as well as you!

There many great alternatives to litter box cleaning that none of us enjoy doing. Investing in a self-cleaning system could be the answer for you.  Although the initial investment can range from moderate to expensive, in the long run it truly is the best way to go.  Not only is it cleaner, safer for kitty but also removes the chore of cleaning a litter box every day.

Although this will make for a slightly longer posting, I thought I should give you some ideas for alternatives to litter box cleaning. Here are a few devices that I have looked into that have received good reviews and truly do work:

CatGenie 120 Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box
Available at Amazon: $279 & eligible for FREE Shipping

Review:

An outstanding concept, which delivers far more than the 1st generation
First, I must admit I am hooked on this product, despite all of the many problems I USED to have with the 1st generation (see my 3 star review for the 1st generation, Cat Genie [60]) – try it, being forewarned that it might require a bit of effort up front, depending on your hook up connection, and the cats’ affinity for using the unit.

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PetSafe Simply Clean Continuous Clean Litter Box
Available at Amazon: $82.13 eligible for FREE Shipping

This Scoop Free Automatic Litter Box is a completely touch-free system that offers unbeatable odor control and can be left alone for up to 30 days without scooping, cleaning or refilling. The included litter cartridge absorbs odor and moisture on contact, and after your cat leaves the litter box, the ultra-quiet Scoop Free automatically rakes the waste into a covered trap, leaving the litter bed smelling clean and fresh.

Review:

We have had this box for a week now and even though I normally have 5 cat boxes for our 4 indoor cats I decided to just use this one to see how it would hold up with 4 cats using it. It is pretty darn good! Our cats range in weight from 22lbs down to 12 lbs and though it says for cats to 12lbs our 22 lb cat has had no problem using it at all! ..

Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Available on Amazon: 26.99 – 34.99

You will use less litter with this box and there is less odor. It is a very economical litter box and never dread cleaning this litter box. You have to use the clumping litter. I would recommend getting the large box as the regular size is very small and would only accommodate a kitten or very small cat.

Review:

This cat box would be worth $100 in my opinion. I cant believe how easy it is to use, less then 10 seconds to cleans the litter box, no removing the lid. Throw away the scoops as you will never need it once you own this cat box. No smell, no bags, no mess. Even for someone with a bad back it would only require bending over. You roll it upside down, and the cleaning is done….

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Little Robot
Available on Amazon: 339.00

The Litter Robot is the automatic, self cleaning litter box for cats ‘that really works’. When your cat enters the litter chamber (globe) a weight activated sensor detects the presence of your cat. After 7 minutes a clean cycle starts with the slow rotation of the globe in a counter-clockwise direction. The rotation of the globe sifts and separates clumps from the clean litter (clumping litter) and deposits all waste in the large capacity drawer lined with a standard kitchen garbage bag. The globe then returns to its home position with a clean, level bed of litter ready for the next use. The Litter Robot has no rakes or wires to jam, clog, or break. Its simplicity and durable construction ensure a long life of service. The Litter Robot operates on 12VDC and is easy to set up – just add litter to the globe and plug it in

Review

NO REGRETS!!
After going through 4 of the rake-type automatic litter boxes (DON’T EVER BUY ONE) in less than two years, I decided to try the Litter Robot. I should have done it two years ago and saved myself a lot of money and frustration!

To give you some specifics, we are a 5 cat (adults) household, males & females (all neutered), ranging from 6 to 15 pounds. They all took to it with very little or no trouble at all.

Although I have covered these products on Amazon, I have also included links below for Petco and Petsmart. I support both of these fine stores whole-heartedly!

Petco Litter Boxes

Petsmart Litter Boxes and Accessories

 

Here’s to Happy You – Here’s to Happy Kitty!

Spiders are probably one of the most misunderstood insects on this planet.  I have heard so many say – spiders do nothing, just get in your way, build cobwebs that get in your face and are just a nuisance.

This could not be farther from the truth.

Another myth is that Tarantulas are poisonous! Nope – they are not!  They can leave a nasty sting if you are bitten, but they are no more poisonous than a bee sting – unless you have an allergy to bee stings!

Spiders kill other insects, they are big on eating various insects like aphids that want to destroy those plants that you have worked so hard to grow!  Having spiders in your garden is a great sign that your plants are doing well and you do not have to use harmful pesticides to get rid of those destructive creatures.

When I was a child, spiders scared the living life out of me.  If I saw a spider, I’d screaming off to Mom or Dad to kill it!

Between Hollywood and articles that concentrate only on poisonous spiders, it’s no wonder everyone has some form of phobia towards All spiders.

Arachnophobia:

The definition is “an abnormal fear of spiders.  from Greek arakhne – spider + -phobia.

There are people whose fear of spiders goes beyond what most of us experience when we see these little guys walking across our floors.  This is a very real condition and leaves arachnophobics breaking out in cold sweats, shaking and literally in a state of absolute terror!

What causes this fear is not an easy answer.  Fear is an emotion that is formed by not understanding, uncertainties or even superstitions. Some phobias can be formed from parent to child.  A child can learn to fear from observation of the parent.

Most people outgrow their childhood fears.  We learn that our fears are based on unfounded beliefs and therefore move on.

In my case, I discovered the advantages of spiders when I started growing tropical plants and ran the gauntlet on pesticides that nine times out of ten – ended out killing my plants!  Once I realized that spiders were actually saving my plants – I looked on these little guys in a whole new light.

Arachnophobics are on a completely different plane than just dislike.  This is a true, deeply embedded terror that these folks live with their entire lives.

This fear can dictate where someone vacations, works or even getting involved in sports.  It’s an extremely debilitating condition.

Overcoming Your Fears:

People with untreated anxiety disorders may be more susceptible to other psychological disorders such as depression, according to the American Psychological Association.

Embarrassment, not wanting to face up to fears or the feeling this is a sign of weakness are some of the major reasons people do not look for treatment.  In facing fears, there will be failure along the way, but failure is a step in the right direction to success!  Working around failure is a challenge but a far better direction than totally avoiding the issue.

Start with finding someone you fully trust to help you face your fears.  They can help you by sharing their own thoughts and possible fears that they have overcome and can assist you through your feelings.

When you are willing to admit that you have fears you can work through this and analyze them. Fears can be very deeply rooted and the sooner this is unearthed, the sooner you can find peace of mind.

Arm yourself with as much information as you can on what that fear is.  In this case, reading up on spiders, understanding their purposes as well as understanding that the majority of spiders are really quite harmless.

Understanding goes a long way to shedding off fears and seeing the situation in a different light.

Arachnology is the study of spiders.  If possible, find someone who is in this field.  Talk to them and when you are ready, allow them to show you various species of spiders.

There is no reason to spend your entire life in fear – life is to be enjoyed!  I wish all who suffer from Arachnophobia or other fears the very best success!  If you know someone who suffers from this and other fears, reach out to them and help them out.

Here are two sites that might be of interest:

Arachnology – Individual Scientists

International Society for Arachnology

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