Striped cat in front of the yellow and white litter box. How to eliminate litter box odor.

How To Eliminate Litter Box Odor

I really despise litter box odor. I’ve tried just about everything to nix them. We have three cats along with three litter boxes, so when it’s bad, it’s bad.  The different models of self-cleaning and sifting litter boxes all have the same flaw in that the nasty litter waste goo gets stuck in the cleaning apparatus and at the bottom of the litter box.  Frustrated with new ideas, we switched back to a standard high sided litter box and scoop.

The recommendations by veterinarians and pet care associations for reducing litter box odors are: 

1. Clean the litter box at least once daily

2. Don’t use plastic litter liners (this can cause more odor where urine pools and the plastic can also snag on your cat’s claws)

3. Place the litter box in a room with lots of open air space.

It seems easy, right? WRONG!  We were scooping our litter boxes twice daily and we could still smell them! We were spending more time than we wanted on the litter boxes, constantly changing out the litter to reduce odors, with no foreseeable difference.

This really bothered me. I’m a problem solver by nature and I couldn’t believe there wasn’t another solution.  So, I invented one.

 I needed a way to quickly clean the litter box without all that tedious scooping. I wanted a way to reduce odors and spend less time cleaning the litter box.

SiftEase is one of our inventions which makes cleaning the litter box easier, with no scooping. Also makes for no litter box odor because you separate the clean and dirty litter from each other!

After a few weeks of prototyping, my invention “SiftEase” was born.  SiftEase is a separate device from the litter box. You pour the dirty litter box contents into SiftEase, and it does all the cleaning for you.  Waste is quickly and easily separated from clean litter, no scooping or sifting necessary on the part of the user.

Even better, I discovered after using SiftEase for a few days that the litter box odors had disappeared! I no longer smelled the litter box, even if I was in the same room.

I realized I had discovered the secret to eliminating litter box odor!  Remember that litter waste goo I mentioned earlier? Turns out it is THE STINKIEST GOO IN EXISTENCE!  So when you “clean” your litter box by using self-cleaning apparatus or a scoop, you are breaking up this goo and stirring it in with clean litter instead of completely removing it. Meaning: even after cleaning, the litter box still stinks.

Litter boxes and litter box scoops often get clumps of litter that stink up your box. With SiftEase we remove these clumps allowing for your litter box to be clean.

The reason SiftEase eliminates the odor is because waste is separated from the clean litter outside of the litter box. Keeping the litter you put back in your litter box clean and odorless.

 The stinky waste clumps stay in the sifting basket as the clean litter passes through to the bottom bin.  If there’s any goo left stuck to the bottom of the litter box, you can remove and dispose of it without mixing it into the clean litter.  When I invented SiftEase I had no idea it would help you remove litter box odor too!  I’m just glad it worked out that way. Order your SiftEase today to get rid of that litter box odor and to make your life easier!

Cat is on top of a rubber mat which serves as a cat litter mat. 100% rubber

What to Look For in a Rubber Floor Mat

Looking to buy a rubber floor mat? Here are our best tips!

Fearless Grip

You step out of the shower, onto a rug, and feel it shift under your feet. Fear floods your system as you think, “I should have bought a no-slip mat!” Look for mats with 100% rubber bottoms, or mats that are 100% rubber like ours. This allows them to stick to the floor without leaving marks. Allowing you to shower, wash the floor, cook, or do cartwheels on your floor runner fearlessly.

A 3'x 6' 100% rubber floor mat runner in grey stays in place indoors and outdoors. With subtle decoration matching any decor.

Understated Character

Your mat will have high foot traffic; at the front door, under the kitchen sink, or under the cat litter box. Our Moroccan and Star-Cross designs give our grey and brown mats character to match any in home style colors. No longer do you need to worry if the cerulean will match the teal! Pick the pattern you love most. Your rubber floor mat will look unique and last for years to come.

A Good Clean Feeling

Mats can be easy or hard to clean. You don’t want to realize only after a spill that your mat is spot clean only. Our mats can be thrown in the washer and dryer just like your sheets. Your floor mat should make your life easier, not harder. Each time you wash your mat it gets a little softer! Cushioning your feet and your life.

Size Matters

Who knows what size you want or would be perfect? With our two sizing options, we make it simple for you and take out the guess work. At 2’x6’ our floor runner is perfect for the entry way as folks walk in. Use under the litter box area as well for great texture under your cat’s paws. Our floor mat is the width of your door frame and thin enough to fit under doors. No more doors getting stuck or moving the mat as the door opens! At just under 2’x3’ our mats are great for your kitchen sink area! If any water splashes over, you won’t be splashing down as well!

Mold Resistant

Your mat shouldn’t soak up water like a sponge. Our mat pattern not only looks nice, but allows for speedy evaporation in case of spills or rain. No more moldy mats or having to take a day to dry them out. Little spills can be sopped up with a rag. Big spills can be cleaned with a towel, and shaking your rubber floor mat outside!

Comment below if you have any other things you would add to our list! Place our mats in the kitchen, outside, under the litter box, or your bathroom! We made the mats we wanted that made life easier. We know you’ll agree, order one of our mats today here and see the difference!

How to Introduce a New Cat

How to introduce a new cat. A grey and tabby cat snuggle with their ears perked. Helping cats get along. Introducing cats. New cat family.

Are you thinking about ways to introduce a new cat to your home?  We found out the hard way you can’t just put the new cat in front of the others. Expecting them to sniff and hiss it out in order to become friends.  Doing this, both animals will likely have behavior problems ranging from marking territory throughout your house, fighting or increased aggression.  The worst part is, once a cat starts marking in an area, its difficult to get them to stop.  I share this from experience. I had to find separate homes for my two cats because I couldn’t get them to stop marking and fighting.

The good news is there is a much better solution! We now have three cats that love each other, and don’t have any behavioral issues. When bringing in each new cat, we followed tips on how to introduce a new cat from web articles by: Best Friends, Pet Finder, and The Humane Society. I’ve summarized the steps that worked best for us in this blog post.

Decide what kind of cat you want.

Spend time with the cat or kitten at the shelter to ensure they will fit in with your current family.  For example, our cats are all very social and love to be around us.  We looked for these same traits to ensure a good fit. You can’t guarantee traits seen at the shelter will be the same at home, but this is a good start. If you aren’t sure about a cat, this blog post is about finding an animal that is compatible with your life. Another aspect to think about is age. If you have an older cat who doesn’t like to be bothered; a kitten who just wants to play may not be the best choice for your family.

Give your cats their own spaces

Ensure you have a dedicated room in the house with a separate litter box, food bowls, and a closing door ready for the new cat BEFORE bringing them home.  As soon as you bring the new cat home bring it straight to that room. Don’t stop in front of other cats.  Ensure the door is closed and the other cats have no access to this room. This allows the new cat to get used to being in a new space on their own. Saving you from the stress of too-early introductions .

Integrate your new cat slowly

For the first few days keep the cats completely separated. Keep the new cat in a private room and have the others stay outside.  On the fourth and fifth day, start feeding the cats outside the door from each other. Place the food bowls for the new cat just inside the door of the private room. On the other side of the door, place the food bowls for the others. This will allow them to associate the good feelings of feeding with the scent of the new cat.

Allow your new cat to explore alone.

On days six thru eight, continue feeding outside the door and swap rooms for short 30 minute periods twice daily.  Allow the new cat to come out for into the house to explore and sniff. While this is happening, the other cat(s) are put in the private room to get further used to the smell of the new cat.

Encourage safe play for cat interaction

On days eight through ten add play times under the door. Use a string or feather under the door. This way the cats can play with each other without having to see each other.  We have an office with a glass door allowing them to see each other through the glass. There can be some hissing in the beginning. We find that they usually start playing under the door together after a few hours. Especially since they’re still being fed together and we’ve been encouraging this play.  

Supervise space integration

On days eleven through fourteen continue all of the above steps but add short periods where the door is open. This allows them into each other’s spaces. Supervise this time closely, where you introduce a new cat. Ensure to move back to play times under the door if you feel they aren’t ready for this step yet.  Especially if they’re being aggressive toward each other and biting or fighting. A little hissing is normal but anything like excessive hissing or growling means they aren’t ready for this step yet.

Have patience.

Continue the above steps, making the visits together longer over time.  We know they are ready to be joined together when we observe the resident cats initiating play. Seeing them laying together or grooming each other is also a good sign.  The longest its ever taken us to introduce a new cat has been three full weeks. It has been worth the wait every time.  There’s nothing sweeter than seeing them nap together or groom each other.

We hope these tips have been helpful for you!  We’d love to hear what has worked for you to introduce a new cat to your family. Let us know if you have any questions.

 

5 Tips to Understanding Cat Behavior

Are you having a hard time understanding your cat’s behavior? Did you know, cats speak their own language? Understand your cat and their behavior by paying attention to their sounds, movement, ears, and tail. Know what your cat is trying to tell you with these five tips to be paw-sitively fluent in cat!

Purr-haps we Can Cuddle?

Purring is your cats way of showing affection and that they want to be close to you. This is a great time to pet, cuddle, and take time to relax with your cat. A content cat is a happy cat, and purring is their way of letting you know!

A striped orange and black cat meows and purrs to speak. Understanding a cats body language helps you be a great pet owner.
Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash

Meow is the Time

Meowing is a cat’s way of saying ‘Hey’. A short meow is similar to a greeting. A deeper meow may indicate, ‘Hey, I’m hungry, ‘Pay attention, I need something!’. Listening to their meow tone can help make sure your cat’s needs are met quickly. Hissing and growling cat behavior often indicate anger and fear.

Tail Talk

Cat tails can tell us just as much, as a cat’s vocals. A slightly curved tail parallel to the ground means your cat is cool, calm and collected. If their tail is straight in the air they may be attentive or excited. A cat’s tail straight up with fur raised and bushy is a sign of anger and stress. A tucked tail under legs is a sign of anxiety, or fear. You should assess the situation, leave your cat alone, or change the scenery around your cat. If there is loud music, or a lot of people causing your cat to feel overwhelmed, you can put your cat in a separate room with a soft blanket and relaxing music to help drone out the noise.

Ear-ly Detection!

Think of a cat’s ears like a human’s eyebrows! They give context to what your cat is trying to convey! If your cat is laying down they may be relaxed. An angry cat is ready to attack with ears flat to their head. Twitching ears are a sign of agitation and frustration. Simply rotated, it can be a sign of attention! Forward facing ears means your cat is relaxed and in a good mood.

Cat Behavior and Body Language

Just as a human can have tense raised shoulders, cats raise their hackles. If you notice their fur standing up along their spine, allow your cat space to calm down. Cats are playful creatures! Be aware of tight tension in their body to see clues they could be stressed will help you understand your cat’s behavior. Look for a loose relaxed gait as a sign your cat is happy. Cats ready to play often stand on their hind legs, jump, spin in circles, or roll around! Check out our blog post Keeping Kitty Happy for more tips!

Every cat is unique, and we hope our five tips help you understand your cat’s behavior in new ways! Have any tips to add to our list? Leave a comment below, to share with fellow cat lovers!

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Professional Cat Grooming and Its Benefits

 

Professional Cat Grooming and Its Benefits- Happy Pet Cats
Happy and Contented Cat

 

Grooming is an integral part of the health and well being of cats. While other cat owners are satisfied in giving home care to their feline friends, taking them to professional groomers is still highly recommended. These experts have the right tools and equipment for pet grooming that is essential in the proper handling of cats. Grooming a cat professionally can solve many owner problems. This includes shedding, having dandruff, hairballs, dirty ears, scratching furniture, allergies, matting, sanitation cleanliness and many more.

Listed below are some examples of services grooming professionals offer and the reasons why these are beneficial for our cats:

  • Bathing – helps to find out if your cat is infested with fleas and parasites

Cat Bathing

 

  • Nail Trimming – helps prevent the nails from growing too long which is very uncomfortable and unhealthy for your cats. Overgrown nails can cause a tremendous amount of pain and distress. This should be done at least once a month to prevent them from being overgrown. 

                                                                  Nail Trimming Cats

 

  • Brushing – distributes natural oils that help maintain the skin and the health of the cat’s coat, which in turn helps in lessening the chances of shedding. This will also be helpful in checking for abnormalities on the skin, as well as help lessen the chances of your cat’s hair from getting tangled and matted

                                                   

 

  • Ear Cleaning – helps prevent wax, fluid, dirt, and debris build up in your cat’s ears to lessen the chance of ear infections, ear mites or other possible ailments

     

    Ear Cleaning Cats

      The results of having your cat professionally groomed would really be very beneficial. More than the visual and physical benefits; it is a health benefit as well. A well-groomed cat can help in eliminating hairball and shedding issues, lessen allergies, improve their skin conditions, and eliminate ingrown nails and more.

       There are plenty of advantages that come with getting your cats professionally groomed, and the benefits that come from keeping your fur baby healthy far outweigh the cost. Give your pur-fect cat the experience and benefits of professional grooming it deserves.

 

 

 

Treats For My Pet, How Do I Choose?

Greetings and Happy New Year from Clean Litter Club, we hope you and all of your furry friends are starting the new year off right, and in good health.

Today we want to talk about treats for our pets, all of us want to treat our cats /and/or dogs to special goodies; many of us to train them, to reward them for good behavior, or just because we love them soooooo much. What a wonderful way to interact with your pet; however; there have been many articles about what is healthy and safe for your pet; whatever you give them; we have done your homework for you. We have researched online about what is safe for your feline friend or your perky pooch.
The best cat treats fit into a healthy feline diet, are heavy on protein, and skip unnecessary fillers like corn, wheat, sugar, or extra sodium. After the writers on Reviews.com talked to vets, scrutinized ingredient labels, and offered the finalists to their own cats,they landed on their top picks; treats based on whole proteins, avoiding formulas that relied on corn, wheat, or soy as fillers. Cats and carbs simply don’t mix. Dr. Gary Richter of Oakland’s Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care explains, “Diets with high levels of carbohydrates can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes.”
Their top pick: Orijen Tundra Cat Treats, a healthy and “biologically appropriate” treat made of nothing but protein. The treats come in a variety of flavors so that you can experiment to find the ones your cat likes best, from boar and goat livers, to venison and arctic char. Experimentation is healthy, since organ meats like liver provide different types of nutrients than muscle meats (like chicken breast). One has higher levels of some vitamins and iron, the other is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, each and every formula boasts regionally sourced ingredients.

The runner-up for best cat treat, Vital Essentials Minnows Freeze-Dried Cat Treats, have just one ingredient: minnows. These tiny, freeze-dried fish — about an inch long from eyeballs to tails — might be unappealing to the faint-hearted human, but their cats gobbled them, meowing eagerly once these bags were opened. Their cats were vocal about these fishy treats, and the researchers appreciated that they are less stinky, easier to hand out, and more affordable than pouches of wet fish. Containing nothing but whole, dried minnows, they’re easy to portion out individually and we could barely smell them when we opened the bag. If you would like to read this article for yourselves you can just google Healthiest cat treats recommended by veterinarians.

Ok, lets not forget about our other 4 legged friends our dog’s. Again you can google from Reviews.com as well which we did for you . The best dog treats should pack plenty of protein. They should also be free of unnecessary additives like artificial flavors, sodium, and extra sugar. To find the best, the writers of the article consulted vets and dog trainers, scrutinized ingredient labels, and had their own pups taste the finalists. Because dogs have individual tastes (just like humans),their top picks offer a variety of textures and flavors to appeal to even the pickiest pooch. The first finalist is: Stella & Chewy’s are a freeze-dried treat, which is as close as you can get to feeding your dog fresh cuts of meat without actually cooking up a ribeye. This category tends to be less processed than biscuits and jerkies, helping you avoid unnecessary salts, sweeteners, and carbs. And compared to brands like Merrick Backcountry, which include more processed foods like potatoes, gelatin, and salt, Stella & Chewy’s is a healthier freeze-dried option.It’s a tiny quibble, but freeze-dried treats tend to crumble more easily than other varieties. If you carry treats in your pockets while walking (or if your dog isn’t a living vacuum), you may find yourself cleaning up crumbs. Try a moist dog treat like Zuke’s Mini Naturals if you’d rather avoid the pickup.

Zuke’s treats are sturdy enough to carry with you during training sessions or long walks, and their uniform shape and size make them easy to grab and dole out quickly. Also, because they’re semi-moist, you don’t have to worry about crumbs on the floor or pulverized treat dust at the bottom of the package (a minor annoyance we had with freeze-dried treats).

Zuke’s Mini Naturals also come in at just three calories per morsel. Since it’s easy to hit that 10% daily calorie limit for treats, this makes Zukes preferable to brands like Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Jerky Strips, which have a whopping 75 calories per treat. It also makes them a safe choice for older dogs, or other pets for whom weight gain is a concern.

We want to thank reviews.com for their in depth research and hope you and your pet have a healthy, happy New Year. As a disclaimer Clean Litter Club does not endorse these products, but want to share information so you, as the pet owner, have choices that could be in the best interest of your pet.

Creative ways to hide your Litter box in plain site.

Cat Lovers Dilemma

As a cat lover what is one of the biggest problems you have besides, cleaning your litter box?  That’s right where to put it so it’s not an eye sore.  Well we have a solution to both problems.  First cleaning your litter box;  we have a brand new product launching this month called SiftEase, and it will make cleaning your litter box easier, and will save you time and money as you won’t be contaminating your litter anymore so you’re using less and it will take only a little over a minute per box.  Check out our website for details.

Ok;  now that we’ve solved the nasty, lets talk about hiding this little gem in plain site.  There are many clever ways to hide your litter box, Pinterest has some fun examples and I’ve included a picture of one here.

When you live in a small space it is often necessary to keep your litter box in a common area so how can you do that, and not have your guests and families running for the exits?

One idea is this cabinet, you can pick one up at the Habitat Restore and with paint and a few tools turn it into a cute cabinet that will hide your box and your SiftEase cleaner.  There are other clever ways as well;  you can take lattice panels and create your own box to hide the kitty’s potty in; or you can take an old chest, or storage bench and create a nice seating arrangement and a hidy-hole for the litter box.  Check out our photos and get creative; or share your own ideas with us.

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Which Pet is Right for you?

As we go through life as either a single, a couple or a family inevitably we will ask ourselves this age-old question; should I or we get a pet?  Before we jump right in we have to look at the many factors that go into this decision:

  • Do I have time and energy that having a pet takes?
  • Do I have space to house a pet, and if so, what size and type of pet should I choose?
  • Am I away from home for long periods of time?
  • Do any members of my family have allergies that could be effected?

Add any other points here that could effect your decision, now lets look at each of these points in more detail.

Do I have time and energy that having a pet takes?  So lets say you’re in your twilight years, perhaps a horse, or a St. Bernard might not be the right choice for you.  But lets say you’re a stay-at-home mom, living on a farm or a huge property then these might be a good choice.  St. Bernard’s are gentle giants, great with kids, but they need room to roam.  A horse needs, feeding, grooming, exercise, but could be a great choice to teach children responsibility, new skills, etc.  I think you see where I’m going with the right choice.

Do I have space to house a pet?  Let’s say you live in a studio apartment; then a cat or small dog may be your preference, if you live in a house, a larger dog could be accommodated; always consider all the options; and make sure if you have children you look for a pet that is the recommended temperament for a child.

Am I away from home for long periods of time?  So you are in a job or profession where you travel a lot; then maybe a dog is not for you.  A dog needs companionship, exercise, trips outside to use the bathroom etc.   A cat can be left for a longer period of time, with today’s auto watering systems, and feeding systems, this makes life easier.  Or you could hire a pet sitter, but what’s the point in having man’s best friend if you’re not there enough to bond and enjoy your pet.

Do family members have allergies that could effect this decision?  Hair allergy, pet dander allergy, the list goes on and on.  If this is the case perhaps a fish, turtle,  or bird is more in the realm of possibilities.

So in conclusion, take your time to consider if and what pet would be best for you; remember those cute kittens and puppies do grow up; the biggest mistake people make is falling in love with this cute little critter only to discover months later that they made a mistake, and no longer want this animal.  Think long and hard before making a decission you could love or hate for a very long time.

How to create cat furniture DIY

How to Repurpose a Stool as Cat Furniture

Warning, DIY Project ahead! This weekend I decided to get some inspiration from Pinterest and create some fun cat furniture and cat towers out of old bar stools. I created two different styles and used mostly things I had laying around the house to repurpose.

Before I even finished the first stool Lulu was already in the hammock with Daphne not far behind! lulu sitting 2

The best thing about these stools is that the humans can still sit on them. The cats took to the sisal rope scratching posts immediately.

Here’s how to make them:

Gather Supplies: Rolls of Sisal Rope (can be found in the hardware section at Walmart); Staple Gun and staples (3/8″ or 10 mm stapes work best); an old winter scarf or blanket for the hammock; scissors to cut rope and blanket to size; string for attaching toys; toys; glue gun and glue sticks for gluing the sisal rope during the wrapping process.

1. Make the Hammock – Decide where you will put the hammock. I chose the bottom side rungs on one stool and the top on another. Wrap the material around the wood rung and staple it in place. Pull the material tight on the other side and staple. Then cut any remainder. To make the sisal rope seat, I started by laying the stool on it’s side then gluing the sisal to one rung and wrapping the rope around the other rung. Every wrap I applied more glue and ensured each wrap was close to the previous so there wouldn’t be gaps in the seat. At the end I glued the rope to the other end and stapled everything to secure it.

2. Make the Scratching Post Legs – Now decide how many legs you want to wrap. I wrapped two legs on each stool. Lay the stool on its side at a comfortable height. Keep your plugged in glue stick and scissors nearby. Cut enough rope where you can easily bunch it in your hand and hold it for quick wrapping as pictured.

wrapping

Start by gluing the end of the sisal rope to the stool, then apply three or four stripes of hot glue to the sides of the stool and wrap the rope around the glued spots (pictured below). Continue gluing and wrapping until you reach the end of the rope. Glue the end piece to the stool and follow up with the staple gun. Then start again with another piece of rope and glue until you’ve wrapped as far as you’d like to go. Repeat with other stool legs.

glue wrap

3. Attach toys – I used thick string and tied it through the holes in the jingle balls. Then I tied a knot in the top of the string and stapled it to the back of the stool seat just above the knot to keep the string from slipping through the staple. I also used the fringe from an old scarf and attached it to the bottom of the seat for extra enticement. The cats were intrigued the moment I started attaching the toys.

lulu sitting

Here’s the final product on the second stool.final product

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please share your favorite DIY cat projects with us.



Ferrell cats friend or foe

There has been a lot of interest and comments made lately on Ferrell cats.  I have friends who recently adopted a litter of kittens from a Ferrell cat couple.  The whole neighborhood was involved in feeding and caring for these fur babies and recently put an ad out on Facebook for adoption of these cute little kittens as they hadn’t gone the way of the parents due to all the human interaction they had received.

This is not always the case, sometimes people fear them, try to capture them, call animal control on them, anything to rid the neighborhood of these unwanted guests.  On the flip side some people welcome them as a way to rid their neighborhood of mice, rats, unwanted birds, or they live by the mantra “live and let live.”

Where do Ferrell cats come from? Sad to say many come from abandonment; they get tired of their pet; or they have to relocate and no pets are allowed; maybe a child has an allergy and can’t tolerate the pet and instead of surrendering them to a shelter they take them to a neighborhood and drop them off to fend for themselves.  This is against the law in most areas however, under the cover of night, it’s hard to catch someone guilty of this action.

This is an age old debate, as long as there are people and pets there will be this problem; are you part of the solution?  Where do your feelings fall in this debate?  Start a conversation with your family, your neighborhood, to educate others on the proper way to care for their pets; spay or neuter; surrender or put up for adoption; there are many solutions to this age-old problem; which side of the fence do you fall on?  We’d love to hear from you.