Thursday, December 2, 2010


We love our cats.  Some of us are obsessed with our cats, or just cats in general (pick me, pick me!).  One of the things about which I and most others complain, however, are THE LITTER BOXES!  It’s a chore, it’s a nasty and dirty job and it must be done. 

I’ve come to realize that the worst part is simply getting started.  It’s the biggest hurdle for me to overcome.  I dread the task.  Yet once I start, it generally becomes a Zen moment.  I can clear my mind, focus on the task at hand and, once completed, have a pleasant result.   Is there anything more wonderful than clean litter boxes?  I have a sense of accomplishment.  I feel like a success.  A sense of peace and well being settles upon me. 

The only thing my cats like more than a newly scooped box is a new plate of food.  Those cats, they really don’t ask us for much and give so very much in return.  I’m can’t imagine living without the warmth, comfort, love and purrs they give me in return.  Life is good as long as there is at least one cat in it.  Us cat folks know how fortunate we are to have them in our lives. 


  1. How many boxes do you have? When we had 4 cats, we had 5 litter boxes. Now with just the one old kitty we have 3. He has mobility issues, so it's all about his convenience. We bought a couple of metal scoops - makes it easier, does a better job and won't break, even though they cost about $15 each. $15 for a cat litter scoop...
    ...and after trying all kinds of litter over the years, we went back to non-clumping clay! It is just working out the best.

  2. I have 12 boxes, fewer than the number of cats. They are all super sized boxes, including a couple of Rubbermaid tubs. I recently switched to clumping, which I swore I'd never do. It's cleaner and, as long as I follow the sales, it works out to about the same cost. I also use pine pellets (horse bedding) in 3 boxes.

    I love the metal scoop, with the padded handle. I also use a large cooking spoon to scoop anything stuck to the box. Works better than the scoop. Plus I coat the bottom with baking soda, which works like Pam - so less sticking.

  3. Baking soda - yes!
    We used to love the clumping clay but it's thought to be an agent of asthma (not sure exactly why and I don't know if anyone is completely sure... dust? fragrance? other?), and Henry has a mild case of that.

    Hated litters were SWheat Scoop and Arm&Hammer Essentials corn-based litter.

  4. I tried SweatScoop but it stuck so badly to the litterbox. I haven't tried the corn - A&H or World's Best. Lots of people swear by it but with all my boxes, I just can't afford it. I think there's much more dust from clay than the clumping.