Products We Recommend: March 2009 Archives

cutest-sleeping-kitties10.jpgRemember the "Home Alone" movies? Remember all the mischief that young boy got into? Now, imagine that's your cat.

Our pets must sometimes be left alone. Perhaps, it's everyday, when you have to go to work. Your cat can be lonely without you. You need to give it some things to keep it busy and out of trouble.

If you can provide a companion cat, preferably a sibling, your cat will be better behaved and remain playful well into adulthood. Having another cat to romp and play with will help solve the problem of being alone.

You should definitely consider providing your cat with it's own furniture where it can scratch to it's hearts content. That could be just a scratching post or a cat condo. The cat condo gives it a place to play or rest and will accommodate more than one cat.

Secondly, provide some catnip toys. Cats love to push these little guys around, eventually hiding them for you to find later, pushed under furniture or the door of a closet or cabinet. There are also interactive toys, like Peek-A-Prize, Whirley Mouse and Squeak and Play, a variety of toys that make the sound of a real mouse, that can keep them busy for a long time. Keep their toys where they can easily find them. If you provide a 'toy box' they will know where to look.

pictures_cats_mischief.jpgFew indoor cats get enough exercise, often sleeping for up to 18 hours a day. There are now toys that will automatically release dry food or treats as your cat plays with them. This gives them a diversion with a reward! It's their treat for exercising.

A cat sometimes has a short attention span, so, the more diversions the better for keeping it entertained and out of trouble. With the proper surroundings, your cat can be kept safe, your furniture preserved and your precious pet will be happier.

The author, Pat Lemmons, lives in South Texas with her husband and five pampered house cats. She has owned cats for 10 years, knows cat behavior and operates a retail web site for cat products. The product prices are discounted for maximum savings and donations are made each month to animal shelters from the proceeds of sales on the site. The site features the latest technological products such as the newest, most unique automatic litter boxes, the best quality cat & kitty beds, pet doors, litter boxes & furniture covers, pet carriers, crates and containment, unique artist t-shirts, sweatshirts & nightshirts, and a large selection of kitty condos, trees, scratching posts, cat toys and treats. Nothing but the best for your pampered feline.

pictures_cats_cute_grey_cat.jpgDid you know that most cat food manufacturers give away free samples of cat food, treats and other products? I was surprised when I found a website called Free Mania - and I clicked through to their Free Pet Samples section. There is also another website called Free n Clear Pet Samples that has freebies for cat lovers.

If you are thinking about changing your cat's food or if you are just wanting to try another brand, this might be the way to try it without buying it. In some cases you have to pay shipping and handling or answer a survey, but take a look and let me know what you think of these freebies.

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pictures_cats_litter_alternatives.jpgIndoor cats use litter boxes, and those litter boxes need to be filled with litter. I, personally, am allergic to clay litter. Since I have an indoor cat, I have to find an alternative to clay litter. I'm going to review a few of the alternative non-clay litters that I have tried, namely PaPurr Scoop, World's Best and Swheat Scoop.

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My criteria for a good litter are:

- Dust-free (or as dust free as litter can get)

- Good odor control

- As little tracking as possible

- Good clumping for easy removal

- Smells good

With that, let me get on with the review of each.

PaPurr Scoop Review

First off, let me

review PaPurr Scoop.

PaPurr Scoop litter is a clumping litter made out of recycled paper. It is lightly scented with a somewhat floral scent. This litter does not have much dust since it is made out of recycled paper. What I like about this litter is that it feels just like clay with the little round particles. It feels good to the touch, so I would imagine it would feel good to a cat's paws as well.

My cat is really good with his litter box habits and so he will use whatever I put in his box. Which works great for me as I don't have to worry when switching litters for testing purposes. When I first put this litter into his box, he came over and sniffed it. He used it, but he didn't really like the smell of it. It made him sneeze. It made me sneeze too after it was sitting there for a while. It was the fragrance they put in it.

It didn't work out . . .

Moving on to World's Best Cat Litter . . .

World's Best Cat Litter Review

World's Best Cat Litter is made from corn. I know some cats and some people are allergic to corn, so caution needs to be exercised in this regard.

pictures_cats_clay_alternatives_litter.jpgThe litter is lightweight and so it does track quite a bit, unfortunately. This litter IS dusty. I ended up with a fine layer of corn dust everywhere my cat stepped. And my cat, whose feet are white, ended up with yellow feet a few weeks into using this litter . . . It was kinda funny . . . and if you happen to own a yellow cat, then this wouldn't be a problem . . .

Clumping-wise, World's Best does clump well. The clumps are rather loose though. My cat would end up playing with the clumps to the point of breaking it into many little clumps which would end up not getting scooped since they were so little . . . Not good.

World's Best is good at controlling odor though. The bag states that you can use this littler up a month, but I was only able to use it for about two weeks before it started smelling foul. This is probably due to my cat breaking apart his clumps . . . (I scoop twice daily.) And another note, a rather interesting one at that. This corn litter attracts moths, a lot of moths. It took me a few days to realize where they came from . . .

Next, we have Swheat Scoop.

Swheat Scoop Review

And thus, my trials took me to Swheat Scoop, my current favorite.

Swheat Scoop is truly a dust free litter. But again, this litter is not for those with wheat allergies.

Swheat Scoop has small granules that are denser than World's Best and so it tracks a bit less than World's Best.

It's odor control is great. I like the light scent of the wheat as well. My cat isn't bothered by the smell of it either. Out of these three litters, this is the only one that does not make him sneeze.

The clumps are hard and I haven't seen any broken clumps since I started using this product.

One word of caution, the bag states to keep at least 3 inches of litter in the box. This is a necessity! If you keep less, then you will end up with a mushy pile of litter at the bottom of the box. Not very pleasant to clean up . . . I currently keep about 4 inches of it in my jumbo size box (I have a big cat). It works great!

Thanks for reading! And I hope this helps in your search for a good alternative to clay cat litter.

Article by Amy Yang. Read more of Amy Yang's reviews at her blog, Best Cat Care Products.

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Cat_litter_box.jpgAutomatic litter boxes live to do one thing - clean up after your kitty's visits to the box. Around the clock, they scoop and clean the litter bed removing waste and leaving the pan fresh for the next call of nature. The most obvious benefit of a self cleaning box is in the time saved, but you might not realize that these boxes can actually be healthier for your kitty and you. Read on to learn how this new technology can protect the health your pet and your family.

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It's no secret that cat boxes develop an odor rather quickly. This is in part due to the fact that they hold kitty's waste. It is also partly due to the fact that bacteria can develop in the box, creating an odor and a health hazard.

Bacteria thrives in warm moist areas, just like the bottom of your litter pan. The longer waste sits, the more likely it is that bacteria will grow and thrive. The result is odor. Worse still, every time your pet visits the box they can get that bacteria on their paws and track it on to furniture, laps, and everywhere else they go. This spread of bacteria increases the chance of your pet becoming ill and possibly members of your family as well.

The solution? Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of your kitty's litter pan. Ideally, you should scoop after every visit as this will prevent the waste from sitting and the bacteria from developing. Realistically, no one has the time to constantly monitor their pets litter box. Fortunately, there are many options available in the way of automatic litter boxes.

Most self cleaning litter boxes work around the clock to clean up waste after your pet. Every model also has some type of storage for waste material so that it doesn't sit where it can develop a smell or come in contact with your pet. Maintaining one of these litter boxes is as easy as emptying out the waste compartment. There is even one type that cleans and disinfects it's self using a cleaning solution.

If you would like help choosing the right automatic litter box for you and your kitty's, be sure to check out my site for a number of litter box reviews. On my site you will find feedback from other cat owners on the variety of self cleaning cat boxes on the market and learn which ones work best and which ones are better avoided.

Article By A.J. Lowery

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