We all know how important the litter box is. Getting the right box, the right litter and placing it in the right location for your kitty as well as keeping the litter box clean is critical to making sure kitty uses the litter box. It’s worth the little effort it takes to and perhaps small compromises humans have to make (for example, the litter box should be in a location that firstly works for your kitty as opposed to where you want to put it) to ensure litter box happiness for your kitty.
But all the setting up of the litter box is a post for another day! This post is about life hacks which Mummy uses to help make maintaining the litter box as easy/convenient as possible. And when something is easy and convenient, you are most likely to do it on a regular basis. And a well maintained/clean litter box = a happy litter box using kitty which = a happy human. Always think about whether you would want to use a toilet that has 2 – 3 days of your pee and poop and/or another person’s pee and poop laying in it. If the smell is too bad and it’s too gross for you…it’s probably too gross for your kitty.
Also just to note, when I say a clean litter box, I don’t mean sterile litter box. Mummy and Daddy do not wash or scrub out my litter boxes unless there is maybe poop on the box itself (and even if there is, they just use water or a damp tissue to wipe out the poop). All they do is to scoop out the clumps of pee and poop that’s in the litter box once a day. Once in a while Mummy may rinse out the box with some water when the box starts to feel really dusty or grime-y. Jackson Galaxy had a video about litter boxes where he says it’s not recommended to scrub out and sterilise the litter boxes all the time because you then remove the kitty’s “smell” completely from the box and they need to have their smell there to “own” the box.
thanks Jackson Galaxy for educating us all!
Now..Mummy likes to think of herself as an efficient person. Although the truth of it may be that she’s a lazy person. She likes everything she needs to be within her reach and not have to walk too much to go get stuff. Same with the litter box essentials such as the litter scoop and clean litter. So here we go!
Litter Box Life Hack #1 – Keep litter scoop next to the litter box.
We have 2 litter boxes in the house and one scoop for each box which is kept next to each litter box. If you had to carry one scoop around the house or go across the house to go get the sole litter scoop you have in the house to clean the litter boxes, chances are you are not going to be scooping out litter on a regular basis.
The litter scoop is placed in a litter scoop holder which is actually just a small plastic trash bin which is very inexpensive (you can get from Daiso for SGD2).
Litter Box Life Hack #2 – Collect used litter in a small trash bag next to litter box.
Collect used litter clumps (i.e. balls of pee and poop) in a small trash bag that is kept next to the litter box (for example in the same litter scoop holder). And close it up to keep smells in with one of those bigger clothing pegs. Mummy and Daddy will keep the litter scoop inside the bag as well since the scoop can get a little dirty as well.
This way you don’t have to bring the litter box to a trash bin or vice versa or to the toilet bowl (if you’re using the type of litter that can be flushed). You also only have to take out the litter box trash maybe once a week (if you’re a single kitty household). Mummy and Daddy usually tosses out this bag of used litter when it gets about 1/3 or 1/2 full.
Only thing to note is that when you open the bag to dump in used litter, keep your face further away or hold your breathe. The ammonia fumes can be pretty nasty.
Litter Box Life Hack #3 – Fold new trash bags and keep at the bottom of the litter scoop holder.
Right at the bottom of the litter scoop holder is always new folder trash bags ready to be used. So when you toss out one bag of smelly used litter, you can immediately pull out a new trash bag to use. No need to walk over to wherever you keep your trash bags to get a new one.
Litter Box Life Hack #4 – Keep fresh litter nearby
You should top up some fresh litter maybe every one or two days (depending on how much used litter is scooped out of the box everyday). If there is too little litter in the box kitty may not want to use the box either. To make sure you DO top up fresh litter, keep the litter packet as close to the litter box as possible.
For one of my litter boxes, a packet of fresh litter is kept in a cupboard which is literally 2 or 3 steps from the litter box. And for the other litter box, because there isn’t a cupboard near the litter box, the pawrents bought this very pretty mint metal bin with a lid from Ikea to keep the packet of litter in.
The Ikea metal bin looks nice next to the litter box and the size is perfect for one packet of litter. The packet of litter is closed using a metal crocodile clip to make sure no litter spills out. This Ikea bin is also good because it has a hook on the underside of the lid so that you can hook the lid on the side of the bin when you open it.
And…that’s pretty much how we do it in the Misty home! All other stuff needed for the once a month or once every 2 months complete change out of litter (such as new bin liners or pee pads) is also kept pretty near the litter boxes.
all the condo kitties to my yard
There a couple of free roaming kitties in our condo. About 4 to 5 of them don’t really belong to anyone (no collars) but I think there is a family that takes care of them and Mummy is still trying to find the courage and way to ask them to sterilise the kitties. There is a big fluffy flat faced Persian that probably belongs to someone but is allowed to free roam.
We live on the first floor and we have a door that opens up directly to a garden although the garden doesn’t belong to us and is considered common property. So I guess technically it’s not MY yard. But the door that leads to this garden (which has a sliding security mesh panel) is the one that Mummy and Daddy open to let fresh air in for me.
We knew that one white kitty (that we call Ballsy) likes to come to the garden outside our door. Although we thought that was only at night but recently Mummy and Daddy saw him outside out place during the day.
He usually doesn’t come right up to the door but over 2 weekends Mummy and Daddy realized that when I am at the door, Ballsy will come right up to the mesh door! And we just look at each other through the glass door. 2nd weekend, he plonked himself down and started licking his belly and armpits right in front of me! Talk about being forward……..
As long as the glass door is closed, I seem to be ok with just looking at him. Although a little nervous and apprehensive. But when Mummy opened the glass door so that we were just separated by the mesh panel, I hissed so she quickly closed the glass door again. The pawrents were worried about how I would react to seeing Ballsy outside our house but seeing how I reacted they figured as long as I wasn’t getting freaked out they were ok with Ballsy coming by. But under supervision by one of the pawrents and no opening of the glass door so that we can exchange wet noses through the mesh panel…Mummy says no kissing!
And then one day, the large roaming Persian came too! He usually never comes to our part of the condo…..I don’t know if Ballsy’s been telling other kitties about me or something and they all wanted to come see the “beautiful sexy black kitty” (I’m sure that’s what he told the other kitties).
Persian freaked me out!! The glass door was open and I saw him coming…I went to the door (I’m curious…what can I say)…and the next thing Mummy knew I was sprinting across the house and up the stairs like the devil was hot on my heels! Mummy was busy in the kitchen then and didn’t know that a kitty was coming to visit so she had no clue what happened. When Mummy went to look she was so shocked to see Persian Kitty just calmly sitting there in front of our door. He wasn’t even scared of Mummy or anything. The pawrents don’t know what exactly happened between us or what Persian said to me but I have been extremely skittish ever since. First few days I didn’t even dare to go downstairs and the tiniest sound or movement scared me. I’m a little better now (the pawrents have been putting extra effort into playing with me and giving me treats and flower essences) but I’m still skittish and timid.
And then one morning….a different white kitty (that Mummy calls Fluffy Bob because of his fluffy and slightly bobtail) was sleeping outside our house! Mummy has put a fencing right outside our door after the Persian Kitty scare so that kitties can’t come right up to the door anymore. But Fluffy Bob was just right there..broad daylight..out in the open..in front of our house having the deepest snooze ever! Even with the condo gardener nearby sweeping the floor….maybe Fluffy Bob should be called ballsy too.
Mummy coaxed me to the door with a treat because she wanted me to look out and not be scared at seeing a kitty there and I think I reacted ok. I ate the treat which is a good sign and although I looked outside in a crouched position with my tail slightly down (which shows I’m not really 100%) comfortable…at least it’s a HUGE improvement from the Persian Kitty meeting.
Why are all these kitties suddenly all coming over to our place……and I really really hope I can get used to them and not be scared with them being nearby. I’m an only cat and I didn’t grow up with any other kitties cos I lost my kitty mummy at a young age (1.5 weeks old) so I’m really not used to other kitties. Mummy is really hoping that just the fencing will be good enough to keep everyone (me and the other kitties) safe, secure and happy. The pawrents love all the condo kitties too and are really happy that the condo so far doesn’t seem to have an issue with them living here and they have a family taking care of them. But if them coming close causes too much stress and fear for me and they can’t help me get used to it then their priority is taking care of me. They just have to find a way to discourage them from coming too close but without hurting them or complaining to the management or anything like that. She has the motion sensor SSSCat air spray which she can place outside the house to deter kitties from coming near but she really doesn’t want to do that unless she really really has to for my sake.
If anyone has any advice or ideas do let me know! This is the first time we’re dealing with something like this….Wish us luck!!
A lizard got into our house the other day! I went into Hunter mode…i found a good spot to watch it, stayed SUPER still and didn’t blink. No matter how much Mummy called out to me I didn’t respond to her. I am CONCENTRATION.
But I did occasionally make these super cute chattering noises at the lizard. Has anyone heard their kitties make chattering noises before and does anyone know what it means???
Mummy and I hunted the lizard the whole night. Mummy hunted to try to get the lizard out of the house and me just to play with it. Did I say play? I mean EAT it! I am a hunter! Hear me raaawwwwwrrrrrr…
We turned the living room upside down trying to get it. We moved the sofa..the rug…Mummy put on rubber gloves…she kept asking me “where is it Misty? where is it??” I found it a few times and even smacked it. All Mummy had to do was grab it and toss it out of the house…but all she did was stand there and squeal. Mummy is not a very good hunter….
This a long overdue catification/renovation post! We’ve moved for about 6 months now and I still haven’t told everyone about the 2 kitty gates/fences which we have in the new house.
A bit of background first. In our previous apartment, we lived on the 3rd floor and we shared a lift with 3 other units. So there was very little concern over opening the front door and me running out because there wasn’t anywhere I could really run to. I’d occasionally walk over to next door neighbour’s rug to sniff at it or to sniff at their shoes. But that was about it.
In our current apartment, we’re on the first floor. Our front door opens out to the road and car park so a major major concern was making sure I wouldn’t be able to run out or escape outside because it’s not safe and Mummy and Daddy do not want to take any risk of losing me. But how to effectively prevent me from running out the door and also not make it difficult to go in and out of the house? And how to have the flexibility to be able to keep the front door open in case they bought a lot of groceries or have a lot of bags to bring into the house?
Introducing the Misty anti-escape/security fence!
The pawrents are very proud of this because it is 100% conceptualised and made by them! Mummy was “inspired” by the a entryway of a restaurant she saw on TV. It was a restaurant in either the U.S or Canada where there is winter and it gets very windy. So the restaurant has one door along the street but people enter into a small enclosed area where there is a second door that goes into the restaurant proper. This is probably so that people can enter and then close the first door to keep the cold/wind out before opening the second door which leads to the restaurant.
So using the same concept, Mummy wanted a system which allows them to open the front door completely with a secondary door/gate that will prevent me from being able to run out. People should be able to enter the house and close the front door before opening the secondary door/gate. The goal was also to ensure that the secondary door/gate wasn’t too difficult or cumbersome to open and that it wouldn’t be an eyesore for the humans. It also needed to be sturdy enough and high enough to prevent me from knocking it over or jumping over it.
Thankfully, I am nothing like this cat and I don’t do things like this.
These were the plans that Mummy gave to Daddy.
Together, they figured that the frame should be made of aluminium which is lightweight and sturdy and the centre part of the gate/fence covered with clear acrylic. The hinges needed to be 180degree hinges to allow the gate/fence to be folded flat if needed and kept aside. Daddy found the places to buy the aluminium frame pieces, the acrylic sheet and the hinges. He riveted the aluminium pieces together to form the frame and riveted the acrylic onto the frame and tadaaaaaah.
So far this DIY security/anti-escape fence has worked really well. It is everything that we need it to be. It isn’t an eyesore (like most white plastic baby/pet gates which very often doesn’t match the decor of the house) and it allows Mummy and Daddy to go in and out of the house easily without fear of me escaping.
The down side to the gate is that with the acrylic sheets and the overall dimensions being quite big, it is a little heavy. So folding it up and moving the entire gate around is a little cumbersome. And because the gate is not on any sort of rollers or “legs”/pegs or attached to the walls in any way, to open the gate, you have to lift one panel slightly and then swing it. The lifting and swinging is not difficult. It’s just that it doesn’t open like a super smooth door. It’s a little of give and take. If we had attached it to the walls to create a fixed fulcrum, we would not be able to fold up the gate and move it away from the door which sometimes might be necessary if we need to move something very large into the house.
The other Misty gate/fence in the house is at the top of the stairs (we live in a maisonette). There are times when we have visitors in the house and Mummy and Daddy may want to keep me on the second floor for a variety of reasons…to keep me safe in case people just leave the door open and don’t close the Misty anti-escape gate properly or if there are too many people and I get cranky. Instead of buying a white plastic baby gate which wouldn’t look very nice in the house, they asked the renovation guy to make a swing glass door at the top of the stairs which matches the low glass wall/railing of the second floor landing.
We have lived with and tested what these Misty gates/fences for about half a year and we’re happy to report that it’s all working out really well for us. Mummy and Daddy are really happy and pleased because these gates are both completely functional and more importantly look great in the house. They match the decor of the house and blend in perfectly!
Mummy and Daddy were really looking forward to watching How to Train Your Dragon 2. Because they really wanted to see Toothless again. And since they came home from the movie…Mummy’s been calling me Toothless…raaaawwwwrrr!! I’m a Night Fury dragon!!
We’re pretty sure Toothless was inspired by a black kitty. Although Toothless behaves like a doggy. But that is how amazingly cute, gorgeous and inspirational we are! See….black cats are adorable!
Mummy watched the first How to Train Your Dragon on the plane on the way back from their honeymoon. The first time they went for a vacation after adopting me. She criiiiieeeed because Toothless made her think of me and she missed me so much. It was a good thing she didn’t watch the movie on the way to their honeymoon…I think she would have begged to turn back.
All furries out there will totally agree with me when I say I hate the e-collar/cone. When I got sterilised I had to wear one for 2 weeks and it sucked (i told everyone about it here)! not….pleased…not please at all.
Now there are alternatives to the e-collar which seem to be a lot more comfortable for furries. Thankfully I have not had to wear one since my sterilisation but recently my friend Haru had to put on an e-collar and his mummy bought him the Kong Cloud Collar. So we asked Haru and Henrie’s mummy to write a review of the Kong Kloud Collar for everyone! Thanks Auntie WL!!
Hello there! I am the only girl living in a house full of adorable boys. Of the 3 boys, Henrie and Haru are decidedly furrier. Apart from that they act like any regular housemates- watch TV and hang out together in the living room while their less furry housemates clean up after them.
As with most housemates who hang out a lot at home, Henrie and Haru like to indulge in a bit of tag or wrestling like normal blokes do.
Check out our ferocious and manly wrestling matches here too.
Only on one particular occasion, Henrie probably socked Haru a bit too hard and one evening after work, I found Haru sulking in a corner:
I rushed Haru to the nearest vet (doctors for very furry people) who was kind enough to open her clinic for me even though it was her day off. Turns out Haru’s eye injury was rather serious as he had a scratched cornea and eyelid… and the best remedy for this was the dreaded eyedrops and eye cream. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, given that Haru was a bit of a baby (and would always be), he would have to wear the dreaded e-collar.
The “e” in e-collars apparently stands for “Elizabethan” which frankly makes the actual Elizabethan collar look positively trendy and ultra comfortable. They will henceforth be referred to as “t(orture)-collars”.
That being said, when dealing with injured furiends, this accessory/contraptions is absolutely necessary. As this is the first time that any of my furiends has had to put on the e-collar, it was particularly traumatizing for me (and I suspect, more so for Haru- and Henrie who saw him in the t-collar after the vet’s visit).
When the e-collar was forced over his head, Haru started walking in reverse, which, if it hadn’t been at 11 pm at night and I wasn’t so tired, would have been rather funny. Depression set in as Haru’s peripheral vision was greatly limited. It was difficult for him to drink and poo/pee as everywhere he went and whenever he tried to drink from the bowl, the t-collar bumped into a table/chair/litter box.
It got to the point that I had to place Haru on his loo after I witnessed him staring at it longingly (evidence showed that he really needed to go). Desperate for a more comfortable solution, I asked Misty’s mom if she knew of other more comfortable e-collars and she introduced me to the Kong Cloud Collar.
Aptly named “cloud” colour, the Kong Cloud Collar looks like a mini inflatable travel pillow. In fact, it works largely the same way- blow it up, put around neck, strap velco around furiend’s neck- done. The biggest plus other than how easy it is to wear- is that your furiend’s peripheral vision is not completely lost.
More details on how it works: attach a pet collar to the inside straps, blow up the collar, attach over neck of furiend as if you were putting on his/her collar. One word of advice, if you tend to leave 2 fingers’ space between collar and furiend’s neck- tighten it to maybe a small pinky space. The Velcro straps are very handy as well to help adjust the collar around the neck of your furiend.
Does it work? Haru could lick the tip of his paws but he could not reach his face and neither could he groom himself as the Cloud Collar got in the way. So insofar as preventing your furiend from getting to his injured parts (save if he injured his paw), the cloud collar works.
The biggest plus for me was the comfort. Once I switched to the Cloud Collar, Haru could go to the loo easier, drink and eat without the cone stopping him. He also looked much happier – well, as happy as an injured furiend can be. He could rest easier- it does work like a travel pillow!
In summary? The Cloud Collar appears to be more comfortable for injured furiends. They would probably be able to drink/eat with more ease as opposed to being shacked with the t-collar.
pic of Kong Cloud
The cons? Although the packaging states that it is scratch/bite resistant, I suspect an aggressive and determined furiend could possibly be able to rip the collar off, especially if his/her collar has a safety buckle. One of the straps that secured the Cloud Collar was torn off by Haru- but this could have been caused by the fact that the pet collar was too loose.
So if your furiend has a serious injury that must absolutely be kept away from your furiend’s meddling or an injury to his/her front paws, I think the t-collar would be the safest.
Recently I had my second Furry Photos photo shoot session in the comforts of my own home. They had an offer during the Pet Expo and Mummy had been wanting to do another photo shoot for me with them for a long time so she grabbed the opportunity to get a nice discount for the session.
Since I am extremely frightened to leave home, having the photo shoot at home has it’s benefits of being in my comfort zone so they could get shots of me in different parts of the home and also of me doing some of my tricks. Mummy warned Uncle N that our house has very little natural light coming in and I am very hard to photograph in poor lighting since I’m a dark mysterious girl but he didn’t seem worried so he must have a very powderful camera!
It is most tiring being a model and having to work for the camera. At certain points of the session I was slightly cranky with Uncle N but he had lots of patience for me. He knows that when you work with top models like me, you must give me what I want, never get mad at me, give me space when I need it and also never to talk loudly to me. I got “paid” with plenty of treats during the photo session…free flow treats…it was a good day.
Everyone can check out the results of my “hard” work at the Furry Photos youtube channel