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Alternative method to bathing a cat

I’ve been contemplating bathing The Mewsers. For about a year now. What’s holding me back? Childhood memories of the scratches on my arms from cats I don’t even remember the names of. The scratches etched upon my arms are now embedded in my memory.

I’m testing out some alternative methods, as suggested by the photo here.

There’s some waterless shampoo products now on the market, which I will try on Marco and Polo. Will report back on the results.




I’ve also included–free of charge– this now famous,  funny ‘instructional’ video on ‘How to Wash a Cat” by Bud Heron.


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A common problem of cats not using their litter box can be due to having it placed in a high traffic area.

Come on. Cats are very fussy and private about these things. Why else would they pick the most unaccessible spot under your bed or behind the dresser instead of the litter pan sitting next to the refrigerator?

Here’s a solution to your kitty’s privacy issues and your home decoration standards. 

This fabulous looking wainscot-style cabinet will not only hide the messy litter box, it will give your Mewsers all the privacy they need…and in grand style.

This would look great in almost any bathroom. (It certainly looks better than a regular plastic litter pan.) The front swings open like a door so you can easily scoop or change the litter. Two shelves offer added storage and display space; the stainless steel bar gives you a convenient place to hang your scoop.

I found this product while cruising at 32,000 feet in the air this morning over middle America in the SkyMall magazine. It measures 19″W x 20 1/2″D x 25″H.

The Mewsers voted on it this evening and it was unanimous. They gave it a two paws up.

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Cats on the toilet? Not my toilet, thank you. 

I’m not comfortable with the idea of sharing my toilet seat with my two cats (sorry guys!) so I glaze over products and ‘how-to’ videos for cat toilet training. And I can just imagine the first time my husband discovered a kitty potty seat on our toilet. No thanks.

However, this toilet belongs just to the cats. Take a look at the CatGenie, a completely separate self-flushing kitty comode.

I thought I’d share this discovery for anyone with a kitty litter box, which has gotta be pretty much all cat owners unless you only have barn cats. I have run this by my technical advisors  who looked at the videos with me. They were very curious about it and said they would be willing to give it a try.

This is made to be installed in your bathroom or laundry room with a simple hookup to the waterline. There is NO cat litter as we normally think of it. It uses permanent washable granules that last up to 6 months. It apparently never needs changing because it is washed and sanitized. There is a scooping, washing and drying process that happens with a touch of a button. (We are the ‘touch of a button culture’ aren’t we?) Then there’s an SaniSolution that completes the process. They seemed to have thought of everything.

This product made by PetNovations is rather impressive. The product site is so well produced that it will answer all of your questions with short, simple videos.

If the $300 price tag seems high (cat toilets weren’t really on my priority list either) consider how much we spend in cat litter over the years….very heavy cat litter that we lug in from the store and ends up polluting the landfills.

From their site: “Last year, cat owners in the US purchased 1.7 billion dollars worth of litter. That’s about 8 Billion pounds of litter in one year. Since 1947, when this mined clay was first used for cats, the amount of contaminated litter now in landfills has piled to incalculable amounts. Hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of tons of this waste product continue to pollute the environment. CatGenie offers a clean, safe solution.”

Take a look at this product (no I don’t have any affiliation with this company; nor do Marco or Polo although they are orange tabbies, too).

What do you think? Would you buy one?



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If your feline is an ‘in and out’ cat and it’s just gotten too dangerous out there, consider a feline enclosure. Here’s some examples of the entrepreneurial spirit combined with this niche need. 

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “For years Mike and Candice Jewett have had a soft spot for abandoned and disabled cats. Among their 11 felines, two have just three legs and one lacks a colon. Until a few years ago, their cats wandered happily about their southern Maine rural community.

Then, “We lost a cat to the road and then another one was attacked by what we think was an owl, but we’re not sure,” Mr. Jewett said.

The victim of the attack survived, but the vet bills topped $1,000.

So the couple created an outdoor enclosure connected to the house that kept their kitties safe but still allowed them to travel freely in and out of the house to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Mrs. Jewett told a colleague at work about their project, and the co-worker asked for one. Then another friend wanted one, too.

There was so much demand for the enclosures that the couple in 2002 founded Safe Kitty (safekitty.com), and now delivers products to cat owners in 26 states, including Pennsylvania. Sales have been so swift that the Buxton, Maine, company relies solely on word of mouth and the Internet to sell its enclosures.”

Another entrepreneur, “Joe Balsleys got into the “cat hotel” business when he wanted to get his cat’s litter box out of the house. The retired Navy pilot who lives in Escondido, Calif., ended up with an outside enclosure that also protects his cats.

“People don’t want to let their cats outside anymore because there are too many problems,” he said. “They get run over. They get poisoned. They get into fights.”

His company, Wet Winds of California Inc. (outbackbarneys.com), has developed circular enclosures that range in size from 4 to 6 feet high and are 32 inches in diameter. They are connected to the house through a custom-made pet door installed through a sliding glass window. Prices range from $234-$295 and several can be connected to make a larger network of outside cages.” Read the whole story.

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