The issue really came to a head recently when I decided to bring two new cats into the home, a young, recently weaned kitten and an older feral cat. Needless to say, using a litter box was a bit of an adjustment for both of them. And we won't discuss what would happen if the box was even the slightest bit dirty. Even our old standby cat litter brands were having a tough time keeping up.
I have found that the natural cat litters control the odor and clump better than many of their counterparts. Plus, I like knowing that my cats aren't ingesting a bunch of chemicals when they clean their paws. Cats are prone to so many health problems. I try to prevent issues as much as possible. I have a few big requirements when it comes to selecting a cat litter. First of all, I should not smell the litter box as soon as I walk in the front door. Yeah, enough said. Second, it needs to clump without a lot of waste. Unless you have an automatic litter box, you may not understand why this would be an issue. First of all, there are those litters that don't clump well, so they fall apart before the litter box has a chance to scoop it out. Those litters also tend to smell the worst. Then there are those litters that clump too much, so a lot of clean litter gets scooped out with the dirty stuff. The box stays clean, but I end up running out of litter a lot sooner. That gets expensive. And third, the litter shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Don't get me wrong, some of those high priced litters work great. I just can't afford to buy them on a regular basis.
Enter Fresh Step with Odor Shield. First of all, I have always liked the Fresh Step cat litters. It's a good, high quality brand. But the Odor Shield really made a difference when we found ourselves with four indoor cats. The whole family (cats included) were much happier when the litter box smell was no loner permeating the house. Why does it work so well? Fresh Step uses a combination of carbon and natural plant extracts to neutralize the smell and control bacteria growth. The essential oils are activated when the cat paws at the litter, continually fighting bacteria and refreshing the room. I like knowing that the litter box is actually cleaner, besides just smelling nice.
I was able to pick up a huge 42 lb bag at my local Sam's Club for a really great price. I think we'll be sticking with this litter for quite a while. I'm really happy that it works so well and it's a much better valuel at Sam's Club than the litter I've been buying from the grocery store.
For a limited time, Fresh Step is offering Double Paw Points when you buy Fresh Step with Odor Shield at your local Sam's Club. Get a great deal on this litter and earn twice as many points towards rewards. They have some great items available in their rewards catalog. What more could you ask for? But hurry, this offer ends October 31, 2013.
So life with cats has finally calmed down a bit. Our kitten, Cowboy, continues to grow like a weed. He's outside now because of health issues, but he is still a total love bug. That or he's just trying to con his way back inside. Our feral cat, Java, has gone to live outside as well, which reminds me, I need to replace the screen on that window. We occasionally see glimpses of him, so at least I know he's sticking close to the food source. I think he's happier as an outside cat. I'm just disappointed that I never got the chance to pet him, or at least not without gloves on. And Hubby is happy because we're back down to two indoor cats. At any rate, he hasn't threatened to make cat stew for dinner recently. I think the renegade pigs are distracting him.
Have you tried cat-bearding yet? Give it a shot. It's pretty silly, but it's fun. Share your cat-bearding shots with me on Instagram (@notsomodern) and Twitter (@notsomodernblog). You can also use #ClubFreshStep
It's not as easy as it looks. Especially when you're using a fat cat who thinks you aren't handing over the treats fast enough: