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People make comments all the time about how loved my pets are, that they want to come back and be part of my animal pack in their next life. Some may say it’s because I don’t have children of my own, but I know if I did have kiddos, my little creatures would have the same quality of life!
Meet Chalmers, formerly known as Princess. This little beast acquired the name in 2008 after the Miami Heat signed Mario Chalmers. Ride or die Heat fans would know why I named her this. CML aka love/hate relationship with this little girl is so real. Even though our Rio is with the Grizzlies now, you can hear me shout “Chalmers!!!!” every single day.
Okay, I don’t really hate her. But she really is stubborn, likes what she likes, does what she does.
And I have to keep them happy.
This is Oreo. They’re from the same litter and going to be fifteen years old this July.
I’ve always been particular about the litter that I put in their litter box, but as they’ve grown older, I have gotten some concerns. They’re not as tough as they used to be. Oreo has horrible skin allergies, so litter with tons of fragrance isn’t the best option. I’ve tried other natural brands (made with pine) and let’s just say that I ended up replacing the natural stuff the next day.
I want to share one of my best kept secrets in my home. People are always surprised when they learn that I have cats. First of all, these little girls are not really social with people they don’t know. They both hide when guests are over. Second, people say they don’t smell cat pee. Those comments bother me a little. I mean, I’m flattered, but I’m highly annoyed with people that own cats and their homes smell bad. Cats don’t like dirty environments, especially their litter box!
Hidden litter boxes have been a thing with me because I have lived in tiny condos most of my adult life. The thought of a litter box out in the open grossed me out, but let’s be honest, there wasn’t even space for that. I had chests/furniture that hid the litter box and a mouse hole for them to walk into. When I moved into my home, even though it was big enough to fit a thousand cats, I still wanted a concealed box for them.
The set up in the laundry room didn’t make sense for a box anyways.
But there was a drop zone by the laundry room that was the perfect spot!
How cool is this?
Buy a cabinet set with the correct measurements for your potential hidden litter box area. I purchased mine at IKEA, but Home Depot and Lowe’s sell sets as well.
Remember to leave plenty of space for them. The cabinet to wall space is about 6 inches. My cats are fully grown and both weigh about 10 lbs.
With a jigsaw, cut out a mouse hole on the side that you want your cats to go in and out of.
Place a litter mat under the litter box and you’re good to go.
You may use any litter box you prefer, but I like huge tupperware boxes. I’m a bit generous with the litter. Go big or go home, right?
It’s so easy to make your own litter box:
Purchase a big tupperware tub
You’ll need gloves, box cutter, safety eyewear (Because I don’t need you to blame ME for poking your eye. YUP.), something to write with. Because my box is black, I’m using white chalk. If you’re using any other color, a black sharpie will do.
Draw out your mouse hole. Again, make sure your cat fits.
I went to Art School
Go to town with your box cutter.
They’ve been using Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light Ultimate Care® for half a month and it’s pretty awesome. What I love is that there isn’t fragrance or gross smells . Their patented formula works immediately to instantly absorb odors. (*Based on laboratory testing, when used as directed). Super strong fragrance from most brands give me a headache, so I appreciate Cat’s Pride® formula that instantly absorbs odors.
Another thing I love is that it’s 99% dust free. My tile was so dusty with the previous brand and I’d always cough when I cleaned out their box every night.
I’ve used the Cat’s Pride Scented Multi-Cat Scoop and the Ultimate Care (unscented, hypoallergenic). Honestly, they both work the same and are great. The only difference is that one is scented, which has a very light fragrance. I’ll probably stick with Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light Ultimate Care® ,just because of Oreo’s allergies. The clean up is very easy because of the highly absorbent U.S mined clay.
It’s also lightweight, Cat’s Pride® has strong clumping and is about 50% lighter, which is perfect for me since I have to lug it around the house(†See packaging for details)
There’s even coupons if you click here .
Cat’s Pride is conveniently located at your local Walmart in the pet aisle.
You can’t miss it.
While browsing online, I noticed that Cat’s Pride® are proud partners of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation™ to help end the needless suffering of animals. Portions of every sale supports the Foundation and their mission to end animal cruelty. Cat’s Pride® also supports the American Humane Association, thumbs up!
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†Disclaimer: Based on laboratory tests of equal volumes of leading conventional, sodium bentonite-based cat litters. Densities of the litters tested varied and yielded a range of results. Based on laboratory testing of absorbency of 100 ml of synthetic cat urine, the equivalent daily litterbox usage of one cat. **When used a directed, based on laboratory testing.
Do you have pets? Have you ever made a hidden litter box?