Sunday, December 11, 2016

Operation Litter Box: Why I love Scoopable Cat Litter (GIVEAWAY!)

When you have a cat with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), you quickly become an expert on all things litter boxes. When Soth first got diagnosed with FLUTD, we did an experiment to see if I could make his litter box more appealing to him. With sites like Wag.com, it's easy to find a variety of  different types of litter that might not be readily available in the stores in small towns like ours.

We tried a little bit of everything: recycled paper litter, pine litter, corn litter, clumping clay litter, non-clumping clay litter. Some, like the pine litter, Soth wouldn't touch at all. Others, like the recycled paper, were hits for a little while, but Soth always ended up preferring his clumping clay litter. During my research, I found many vet clinics that pointed out that most cats prefer unscented, clumping litter. With Soth, that definitely proved to be true, so we ended up narrowing our litter box experiments to different types of scoopable litter.

cat sitting like he's on a throne
I'm not picky. I just know what I like.

A lot of litters and litter box designs are created to make humans happy: hooded boxes keep the odors from traveling through the house (but trap them in with the cat), scented litters mask the smells for humans (but might be off putting to cats), flushable litters are easy to dispose of, biodegradable litters help the environment. One thing I've learned about litter box issues, though, is that it doesn't matter how much the human likes the litter or the box; if the cat doesn't like it, he won't use it. With FLUTD, cats have pain when they urinate and they start to associate that pain with their litter boxes, so it's especially important to make the litter box more appealing with a litter box makeover.

In addition to being Soth's favorite type of litter, scoopable, or clumping, litter ended up being my favorite, too, for two main reasons.

It lasts longer. When we use clumping litter, as long as I scoop at least once (usually 3 or 4) times a day, we can use the same litter for about two weeks before Soth decides it's undesirable. With the non-sccopable litter, we had to empty the box completely every week (which some people recommend doing anyway). Even though I'd remove the solid waste, there was no way to remove the urine-soaked litter, so it started to smell pretty quickly--a week was as long as either of us could stand it. Having to replace an entire litter box full of litter every week gets expensive, so if there's a litter Soth will use consistently for longer periods of time, that's a big plus in my book.

It's obvious when the box has been used. Long time followers of our blog know that I'm a bit of a hypochondriac and that doesn't change when it comes to my pets. One of the risks of FLUTD is a urinary blockage, which can be fatal to cats and is most common in male cats. When we tried some of the non-scoopable litters, I would hover over Soth as he used the litter box to see if he was still actually able to go. Even though Soth and I have shared a bathroom from the beginning, he likes a little bit of privacy and my hovering did not make the litter boxes any more appealing. With clumping litter, there's no question if he's had success in the litter box or not, so I don't have to hover and wonder if I should be rushing him to the vet if I don't see signs of urination.

The only downside is that clumping litter works quickly and clumps as soon as something wet touches it!

dog with cat litter on nose

Between scooping after Soth's frequent litter box visits and Barley helping herself to clumps, we have to refill the box regularly. Shopping for litter is never fun, but with free 1-2 day shipping on orders of $49+, Wag.com makes it possible to restock without ever leaving the couch.  

Soth and I are excited to announce that we're partnering with Nakturnal to host a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate so one of our friends can check out some of the great products at Wag.com. All you have to do is fill out the widget below and comment on our post, but you'll get more entries for sharing and connecting with us, too! The giveaway runs until December 19, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 


$50 Wag.com Gift Certificate
Disclaimer: I was compensated for helping Nakturnal spread the word about Wag.com; however, we only share information we feel is interesting and relevant for our readers. Neither Wag.com nor Nakturnal is responsible for the content of this post.

39 comments:

  1. I would choose the Harry Barker The Furry Friends Bucket - One Size - Red.

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    1. Great choice! So many goodies in one bucket!

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  2. I'm glad you found something that works for you! Maddux would be so happy if we won the gift card :)

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    1. Also, he would be so happy to have lots of treats like Zukes training treats and Bocces for bedtime cookies :)

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    2. Bedtime cookies are essential!

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  3. I'd definitely look for dog treats! I so agree about the clumping vs non clumping litter. Non clumping is atrocious!

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    1. Nola's a girl after my own heart--treats are always the right choice ;)

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  4. I would get the Hartz Dura Play Ball Dog Toy

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    1. That looks like a fun one! I might have to look into that one for my puppy!

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  5. With such low prices 2 items could be selected. The Pup needs to have medicine to control his seizures and I would feel a lot better having the Platinum Pets Original Smartphone Round Pet ID Tag so if lost we stand a better chance of being reunited quickly. The Pup would feel great in a non-restrictive Kurgo Enhanced Strength Tru-Fit Smart Harness that would properly fit his body type.

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    1. Both my girls have the Kurgo harness--it's great! Very easy to adjust and quick to put on.

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  6. I would get the Petmate Puffy Round Cat Bed - Brown for our cat.

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    1. We always need more beds around here, too!

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  7. I would probably use it to get a Snoozer bed for Ptera- even though it is a little more than the gift card amount. I have a big Snoozer bed for Koira, but I think Ptera would really like having one, and having a little one for her would be awesome

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    1. Barley has a Snoozer bed, too! She isn't crazy about and Rye hasn't discovered it yet, but Soth loves to burrow deep down into the middle--I thought he'd snuck out into the snow the other day because I couldn't find him. Then I saw a lump in the middle of the bed :)

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  8. Love clumping litter! Makes for easy clean-up and a happy kitty :) -Sally

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    1. I agree! Happy kitties make happy humans :)

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  9. You made such a good point about most litter boxes being for the humans! We use an all natural, but clumping, litter now, and at the moment everyone's pretty happy. But if Sam wasn't...forget it, no one would be!
    I think I'd get a nice soft sided carrier for Samantha, and get rid of our old plastic crate.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. When I first got Soth, I used an all natural, clumping (and flushable because I still gagged when I scooped the litter box back then!) litter--but once Barley entered the picture, she thought that was tasty whether or not Soth had been in there, so we had to switch to something that didn't seem like a big bowl of snacks for Barley :)

      New carriers are nice! Soth has a pink one (!) because it was really nice and really on sale unlike the more masculine colors.

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  10. Wow that is a nice giveaway. We prefer the clumping litter too. :)

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    1. It's perfect timing, too, just in case the pets letters to Santa get delayed in all of this cold and snow we're having--somebody will be able to be an honorary elf ;)

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  11. omg she needs a new bed! this would be perfect!

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    1. Winter days are the perfect excuse for a new bed :)

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  12. i thnk she would be happy if i spent it all on greenies!

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    1. Greenies are a big hit around here, too :)

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  13. Mom has been using clumping litter since it first came out, eons ago. It has gotten so much better over the years too. Our kitty box is up high, so we can't get into it for snacks. Mom doesn't want us in the cat box and is thinking clumping litter isn't a good thing for us to eat.

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    1. Thankfully, Barley doesn't really eat much of the litter--she usually spits it out on the carpet after she's done with her "snack." Our litter box has to be wherever Soth wants it to be, so they move around sometimes if he starts to use the carpet instead. (I'd also probably have to put it above my head if I wanted to have any chance Barley couldn't get to it!) I'm glad that your mom has found a solution that works for you girls, though!

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  14. Wow! What a great giveaway!!
    I would love to get the Snoozer Orthopedic Cozy Cave Pet Bed - Khaki - Small and KONG Scratch Apple cat toy.

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    1. Our cave bed is a big favorite around here and you can never go wrong with KONG toys!

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  15. We have a cat tree in the living room, but the cats like to spend time in the TV room (which is where I have my computer and spend the bulk of my time). I'd love to get the Go Pet Club Cat Perch w/ Spinning Scratching Post & Tunnel (in brown) for the TV room. My kitten will be 6 months old in just 5 days and she's really getting into playing on the cat tree.

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    1. We have cat trees in three rooms in our house, so I totally understand!

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  16. There is some great dog food for my old dog and toys and harnesses for my new pup.

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    1. I think I would get the K&H Pet Products Mod Safety Seat. Thanks!

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    2. Those are definitely great choices!

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  17. My dogs would love to try the Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Strawberry with Treat Spot. They are heavy chewers and need tough toys.

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    1. I've heard really good things about that one! I think my parents' dog might have one.

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  18. The dehydrated dog food :)

    www.tiffanysdiamonddogs.com

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  19. Would stock up on training treats- probably splurge on some from Honest Kitchen.

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  20. i would get some new clippers, i need some more with 3 gals although my girls would prefer some treats like the whole life, or Evanger's salmon.

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