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Cabin fever

January 19th 2016 6:35 pm
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The long dark & cold nights are getting to mom and me. It's just now getting back above 0 in Minnesota after a few days of extreme bitter cold. Mom is relieved it will stay double digits above 0, better for running errands & taking out the trash & litter genie.

I'm already bored of almost everything I got for Christmas except for a red tulle ball. Its similar to a crinkle ball.

Gotcha day is coming soon.



Thanks mom!

December 7th 2015 10:57 am
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My new large cat ThunderShirt arrived today. With 30% off and the free shipping it was a fantastic deal that was definitely needed! The restraint collar is a great idea for the vet.

I'm wearing the new Thundershirt all afternoon while noisy work continues at the apartment. We'll be very glad when they're done with that. If it gets too loud mom is going to put ear plugs in her ears.

My other Thundershirt was medium sized for 9 - 12 lbs and that doesn't fit me so well anymore.


Must have Fancy Feast

November 4th 2015 12:10 pm
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Lucky for us the weather is still unusually mild for MN right now. Sometimes mom can't get a ride to a store when she needs it most so will work on pre-planning with stocking up for the winter to come.

There was no Fancy Feast on hand this morning so about an hour ago she took off, walked to the bank to deposit a check and continued to the store to get me a couple cans of tuna flavored Fancy Feast (droolzzzzz) and a couple other things. She's going out again with a driver in a little while so plans to get me a pack of it until she can get to Wal-mart a couple days before Thanksgiving after her dental check up.

A few weeks ago she even ran out of her beloved Coke Zero and had to go to a nearby gas station on foot for a couple bottles of it. She plans to address this need for shopping to stock up for winter weather at the obligated meeting next week.

Living so close to downtown definitely has its advantages.


Happy Halloween!

October 30th 2015 8:52 am
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Our apartment is decorated with pumpkins, spiders & webs and black cats (besides me). Since our building is locked mom knows that only her nephew will be haunting us for candy. He will be 2 years old soon so she bought him a regular sized Hershey bar (keeping it away from me of course).

She's going to wear a headband with animal ears while he's here so he won't be too scared. Since she won't have to give away candy all evening she'll change & head to the costume party in her screaming neon 80's colors she wore to the Taylor Swift show, complete with neon purse with Care Bear & My Little Pony plush clips.


Birthday & recent visitor

October 11th 2015 1:46 pm
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The first weekend of October my "sister" (daughter of former humom) dropped by and visited me.

Tomorrow I turn 5 years old! I'll be holding down the apartment while mom is hanging out with Taylor Swift in Fargo. She'll be leaving around 2 pm for the 2 hour trek & going to 1989 in screaming neon 80's style.

This year my gifts are the Kitty Shack (from tv), a pack of new toys, fresh batteries in the laser, cat grass and of course the usual Fancy Feast tuna. She's staying home all day today and charging up the camera for tomorrow night.

We'll catch up on all the catster birthday love & other things on Tuesday.


New litter box

August 20th 2015 6:32 pm
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After reading that the only automatic box that really keeps working is the expensive litter robot, mom decided to seek out the hooded sifting litter box by Van Ness identical to the non sifting version I'm already comfortable with. She happened to find it at Wal-mart today on the shelf for just under $25 and bought another box of light weight Fresh Step litter. This makes more sense to both of us instead of spending more on the sifting liners that I'm not so sure about.

When the liners are gone she'll put litter in it for me, replace the old box with it in the same spot and sift 2 - 3 times a week and dump the clumps in the litter genie for disposal. She'll clean up the other box with Dawn dish soap & water and will decide what to do with that one after the switch.

She also got me a 36 pack of canned Sheba food with a free pouch of treats included. She can't find canned Fancy Feast in anything bigger than 24 or 30 packs.

Mom is happier now that she can sift the litter instead of digging with the scoop.


Getting used to the liners

August 19th 2015 9:45 pm
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Mom has been online and there are plenty of helpful tips on getting us cats used to a litter box but not liners, so we're going to share what we're doing for me.

She originally tried putting them in the regular covered box after cleaning it and changing the air filter, but I didn't go in. Not wanting to face a vet bill, this is what we're doing now.

I have a spare litter tray so she removed the liners from the regular box & dumped the litter back in without, put the liners on the spare box with a little bit of litter so I can get used to burying it into them. I am front declawed so only concern are the back feet.

She will dump the litter onto the sifting liners from the covered box to clean it without scooping, then pour it back into the box until there are only a couple sifting liners left.

When there aren't many left she will try to put them back in the closed box after I'm more used to them. If I still won't go in she's giving up.

Instead of buying more liners she will invest in the sifting box exactly like the litter box I use all the time, and will make it as normal as possible so I will take to it better than the liners thus far. It has to fit through the skinny closet door frame.


It's clean!

August 18th 2015 4:23 pm
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Aside from the filthy litter box I really put mom to work with more throw up on the living room carpet.

She did her best at clean it out but with the rain & cool weather she stayed inside & went through a few litter box cleaning wipes. She got it almost clean except a few caked on spots so just put the liners over that. She also cleaned the hood to the box & replaced the air filter, and dumped the old litter in the trash to put in all fresh clumping Fresh Step litter in over the sifting liners which is the only change to the box I already had. The hood is back on it and now the stink is gone.

The box just fits through the tiny door frame so definitely can't get anything bigger in width.

On a future fair weather day (no rain, almost no wind) she'll take the box out & give it a good scrub with regular Dawn.

Now I don't have to meow at her to clean the box. She's hoping I'll get used to the liners since everything else is normal about it. She has yet to take 1 liner out that sifts it but will see if it's any better than scooping within a couple days after I make a couple deposits.


The litter box saga continues

August 17th 2015 8:34 am
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All of the ebay purchases have arrived, but 1 of them didn't put enough postage and now mom owes the postman 44 cents.

She's gonna get around to cleaning it and putting the sifting liners in tomorrow. Once it's clean she has replacement zeolite filters to help absorb odors since it's a hooded box. I have a back up litter tray to use while she's working on the dirty box so that will get scooped and then dumped into the lined box.

We're trying to improve the box I already have since she still needs expensive dental work done unless a root canal is needed then she loses another molar instead of the time, money & effort involved in fixing a broken down tooth.

The laundry basket is full again so she'll get laundry done today. This weekend she's going to get the last box unpacked and find more things to get rid of. She's still waiting to put Christmas stuff in storage, and it might not get in there until after the holidays at this snail slow rate.


Considering litter box options

August 12th 2015 4:35 pm
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Since my litter box is in a tiny dining room closet mom is having issues keeping up with the cleanliness. Before we buy a new box she just bought sifting liners on ebay (and a new filter for the top). When those get here she'll take the box outside and clean it up with plain Dawn soap & water since we now live steps away from the entry door.

She's planning to toss the used sifting liners into the litter genie. She's also going to look into the litter box cleaning wipes and hopes this is all we need to get by. An automatic powered box wouldn't work as well in the closet with power supply a few feet away. The door frame is 17 inches wide so it's a struggle to find something else to fit and save time cleaning up used litter.

We have a back up litter pan I can use while she cleans the enclosed (no door) box. She was looking at sifting litter boxes which would have reduced the scooping a lot but the reviews made her hold off for now.

Would've shopped on amazon but we aren't prime members. We found some decent buys on ebay with free shipping that will get here within the week. She got a 10 pack of the sifting liners to see if they work any better for her. She'll toss the used ones into the litter genie for quick disposal until it's down to the plain liner. If it works out she'll order more packs with more liners instead of another box that may not fit in the closet.

She hasn't cleaned the box in a while due to the move and the other stuff that took up too much time last month so she's gonna do it now, or when all the items get here from the ebay sellers.

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