Thursday, August 25, 2016

litter review

Every month as a #ChewyInfluencer, we get a free item to review. The free stuff does not influence our thoughts and the review below is our own honest opinion.

This month one of the options was cat litter. Heaven knows we go through a lot....and with the kitten foster room now right near the living room, mom thought this might be an interesting item to try. Mom was going to put it in the foster room, but with added kittens, decided to try it in the tower instead.
Admittedly, it is a little pricey for us at $17.99 for a 16 pound bag. (keep in mind that shipping over $49 is free per order and you can also set up an auto-ship account that will give you a discount as well - we use this feature for our food orders). The information on the website states it is vet recommended, 99% dust free, clumps instantly and scoops easy while eliminating odors and lasting longer.

looks like cat litter to us

We are going to say right up front - this is NOT dust free. Not even close. Mom says she had never found a clay litter that actually IS dust free. She used most of the bag into an empty container and dust went everywhere. Granted....pour out a small amount or pour it out slower and it may throw up less dust. But dump it out and you are on your own. However, it is pretty dust free when being kicked around by active kittens.

However, it works like a charm. Everything clumps up hard and once the kittens cover up, the smell is gone pretty quickly as well. For a house with smaller spaces (and less cats), this would be something to really think about using. Mom liked the effectiveness....but it is a bit out of our price range for every day usage.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

newbies....and a plan

We are headed into some kitten turnover, so when mom took Freedom on Saturday morning to get a check on her cold (and get nebulized and some fluids), mom saw a mom cat and little kittens and said she would take them. Little kittens need out of the shelter environment pretty quickly since they can't be vaccinated.

gray and white kitten
Mom set up a large crate in the foster room and then put one of the pens (secured to the wall so it won't flip over) to have sort of a no mans land zone next to the crate. Barley and Hops are fascinated....and can't get in. Mom has checked the camera a few times and one of them is usually sleeping next to the pen.

Here was the first reason mom got the crate back from her friend. A couple of weeks ago she was talking to a friend of hers that works for the city water department. At one of their construction sites, a mom cat and kittens had been spotted. Mom talked to them about trapping the mom cat and raising the kittens. A plan was put in place and mom loaned them her trap and a carrier. And the mom cat promptly moved the kittens and they haven't been found yet. There are some other things going on at this site, and mom and her friend are afraid that the kittens may not be alive and the mom cat may not be caught.

Since mom already had the crate set up, she put this new mom cat in there. She was found with the kittens and was named Marilyn. As far as mom can tell, the kittens are both boys.
adult dilute calico cat

calico cat and two kittens

calico cat and kittens

brown tabby kitten and orange tabby kitten
the boys

Marilyn is a good mom, though not overly so. This may be her first (and thankfully last) litter. She cleans them and feeds them, but doesn't hover over them much. The boys are both in good shape and have GREAT lungs.

This does however give mom a couple of alternatives if the feral mom cat and kittens at the construction site are found. We can see if Marilyn will take the kittens (they are about the same size based on pictures) and then spay and release the other mom. Or...if Marilyn won't take the kittens, we can move Marilyn and her kittens and put the feral mom in the crate with her kittens until they are weaned and the mom cat can be released (FYI - there is another site that has built a shelter for their ferals and she would be released over there....it isn't ideal to move them if you don't have too, but she will be MUCH safer at this other spot).