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Something Smells Funny and It’s Not the Cat Litter

I’d been meaning to write a post about switching to a new eco-friendly cat litter.  Several months ago, Purr & Simple PR contacted me and offered a bag of their litter for me to try.  I often get offered eco-friendly cat litter to review, but most times, I don’t bother because as you know, cats don’t like change.

Furball is no exception to this rule.  The last time I tried mucking with his litter, he proceeded to poop on the stairs leading to the garage. Lesson learned.

However, Purr & Simple’s promise of twice the odor control was enough to entice me into trying it.  And it worked!  It really did reduce the stink factor.  Enough so that I went through a 3-week process slowly transitioning Furball to the new litter.

It was awesome.  I loved it.  And then, a few months later, when we ran out, I gave my husband an errand to pick up more litter on his way home from work.  And then, HORROR struck!

The store no longer carried it!  The only information the storekeeper had was that another company had bought Purr and Simple and that the distribution was halted.

So, I couldn’t help but feel like I’d been had.  I just went through the onerous process of changing litter, found what I considered to be the awesomest cat litter, and then, BAM.  It was taken off the shelves.

What was I to do?  Well, I went back to my previous pet store and bought Cat Country, the organic wheatgrass litter Furball used to use.  While at the store, I noticed that they had Feline Pine for an unbelievably low price.  So I bought a bag of that too.  I’m still using up the last bag of Purr & Simple and when that’s done, I’m planning to try out the Feline Pine because I’ve heard it’s really good for odor control too.

And that would have been the end of the story, EXCEPT…

A few days ago, one of my readers wrote in to tell me that she had recently read my post asking people about their experiences with Purr & Simple.  She kindly shared how the clumping formula was the best she’d ever tried.  And then she let me know that Purr and Simple had been bought out and was now being sold as Blue Naturally Fresh cat litter.

I read that and was delighted.  I was totally planning to ask for her permission to republish what she had written verbatim.  BUT THEN…

Tonight, I just got another email from another reader.  And she said basically almost the same thing as the first person.  Of course, she pointed out a few other key selling points of the litter.  And then concluded, almost verbatim to the first email, how Purr & Simple had been bought out and was now repackaged as Blue Naturally Fresh cat litter.  COINCIDENCE?

Hmm, even the subject headers were the same.

Blue Buffalo, I would have preferred that you had simply written to me directly.  I was already a fan of the product.

All-Natural Cat Litter With Twice the Odor Control

I recently was given the scoop on a nutty all-natural cat litter that claims to have twice the odor control of major brands.  Purr & Simple cat litter is made from locally grown tree-nut shells, which happen to be a sustainable agricultural by-product.

The eco-specs on this litter read really well.  Purr & Simple provides twice the odor control, half the dust and it’s also 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} biodegradable.

And, it comes in two different versions to suit your kitty’s fancy. There’s a pellet version as well as the Kwik-Klump formula.

They sure do like lab tests at Purr & Simple!  They do extensive testing within their facility, shelters, and certified laboratories.  I found a little chart on their website that illustrated how Purr & Simple Kwik-Klump turned into a solid clump in just 15 minutes.

Furball uses a pellet litter so I don’t know if this is an astounding number, but based on the chart comparing Kwik-Klump to pine, corn and wheat litters, it looks like Purr & Simple has a slight edge on pine and corn, with wheat litter being a distant fourth.

Here’s another one of their graphs comparing Purr & Simple’s odor control to three popular types of eco-friendly litters in addition to clay.

Looks like no contest here, but the real truth lies in home use. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any useful reviews for the product on Amazon.  Most of the five star reviews looked a little suspect.  Hmm, only one review written by the user and it’s for Purr & Simple and it gives them five stars.

The two low ratings I found were given due to sneezing issues and the color of the litter.  If you have any experience with this litter and aren’t affiliated with Purr & Simple in any way, I’d love to hear from you.

To learn more about this natural kitty litter, visit Purr & Simple’s website at


Litter Liners — Can They Ever Be Green?

Imperial Cat, makers of earth-friendly cat scratchers, recently announced their new line of “Neat ‘n Tidy” sifting litter liners. According to a recent press release, the Neat ‘n Tidy includes 28 perforated liners – about a month’s supply for daily changes – that neatly stack inside the litter pan.

linersYou’re directed to pour your favourite clumping litter on top of the liners and instead of scooping, you lift up the top liner and the clean litter passes through the slots. So, what happens to the used litter? Well, you’re supposed to toss it out with the liner.

I love Imperial Cat’s cat scratchers. And I love their program for shelter cats, but I have to say the jury’s out on the litter liners. They claim that using the liners can extend the life of your mans health litter by 50{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}.

If that’s true, then you might be able to consider the litter liners are eco-friendly, especially when you factor in how many hundreds of pounds of clumping litter many cats use over the course of a year. And if it’s regular clumping clay cat litter, then reducing usage by 50{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} is a boon for the environment. And here’s why you should switch from clay litter to eco-friendly cat litter.

Maybe these liners have their place in multi-cat households or animal shelters, where scoop, dump and wash just isn’t practical. I’d love to hear from you. We’re on Facebook and Twitter @greenlittlecat.

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I still advocate that self-scooping, a teeny weeny bit of elbow grease and eco-friendly litter are the best way to go.

Cheap Cheap Natural Clumping Cat Litter

I wanted to give a big thank you to Wendy, a Green Little Cat reader, who sent me this great tip for cheap cheap natural clumping cat litter. Perhaps the more appropriate phrase here would be “cheep cheep” natural litter. If you’re looking for a low cost alternative to the World’s Best Cat Litter, then you might be surprised to learn that chickens have the answer to your search.

Wendy’s two cats have been using non-medicated chicken feed, or more specifically “chick starter” in their litter box. Chick starter, also known as game bird finishing crumbles, is mostly made up of corn, along with soybean meal, whole wheat and alfalfa and vitamins. Chick starter is readily available at all feed stores and usually costs about 20 to 30 cents per pound as compared to $1 or more per pound for the World’s Best Cat Litter.

Wendy was kind enough to go into detail about why chick starter makes a great natural clumping cat litter.  She listed the pros and cons:

The Pros:

  • Cats like using it
  • Inexpensive cat litter alternative, also not taxed in some states
  • Clumps instantly and easily sifts through the litter scoop
  • Natural, edible
  • A little goes a long way
  • Helps control odors

The Cons:

  • There is a bit of tracking, but it’s not all over the house.
  • Puppies have been known to eat it.
  • Purchasing it can be awkward if a new store clerk doesn’t know what you need and asks what you are feeding.  Wendy tells them, “Cornish game hens,” to keep it simple.

Wendy’s 2 cats are mostly indoor cats.  She estimates that a 50 lb bag lasts at least 5-6 months. She sums it up really nicely, “There is no excuse for using clay when this is just as cheap.”

I also did an online search for other cat lovers using chick starter as an alternative natural cat litter.  I found two posts from two different people who have used both layer crumbles and the World’s Best Cat Litter.  Both found the two products to be very similar with the main difference being the price.

5 Great Reasons to Use Less Cat Litter

Recycle, reduce and reuse are the buzzwords for the mainstream environmental movement.  People definitely have gotten the recycle aspect down.  Reusing is starting to pick up steam too.  But, what about REDUCE?  For years, it seemed this humble verb was reduced to being a mere sidekick to the sexier “recycle”.  It took a global recession to bring “reduce” back to the forefront.   So with that lead-up, I’ll give you 5 great reasons to use less cat litter.

1. The cat box is easier to clean.

When I was trying to toilet train Furball, I made an unexpected discovery.  During the training process, I had to train Furball to use a shallow litter pan that fit inside the toilet seat.  Because the pan was so shallow, it could only hold about a cup of cat litter in it.

I was somewhat dreading to see what the bathroom would look like after Furball used the shallow tray.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only did he use the tray, the bathroom was actually quite clean.  Because there was so little litter, he didn’t bother scattering it around everywhere.  He hardly tracked any litter so I didn’t have to sweep up as often.  As well, his poop sat right on top, which made it very easy to dump out.  And, when it was time to clean the tray, I could simply pour out the entire contents without sifting through it.  This leads me to my next point.

2. Your litter box will be less stinky.

This sounds counterintuitive because it’s been drummed into our way of thinking that you need to use more litter to keep odors down.  At least, that’s what the box/bag of litter says.  Who benefits from us using more cat litter?  The cat litter company.

When you use less litter, it’s soooo much easier to clean that you can clean more often with less effort.  Hence, the less stinky box.

3. You’ll save money.

Eco-friendly and natural litters cost more, but if you use less, then your annual litter costs can actually go down.  For example, now that Furball uses less litter, I pay less than $75/year for his litter.  Not bad, considering that he uses organic wheatgrass litter.

4. It’s more convenient.

It was a pain in the butt to haul 40lb bags of cat litter from the pet store in a Mini Cooper.  Then, the litter had to be lugged up three flights of stairs and stacked in a very conspicuous corner in the bathroom.  Uh, let’s just say there was more cat litter than bathroom in the bathroom.  Because we use less litter now, the tiny 20lb bag fits neatly under the sink and I can make fewer trips to the store to stock up.

5. It’s really good for the environment.

Add up how much litter you use a year.  I’d wager that if you’re using a common litter (e.g., clay-yikes hopefully not, wheat, pine, recycled paper)  you’re going through over 100 lbs a year, and quite possibly up in the 200 to 300 lb range.  If you’re using corn, pat yourself on the back for its light weight.

Did you know that there are over 80 million cats in the United States alone?  Even if only half of these cats were using cat litter, that’s a lot of litter going into landfill sites.  I did the math once and it worked out to billions of pounds.

If you used just one less scoop of litter per cat per week, that could add up to 10 lbs of litter a year.  Now, multiply that by the number of cats.  If everyone cut down by just one sccop a week, 800 million pounds of cat litter per year would be diverted from going into landfills and being manufactured in the first place.

How to Save Money on Natural Cat Litter

If you’ve wanted to switch to an all natural cat litter rather than use a clay cat litter or some other generic clumping cat litter, but have hesitated because of the extra cost for a premium cat litter, learn how you can save money on eco-friendly cat litters. Even if you’re already green, read on to learn a few tips on how you might save some green.

First off, if you’re currently using a clay cat litter, I’ll be straight with you. Yes, natural cat litters cost more. How much more? Obviously it varies depending on what type of kitty litter you’re currently using and what type of litter you want to switch to, but a general ballpark would be twice as much. For example, a 20 lb bag of Fresh Step clay cat litter costs $5.99 whereas a 20 lb bag of Feline Pine is $9.99. If you were to buy Feline Pine’s uber premium clumping cat litter, Feline Pine Scoop, a 10 lb bag would set you back by $13.99.

Don’t be discouraged. There are ways to save money on eco-friendly cat litters so that they cost the same or even less than using a regular litter. Here are a few tips to on saving money so that you can switch from your clumping clay litter to a green cat litter.

1. Free Cat Litter

Like it or not, most natural cat litters are now made by huge conglomerates. The ma/pop kitty litter brands have sold out to the Purinas of the world. While the ideals of the original company founder are probably long lost, the benefit is that their products are now available at more stores making it more convenient for more people to use them.

With the big business, comes big promotions. The marketers working for these companies want you to switch cat litters, but they know that they have some huge obstacles to overcome to get you to switch to a different brand of cat litter. Thus, many premium cat litter companies regularly have special offers for free cat litter.

I’ve noticed it myself on my blog in the Google ad on my site. Every once in a while, I’ll see a link advertising free cat litter for one of the premium brands of all natural cat litter. You don’t need to visit cat blogs and scour random ads. Just search the web for free cat litter. Right now, I just ran a quick search for “free cat litter” and found rebates for free bags of World’s Best cat litter and Feline Pine.

2. Cat Litter Coupons

Searching for cat litter coupons is not nearly as productive as searching for free cat litter. However, I did find a cat litter coupon for Yesterday’s News to save $1.50, and you can currently find a printable coupon for $2 off World’s Best Cat Litter through Coupon Sherpa. You also see the occasional special offer for free cat litter before. However, many of the cat litter coupons that come up are for the un-green litters such as Fresh Step.

3. Compare Prices for Natural Cat Litters

Free cat litter and cat litter coupons will help you get started, but the savings need to continue with your regular day-to-day usage of kitty litter. This is a pretty obvious tip, but shop around to compare the prices of natural cat litters. In general, natural cat litters cost more, but how much more depends on the litter you choose, the size of the bag and where you purchase it.

Furball uses Cat Country, a cat litter made from wheatgrass. Being a wheatgrass cat litter, you might expect it to cost more, but we pay about $7 for a 20 lb bag at a local ma/pop pet supply store. That’s a dollar more than Fresh Step, but steps ahead in eco-friendliness.

4. Use Less Litter

This may seem like an oxymoron, but using less litter can actually reduce litter box odors and you’ll also save hundreds of dollars on cat litter. In the past, I always added more litter to reduce the smell from the litter box. It wasn’t until I tried toilet training Furball (enter “toilet train” in the search if you want to read how this went) that I discovered that I could significantly reduce the amount of litter we used and also cut down on litter box odors.

During the toilet training, I had to reduce the litter to less than a half inch layer on a small tray sitting on the toilet seat. Furball was just as happy doing his business on a third of an inch of litter as two inches worth.

When we stopped the toilet training experiment, I started putting a third of an inch of litter in his box. I did have to scoop every day, but I was practically scooping daily before, so it wasn’t much of a change. With less litter in the box, it was actually much easier to scoop.

During the past five months, we’ve used only one 40 lb bag of cat litter. We used to go through a 40 lb bag of litter every other month. Now, we’re down to just over two bags a year, bringing the cost of using an organic cat litter to about $30 a year, a savings of 65%. If you could reduce the cost of using a natural cat litter by 65%, that would bring it on par with clay cat litter. So, now there’s no excuse not to switch to a natural cat litter!

Greener Alternatives to Grocery Bags for Disposing of Cat Litter

Do you ever find yourself taking the plastic bag at the grocery store simply because you need it for garbage? I’ve done this myself a few times.

I’ll bring my reusable tote to the store, but before I can whip it out, the cashier has already stuffed my purchase into a bag and handed it to me, turning his/her attention to the next customer. Or, I might be at the Chinese grocery store and their English is a little patchy as is my Chinese. The item goes into the bag and it just seems like too much hassle to explain that I don’t need a bag and hope that they’ll understand what I’m saying. I’ve even taken the item out of the bag before, only to see the cashier take the plastic bag and then throw it into the trash.

At the local supermarket, there’s one cashier who insists that I take a bag or she’ll stick a gigantic sticker on my item to show that it’s paid for. In this instance, I debate which is better for the environment — a plastic bag that I’ll reuse or a giant sticker that I’ll throw out.

What tips the scale for me in all of the above scenarios is that I use grocery bags for throwing out my trash. And since I’ve been using reusable bags for over a decade, I’ve already run through the ones I’ve gotten from friends/family/freecycle. As more and more people use reusable totes, I’m facing a shortage of garbage bags.

Here in California, I just learned that it’s illegal to flush your cat waste as a potential parasite in cat poo can is causing serious harm to the sea otter population. So, what’s a girl and a cat to do?

Well, I’ve come up with a number of greener alternatives to collecting grocery bags to dispose of your cat’s litter.  Here they are:

  1. Toilet paper roll packaging: Buy the jumbo pack of 12 rolls, and instead of just tearing off the plastic wrap, cut one end open.  You now have a giant-sized bag for throwing out cat litter.
  2. Ditto for the plastic wrapper on paper towels.
  3. Use a smaller cat litter scoop.  Now you can easily use smaller bags for tossing out kitty’s waste as the smaller scoop will fit inside the smaller bag.
  4. Ask friends with babies (up to 2 to 3 years) to save the bags that the disposable diapers come in.  You’ll have an endless supply.  Yes, in an ideal green world, your friends would use cloth diapers, but as a parent, you learn that idealism and babies do not go hand in hand.  It really depends on the baby!
  5. Ask friends with newspaper subscriptions to save those annoying bags that newspapers are delivered in.  The bags are super narrow, which is where your small cat litter scoop will come in handy.
  6. Produce bags for fruits and veggies are also handy for disposal.  Again, in an ideal world, you’d pick everything loose and reuse mesh bags.  I use a CSA and they insist on sending my organic produce in plastic baggies.  At least the bags are biodegradable.  I asked if I could send back the bags to be reused.  The answer was an obvious no.
  7. Pay attention to packaging.  Bought a new computer?  Guess what?  It probably came in a plastic bag inside the box.  Underwear?  Plastic bag.  Ikea furniture?  Plastic bag.  Spinach?  Plastic bag.  Etc.
  8. Ask friends/family for their produce bags, grocery bags, plastic bags, etc.  In your ideal world, you’d convince them all to use reusable bags, but let’s face it, not everyone is going to do this, so you might as well use their bags.
  9. Post on your local a request for bags.

Mint Ice Cream Cat Litter

PpodI recently visited the Humane Society of Silicon Valley and was told about an eco-friendly cat litter that smells like ice cream. I had to see (smell) this for myself so HSSV’s Director of Customer Service was kind enough to lead me the their pet store and held up a bag for me to sniff.

Normally, I wouldn’t get up close to a bag of cat litter, but I had to smell this ice cream cat litter for myself. I bent down, took a tentative sniff and the litter did indeed smell like a mint ice cream cone.

The Director of Customer Service said that she tried using this litter at home, but stopped when her cat wanted to eat it. I had a similar experience with Swheat Scoop, where Furball wasn’t sure whether to eat the litter or pee in it. But then again, my cat will eat anything and inhales every last crumb of food.

If your cat is the normal type when it comes to food, you may want to consider Healthy Pet P-POD litter. It’s reportedly excellent for odour control and also clumps well.

P-POD is made from reclaimed cellulose fiber and is processed to remove potentially harmful aromatic hydrocarbons that exist in pine and cedar oils. It’s made by International Absorbents Inc.

I haven’t done any investigating into this company, so I’m not sure if they’re fake green or real green, but their website says that they are “engaged in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of proprietary, cost-effective absorbent products derived from waste wood fiber (cellulose), a by-product of the pulp and paper manufacturing process.” Apparently, they started making pet bedding for small rodents and moved into cat litter from there.

This is also claimed in research. According to doctors, Valium can be used as an anesthetic drug. In the case of combination such as medicine with other drugs, as a result, it enhances the effects.

If you want to learn more, check out their website.

Behind the Scenes at CitiKitty, the Cat Toilet Training System

You may have been following the adventures of Furball in my attempt to train him to use the toilet instead of a litter box. The toilet training kit was generously supplied to me by Rebecca Rescate, the owner of CitiKitty Inc. When she first contacted me to offer a CitiKitty to me, I thought she was a PR rep as I assumed the CitiKitty was produced by some giant conglomerate and the “green” label was just another big company cashing in on the eco-trend.

Then I found out that Rebecca was actually the owner of the company and that she really believes in being green.  That’s what inspired her to invent the CitiKitty in the first place.  I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her business, so here’s an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes at CitiKitty.

Me: For readers unfamiliar with cat toilet training systems, please tell us a bit about the CitiKitty and how to use it.

Rebecca: CitiKitty is a simple low-cost way of training your cat to use the toilet.  To toilet train your cat you need to gradually transition them from litter box to toilet and this can accomplished with CitiKitty.

Each CitiKitty comes with a specially designed Training Seat that fits on your toilet and is filled with a small amount of litter. Each week you remove one ring from the training seat. This gradually opens the hole in the center of the training seat while at the same time reducing the amount of litter for your cat. Once all the rings from the training seat are removed and your cat is using the toilet you can remove the device all together.

Me: How is the CitiKitty eco-friendly?

Rebecca: CitiKitty is manufactured from reclaimed plastic. In additional the printed materials in every CitiKitty Kit are manufactured on 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} Recycled (min. 50{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} post-consumer waste) paper. In addition to manufacturing our kit with the environment in mind we run a virtually paperless company and pay into our local electric wind-power program at our facility.

Me: What was your inspiration to develop the CitiKitty? Do you have a photo of your weight loss first cat using a prototype?

Rebecca: My inspirition to start CitiKitty was when I toilet trained my own cat Samantha at the age of 11. I was living in a super tiny New York City apartment that left little room for a litter box. Boy do I wish I took photos of her during the training! I didn’t know it would lead to a business one day so it was not something I documented. I have attached a funny (never seen before) photo of me assembling our first CitiKitty orders in my pajamas. All the kits you see if the photo were sent to DailyCandy readers after the product was featured by them.


Me: How did you come up with the name, CitiKitty?

Rebecca: I believe it is harder to name a company name then it is name a child and I don’t say this jokingly, I am the mother of three great kids! It took about 3 months to come up with the name CitiKitty after hundreds of others and we chose it because it was catchy, had great meaning (for city dwelling cats that live in small apartments and need to be litter free) and Samantha gave it her purr of approval.

Me: Did you always plan to create a business or did it grow organically?

Rebecca: I never planned on being a business owner but I have always been entrepreneurial in spirit so CitiKitty a great opportunity for me to express my passion for unique consumer products.

Me: How has the CitiKitty design changed over the years?

Rebecca: The total brand of CitiKitty was given a facelift in 2009. The original CitiKitty brand was created by myself and a close friend in 2005 in one weekend. In addition to new packaging and a new logo we also made improvements to the kit in 2009 including a sturdier training seat, including a training insert with every kit making you able to go backward in the training process and including our premium grade catnip, CitiNip with every kit.

Furball’s Cat Toilet Training – Day 27

Unfortunately, the cat toilet training experiment has come to an end.  Furball, who is almost 9 years old, made it known loud and clear that he had no plans on progressing to the next ring.  Thankfully he used the tray when he needed to urinate, but he just did not get used to it for pooping.

Furball had another accident today.  In the morning, I peered in the bathroom and didn’t see a present on the floor.  I suspected that he was perhaps holding it in.  He hadn’t gone yesterday, so I figured I would wait to see what would happen.  My nose did pick up the slight scent of fecal matter, but I dismissed it as general cat tray odour.

On his way to work, my husband called out from the stairs leading to the garage.  He found where Furball had decided to do his business.  This was Furball’s third accident and I had not made any changes to the toilet training set up, nor had I tried to move him along too quickly.  I’d say 4 weeks to go from cat box to one hole punched out of the ring would be taking it slow.

My mother-in-law is going back to Canada in two weeks, which leaves me on my own to look after my baby son.  Factoring this in with Furball’s increased anxiety over the past week, I made the decision today to stop the toilet training.

It is unfortunate, but I guess some cats adapt and some don’t.  Furball was not going to be one of the ones to use the toilet, at least not on this attempt.

We were using the CitiKitty which was generously supplied to us by the owner of the CitiKitty company.  I wanted to be able to report success since she uses recycled plastic and post-consumer recycled paper to make her product in the USA.  Unfortunately, I just did not have the time to devote to making it work.

It seemed to me that Furball did not like perching himself on the tray.  He normally uses a very generously sized box, so perhaps the switch to a small tray was too much for him.  As well, he likes to be in an enclosed, “safe” place.  His box used to be in the corner, protected on three sides.  Perhaps he felt too exposed sitting on the toilet, even with the bathroom door mostly closed.  With more praise and coaxing, I think he would have migraine adapted, but I just don’t have the time to do this with the baby.

In all honesty, I do not believe that had we used the competitive product, Litter Kwitter, it would have made any difference.  The only difference would have been paying twice as much for a product made in China that uses a lot more plastic.  If anything, the Litter Kwitter with its much bigger ring sizes would have been more likely to have freaked out Furball.  I believe what it comes down to is whether your cat has the disposition to be toilet trained and you have the time to invest in training them.

There’s no way to predict whether or not your cat will take to the training.  I guess the only way you’ll know is to give it a try.  And, if you are going to try, in my opinion, you should use the product that uses less plastic, less packaging, less resources for transportation, is made locally and is made from recycled materials, which is the CitiKitty.

Here’s my two cents worth of advice (although I always advise people to only take advice from those who are successful at what you are asking advice for):

  • Have lots of time and energy to coddle your cat through the experience.  Doing this with a new baby is not a good idea.
  • Be careful of any scented products you use to clean the toilet.  They may spook your cat.
  • Go really slowly.
  • Make sure your toilet seat is attached firmly and level.  No seats that slope inwards.
  • Expect the toilet to be occupied with the tray for weeks and possibly months.
  • Clean the tray every day.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has successfully trained their cat.  While it didn’t work for Furball, it may be just the thing for your cat.

On the plus side, I discovered that Furball would still use the tray even if there was very little litter in it.  Based on this experience, I’m going to significantly reduce the amount of litter used in his box.  I scoop it almost daily anyways so might as well reduce our environmental impact a little bit more.

I had an epiphany for redesigning a litter scoop a few weeks ago and was thinking of submitting the idea to be an As Seen On TV product.  Now that we’re back to the cat box and I’m going to be using less litter, I think it’s time to proceed with this idea.