Jun 302015

My precious cat, IbisNot too long ago, I discovered something that I had never thought to look for online. That is very strange considering I’m an online shopping addict and would much rather shop online than get dressed, hop in my van and drive around town shopping for things that would normally be right at my fingertips.

But, when it comes to things that I buy at the local grocery store, I never think to buy them online.

Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter

I had read a review about Precious Cat litter and that it was one of the top three cat litters, and it could be found on Amazon.com. Since I am an Amazon Prime member and Precious Cat was eligible for 2-day free Prime shipping, I decided to give it a try. How convenient, to have a heavy bag of cat litter delivered right to my front door!

Until now, I had always used Scoop-Away cat litter because I found it to be better than other clumping cat litters I had tried. Plus, I could buy it in the 40-lb bag at Costco. Loading it into my van, on the other hand, was pretty cumbersome without my husband to help.

I never liked cat litters that didn’t clump because the cat ended up stepping on urine-soaked litter and then tracked it outside the box. When the clumping cat litter came along I was thrilled to be able to dump the clumped urine along with the waste. Of course, because of this I would constantly be refilling the litter box.

For years, my cat had a problem with clumping cat litter. The problem was, my cat’s hair is so long it touches the floor, and his paws are bushy with long tufts of hair between his toes. He also tends to get litter stuck between his toes and tracks it onto the carpet. Also, every once in awhile, he would carry a present from the litter box, which sticks to his butt along with the clumping cat litter. I have to chase him down to clean him off before he decides to sit down and rub it all over the carpet. I wished there was a solution to this problem. Well, now there is!

When it came time to buy more Precious Cat litter, I noticed another type of litter that was made specifically for long-haired cats. It was a bit more expensive than the clumping kind, but it got pretty good reviews. It is called Precious Cat Long-Haired Cat Litter, and comes in an 8-lb. clear plastic jug with a handle.

According to the product description, “Precious Cat Long Haired Cat Litter is made from amorphous silic gel infused with hydrolyzed herbs. Long hair crystals are made into a softer texture that cats prefer. The crystals trap urine and odor on contact and prevent bacterial growth to keep your cat cleaner and healthier.”

I like how it is lightweight and pours easily without too much dust. It doesn’t clump, so the urine is absorbed into the crystals and stays there, discoloring the litter. It also absorbs the odor. Because it doesn’t clump you don’t lose the litter when you scoop it, so you don’t have to refill it as often. I’m not crazy about the idea of my long-haired cat stepping in urine soaked crystals, but he seems to like it and doesn’t track as much as the clumping litter, and doesn’t stick between his toes. I sprinkle more fresh litter over the top every week to freshen it up a bit. One jug has lasted two months, about the same as the 18 lb Precious Cat clumping cat litter.

The whole litter box needs to be dumped and replaced with fresh litter at least once a month, probably sooner if you don’t like the discoloration. I didn’t think to use a liner, but I just ordered a box of Johnny Cat jumbo liners. They have a drawstring which makes it easy to dispose of the litter and avoid having to clean the litter box too often.

Now that it is time to replace the litter box, I will clean it and use the new Johnny Cat liner.

A few months ago, I bought a new litter box and mat from Amazon. They have worked out very well. I placed the litter mat in front of the box and it catches most of litter, then I just shake out the mat over the litter box.

IRIS Open Top Litter Box with Shield and Scoop

This is a great litter box, and very inexpensive. I was afraid my huge cat wouldn’t use it, but he took to it right away. He no longer scatters litter everywhere.

The litter mat is called Petlinks Purr-fect Paws Cat Litter Mat. I placed this mat in front of his new litter box and it works out very nicely. It catches most the litter that he tracks outside the box, and I just simply shake it out over the litter box.

litter box with shield, litter box genie, pet rug

This setup works nicely

Oct 042011

Well, scared-ibis-roofersit happened again. This was pretty funny, but I’m sure Ibis didn’t think so.

We live in a large townhouse community and the owners take very good care of it. We had some storms come through awhile back (in April) and there was a lot of golf ball size hail damage, mostly to vehicles and window screens. Golf Ball Size Hail

Our car looks like a dimpled golf ball, but at least it matches most of the vehicles in Knoxville. Then, more storms came through, as mentioned in previous Ibis stories, and over a period of time we were in need of some new roofs.

So, this morning, the roofers arrived and began the day with lots of noise while replacing the shingles.

crouching ibis

Well, here comes poor Ibis, crouching along and looking for a good place to hide.

He then ran into the nook and hid behind the recliner chair and I figured he would huddle back there for awhile.

Then, later on I went looking for him and couldn’t find him. He does that a lot when he’s scared. I usually find him in a closet somewhere.

So, I went looking for him again, and this is what I saw. He’s so big and fat, I don’t know how he manages to get under there.

Ibis hiding

Aug 102011

Now, Ibis the catif you recall my story about Ibis, the scaredy cat, you would think that he must be a little bit of a thing, too afraid of everyone. Well, he’s not. He is almost 14 years old and weighs at least 17 pounds (the last weigh-in at the vet, and he’s probably gained more since then). The vet wanted me to put him on a diet. She said to feed him 1/2 cup of dry food a day. LOL! No way! The first day, I filled his bowl with 1/2 cup and in no time he was crying for more. All day long. That first night, I figured, okay, I’ll split it up. So, I gave him 1/4 cup to last through the night. Nope! He lay outside the bedroom door, and started mewing around 3 AM.

So, I try not to feed him too much, but he continues to get fatter and fatter. My son just came back from a month long trip with his cousins (my niece and her kids, who are closer to his age because I gave birth to him when I was 42). His older brother is 18 years older than him. Anyway, I digress and that’s a whole ‘nother story. So, when Patrick came back from his month-long trip (by the way, this was the first time that he was away from us for more than a day or two), he took one look at Ibis and said, “Has Ibis gotten fatter?.” I said, “Nah, you just forgot how big he is.” He said, “No, I don’t think so, he’s definitely fatter.”

 Posted by on August 10, 2011
Aug 092011

Remember when I told the story of Ibis, my cat, and the thunderstorm that came through here yesterday? Well, little did we know that there was a whole lot of excitement to come from that.

It was late, around midnight or so, and I was watching TV. I thought I smelled smoke, but it wasn’t very strong and I thought maybe it was just the smell of the burner where I had just been cooking up some chicken for tomorrow. The burner was turned off, but I thought maybe the smell was lingering a bit.

Then, my son Patrick, 17, came down to say, “Mom, do you know that there’s two fire trucks outside?” Continue reading »

 Posted by on August 9, 2011
Aug 092011

I meant to post this yesterday, August 8th, but things got so hectic I didn’t get the chance. I wrote this sometime in the afternoon, around 3-4 pm, while I was fiddling with installing my new blog.

Oh, my goodness! There’s a storm coming through and the thunder is loud and the crack of lightning sounds close. I never know if it’s the thunder making that loud noise, but it sounds to me like lightning hitting a tree or something. I don’t know, but it was loud. My first thought was, man, that sounds close.

My poor cat, Ibis, came crawling out of the kitchen, very slowly, crouching as low as he could as he crawled towards me. I knew he didn’t like rain and thunder, but I’ve never seen him do that before. Considering how fat he is, it’s difficult to crouch without his belly dragging along the floor. It’s odd because he’s perfectly safe in the kitchen, or living room, or just about anywhere in the house, but he’s a scaredy cat. Continue reading »