Brrrrr!

Candy & pumpkin toasting marshmallowsHappy Sunday everyone! We’re in the middle of an Arctic blast! It’s been cold cold cold. Below 0 even. And that’s Farenheit.

That means no outings for me. I did get a stroller ride just before the weather turned. It’s probably going to be the last one for a long time. Winter is definitely on its way.

Mom’s taking advantage of the icky weather to stay in and give the house a good cleaning. One of her sisters is coming to visit. It’ll be the first time either of her sisters has been to visit since we kitties came to live with mom. I’m looking forward to meeting her (and getting a little extra spoiling). I hope she’s a cat person. I know she has a dog at home, so at least she’s a pet person for sure!

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone! And if you’re in a deep freeze like we are, stay warm.

Product review – ökocat litter

Happy Sunday everyone! OMC, I can’t believe how pawsome the weather has been. In all my 5 years I haven’t seen a fall this fantastic. Mom said fall used to be like this all the time, but I’ve never seen it before. Warm during the day, cool and crispy at night, the way fall should be. Anyway, enough about fall.

20141011_180416The folks at chewy.com asked us to test out a new litter they’re carrying. It’s called ökocat litter. We tried out the Long Hair Breeds Clumping variety. There are three other varieties, too. The litter has lots of pros. From the chewy.com website:

“Okocat Natural Wood Long Hair Breeds Cat Litter contains specifically formulated pellets designed to keep litter in the box out and of your cat’s fur. Okocat litter is an eco friendly way to take care of your cat’s litter needs. It absorbs 500% its weight in moisture. It also clumps very well for easy scooping and disposing. Biodegradable for flushable disposal. Unlike powdery clay dust that can have chemicals, additives, and synthetic scents that are harmful to cats, Okocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter is free of additives and chemicals. With little-to-no dust, those with allergies in your home will breathe easy.

The natural plant fibers in Okocat bind and trap liquids and odors so they can’t escape. This litter is naturally antibacterial and biodegradable. Lightweight box with handle and pour spout are easy to carry and store.

Key Benefits

  • Controls odors for 7 days
  • Natural pine litter absorbs 500% its weight in moisture
  • Coniferous wood fights bacterial growth
  • Free of harmful chemicals & synthetic scents
  • Offers little to no airborne dust to bother allergies
  • Comes in compostable box”

Mom liked that the litter isn’t harmful to us. It really does control odor. We had the 8.4 lb. box. I can’t really judge how long the litter would last for the 3 of us because we have 2 other litter boxes with our regular litter, and all 3 boxes were used, but so far we got a month out of the box and what’s left would probably last us another 2 or 3 weeks. It really is lightweight, flushable, and really didn’t stick to my long furs. So it does live up to all its claims (except one).  Those are the pros, and they’re some pretty pawsome pros.

Now for the cons. The litter pellets won’t go through the slots in a standard litter scoop. That was first feedback we gave to chewy.com via an email. We suggested they send a scoop with it to the next testor. They were nice enough to send us a scoop that the pellets fit through, but it was very small. I’ve seen reviews of this scoop and they all complain about the same thing – the scoop is just too small and the handle is too short. I haven’t been able to find any other scoop that can handle pellet litter, so that’s something to consider if you’re thinking about changing to any pellet litter. The clumps don’t stay together very well, and because the scoop is so small, the clumps sometimes fall apart when you’re trying to scoop them out of the box. Also, the pellets do fall apart some making a lot of dust in the bottom of the box so I don’t know why they say it doesn’t have dust. It does!

20141011_18061220141102_114318Another con – look at the mess! As you can see from the two pictures, we started with the litter in a low sided box. We made a huge mess with it so mom switched it to a high sided box. We still made a huge mess! It tracks something terrible. This litter box is downstairs and mom’s found some of the litter upstairs! Mom thought being pellets (and being big and heavy compared to other litter pieces) they’d stay in the box. MOL!

Con number three – only EK used that new litter regularly. I used both litters, and Candy only used the old litter. Since Candy won’t use the new litter we couldn’t switch even if we wanted to. And frankly, that’s usually the decision maker when it comes to choosing litter – will we use it. That Candy won’t use it is a big enough con to outweigh all the pros, so we’re sticking with our old litter.

Even though Candy won’t use it, this litter really did have a lot of pros. More pros then most other litters we’ve tested in our search to find something better for us than crystal litter. I would strongly recommend testing this litter if you’re looking for a natural litter to try out. So far this has been the best of all the natural litters we’ve tested.

Lippe Jr at the Broncos game 10/23/14.

Lippe Jr at the Broncos game 10/23/14.

That’s it for today! Gotta go watch football. #GoBroncos! Have a great week everyone!

Disclaimer: We got this litter and the scoop free from chewy.com. We received no compensation and our opinions, as always, are our own. You can’t make a kitty use a litter if she doesn’t want to use it!

Book Review – Finding Mya: He can’t live Happily Ever After without her

20141026_120539Happy Sunday everyone. We’ve had pawsome weather for October – lots of warm sunny days and open windows. Today’s chilly and windy so mom put the fireplace on for me. I checked the 10-day forecast and it’s supposed to be pawsome! We’re having the best fall ever.

Picture from Amazon.com book listing

Photo by Kimberly Koz and borrowed from Amazon.com book listing.

You know I do lots of reviews. My favorite reviews are of books, and I have a real good one for you today. Kimberly Koz was nice enough to send me a copy of her manuscript to her newest book, Finding Mya – He can’t live Happily Ever After without her.  Part of what makes this book so special is the artwork – all the drawings are done by 7 year-old Mya Campbell and the photos are all by the author, Kimberly Koz.

Finding Mya is about the special relationship between Mya and Herman. While Mya and Herman (and all the other animals in the book) are real, the story is just a story. Well, a very special story.

Herman is part of a litter of kittens Mya’s grandmother is fostering until they’re old enough to adopt. Mya helps her grandmother with the kittens, and forms a special relationship with Herman. They’re both heartbroken when Herman is chosen to go to a forever home. Mya wants Herman to go home with her! They vow to find each other again.

Herman’s new home has a dog that plays too rough with kittens. Herman runs away from his new home before he ever gets in the front door. Along the way, he learns some hard lessons and has a lot of adventures. I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that he and Mya eventually find each other again. After all, if they hadn’t, there wouldn’t be a story to tell!

The book shows the power of love, friendship, trust, and having faith in all those things. The illustrations are charming. It’s only 78 pages long, but somehow in those 78 pages it touches on so many themes. It’s a positive, uplifting story about overcoming adversity and living happily ever after.

We all enjoyed this book, even mom. I think this book would make a wonderful gift for little sticky people and cat lovers of all ages.  The holidays will be here before we know it and this would be a pawsome holiday gift. Finding Mya is available at Amazon.com.

I received this book for free to review. As always, all opinions are my own. No one tells this kitty what to say!