I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cat’s Pride. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Last year a good friend, Paula, adopted a beautiful mam cat and one of her kittens from a local shelter. Before long she realized that mama was going to be having MORE kittens. (Check out Paula’s furry family members here. ) I had been seriously considering adding a cat to our family already so I asked if we could adopt from her. I decided that since we are most often gone all day that getting two siblings might be a good idea so no one was lonely during the day. (And hoping that meant less naughtiness while we were gone.)
The boys instantly fell in love. It was hard not too. They were both sweet and cuddly and loved to play!
They are almost a year old now. And it’s been cool to see their personalities develop. While they were both super snugly with me when we brought them home they both now tend to prefer the kids over me. I’d be jealous if it weren’t so cute to see them bond with the boys. Rocky is the more social one. He wants attention and will be the one to flop on the floor right in front of you if you aren’t paying attention to him. Lucky is more stand off ish but not skiddish. He just wants his attention on HIS terms. He can most often be found in the boys room either in the top bunk (especially at night) or on Timmy’s bed looking out the window. But occasionally, when he really needs a break he’ll hide under the bed. Rocky though is usually out and about as long as someone is awake. He is also a fan of the bathroom and can often be found relaxing in the tub or sink. The only time he really seeks me out is if I am int he bathroom! He is also a little alarm clock for Bryan. Rocky LOVES Bryan and every morning as soon as I start moving he jumps into Bryan’s bed and tries to wake him up. This is great on mornings he needs to be awake but I have to move fast to stop him if I am up extra early and the kids don’t need to be.
As you can see they’ve changed a lot over the last year. But I think the boys have changed because of them too. They have a very cool bond and I think it’s great for all of them. The boys help with feeding them and are great with playing with them. But of course, it’s MY job to handle the messy part of having furry family members.
Because we are a busy family on the go, cats are better for us because they don’t have to be let outside at any certain time. But as much as I’d love to be able to train them to use the toilet (a la Meet the Parents) I barely trained my kids to do that so I won’t even bother trying. So I scoop the poop…and the pee. In the last year we’ve tried several different brands of litter from store brand to the most expensive name brands. Thankfully the cats seem to do just fine with one box, but it MUST be scooped daily. It’s not a glamorous job but I really don’t mind it as much with a decent litter. I think there are some personal preferences involved in littler choice. But for me I want a litter that isn’t super dusty, controls odor and clumps well. Sometimes it’s hard to get all three of those in one. Many of the less dusty litters really don’t clump well. And I found that some litters with the biggest odor control claims seemed to be the least effective.
After using Cat’s Pride for a few weeks, I’m very pleased with it. Our cats aren’t super neat so there is always some litter outside the box but I thought we had less than normal with Cat’s Pride. And I don’t know why but R & L aren’t great buriers. They scratch for what seems like forever in an attempt to bury their business but they are usually scratching at the SIDE of the box so they don’t accomplish much. So we’ve found that sometimes despite a good litter the odor isn’t killed because they haven’t buried it. On these occasions I either just clean the box, if I have time, or I quickly use the scoop to bury it if I’m in a hurry. So while we never have a totally odor free week, I found we have fewer issues with Cat’s Pride. We tried both the Quick Action and Fragrance Free varieties of the Fresh & Light line and I found them to be very similar. Personally I prefer a scent just because it feels more fresh to start with but I would be happy with either. They both clump really well and were very low on dust. I really wasn’t sure about the ‘light’ part of the litter. I mean 15 pounds is 15 pounds and I understood that this 15 pounds was supposed to be as many uses as 20 pounds. But filling the box, it didn’t seem much different. I put in my normal amount and went about my week. It wasn’t until I dumped the remaining litter out at the end of the week to start fresh that I realized the difference. It really was a lot easier to dump. This was nice because I’ll be honest, this is my least favorite part. I don’t mind the daily scooping so much but the total litter change is a pain. We have a LARGE littler box and its heavy and awkward to dump it. But the Fresh & Light litters did make a noticeable difference for me in that task.
More about Cat’s Pride Light & Fresh
Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light is up to 25 percent lighter than other scoopable clay litters.
Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light is low-dust, quick clumping litter with total odor control available in scented or fragrance free.
Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light is the only litter recommended by the American Humane Association.
What litter do YOU use? What’s your least favorite part about cleaning the litter box?