A Happy Home Starts with a Happy Cat #CLUMPandSEAL

Newt is our first cat.

Neither John nor I had cats growing up, and so everything we know about cats we’re learning from Newt!

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You know the phrase, “Happy wife, happy life”? Whoever coined that phrase didn’t have a cat because the phrase would’ve certainly been about the cat’s happiness above all else!

Here are things that make Newt happy: Playing with Cooper, chewing Emmett’s tail, breakfast, lunch in her puzzle toy, dinner, chasing her laser and stuffed mice, and warm laps.

Here are things that make Newt unhappy: Emmett stepping on her tail, getting fed even 15 seconds late, and a stinky litter box.

We can’t control for Emmett and sometimes we can’t feed her on the dot.

We can, however, keep her litter box clean, fresh, and odor-free. For that, we use ARM & HAMMER™ CLUMP & SEAL™… and here’s why it’s so very important to all of us…

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Our cat litter journey starts with this picture:

Newt and CLUMP and SEAL cat litter

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See, in our old house, the litter box was in our bathroom upstairs. We scooped it every day and did a full litter replace and wash of the pan on Sundays, but that odor just lingered with our old litter. Tucked in the upstairs bathroom, it never caused a problem.

In this house, it’s in the thick of things… First off is that door to the left, the one Newt’s sitting in front of. That’s the door that everyone uses to come in the house. With the litter we used to use, you’d walk in the front door and get hit with the distinct litter-box-smell because that little white box beyond the door to the right? That’s Newt’s litter box!

The other BIG problem is that where I’m standing, right across from the box, is in the doorway to the kitchen. A litter box is not the odor you want when you’re cooking!

Instead of focusing on cooking for everyone or playing with Newt and her laser toy or leashing her up to go in the yard with the boys, we would have to scoop the box every single time she went because of the odor.

Then, my mom… innocently sent to the store to pick up litter for us… bought THIS ONE instead of what we were using, and everything changed. This was back in November, and we haven’t gone back since!

Here’s the thing: Newt is totally a “think inside the box” cat. However, if the box is yucky, she lets us know with meows of protest and pacing around her box. That hasn’t been an issue with this litter. We scoop once per day for her comfort, though odor-wise, we could probably go longer. And that’s huge because it saves so much time! Without multiple scoops per day–due to the aforementioned yowling and pacing, not to mention the odor we experienced in the past–it’s a huge relief and we have more time to have more fun with the herd!

And that’s the goal, right?!

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For us, it’s this great big green box… which, if you take your husband to PetSmart to help you take pics for a blog post, fair warning that he might mess with you…

Well, John did. I wanted the BIG box, the 28-pound box. It lasts longer, you know? Anyway, I need to emphasize: twentyeight. pounds.

He kept having me redo the photos! “The box is facing the wrong way.” “I didn’t quite get it.” “It was blurry.”

Finally I realized he was teasing, and we checked out. Sigh. 🙂

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Why this type?

Even after you scoop, bacterial odor can keep growing. The innovative, new MicroGuard technology seals and destroys immediate odor AND prevents the growth of future bacterial odor for 7-day odor control.

We don’t want all that bacterial odor growth because, frankly, it attracts the dogs. Blech. Pretty gross but very true. (Hence the little gate with the cat door you see in the pic above… I think this is a good topic for our next post…)

So, Newt’s happy! We’re happy! And that’s what matters!

Tell us: What cat litter do you use? Have you had any experience with this one? Any tips for getting your dogs DISinterested in litter? (I think that last one I need to tackle in a future post!!)

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How to Love a Cat

A cat is easy to love.

They’re cute. They’re so cute with soft, fluffy fur and big, beautiful eyes.

They’re funny. They’re fun to watch because of how funny they can be: leaping, twisting, turning, crouching, wiggling, pouncing… all at invisible prey.

They’re champion snugglers. How can you do anything but love a fur ball who curls up in one sunny window or on one couch cushion and sleep for five, six, seven hours at a stretch? And then there’s the actual stretching! Cats are yoga masters, and their back bends, forward folds, and–yep–even their down dogs spark smiles and inspire relaxation.

A cat is easy to love.

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But for us humans, we want to be loved back.

There’s the rub… it’s, well, it’s in the rubbing. And the petting and the hugging and the grubby fingers combing that soft, fluffy fur.

See, dogs are easy. They very often–and often to their detriment–work super hard to keep us happy. Cats, on the other hand, expect us to work super hard to keep them happy.

And it’s worth it to work that hard for a cat. Nothing beats a tiny little fuzz ball rubbing your ankles with her chin, purring away. Nothing beats a curled up, zonked out cat on your lap (unless you have to go to the bathroom, but even then… stay still… enjoy it). Nothing beats meeting a cat on her terms to achieve training goals.

Because you have to work so hard, the reward is so great.

Newt is a difficult cat. Or, at least, she is on the surface.

Newt’s reality is that she’s finicky. She likes things a certain way. She likes being pet a certain way and fed a certain way and cuddled a certain way.

So, how do you love a cat?

You love a cat by taking the time to learn what those certain ways are… and then appreciating them for what they are.

You love a cat by accepting that your cat might not like being picked up… and then by not picking her up.

You love a cat by striving not to bend her to your wants and needs and desires, but rather by figuring out what her wants and needs and desires are and finding ways to help her achieve those.

A cat is easy to love.

We humans? We’re a little bit harder.

But that extra effort is worth the purrs.

This last week of September is “Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet” Week. I’m not hugely fond of that terminology, to be honest, because I think it stigmatizes perfectly adoptable animals. However, I’m fully aware that black cats like Newt and, really, most shelter cats have a super hard go of things. There are far too many homeless cats of all ages, sizes, and health conditions, and they deserve loving homes. Whether they’re considered “less adoptable” or, in my opinion, perfectly adoptable, they deserve a home.

If you’re looking to add a pet, consider a cat like Newt who would be considered “less adoptable” because you will benefit so greatly from her love.

Keeping Newt happy and healthy through the chaos #AvoDermNatural

No question: Newt’s been a bit ignored these past couple intensely-stressful weeks. We’ve been hyper-focused on the dogs, and we sometimes take it for granted that she’s as self-sufficient as she is. But, the truth is, since we lost Lucas and throughout our whole move, she’s been staying very close to us and very close to Emmett and Cooper.

The one thing I’ve focused on for her has been keeping her routine the same, which means her daily puzzle toy filled with the AvoDerm® Natural grain-free turkey formula.

Newt's six week food trial with AvoDerm Natural

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So, in my previous post about this trial I mentioned that Newt is a big eater. She’s a tiny cat–a bit over 8 pounds at her annual last month–but she wishes she were a humongous cat. She wants to eat everything. When we started this six-week trial, I knew that her opinion… well… it just wouldn’t count.

I’m all about natural foods to keep them healthy from the inside out. I’d much rather feed them well to give them a healthy foundation than wait for symptoms that need pills to treat. This food achieves that end. I’m all about avocado superfood goodness, of course, and I think grain-free and made in the USA are extra important. I’m ingredient-obsessed for us and for the herd, and after six weeks of getting AvoDerm in her puzzle, I can safely say that Newt is doing well on this food. She hasn’t chunked up. She’s shiny and soft, and she’s FULL of energy.

Here, the good girl sits ever-so-nicely for her afternoon puzzle. {Confession: She NEVER sits ever-so-nicely for her afternoon puzzle. She’s normally meowing and yelling at me to hurry up! But, I think John with the camera and the boys watching from behind a gate threw her off…}

Please ignore the boxes and sweat pants. Moving sucks.

She was also working on another puzzle–we mix them up every couple days to keep it interesting–while I tried to snap some pics, but the smarty pants quickly realized that she could just dive headfirst into the bag and help herself since I was distracted! (see the pic at the top of this post… sigh…)

Newt works on her puzzle with AvoDerm Natural

Newt loves the food, and I love the healthy, natural ingredients that go into it. If you’re interested in trying it out, you can click here to purchase or follow AvoDerm on Facebook to get regular updates.

All of this is extra important to me with all the chaos and stress and upheavals that have been going on around here. I want her immune system in tip-top shape, and I really believe a healthy food is the cornerstone to achieving that. I really think these guys all seem to perform and function better when they’re eating well (just like us!). Do you notice a connection between healthy, natural foods and the overall wellness of your pet?