Jan 042011
 

Litter Box Logistics

As a proud caretaker of twelve fabulous felines, I am constantly battling managing their litter boxes, unused and used cat litter, where to put 12 boxes (one for every cat is recommended) and the all too frequent missing of the target.

I have tried covered boxes, large boxes, wee wee pads, rugs, boxes in closets, boxes in corners, not to mention the strategically placed shop vacs for easy clean-up. I even designed my new house here in Vancouver to make it easier for the cats and me on a day to day basis.

Cat Litter Research

Needless to say, I have a keen interest in kitty litter. One on-going research project, using my own cats as guinea pigs, is trying all the various litter products now on the market.

Thank goodness for demand for better products, because an improved supply is entering the market. At the moment, I have 4 wood-based products, a cellulose litter and a clay litter on trial.

I used to use wood pellets made for pellet stoves and may try this product again; it is cheap and I am keen on finding an effective way to either recycle the litter or use it as alternative fuel to heat the clinic or my home. As a former resident of British Columbia’s Cariboo region, I am very familiar with pellet stoves and am eager to design a trial to test the idea.

This type of research will be ongoing and is part of the mission of Animal Nutrition & Wellness Centre.

Good Husbandry: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Hopefully, I will be able to advise and provide services to my clients who have cats, and want to find a better litter and a better way to get rid of it rather than throwing it in the garbage (I know that many of you are just as mistrusting of your plumbing and the claims of litter being “flushable”).

I also hope to provide architectural advice on home design and provide custom products that will make it easier to manage cat litter.

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