Sam's Club has 12 lb bags of A & H baking soda for about $4.00.


                                                 If you have men who will 
exclude any of God's creatures
                                                 from the shelter of compassion 
and pity, you will have men who 
                                                 will deal likewise with their 
fellow man.
                                                                  St. Francis
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Neffie Barker 
  Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 3:17 PM
  Subject: Re: Litterboxes

  This is very creative, haven't heard of that before. Resourceful! I may have 
to try it. Though I wonder how many cats you have, and how long this method 
lasts between changings?
  By the way, hi everyone! This is my first post here. My name is Neffie, and 
I'm from Ohio. I have 5 cats of my own, and am currently fostering 9. So far 4 
of my foster kittens have tested FeLV+, and I suspect that the other 2 from the 
litter will test the same. By a stretch of luck, however, the Mama cat has 
tested negative... which is exceptionally good, as she was pregnant when I 
rescued her. She is due any day now, and I am keeping my fingers crossed for 
the new babies. 
  I don't have any creative suggestions for litterboxes, but this has been 
really fun to read. For my own cats I use standard clumping litter, and scoop 
constantly to make it last, and to keep down on odor. My fosters get cheap clay 
litter, which is scooped and changed several times daily. I use a LOT of baking 
soda. I need to start buying it in bulk quantities. lol. None of this does 
anything for keeping down on garbage.. which I think explains why my trash 
collectors put everyone else's garbage cans neatly back in their driveway, 
while mine are the only ones strewn in the yard. Can really say that I blame 
them... by the end of the week, we have a lot of poop. :)

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  ----- Original Message ----
  Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 2:53:49 PM
  Subject: Re: Litterboxes

  I used to use only clumping clay litter, and was never that happy with it.  
It's terribly dusty, and I found it smelled even when it was fairly fresh.

  When my anemic kitty started eating it, I tried some alternatives.

  Now, my favorite as far as price and ease of use is:  a rubbermaid container, 
not huge, but with deeper sides than a regular cat box.  I buy a large bag of 
pine or cedar shavings, and a bag of Yesterday's News litter.  I fill the 
bottom of the container with a thick layer of shavings, probably 6 inches, then 
a couple inches of yesterday's news on top.

  Then all I do is scoop the poop, and the pee soaks through down into the 
shavings.  It smells great, and I just dump the whole thing when the shavings 
become quite wet.  The layer of Yesterday's News gives them something to 
scratch around in, and keeps the pee smell from coming up from the shavings.

  Another litter I like is called Elegant Cat.  It's shaped like Yesterday's 
News, but its made out of dried alfalfa or grass.  This stuff clumps enough 
that I can scoop the pee as well, but I'm not sure how far this litter is 
distributed.  It's made close to where I live.


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