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The Breeze Litter Box System

I think that all cat owners would agree with me when I state that cleaning the litter box is just the worst part of being a cat owner.  They track litter, they sometimes miss their box, litter is dusty, etc.  The list goes on for a while.  So when I was testing out different boxes and litter types, I was very pleased when I came across the Tidy Cats Breeze System.  It’s a litter system unlike any other I’ve come across before.  It’s made up of two separate pans; one is for the pellets, the other being for the litter pads.  The magic is in the waterproof pellets.  The urine completely goes through the pellets, and goes straight down onto the pad.  My favorite aspect of this system is not having to scoop urine every hour! You just roll up the pad once or twice a week, and wah-lah, you’re done cleaning up the urine.  You still have to clean up their poop twice a day, but it’s so much easier and faster with the Breeze.

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Pros:

  • Relatively cheap to get started. The system includes the box, a 3.5 lb bag of pellets, 4 pee pads, scooper, and directions.  Pricing varies, but I got mine with a $7 coupon through Amazon for $22. I think most pet stores carry it for $30-$35.
  • No urine smell at all
  • No poop smell besides when they first go to the bathroom. After about 10-15 minutes, the pellets completely absorb the odor.
  • It was very easy for me to transition my cats to this particular system
  • Makes cleaning up a lot faster and cleaner
  • Very little to no tracking.  It hurts like hell when you step on the pellet, but luckily my cats do not track much.
  • Absolutely no dust.  It is ideal for people with asthma or allergies to certain kinds of litter.
  • The pellets are supposedly washable and reusable.  I’ve personally never tried this, but many people through various forums and such, have claimed to reuse them after washing with dish soap.

Cons:

  • Pellets and pads can be fairly expensive depending on how often you replace.  I pay $5 for a 4 pack of pee pads, and $8 for a 3.5 lb bag of pellets through Chewy.  I use only one bag, but if your cat is a digger, they might appreciate two 3.5 lb bags instead of just one.
  • The box can be small for bigger sized cats
  • There is no hood for the box so it can be kind of an eye sore if it’s in a busy area
  • The pellets are hard to clean if your cat has diarrhea or loose stools, since it is does not clump.
  • If your cat has no claws, it must hurt their paws since it is a hard pellet.
  • Not all pet stores carry the system replacements.  The big chains do carry the pellets and the pads, but I’ve been to plenty of smaller pet stores that did not carry Breeze products.
  • It’s pretty loud when they’re digging around the pellets, since they are bigger pieces.

All in all, I am currently on my second Breeze box and absolutely love it.  They are so convenient, efficient, and odor free.  Wizzy, Ollie, and I are very happy with the box. A++ would recommend.

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Why A Ragdoll?

I have found that about 8/10 people that I talk to have never heard of the Ragdoll breed before.  I thought some of you might be curious about how I found out about the breed.  Well, this probably sounds super silly but I didn’t know they existed until maybe around a year ago.  I had been browsing different cat Instagram accounts because that’s just what I do in my free time and I  stumbled upon none other than @aurorapurr.  I literally gasped because she was the most beautiful cat my eyes have ever laid eyes on.  I knew in that instant that I would have to get one for myself.  Her captive blue eyes, long white fur had me dying inside from cuteness overload.

If you don’t already follow @aurorapurr, please do yourself a favor and do.  I’m a total fangirl, and I’m sure you will be, too.

Are there any Insta-famous cats that you guys follow? I’d love to hear about them.

-xo

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You Are What You Eat

I get asked a lot by friends and clients on what type of food I feed my cats.  Ideally I would have them on a raw food diet, but it is very time consuming and I don’t have the right equipment to ensure that they’d get all of the proper nutrients.  I just do not feel confident enough to make my own food, so I’ve done tons of research to make sure they get the next best thing.  I personally feel that it is so important to look into what they are being fed.  It’s pretty much their only source of nutrients, so it’s vital that it is actually good for their bodies.

Currently they are both on a combination of wet and dry food.  They are free fed their dry foods.  Wizzy is on Blue Buffalo’s Healthy Living Chicken & Rice Formula and Oliver is on Royan Canin’s Kitten Dry Formula.  I pretty much just leave two bowls out and they eat whichever they feel like eating. You can find the nutrition info for Royal Canin here, and for Wild Buffalo here.

 

As I stated earlier, I feel that it is very important to feed my cats a well balanced diet and that is why I feed them wet canned food.  I give them an assortment of flavors from BFF by Weruva.  It is a natural grain and gluten free option.  It is also very convenient because it is an all-life stages food, so there is no need to feed Wizzy and Oliver separately.  However, what I like most about it is that it has a high moisture content that provides an adequate amount of water to their daily water intake.  You can find the nutrition information for BFF cat food here.  I give them a can daily that I sometimes will supplement with cooked ground turkey or cooked ground beef.

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When switching foods, make sure you do it very gradually.  When you switch without doing so, it will most likely cause an upset stomach, which makes for a messy litter box.  I like to mix in a teaspoon of 100% pure organic ground pumpkin with no additional additives when I am transitioning them.  I find that it really helps firm up their stools.  I will be going into detail on what kinds of vitamins I put in their food on a later post, so be on the look out for that! Now I’m always curious what others feed their cats.  I am always up to new suggestions.  So my question is- what do you feed your cats? Do you feed them dry, wet, or both? Looking forward to reading your answers!

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Phase I of Crazy Cat Lady

For my first official blog post I felt it was appropriate to go into detail how I was first introduced to cats.  I am going to be honest with y’all and say that I was never really that into cats.  I’ve always been a canine person, but that changed about two years ago when I found Wizzy.  My sister came over one evening and said she had heard a faint crying sound under my front steps.  We kind of just shrugged it off, thinking it was probably some sort of rodent family taking refuge under there.  I pretty much forgot all about it until the next morning when I kept hearing shrieking crying sounds coming from under there.  My inner brave girl came out as I got on the floor to see what the heck was making all that noise.  I was terrified; it could’ve been a raccoon waiting to rip my face off for all I knew! To my dismay, it was a baby kitten that could’ve have been any more than 2 weeks old.  My heart melted and I instantly fell in love.  I wrapped it (didnt know if it was a boy or girl at this point) in a towel and took it to the vets office.  They confirmed that he was probably about ten days old, as his eyes had just opened and were the lightest shade of blue.  He was flea ridden, starving, and very whiny.  On top of that, he had a very bad case of diarrhea.  It was a very tiring next few weeks, as I had to get up every 2-3 hours to bottle feed him, make him go potty, and burp him.  Who knew kittens had to be burped?! I sure didn’t! Nevertheless, all that time caring for such a helpless newborn creature ultimately created a very strong bond and here I am two years later writing to tell all about it.  I can not wait to share my stories with you all.  Thank you for reading, and cheers to more adventures.

xo