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Forest Scented World Best Cat Litter Giveaway!
Congratulations to Laura, Kathy, Raine, Elena and Verna! Thank you to everyone that participated. We will have another great giveaway soon. xoxox Gracey
The new Forest Scented Worlds Best Cat Litter allows me to bring out my inner tiger and pretend I am in the forest. Because all cats can be little stinkers from time to time, cat parents are sure to appreciate the fast clumping action of this litter and the super fast absorbent quality too that stops the odor before it gets a chance to spread throughout the house.
World’s Best Cat Litter Introduces New Scented Formula!
Forest Scented Clumping Formula is the newest addition to the World’s Best Cat Litter lineup. Made with 100% natural wood fibers, this clumping litter is perfect for cat parents who prefer a fresh forest scent. This natural scented clumping litter is made with a blend of wood fibers and paired with the absorbency of whole kernel corn. You can safely eliminate the not so pleasant pet odors and simplify cleanup with the quick-clumping litter with a forest fresh scent and no synthetic chemicals or perfumes. This new formula is planet-friendly because the kiln-dried wood fibers are made of re-purposed tree shavings that might have otherwise gone to waste.
When the folks at World’s Best Cat Litter asked me to help introduce the Forest scent I was more than happy to do so. I love the smell of pine. And I am not alone in this. This scent was tested in more than 1,500 homes where cat parents found the Forest Scented Clumping Formula met their high expectation of World’s Best Cat Litter and at the same time outperformed competing litters.
The Forest Scent Brings out my Inner Tiger
World’s Best Cat Litter New Scented Formula Coming Soon!
As a member of the World’s Best Cat Litter Catcovate Council, I know a secret. I am trying my best not to tease you but I just can’t seem to help myself. After months of research and testing, the newest scented litter is almost ready to make its debut on the market and we have been chosen to test it and review this new scent with you here on our The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club!
Can We Talk about the Litter box?
It is super important to meet your cat’s needs when it comes to the litter box. In many ways it is similar to what you expect from your own bathroom experience. Let me first emphasize that if there are changes in your cat’s bowel movements or urination, especially in frequency, or quantity please consult a veterinarian. If your cat begins to go outside the litter box when there have been no changes made to the box, this is also a time to visit your veterinarian and discuss the change in behavior. After your cat is given a clean bill of health, it is time to think about the box.
10 Reasons Your Cat Might Be Going Outside the Box
According to our The Tiniest Tiger Curious Cat Survey, over 80% of our community wanted to learn more about litter options for the cats that share their habitat. So when I heard about the new Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light™ premium clumping litter, I thought you would be super interested.
The Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light™ is a new, revolutionary premium clumping litter that was designed to be:
Up to 25% lighter!
Hi Friends! It has been 16 weeks now that I have been using the Smart Cat Box. Now I typically don’t like to discuss my litter pan issues but I think this is important information to share with you.
You might remember that we had a discussion about To Clump or Not to Clump? In this discussion we talked about the issues with clay litter. My parents were purchasing a popular brand of natural clumping litter for me to use. It was not a clay litter but made from natural biodegradable corn fibers.
Some of you might already know that I suffered from pancreatitis and transient diabetes. During this time, it was necessary to test my glucose levels on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this meant getting an ear or paw stick with a super sharp pointy needle. My parents said it hurt them more than me, but I don’t know about that. I never got to sneak up on them and poke them in the ear with a needle to see if it hurt me more than them. Sorry for the digression.
One happy day in May, our friend Jone told me about the Smart Cat Box. I got in contact with Sara Maguire, the creator of this unique box. Sara was so concerned about my sticky situation that she offered to send me a Smart Cat Box to try. Sara, is a genius because she designed the Smart Cat Box with a urine collection system (your pee goes into a container). Now my parents can use a Keto Diastix Strip to test my glucose and ketone levels. Pain free for me and for them, I guess.
Here is what I want to you know about the Smart Cat Box
- User Friendly - I took to this box right away. I used my old litter pan less and less and started to favor the Smart Cat Box. ( I have two littler pans.)
- Eco Friendly- Because your parents can flush your pee, there are no more of those stinky pucks of pee lurking in your box to be scooped out and disposed of in a plastic bag. Oh your poo too.* unless you live close to the ocean. If you do place the poo in a paper bag in the garbage. Our poo is not good for sea otters!
- Less Work- My parents are telling me that this is the lowest maintenance litter pan they have ever used.
- Less Tracking- yes and no more icky sticky paws!
- Less Odor – my parents are amazed. And my poo is pretty smelly.
- No Dust- None!!!!
And what is perhaps one of the best things about the Smart Cat Box is that you will save money!!
- Less Expense – Here is our cost savings so far.*based on my habitat
Before the Smart Cat Box, my parents were using 1.5 bags of natural clumping litter per week.
Each bag costs approximately $11.12 (litter plus tax) $11.12 x 1.5 x 16 weeks =$266.88
We have used 15 lbs of the Seedtec Safflower Seeds. $11.22 for 5 lbs. (Seeds plus shipping)= $33.66
$266.88-$33.66= $233.22 SAVED
Now even if we deduct the cost of the Smart Cat Box:
$266.88-$33.66= $233.22- $65.00 (cost plus shipping) =$168.22 SAVED
Over a year our habitat will save
1.5 bags natural clumping litter per week $11.12 x 1.5 x 52 weeks =$867.36
Averaging 1 lb of Seedtec seeds per week $2.24 x 52 weeks = $116.69
$867.36 – $116.69 = $750.67 SAVED
Even if you are super stinky and for some reason would use twice as much Seedtec seeds, you will still save over $600.00!
This savings more than pays for your Smart Cat Boxes.
To learn more about the Smart Cat Box please click here!
You can also learn about the Smart Cat Box from my interview with Sara, the creator of the Smart Cat Box by clicking here.
If you decide to purchase your own Smart Cat Box, you can use the code CCC15.
Sara is offering a 15% Discount to Friends of The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club! Super Hurrah!
Do you have any questions for me about the Smart Cat Box?
Friends, I recently had a chat with Sara, the creator of the Smart Cat Box. I thought that you would find our conversation interesting and am posting it here for you to read in a Question and Answer format. For those of you that are living with feline diabetes, this might just seem too good to be true.
Gracey: Sara, I want to tell you thank you. The Smart Cat Box is the best litter box ever! And also thank you for agreeing to answer some questions for us. Here is my first question. We cats are quite clever, is that why you named it the Smart Cat Box?
Sara: Gracey, I called it Smart due to the box’s New Advanced Design. The fundamental difference is that the SMART CAT BOX is an entirely new approach to the way we collect and dispose of cat urine. The new, patented design is amazingly simple. The SMART CAT BOX is a three component Urine Collection System. The top box has a slotted floor to hold non-absorbent cat litter. The bottom box has a slanted floor and drain allowing urine to flow directly into a removable covered urine collection reservoir for easy collection and disposal.
Gracey: That is quite interesting, but to clarify, you do think Cats are clever right?
Sara: Yes, of course! It is a known fact that cats are the smartest species on the planet. I think I heard that from my own cats.
Gracey: OK, just checking. Most Cats do not like change. With the New Advanced Design, are we going to have trouble adjusting to the change when we switch from our old litter pans to the Smart Cat Box?
Sara: You will jump into the top box and urinate as usual. All urine passes through the non-absorbent litter and through the slotted floor to the bottom box. Urine flows down the drain into the covered reservoir. The urine can be tested for blood glucose levels, if necessary, and then disposed of down the toilet. Firm feces do not stick to the litter and is scooped out and disposed of. So it is easy and natural for you. Gracey, I must mention one thing. If you live near an ocean please tell your parents to place the feces in a paper bag and dispose of it in the trash. There is something in cat feces that can harm sea otters if it reaches their ocean environment. Of course, if you don’t live near an ocean then the feces can be flushed down the toilet.
Gracey: Can you demonstrate how to use the Smart Cat Box for us via a YouTube video?
Sara: Well, umm, I don’t know… Maybe, with a little help from you.
Gracey: HAHAHAHAHA, Sara I am kidding of course.
I agree, the Smart Cat Box is easy to use. I took to it right away. When it first arrived at our habitat, my mom placed it in the office for me to investigate. At first, I preferred to sleep on top of the shipping box, but what Cat can resist a nap on top of a box? Then my parents replaced one of my litter pans with the new Smart Cat Box. I of course, pretended not to notice it for a period of time, but I couldn’t resist trying it out. My parents were so excited they were high fiving each other and dancing around the house. Why do you think my parents were so excited?
Sara: The Smart Cat Box is much easier to keep clean and the litter stays dry. No more scooping and scraping. The non-absorbent litter remains dry and virtually odor free with minimum maintenance. The litter pellets last for several months. The Smart Cat Box is inexpensive to buy and inexpensive to maintain. Under normal conditions, with one cat it can pay for itself in 7 weeks and with two cats it can pay for itself in 4 weeks. Your parents were probably excited to be odor free and to save money.
Gracey: That makes sense. I admit, at times I can be a bit of a “stinker”. I really like that the litter stays dry. No more icky wet paw feeling stomping around in the clumpy used litter. Sara, I had transient diabetes from pancreatitis. I have recovered, but my parents remain obsessed with checking my pee, I mean urine. The Smart Cat Box seems ideal for Cats and Cat Parents living with diabetes.
Sara: Gracey it is a great help for Cat parents. While blood sampling may be the best test for diabetes and chronic renal failure(CRF ) and other health issues, urine sampling for blood glucose levels is a much less traumatic second best. It all but eliminates the need for veterinarians to squeeze or puncture the bladder (cystocentesis) to obtain urine specimens for urinalysis. With the Smart Cat Box you can now test for blood sugar levels easily and naturally at home as often as needed using urine test strips and reporting results to your veterinarian.
Gracey: ~shiver~ I remember my ear and paw sticks. Oh, this is much easier on everyone as a way to monitor blood glucose levels at home. What is different about this litter that allows the urine to flow through to the reservoir?
Sara: The non-absorbent SAFFFLOWER seed litter is all-natural, ecologically & environmentally friendly, renewable, sized specifically for the Smart Cat Box and is grown in the US. Because it is non-absorbent, the urine flows through to the covered urine collection reservoir which can hold 24 oz. of fluid. This is normally enough capacity for one cat for several days or a few days for multiple cats. The reservoir drawer is easy to remove and easy to replace. It has a spout so that urine can be poured into the toilet without removing the snap-on lid.
Gracey: The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club cares for all Cats both Big and Small. Our Big Cat Cousins need our help in preserving their habitats. I really like that the litter is all-natural, ecologically & environmentally friendly, and renewable. Using the Smart Cat Box helps reduce the volume of cat litter being dumped into landfills. That is great for our earth.
Sara: The Smart Cat Box is the only cat litter box featured in the 2009 edition of the Whole Green Catalog 1,000 Best Things for You and The Earth (pg. 341). As a special bonus to Friends of The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club, I am offering a 15% discount for Starter System & Value Paks. Friends will type CCC15 as the discount code when they order the Smart Cat Box.
Gracey: HURRAH! That is so nice of you Sara! I have already had several Friends inquire about the Smart Cat Box. Soon more Friends will be odor-free and saving money and the environment all at the same time. Thank you again Sara, You have eliminated one of my elimination problems. Hahahahaha, do you get it?
Sara: Yes, I get it. You are welcome. Thanks for letting me talk to you about the Smart Cat Box. You can find more information at www.smartcatbox.com.
Gracey: Would you like a Prescription Diet Hypoallergenic Treat? They are quite tasty.
Sara: No thank you. I am good.
Friends, after the original post To Clump or Not To Clump?, I received a message from our Friend Jone suggesting that we try the Smart Cat Box. Jone said that she uses the Smart Cat Box for her cats and that she likes the following features:
- easy to test the urine (insulin) that collects in the reservoir
- easy to pour urine to flush in toilet
- scooping the poo with seeds and flushing in the toilet
- cats don’t deal with any toxins, perfumes or dust
- minimal tracking and what does track are tiny little seeds, easy on feet
- easy to clean
As you might remember, my parents are obsessed with my pee after my recovery from transient diabetes. So this sounded like an ideal solution for Cats like me that need to have their pee analyzed.
My mom contacted Sara the creator of the Smart Cat Box and we received one in the mail to try.
After I began to use the Smart Cat Box, I sat down with Sara and we had a chat about the Smart Cat Box ‘s features and benefits. I will be posting our chat for you to read through to see if you think the Smart Cat Box might be for you too.
Update! To Clump or Not to Clump? Part 2
The results of our poll show that 81% of our Friends are concerned about Clay-Based Litter. 51% are a Little Concerned, and 30% are Extremely Concerned. So The Tiniest Tiger is Wondering…
Thank You for your input. I am reaching out to an expert and will post the Q & A.
If you have questions you would like me to ask, please write them in the comment section here on TTT’s Conservation Cub Club.
My parents might be considered over protective of me. But they have their reasons. I was very sick when I came down with pancreatitis after receiving my shots. I developed transient diabetes and it was a trying time for me, my doctors and my parents. Luckily, I fully recovered and now enjoy good health. But during this transition, my parents began to worry about everything that I came in contact with, including the litter in my pan.
My parents were concerned about the safety of clumping clay litter. Clay litter has been criticized because it contains the clumping agent, sodium bentonite. Sodium bentonite is a natural clay, but when it absorbs liquid, it can swell up to fifteen times in size! Whoa! I am picturing those little sponge toys that come in a capsule and they grow when you add water to them.
The clay litter is also dusty, so what happens when we cats breathe in this dust? What happens when our parents breathe in this dust? Anything? Is clay litter safe?
Cat parents worry about what happens when a cat licks their fur and paws, eating sodium bentonite dust. Being cats, we are naturally curious, so what happens when a kitten decides to test taste the clay litter? Could the sodium bentonite clump up inside the kittens body, causing gastrointestinal blockage and/or death?
Clay litter manufacturers assure our parents that their products are safe. And to be fair, all evidence of sodium bentonite being harmful to us is anecdotal, meaning no scientific studies have been done. Even so, many parents have started switching to natural cat litter for added protection for their feline family.
Cats Against Clay, (C.A.C.) a unified front and quasi-political group united in the hatred of all things clay is gaining momentum. Recently at the BlogPaws Conference their anti-clay message was loud and clear. C.A.C. claims responsibility for the increase in sales for all-natural cat litters.
So, The Tiniest Tiger is wondering what you think. Are you concerned about using clumping clay litter?
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