Smart Cat Box Inventor Chats with The Tiniest Tiger

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series To Clump or Not to Clump? Is Clay Litter Safe?

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.

The Tiniest Tiger and the Smart Cat Box

To Clump or Not To Clump? Try the Smart Cat Box

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series To Clump or Not to Clump? Is Clay Litter Safe?

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.

The Tiniest Tiger and the Smart Cat Box

To Clump or Not To Clump? Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series To Clump or Not to Clump? Is Clay Litter Safe?

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.

To Clump or not To Clump? Is Clay Litter Safe?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series To Clump or Not to Clump? Is Clay Litter Safe?

Friends,

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?