Having Minnie and Flo in the house for the first time, isn’t just about how they will get along with the dogs and what furniture we let them on or not, it’s also about Kitty Litter.
Growing up we had cats, but they lived outside. On the few occasions (like when they had kittens) when they were inside, we would use shredded newspaper in an old basin as Kitty Litter. ( I still love the feel of shredding newspaper. How in one direction it won’t rip at all and in the other it’s like cutting with newly sharpened shears.)
I’ve never really lived with a cat in my house, as much as I like having them. So, for the first time, we have cats in the house and so we also have kitty litter in the house. Not in the basement, or tucked away in a closed off room, but in the laundry room right off the kitchen. I thought the smell might be a problem, but obviously the makers of Kitty Litter figured that one out. I have friends who have house indoor cats, so I know all about the latest developments such as clumping kitty litter and plastic scoop shovels and hooded pans. So for the cats, the indoor plumbing has not been a problem. And it hasn’t been a problem for us either, it’s actually very easy to clean and care for.
One thing I did notice early on was that there’s a lot of clumping Kitty Litter, but not a lot of feces. We do put the cats out in the morning so they have a chance to do their business outside, but as you might have guessed I had other suspicions. My first guess was Lenore since she’s lover of all poop, no matter where it originated from. And she may also have a hand (or tongue) in it. But this morning I caught Frieda in the act. Ugk!! Frieda!! I yelled in disgust, loud enough to scare her out of the room.
I guess I shouldn’t really complain, less cleaning for me to do. And at least Frieda isn’t one of those dogs who likes to “give kisses”.
Mostly I like having the cats in the house. But I’m thinking once the weather gets warmer, it might be time for the cats to summer vacation in the barn.