Lightweight Cat Litter & Things that go Bump in the Night

9 Feb

Just when I’m getting use to tubeless toilet paper rolls, what happens? Along comes Lightweight Cat Litter.

I’ve been feeling really good about standing up & taking my place at the plate among those millions of toilet paper users who have opted out of rolls with tubes & gone exclusively to the tubeless kind … not to be confused with tubeless tires, for goodness sake. Those two kinds of “tubeless” take care of VERY different functions; one out on the highway & the other in the privacy of your own home. Although I guess they COULD be used interchangeably, I can’t imagine the position you’d have to assume to use one for the other or to “dress out” your car with the smaller of the two & expect it to be the ride of a lifetime. Suffice it to say, I’ve just been happy to be doing my part to save our trees, national forests & the Empire State Building.

We have a cat. He’s 18 this year & still very active. He’s a 15 pound Himalayan (he lost a pound last year) & has very long fur. He is a faithful user of his litter box & seldom misses. Last year, probably due to his age, he started using the same spot over & over all day long to empty his bladder, resulting in what I told my husband are “iceberg chunks” in the clumpable litter.  You see the small dark spot on the surface but underneath is an unbelievably huge chunk of wet, clumped litter of Titanic proportions. It’s easy to clean because it’s only in one spot but sometimes it’s so heavy you really have to DIG to get it out … & we are religious litter cleaners. We catch kitty waste almost as it’s dropping out of the cat. But for those times when we don’t, we get iceberg clumps.

Something else very interesting started happening last year at about the same time our Max started making “iceberg” litter clumps. He started presenting us with cat litter art. No joke! It would take me a very long time to make up something like that so you can take this as gospel. By emptying his bladder in the same spot, the dark spots on the litter surface sometimes take on shapes & sometimes those shapes are recognizable.

Last spring when we got home after a weekend trip, our Max peed a heart in his litter for us. That was his first piece of “litter art” & I interpreted it to mean that he was very glad that we were home & he loved us. Later he peed a man in a space suit, complete with helmet. Being a Facebook user, I posted these two pieces of “litter art” & was surprised to find that other people had cats who were litter artists, too. I can verify this because they sent me pictures of THEIR cats litter art. We’re thinking about opening a gallery.

We use clumpable Tidy Cat. Whoever invented the clumpable stuff deserves a medal or at the very least a banquet at a very upscale restaurant. The stuff has revolutionized the use of cat litter & made those of us who drew the short straw & are the “custodians of the litter,” very happy.

But no litter is completely without its drawbacks. Heck, even teaching your cat to use your commode is not without a problem or two… like an occasional wet spot on the seat or that “forgetting to flush” thing. Our problem with litter is that it sticks to Max’s very long fur & falls off on our dark hardwood floors, making vacuuming almost a daily necessity & sometimes he pees on his foot, but I think I’ve mentioned that in a previous post. But we deal because we love the cat, it’s too late to train him to use the toilet & the litter has become a canvas for his remarkable art.

So recently I turned on the TV just in time for a Tidy Cat Commercial advertising Lightweight Tidy Cat. What will they think of NEXT??? There is a woman in this commercial that picks up what looks like a 60 pound container of cat litter & easily tosses it out the window, across her clothesline, the full length of her backyard into the hands of an eager neighbor just waiting to try the stuff herself. It’s a MIRACLE! Just dragging in a 10 pound container of litter to replenish Max’s box damn near gives me a hernia & here … on TV … are two women accomplished at the “cat litter shot put” & neither of them have bulging biceps, rock hard abs or shortness of breath. It’s amazing!!!

On the lightweight litter container it says it is filled with 8.5 pounds of litter. Does that mean that what is really in there is actually the equivalent of 17 pounds of litter when actually used in the box or as a canvas for an unexpected work of art? Will this lightweight stuff cling with more tenacity to our long-haired Max &, if I purchase it, will I be vacuuming twice a day? Will Max even use it? Will it compromise the quality of his art???

All these questions & a few more have made me just keep on with the regular Tidy Cat that has worked so well through all of Max’s 18 years on this earth.

Like Max, I’m getting older & just believe that old saying we’ve heard for years – “If  it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So I won’t.

And if anyone is interested in “litter art,” we’re planning a show this spring if we can just find a gallery that will have us.

Tidy Cat Lightweight



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