The Pros And Cons Of Flushable Cat Litter

If you have cats, no doubt you know that keeping the litter box clean is one of the biggest chores you face. And the odor can be a constant problem no matter what you do. To this end, marketers have tried to come up with ways that will make this chore easier. One of these ways is using flushable cat litter.

Flushable litter can be convenient for owners because instead of having to dispose of clumping or other types of litter in waste receptacles, you can simply flush it down the toilet and get rid of smell and mess in one instant. And indeed, this can be a great convenience for many cat owners.

These litters are often also lighter in texture. Typically, the cost is roughly the same as other types of litters in cost per use. They may appear more expensive because of their lighter weight (for example, if regular clumping clay costs 20 cents a pound and the flushing type costs three times that, this looks more expensive, but you should remember that it will weigh less per use and thus can go farther). They can be hard to find as well, but availability of Internet shopping makes this a relatively minor problem, since owners can have it shipped to them if it is not available in their area.

However, you should know that this has its drawbacks as well. One of these is that you exchange contributing to landfill waste with used litter, for water waste and extra sewage. Therefore, it may not be any more environmentally sound than simply disposing of used litter in the trash. Its advantage is that because the soiled mess is flushed instantly, there is usually much less lingering box odor. In addition, some types of litter can be composted once dried stools are removed. This may be the way to have the least environmental impact from your cat’s box.

One other consideration with using flushing versus conventional litter is your cat’s “opinion” of the litter itself. Many cats are so used to the regular texture and feel of clay that they will not use the flushing type. In this case, of course, the most important consideration is whether or not your cat will use the box at all. You should keep careful watch to see if you cat does or does not like the flushable litter.

You may be able to get him or her to use it if you began by mixing a small amount of the flushing litter in with your cat’s regular litter (without flushing this at first, of course, but disposing in the trash as usual) and gradually increasing the amount of flushable litter and decreasing the amount of the clay until you’re using 100% flushable. Even with this type of “break-in” period, some cats never get used to the flushing type and will only stay with tried-and-true clumping variety. However, if your cat does like it, it may be a viable alternative for you.

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Cat Halloween Costumes – Charging Up Your Halloween Experience

People like to dress up unusual and attractive outfits for Halloween. You can choose from different costume ideas and make people around you crazy and delighted. You can go for a scary, humorous and lively costume or imagine your own theme for the party. Cat Halloween costumes are preferred by women and children as Catwoman is a popular movie character, and cat being a household animal.

Cat Halloween costumes can even be worn by babies. Dressing up in a cat costume can charge up the party and animate wearers. You can get ready-made cat Halloween costumes or buy them online at a low price. Before purchasing cat Halloween costumes, make sure they are suitable and fit well. If you want them to sustain for long term, check the quality of the costume. Remember to choose a member of a cat family and wear accordingly.

Cat costumes complemented by accessories and make up will give the complete look. Make sure your costume is different and likable. The most preferred cat Halloween outfit is a black jumpsuit which is made of polyester. Black is a strong color and it reflects the vigor of a cat. It makes the wearer tall, slim and attractive.

The ears of a cat costume should be rightly placed and should not run to the head, as it could be disturbing. The tail in the costume is essential to give you an animalistic look.

Choose the length of the tail according to your height. For children, it has to be short while adults can have long tail for a funny look. The tail should be well set with the costume so that it does not drop while walking. You can make a tail with artificial fur and color papers at home. You can also make use of wire and used tins for making your tail. Apply glue strictly for it to remain firmly.

The face should have clear cat eyes and numerous whiskers. Make up improvements your look. You could go for a simple or heavy make up. If you do not have time for a make up, go for a black leather mask covering half of the face leaving the eyes. This gives the mysterious cat look. For kitten costumes, use headdresses and put a black spot on the nose of the baby. With Broadway makeup styles you can get more shades for your nose.

Get high-heel shoes for your legs. Wear gloves with claw ends or set your fingers with artificial nails. You can wear belts with metal buckles. Carry a whip with you. It would display authority and power, and athletes attention at the party.

After you get your desirable look it is now time to be a real cat. Do not be someone in a cat costume, try to be a cat. Learn the behavior, physical movements and sounds of a cat and display them. You could greet your audience with a 'meow'. Join your partners and family members with the cat costume. They …

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The Importance of Keeping Cat Beds and Cat Toys Clean

Cat beds and cat toys seem to get a lot of use, wear and tear. This is good since that means that they are being put to good use. However, if you fail to keep these items clean then you could be introducing germs into your cat's environment that could be harmful. Luckily, solutions to keeping things in safe working order are simple. This routine is so simple and safe that any member of your family can pitch in and help – even the younger members of your clan.

The largest culprit on cat beds is cat hair. It will seem that each single hair has suddenly developed super human strength as they cling to the fibers of the bed. One trick to unlocking this grip is to first spray the area with Static Guard. The reaction should allow your vacuum cleaner to pick up more hairs.

You can then roll the area with a lint roller or slip on a rubber glove and rub your hand over the surface. This is the second line of defense in eliminating pet hair from cat beds. The strategy here is to get as much pet hair removed before you throw the outer layer of the bed into the washing machine. You do not want to risk having too much pet hair left in the wash machine and then later transferred to your clothing.

You can follow a similar routine for any pet toys that you are planning to put into the wash cycle with the cat bed's outer layer.

Be sure your washing machine is set for a large load and use plenty of laundry detergent which again will help in dislodging that stubborn pet hair. If the bed is extremely dirty, consider running it through a second cycle.

Finally, throw cat beds and toys in the dryer but be sure to use at least one dryer sheet. The use of a liquid fabric softener will not be as effective since the dryer sheet will again help to avoid static electricity and remove more of any lingering cat hair. Remember to use a low setting on the dryer to keep shrinkage at a minimum.

This routine can be followed as needed; However, most owners clean their cat beds and toys once a month to ensure the greatest about of healthy benefits for their cat. …

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How to Build a Cat Tree

No matter what kind of cat tree you want to build, you need to take into consideration the following three things – cost, size, and your construction experience. Do not let any one of these things stop you from building your own cat tree, but do plan according to what you can manage.

Let's start with experience. If this is your first time doing a project like this, you might want to look around and check out what others have done. This will give you ideas for your own project. However, if you have done this before, then you most likely have a good idea of ​​what you want.

Beginners should start with a simple cat tree. This will – most likely – keep the costs down and the size of your project small. However, your cat will never know the difference, and will enjoy your hard work immensely – no matter what the size.

And, if you're concerned about your budget, do not worry – costs can be kept to a minimum, unless you're building an extravagant cat tree or you just want to use really high quality materials. For instance, you can find scrap pieces of plywood from a construction site or carpet squares at a discount from a building store. Maybe a friend or relative just got done with a renovation project and there's left-over scrap materials you can use on your project.

You can also go to your local lumber yard and ask them for scraps or partial pieces of plywood that only cost a couple of dollars, if anything. If you go to a carpet store, you'll be able to find empty tubes or scraps of carpet for anywhere from a couple of dollars to free. By now, you should be getting the idea that you do not have to spend a lot of money to build something nice for your cat.

As far as size goes, you can go as simple as a 14 "x 14" platform mounted to 12 "long center post sitting on a 2 'x 2' base, all wrapped in carpet or fake fur. May decide to go with a more expensive multi-story "cat condo" extravaganza – it's all up to you and what your pocketbook can handle. Can always start small and add to it as time progresses.

To build a simple cat tree, all you really need is a square piece of plywood, a wooden post of appropriate width, carpet, wood glue, and nails. Use the glue to attach the carpet to the base and the post, and use nails to attach the two pieces together. You can then use a spring or heavy rope to attach a fun cat toy to the top of the post so that your cat has something to play with.

Whatever method you use – and although much you spend – you can be sure that your cat will love her new home-built cat tree. As long as you build it with love …

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Bastet Egyptian Cat Goddess Halloween Costume

If you are looking for an original and sexy Halloween costume, why not combine the grace and mystery of a cat with the elegance of a Queen of the Nile to make an Egyptian Cat Goddess Costume?

The Egyptians worshiped cats, especially a cat goddess names Bast or Bastet. Her temple was in her city of Bubastis. According to Herodotus, a famous Greek historian who visited Egypt and attended her festival, it was a week-long Mardi Gras with a lot of singing, dancing, and especially drinking of wine. The last day of her festival, October 31st, they would arrive at Bubastis and end the celebration at her temple, after a week-long boat ride down the Nile, partying all the way.

The original Bastet in Egyptian art was depicted as a Royal Lady or Princess with a Cat's Head. She represented many cat experiences, from her name meaning "tearer" to being the goddess of joy and protector of women. She was often represented with a basket of kittens, depicting her as the protective mother. The trains of Bastet were grace, mystery, and fiercely protectiveness of a lion.

If you are looking for a unique, beautiful, and sexy costume for Halloween, why not combine a cat costume with a Cleopatra Egyptian costume to make a Bast Cat Goddess costume?

What could be more perfect than combining the elegance of a Cleopatra Egyptian Costume with Cat Ears or a Cat Mask to make an Egyptian Cat Goddess Halloween costume? The gorgeous look of Cleopatra combined with the sexy grace of a cat? What could be better? …

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My Pillow Pets, Perfect Gift For Kids Of All Ages

Stuffed animals have been one of the most beloved toys for centuries. These animals are often a child's favorite toy. This toy is not only a big hit with the kids, many adults still collect them and give them as tokens of love on special occasions. This toy is made to resembble animals that are popular, such as bears, dogs, tigers, you name the animal, and there is a stuffed version of it. It is a toy most often slept with more than played with. Combining a child's love of animals and bedtime, My Pillow Pets are designed to be a pet, and a pillow, quickly becoming the latest rage.

These toys are soft, plush, multipurpose, and perfect for a child of any age. They come in a variety of original styles and are available in stores everywhere. My Pillow Pets are quickly becoming the new faux pet. They are great for sleepovers and trips to visit relatives, providing the child's favorite stuffed animal, and a pillow in one shot. Even better, when the toy is folded to stuffed animal form, there is room to put a pair of pj's inside. Who would have thought? A plush pet, a pillow and a pj holder? This is by far one of the most wonderfulventions for children in years. These highly desired stuffed animals are for sure going to be on almost every kid's wish list this year.

My Pillow Pets are not only made of a super soft plush material, they are filled with softness as well. They are compared to being feeling as if you have placed your head on a cloud. No need to be accused adults, you know you want one too! With the vast array of animals available, even ladybugs, there is sure to be one that will make kids of all ages happy this year. Many of these pets are in homes all over the world, and are sure to be a lasting trend. The options for design are endless; Each one is an original piece. Parents are often buying a few for one child in order to switch them around and make bedtime more appealing.

My Pillow Pets have a couple of best sellers, Ms Sassy Cat, and Sir Horse. These two are well loved by little ones for their whimsical features; Although all of them are unique origins and are fantastic, absolutely sure to be loved by anyone who is lucky enough to get one. One thing that makes them so popular is that they help children with bed-time fears. Having a soft plush pet / pillow makes the dark not seem so scary. …

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Daily Disciplines for Effortless Success – Six Steps for Activating "The Secret" in Your Life

The first step to using Law of Attraction as presented in the movie The secret is to clarify exactly what you want. Remember-determine, write down and talk about what you do want, not what you do not want. Be as specific as possible. Once you have clarified what you want, do the following each and every day.

1. Morning Intention, Visualization and Releasing

As soon as you wake up in the morning, take about 5 minutes to focus your mind on your desires, goals and intentions. Start by sitting in a comfortable position, closing your eyes and visualizing your desires and goals as already being fulfilled. Spend 30 seconds to a minute on each of your core desires and goals. You can also take a few moments to visualize your day going exactly as you would like it to.

When you do this, you will often find negative limiting beliefs that are the result of negative programming from your childhood will come up. You may hear thoughts like "I could never afford that," "there's no way I'll ever get that," or "who am I kidding?" Coming up. If you do, use one of the many releasing techniques that are available (see the list below) to release the negative thought. Do not fight or argument with the thought; Just release it.

Remember to also spend several moments feeling the feelings you would feel if you had already demonstrated your desire in your life. The intensity of the feeling is what fuels the intensity of the attraction.

Powerful releasing techniques:

The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin: http://www.sedonamethod.com
(Hale will be sharing his techniques when he speaks at my summer training
Breakthrough to Success.)

The Work by Byron Katie: http://www.TheWork.com

The Emotional Freedom Technique: http://www.emofree.com

2. Use External Images to Keep you Focused on Your Desires and Goals

To keep yourself focused on what you want to manifest surround yourself with visual images of the things and experiences you want to attract into your life. There are many techniques you can use for this.

1) Cut out pictures of the things you wish to own (like your ideal car or home) and pictures that represent the experiences you want to have (like the perfect relationship, your ideal job, perfect health, being at your ideal weight, more Joy, inner peace or balance in your life) to remind yourself of how you want it to be. Tape them up where you will see them every day-on the mirror, the refrigerator, or your bulletin board. You can also scan them into your computer and make them into a screen saver or a continuously running PowerPoint program.

2) Combine your pictures and words that you cut out into a collage on a large piece of poster board.

3) Make a Dream Book by putting the pictures into a 3-ring binder pasted onto the pages or slid into plastic page protectors.

When you look at any of these pictures, do what Bob Doyle, who is featured in The …

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Treed Cats – 10 Ways To Get Them Down

Who does not love their adorable and cuddly pet cats? We love them so much that we will try almost anything and everything just to make them comfortable and happy. Carpeted Trees (Cat Trees) are created to bring more fun for our domesticated cats. It gives them the ultimate pleasure and rush as they go up and down the Cat tree and lots of fun as they scratch the tree. They will play with it the whole day if they can. Just because you see your cat climb up and down you Cat tree, that does not mean that it can do the same with the real tree in your yard.

They may be good climbers but they are not that good when it comes to climbing down high trees. Scared cats, that's what they become when they're up there.

10 ways to get them down

1. Persuade them – If you can do this, then there will be no need for you to bother the whole fire department just to have your cat back. And as much as possible, try not to waste the whole fire department's time for the rescue of your beloved cat when all along you can qualify it to climb down.

2. Store some canned dog foods – This is proven to work all the time, simply because the smell of dog foods are stronger than a cat's food. It will make your cat want to follow the scent and climb down your tree. All you have to do is to spread some dog food on your tree's bark and make your cat follow the scent all the way down.

3. Go to your neighbor for help – You can not do this job on your own; This is most especially true with treed cats who are scared out of its wits. Just for assistance it is best that you go to your neighbor for help.

4. Never call a whole army for help – Your treed cat is scared, and you do not need to aggravate your pet's emotion by simply bringing a whole army to coax your pet down. If it is possible, limit it to one person only.

5. Ask for the help of a tree trimming guy – If it's all about trees and trapped cats up in a tree, then the best guy for this job is one from the tree trimming company. So, if you simply can not do it on your own, then call for one.

6. Use a basket and rope – if you can not climb your tree, then the best way for you to bring down your cat is by using a basket and rope. All you have to do is to tie the rope to your basket, and swing it up near your cat. Use it as a sort of elevator to bring your cat down.

7. Spread bird seeds – If you want your cat to climb down, then the best way to …

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Vertical Blinds and Pets

Vertical blinds are now made in a wide variety of styles, colors and fabrics to suit all taste and needs. If you can imagine a color then it is likely you can buy it.

The best blinds, should use, sturdy headrails, plastic weights and chains and should be fit for the intended purpose. For example if you need a large blind for an office window be sure to check if the fabric is flame retardent. Like wise if you need a vertical blind that can blackout light, check the fabric is capable of doing this.

Many online stores sell vertical blinds that meet the needs of the home or office.

Lancashire rose blinds sell quality made to measure blinds online, using British fabrics and component parts. Sadly even these tough components can not with stand the beast that is the cat.

Time and time again, we get calls from troubled blind owners saying that their cats have either ate the chains on their blinds or use the vanes as a scratching post.

Sadly there is nothing that can be done about this, except to either get rid of the cat or get rid of the blinds.

Only joking cat lovers, cats are curious beasts and like nothing better than looking around them, so why not part the blinds during the day?

All our blinds come with built in safety features so there is no need to worry about your cat getting entangled in them.

Remember a cat is for life, you can change your blinds anytime! …

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Cat Litter Box? Upgrade to Cat Litter Furniture

A cat box is a necessary evil for a cat loving family. Ugly and messy, we put up with them day after day. If you love your kitty there is no other choice, right? Well, thanks to the development of cat furniture, you have the possibility for a wonderful upgrade from the old litter box.

You may have the cat litter box in a far away corner, down in the laundry room or even in the basement. Although the main reason for putting it out of the way may be to hide it, it also provides a useful purpose, a place of privacy for you kitty. In some large homes this may be easy to do. But many cat owners today live in smaller, modest homes that can not quite support the needs of both the cat and the owner.

So if you do not have a basement or if you do not want the litter box in the bathroom, what are you going to do? No one likes to see a litter box out in the open. This is not going to be visually pleasing to you and your guests. The cat will not appreciate it either as there is very little privacy when placed this way. The answer to this longing problem is cat litter furniture. Now you can hide the cat litter box inside a beautiful piece of solid wood furniture. This will solve the problem of both the cats privacy as the box is hidden inside the cabinet, and the owner who can now place the litter box anywhere in the house. Cat litter furniture looks beautiful and can double as a functional end table.

Cat litter furniture can accommodate the decor of any home with the many colors and styles available. The cat litter cabinet is one of the most popular. This type hides the cat box inside a wood cabinet. It is very versatile as there is easy access to the inside with openings on the sides. There is also ease of access to the inside for cleaning and because it serves multiple purposes it can be useful to all. The size of the litter cabinet is based on the size of the cat and the litter box. The best thing about this unit is the fact that it can be placed anywhere in the house. You can place books, knick-knacks or anything else on top just like an end table or book case.

When you decide to switch out the old litter box, you need to take a few things into consideration. Of course the optimal time to put in a new litter box is when your cat is a kitten. If you switch out the litter box on an older cat just be sure to make the transition a slow one. It would be a good idea to keep both litter boxes available at the same time while your kitty adjusts to the new one. Another idea would be to just place …

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