Which is the Best Cat Litter?

If you're owned by a proud feline, then you're probably among the humans seeking the best cat litter at the supermarket and online. How many times have you found yourself staring at the shelves stuffed with litter thinking – organic? Pine? Clumping? Scented? And is the really, really expensive brand worth the extra money?

Those are very good questions and ones that any cat's human counterpart should be asking, not only to stay on budget, but to keep their kitty happy and healthy. How exactly do you choose the best cat litter?

Initially, you need to ask yourself WHY you're considering a different litter. Without there's a good reason for switching, you may want to simply stick with the brand your cat knows. While you're flexible in buying, kitty may not be so flexible in the type of substrate they use – they're very habitual.

So, be aware that the best cat litter is the one that your CAT likes too.

Clumping Cat Litter

If you're certain you can make a switch without too much commotion, then step two is considering the various characteristics of litters. For example, clumping litter makes it much easier to scoop the cat pan. That's a nice time saver, but the majority of clumping litter is not flushable – it can cause quite a problem with plumbing. Additionally, the majority of "green" / ecologically friendly litters are non-clumping.

In reviewing both consumer and expert websites the most popular climbing litters for both economy and performance is Scoop Away, Fresh Step and Tidy Cat.

Another characteristic to consider in the litter is the grain size. Fine stones clump very well, but they also stick to your cat's paws easily. Having said that, the fine grain litter is generally softer for kitty's very sensitive paws. If you tried a large pellet brand and found your cat fussing – that's probably your problem.

Note: if you have a kitten under 3 months of age, do not use clumping cat litter. If it's accidentally ingested during self cleaning it can cause serious illness.

Organic / Biodegradable Cat litter

For people working toward a green home, there are several biodegradable litters on the market. There has been some concerns in the pet industry about potential negative health effects of the clumping litter that has driven a larger natural litter market. However, from the cat's perspective – they're not very fond of the pine, corn, or newspaper pellets which are rough on paws.

By far the easiest time to integrate green products into your cat's life is as a kitten. If you're moving in that direction, one product seems to be getting rave reviews online and that's Feline Pine. It's inexpensive, goes a long way, and looks to control odor very well. It does not clump, however, and older cats may not respond to this product's texture.

You also need to consider that your cat may not like the "piney" scent; Harsh or strong scents can make a big difference in …

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Simple Homemade Cat Toy Making

For making a cat toy you can let go your imagination and use material you have at home, from simple paper, cardboard, hodgepodge, rags, patches, towels and old socks, to modeling clay, wool, rubber, latex, felt, flannel and plush.

As follows we teach you how to make a 4 inch cat toy pet out of the old socks you have in your chest of drawers:

o 3 socks long socks of small and big size (brown, grey, black, etc.)

o Dunlopillo for the filling

o Wires or cables for the whiskers and tail

o Scissors

o Thread (matching the socks color) and needles.

o Glue or liquid silicone

o Plastic eyes and nose or buttons (black, brown, green, etc.)

o Black or brown cloth rags

o Others: Ribbons, clips, etc.

o Black cardboard

You can find these and other materials at any wholesale or retailer notions store and online of course.

o Head

 Fill the small sock with the dunlopillo giving it a round shape.

 Cut the rest of sock and sew it in the part that is going to be attached to the body.

o Body

Fill two big socks with dunlopillo giving it an oval form, cut the rest and sew it in the part where the tail is going to be attached.

o Tail

 Cut a piece of wire or cable (the size it’s up to you).

 Cut a very thin square of dunlopillo (5 mm tall approx).

 Pour glue or silicone over the wire and wrap the dunlopillo around.

 Once the glue or silicone has dried, wrap a long cloth rag around.

 Cut it and sew it in the part that goes attached to the body.

o Face

 Paste the plastic eyes.

 Cut very short pieces of wire of about the same size (3 ½ inches approx.) and insert them on the face, leaving a small space in the middle for the nose.

 Paste the plastic nose in the empty space.

o Ears

 Cut two small triangles of the cardboard

 Paste them on the head’s top with glue or silicone.

You can make really unique cat toys, by making innovating designs (you can make a green cat for instance!). We can give you some hints on this, but at the end the result it’s up to your imagination and preferences.…

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Make a Cat Tree For Large Cats

If you want to make a cat tree for your large cat then there are a few things that you will want to know about. I used to love it when my cat was smaller and spunkier than it is now. He used to jump around all over the place and chase everything around. Once he got bigger however, he got a little bit lazier and I needed to find a way to get him the exercise that his body was used to getting. I am very attached to my cat and want to give him the things he needs. I also want to save my furniture from getting scratched up and my curtains from being torn down, so that is when I got the idea to get a cat tree for my cat.

When I walked into the pet store in my neighborhood there was a few different cat trees to choose from. However, the prices they were charging were outrageous! I love my cat and all but I can not afford to pay a couple hundred dollars for a piece of cat furniture. I was a little bit bummed as I walked into my house and thread my keys on the couch. My cat must have felt what I was feeling because for once he did not go chasing after them.

That is when I got the idea that I would go online and see how much a cat tree was. The prices I found were just a little bit lower or the same in most cases, so I still could not afford to buy one. I was even more bummed now because I really wanted to have a cat tree for my cat to play on and get some exercise on.

I kept surfing around the web for a little while longer trying to find coupons and other ways to save money on cat trees. I looked up "discount cat trees", "cat tree sale", and other terms but still had no luck. That is when I found a website that could help me to make a cat tree for my big cat.

At first I thought there was no way in the world I was going to be able to build a cat tree, but as I started reading the cat tree plans I received it I realized that it was a little bit easier than I thought it would be. I read through the step-by-step instructions and looked at the pictures that showed me what each of the steps was supposed to look like, and as I did I started to get more and more confident that this was something I could do.

After I finished reading the first plan I realized that it was a tree for a smaller sized cat, so I skipped through to the pages that had the one I was looking for. This was a big cat tree that I could build for my cat. It stood 5 feet high, had …

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Cheshire Cat Costume – Tips On Making The Perfect Costume

Perhaps one of the most enigmatic characters in Lewis Carroll's story is the Cheshire Cat. Sometimes visible, other times not, this mystical magic cat poses problems for Alice as she wanders in Wonderland. Now you can be your own enigmatic self in a fun and funky Cheshire Cat Costume.

Cat costumes come in a variety of styles and colors. This magical cat's get-up can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Let your costume be inspired by the story and the way that you want to interpret it.

The nice thing about this character is how really anyone can be the magical, mystical Cat. Children embody the innocence and playfulness of the cat. Adults sometimes bring a bit of naughtiness to the role. Make the character yours and have some fun.

A home made costume may sound like fun, but can take a lot of time to make. If you are only using this costume once, you might want to purchase or rent it. Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time and money to custom fit your costume.

Choose a costume that reflects the way you want to play the role. If it is for a child, you will want to check out the one piece costumes for your little one. Sexy or sweet? Many costumes come with many accessories. Anything from gloves for the cat's paws to tails and ears. Remember to wear make up to complete the look.

Whether you choose to carry a grin or just use your own smile, remember to use it often. Then, no one will be confused – they will know it is you in that Cheshire Cat costume. …

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Hearing and Your Pet

Ever catch your cat staring at a blank wall and wonder why?

More than likely she was listening to sounds coming from inside the wall.

Did you know that a “whole tone” (like in music) that we can hear, a cat hears it as 10 separate tones.

A cat can hear ultrasonic sounds (high pitched) that we cannot even imagine.

Dogs on the other hand are equipped with ears that hear the lower spectrum of sounds. They cannot hear as well as cats, but have a range of about 250 yards away, while a human is lucky if it can hear something that is 15 to 20 yards away.

A dog’s hearing is dependent its size. A small dog has small ears and can hear high pitched sounds almost as good as a cat can, while a large dog is better equipped to hear low sounds.

Research has shown that with the passage of time humans have lost some of the sharpness of their hearing and cats and dogs have sharpened theirs.

Nature has given humans a less complex set of ears, while our pets are blessed with superior pieces of machinery.

The outside of you pet’s ear is like a satellite dish that picks up the sound waves and moves them down the ear canal to an organ called the Corti, which has more than 7,500 working parts.

Your voice becomes a sound wave that then travels through miles of nerves, until it gets to the brain and your pet hears what you are saying.

Did you know that puppies and kittens are deaf for the first 2 weeks of life. During that time their hearing is really the picking up of body vibrations, so they are actually feeling your words instead of hearing them.

The ear canals open up little by little, and by the time they are 4 weeks old their hearing is almost up to Mom’s standards.

Cats really like high pitched voices better than lower level voices. Cats are more apt to pay attention to words that are spoken with a higher pitch.

Since we usually talk to our pets in our normal voices, most of the time they rather ignore us. If you want to get their attention, change the tone of your voice, speak some words softly, others a little more loudly and whisper to them. It is guaranteed to get their interest.

We humans use our ears for hearing and sometimes for adornment, our pets however, use their ears to convey their feelings.

Ears, along with other body parts, are all a part of a dog or cat’s language.

In many cases the shape of a dog’s ear depended on its job.

In a dog’s world ears have evolved from the pointy straight-up ears, wolves have, to the many looks of today, all dependent on what the dog was bred for.

The straight-up ears or the semi straight-up ears that you find on German Shepherds, Collies and most Terriers are great for …

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Women's Halloween Costumes

It's so much fun to be a woman on Halloween – so many fantasies to indulge by dressing up as your favorite character. You can be sexy, sweet, intriguing or mean – whatever you choose, by going online to find a costume that fits how you picture yourself.

Turn heads and expect cat calls when you enter the party dressed in the Sexy Woman's Naughty Police Correction Officer Dress Bad Lady Cop Outfit. It's black and comes with all the accessories like the mini dress, a badge to look official, handcuffs, walkie talkie, baton, belt and police-lady's hat.

Perhaps you've always wanted to sail the seven seas or just have a thing for uniforms. You'll love the Sailor Cutie Sexy costume that comes with a hat and long sleeved dress with a pleated skirt on the bottom.

Are you a Nascar groupie? Then, you'll feel right at home in the red, black and white Cute Hot Rod Racer Girl Costume Black Nascar Race Car Driver Jumper Romper. It zips up the front for a hint of sexiness.

A Greek Goddess costume will show all your curves in a flattering way. It's a gorgeous water-blue silk-type gown that fades from blues into a beautiful cream color on the top. The gown has beautiful gold accents, flowing sleeves and comes with a headband made from faux gold leaf. There are also Cleopatra and Athena gowns available.

Transform yourself into a sexy cowgirl, a swashbuckling female pirate or a French maid for a Halloween entrance that will not soon be forgotten. Go back to the disco era with the Go Go Mod Retro Disco Dress 60s and 70s outfit and "go go" the night away.

You may prefer to be something more demure, such as the character of Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" or Cinderella, the Ice Princess. You can be menacing in the Batgirl costume or choose to be sexy in the Feisty Feline costume which includes a cat suit made from spandex, cat ears and tail. Purrrrrfect, Dahling!

Some of the most recognizable costumes are the wicked witch, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and the "Marilyn Monroe" costume. You'll have a difficult time choosing from all the unique women's Halloween costumes online. Costumes like The Slave Girl, Betty Boop and the 50s Style Hop Polka Dot Rocker Theme Party Outfit can get you into a playful Halloween mood.

You can even dress up as Lady Godiva, although you'll have to furnish your own white horse! All you need is The Lady Godiva wig – oh, and maybe a flowing cape to keep you warm. …

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Cat Trees – One Will Give Your Cat a Nice Place to Play

It never fails, you come home from work and your cat is running and jumping all over your furniture. Back and forth, back and forth, and you do what you can to stop her, but generally she only stops when she's gotten rid of her all of her energy. By that time, your furniture is all a mess and out of place. Well, to keep this from happening again, turn to cat trees. One will give your cat her own place to play, thus, saving your furniture in the process.

Cat trees are a great place for your cat to play because of their design. Just like the name indicates, they do indeed look like a tree with a trunk type middle that has limbs sticking out of it. They are crafted from durable materials, like wood covered in carpeting, so it can stand up to your cat playing with it over and over again. One, even a few, would be a good investment to put through your house.

In addition to cat trees, there are also other cat furniture options that allow your cat to run, jump, and play. Like, if you want to get something that is more on the luxurious side for her, then a kitty gym would be the way to go. This type of cat furnishing is kind of like the cat tree, but way more posh. Instead of just having limbs sticking out of it, it also has perches, different levels, and some even come with hammocks and hanging toys. If you do not have a lot of space to work with, but still want a nice spot where your cat can go and let off some of her steam, then a scratching post would be the way to go. They give your cat a nice place to scratch, especially if you get one that has sisal rope on it.

Or, maybe your cat does not need a place to play because you let her out to do that, but you want to treat her to a nice place to sleep your bed. Then a great option for you would be a cat house. They have compartments where your cat can go and just curl up for a nice long snooze. There are options that will house even two, three cats, so if you have more than one, they all get their own personal place to sleep.

For a fast way to check out the cat trees, and other cat furniture, you could purchase for your cat, simply flip on your computer and do some online shopping on the World Wide Web. In no time at all you will be able to find something that's perfect for your cat and when you do, it typically is at a reasonable price and it will be shipped right to you. So, no wasting time and gas on a trip to the pet store.

When it comes down to it, if you want to save your furniture …

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Shopping Checklist for Halloween

Halloween gives you one day to have as much fun as you want. You surely don’t want to commit any sort of mistake and miss any opportunity to enjoy yourself. Hence, it is better that you prepare in for the day in advance. Shopping is the crucial aspect of the preparation of an event like Halloween. The article talks about some of the important things that you need to buy way before the day actually arrives, in order to avoid any sort of haphazard in the last moment. Following is the checklist for the day. Make sure that you get them on time.

1. Halloween costume

It’s a very busy month for the retailer and before you realize the costumes will go out of stock. So, get your outfit for the party. You can get it tailored in time if it needs any alteration. Experiment with the costume and makeup. Make sure that you buy the dress for the kids as early as possible. Try them on and make necessary changes in case it is not comfortable. Same goes with the Halloween cat costume of your feline. Get a dress that fits in properly. This will give the kitty a very spooky look. Moreover, it is cozy and cute.

2. Candies

Get few packets of Halloween candies for your guests. This is the simplest way to share the spirit of the day. Buy some candies with the spooky faces on them. Pack them in small gift wrappers. It will surely bring a smile on the face of your guests. Go knocking on doors and distribute dry fruits covered with chocolates.

3. Decorative items

Decorating the house is the most time-consuming work of the day. So, get the things that you need to decorate the place now. Get the pumpkins and crave all the scary faces on it. Artificial spider along with spider web, skeletons and lightning are some of the things that you can’t afford to miss. For the lightning purpose, you can use the Jack-o-Lantern.

4. Movie and music

Buy the CD of spooky songs. You can even download them if you want. Get a collection of some scary music. This will set the mood of the day. Watch some Halloween movie with your friends. Nothing can be more fun than this. If possible get some scary book and read the Halloween stories.

5. Game essentials

If you have kids at home, then, plan some games for them and their friends. You can organize some drawing competition for them. Get sufficient papers and colors. Ask them to draw some scary characters on the paper. Or else you can even ask them to make a Halloween card. Keep a stock of materials that they will probably require.

Prepare well and get the things before they go out of stock. A bit of arrangement can make the day even more pleasurable for you and your family. Keep sufficient stock of paints that you will require for the decoration of the house.…

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Seven Secrets To Choosing A Safe, Healthy Pet Food

Do you choose canned food or dry food? What brand? There are so many different brands, all shapes and sizes of pet food to choose from and pet owners are provided with very little information to base your decisions on (other than advertising) – it can get so confusing! Well, buckle your seatbelt depending on how much you know of the pet food industry, this could be a bumpy ride! You are about to learn seven secrets – well kept secrets – of pet food. Sit back, brace yourself, and keep reading.

Beneful says it’s ‘Premium Dog Food for a Happy, Healthy Dog’ and sells for around $18.00 for a 31 lb. bag, Science Diet “promises” ‘precisely balanced nutrition through continuous research and the highest quality food backed by your Vets endorsement’ and sells for around $21.00 for only a 20 lb bag. Then there are numerous pet foods that make the very same statements – ‘Premium Dog Food, Highest Quality’ – that sell for $30.00 or more for a 20 lb bag. And the same holds true for cat owners…Do you choose Whiskas that states ‘Everything we do is about making cats happy!’ or do you choose one of those high end cat foods that make the very same claim of a happy, healthy cat but cost 3 times as much?

Now with the on-going pet food recall pet owners have questions such as ‘Has this food been recalled?’ or ‘Is this food the next one to be recalled?’…’Is my pet safe?’ Wow this is confusing! And scary too! What exactly is a pet owner to do? How about learning a few secrets! Equipped with the knowledge of a few secrets of pet food, it’s not nearly as confusing.

Secret #1…

All pet foods use descriptive words like choice and premium, though few of them actually use premium or choice ingredients in their food. The ‘secret’ is that per the rules of the pet food industry, no pet food can make any claims or references on their label or advertising as to the quality or grade of ingredients. You see, the word ‘premium’ when it’s related to pet food DOES NOT mean that the ingredients in the food are premium. With pet foods, premium does not (can not) describe the food nor does it (can it) describe the quality of the food. It is a marketing term and that is all. Per the pet food industries own rules and regulations, “There are no references to ingredient quality or grade” (regulation PF5 d 3). So, words like premium, or choice, or quality are just marketing or sales terms. They should not be interpreted as terms describing the quality of the food.

Now why wouldn’t a pet food label be allowed to tell a prospective customer the quality of their ingredients? Doesn’t a pet owner deserve to know what they are buying? This leads me to the next secret…

Secret#2…

If I can compare ‘people’ food to pet food for just …

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Dealing With Cat Litter – Furniture That Will Hide the Nasty Truth

A litter box is a necessary part of being a cat guardian. While they may be some of the cleanest critters around, there's no question that they can leave some fairly nasty deposits for you to deal with. One very elegant solution to this unsightly problem is to purchase cat litter furniture, which comes in a variety of styles and colors to fit seamlessly into your decor.

Cat litter furniture will do an excellent job of hiding your kitty's toileting area. But they can do more than simply hide a smelly spot. You'll find some beautiful pieces that offer assorted functions and storage, or which are highly ornamental while humbly serving to house the litter pan. Besides disguising the disgusting stuff, these pieces also give your cat some much-needed privacy while pooing.

One popular choice is cat furniture that incorporates a perceived toileting spot. These pieces may incorporated scratching posts, perches, sleeping cubbies and more. This provides your cat with an opportunity to exercise and have some fun as well as give her a private "bathroom." Some models fit neatly into a corner of a room, maximizing an otherwise small space.

Wooden cabinets are a much thought-after style of cat litter furniture. They look like real pieces of furniture, and are manufactured in a variety of styles, making it easy to find one that will blend in with any room in your house. These cupboards can offer diverse features including room for a large pan, 2 pans, and storage space for supplies like scoops and bags. Especially for those of you with limited space, pieces like these could be an ideal way to give your feline her own area, reclaiming your bathroom for your own use. You can also find styles designed so that you can place knickknacks on top, further creating the illusion of a regular piece of furniture.

Another possibility are litter box covers. These have a variety of designs like a kitty house or carpeted perch with a scratching post and are simply placed directly over the tray. These deftly hide the area and help to stop dust and waste material from being kicked onto your floor.

You can also find benches which have a built-in door for your cat to enter to use the box, and a lift-off cover for access to cleaning supplies. Kitty can use the top as a perch, or you can place it in a mudroom and make use of it yourself as temporary storage. …

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