Many changes are happening in our dear kitty Cosmo’s life. She wasn’t always “dear kitty Cosmo” to me, by the way. She used to be “that *&#@% cat!!” We’ve had an incredible journey together, and this is another opportunity for us to create great memories. So, here’s the latest…
Mark and I agreed to move on to step 2 in our kitty toilet training saga. Actually, “saga” isn’t the word I want to use because that makes it sound like it’s going to take forever. I’m hoping for more of a short-story. We moved the intermediate, homemade kitty litter box (which will eventually fit onto the toilet rim) right in front of her old litter box. Her old litter box still has some litter in it, and it is wedged between the toilet and the cabinets. Now, she has to climb over the intermediate box to get to her usual litter box. This makes me feel very good because I see her paw prints in the new litter box. Sure, she hasn’t used it yet, but just seeing the little paw marks makes me feel hopeful. Here’s the setup:
As we clean the scoops from her old litter box, we are not replacing the litter. Eventually, it will run out and she’ll use the new box with the litter. Presto change-o! Or, she’ll be really mad at us and try to bite our faces off. If you don’t hear from us next week, that’s what’s happened. In order to avoid that, we’ve been moving s—l—0—w—l—y. At least it feels slow to us. You know why? BECAUSE IT STINKS! Our current situation, 2 litter boxes and a raised toilet seat, is not my ideal. Yuck. We bought unscented litter, but I don’t think it’s unscented because it’s smelly. I think this is just to make it easier for us to keep going with our toilet training. I saw on the box “5 times more baking soda.” You know why they need that much baking soda? ’Cause it stinks. Oh well. Our kitty is doing fine with the changes so far, and I am thrilled about that. Just a few more weeks, and we’ll be litter-free. Yea!
In other news, I’ve been reading natural cat care books to learn about making her food at home. I’m still not going to do that yet, but I did learn a lot more about the nastiness that is in pet food. I saw Bill Nye’s show, Stuff Happens, where he talks about that, but I was able to ignore it at the time because I wasn’t friends with Cosmo at that point. (Hey, don’t judge me.) I brought her bag of “natural”, “nutritious”, “wholesome” cat food out of the pantry and flipped it over to have a look at the ingredients. The first ingredient was corn. Corn is ruffage. Cats don’t digest it, and neither do humans. Why is that the main ingredient in this food? Because it’s cheap. It also had lots of other ingredients that were cheap and not as nutritious as what we wanted to feed Cosmo. So, we went to the store yesterday and found some food that has better quality ingredients. The first ingredient is chicken. There are no by-products, corn fillers, preservatives, colorings or other questionable ingredients (at least according to my limited knowledge). All we know is that it’s better than the brand we were using before. We’ll run out of our old food in a few days, so hopefully kitty Cosmo likes it too. She probably will. She’s a pretty easy-going cat, compared to stories I’ve heard of other cats.
That’s the update on kitty Cosmo for this week! Stay tuned for next week when we remove the old litter box—DunDunDUN!!!