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Something Smells Funny and It’s Not the Cat Litter

I’d been meaning to write a post about switching to a new eco-friendly cat litter.  Several months ago, Purr & Simple PR contacted me and offered a bag of their litter for me to try.  I often get offered eco-friendly cat litter to review, but most times, I don’t bother because as you know, cats don’t like change.

Furball is no exception to this rule.  The last time I tried mucking with his litter, he proceeded to poop on the stairs leading to the garage. Lesson learned.

However, Purr & Simple’s promise of twice the odor control was enough to entice me into trying it.  And it worked!  It really did reduce the stink factor.  Enough so that I went through a 3-week process slowly transitioning Furball to the new litter.

It was awesome.  I loved it.  And then, a few months later, when we ran out, I gave my husband an errand to pick up more litter on his way home from work.  And then, HORROR struck!

The store no longer carried it!  The only information the storekeeper had was that another company had bought Purr and Simple and that the distribution was halted.

So, I couldn’t help but feel like I’d been had.  I just went through the onerous process of changing litter, found what I considered to be the awesomest cat litter, and then, BAM.  It was taken off the shelves.

What was I to do?  Well, I went back to my previous pet store and bought Cat Country, the organic wheatgrass litter Furball used to use.  While at the store, I noticed that they had Feline Pine for an unbelievably low price.  So I bought a bag of that too.  I’m still using up the last bag of Purr & Simple and when that’s done, I’m planning to try out the Feline Pine because I’ve heard it’s really good for odor control too.

And that would have been the end of the story, EXCEPT…

A few days ago, one of my readers wrote in to tell me that she had recently read my post asking people about their experiences with Purr & Simple.  She kindly shared how the clumping formula was the best she’d ever tried.  And then she let me know that Purr and Simple had been bought out and was now being sold as Blue Naturally Fresh cat litter.

I read that and was delighted.  I was totally planning to ask for her permission to republish what she had written verbatim.  BUT THEN…

Tonight, I just got another email from another reader.  And she said basically almost the same thing as the first person.  Of course, she pointed out a few other key selling points of the litter.  And then concluded, almost verbatim to the first email, how Purr & Simple had been bought out and was now repackaged as Blue Naturally Fresh cat litter.  COINCIDENCE?

Hmm, even the subject headers were the same.

Blue Buffalo, I would have preferred that you had simply written to me directly.  I was already a fan of the product.

5 Eco Friendly Cat Bowls

Times have changed! When I started this blog 3 years ago, I couldn’t find eco-friendly cat bowls. Today’s post is from Paul, a guest writer. Paul lives with his 6 year old cat Jasper in Washington state and is webmaster for Veterinary Assistant Schools, a guide to Vet Assistant careers and education. He’s done some great research on how your kitty can drink and dine in green style. Without further adieu, here’s his article.

Recently, pet product manufacturers have joined other manufacturers in providing eco-friendly products. Eco- friendly products are items that are safe for the environment as well as the customer. Every cat owner must purchase bowls from which his or her cat will drink and eat. Environmentally conscious pet owners can now invest in eco-friendly cat dishes. These dishes not only have a biodegradable texture, but also they will protect the animals from coming into contact with toxic chemicals and contaminants. The following is a list of five very popular cat dishes that owners can consider purchasing:

Van Ness Pureness Eco Cat Bowl

The Pureness Eco Cat Bowl is a beautiful retro designed cat bowl with an average price of $2.79. The Van Ness Company, a long time manufacturer of eco-friendly items, manufactures it. This bowl is plant product crafted and has a soy-based ink coloring. It is degradable when exposed to compost conditions and is excellent for small sized cats. Cats will be able to eat and drink from it without falling ill, as its contents are toxin-free.

 

Green Pet Shop Bamboo Bowl

Cat lovers who like elegant dishes will enjoy the bamboo cat bowl by the Green Pet Shop. The bowl retails for $4.99 and is made of bamboo and cooked rice husks. Additionally, its coloring comes from all plant dyes. This bowl is a favorite because it is durable, dishwasher safe and does not collect bacteria.

4 Little Paws BecoBowl

4 Little Paws manufactures an adorable pink bowl that is safe for the environment and the cat. The Beco bowlsare made from plant fibers and they are biodegradable. Beco bowls are approximately $4.75

FLOAA Eco Friendly Pet Bowls

The FLOAA company manufactures 16-inch disposable biodegradable cat bowls made from sugar cane fibers. The customer can use each of these dishes up to four or five times before disposing of it. The bowls are also stackable, which saves the consumer space in his or her pantry. This company sells these stackable pet bowls in packages of ten. One package can last a cat owner several months.

Meltdown Eco Bowl

Finally, the Meltdown Eco Bowl comes in a wide assortment of colors and has a very unique look. This bowl is made of recycled and reprocessed bottle tops and is 100% recyclable. Consumers can find these contemporary bowls for approximately $3.25.

There are many wonderful eco-friendly products for cats available. These products will help keep pets and the world a lot safer.

 


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