Jan 30, 2008
Cats versus Compact: Litterbox Battles Rage On
At times I've been accused of sweating the small stuff, obsessing over minutia. Being a bit type A, I'm detail oriented, or that's my version of it. So if I obsess a bit over whether or not I should buy barrettes, it's because I figure that while they're only a small bit for my hair, workers somewhere have a lot more invested in them than I do.
Usually I can live w/o the little stuff. Then there's the litterbox scoop. I've had the same one for about 5 years. I guess while I was house sitting there was some sort of natural disaster in the box that caused the scoop to break, 'cause when I came home on Sunday the house smelled a bit and the scoop was in 2 pieces.
Turns out my cats hate the Compact. They've guilted me into buying them toys once or twice, forced me to buy a larger, second litter box (which did enable our transition to biodegradable litter), and caused me to consider stock prices for Nature's Miracle. But, that sweater was passed on by a client so don't think I've gone to dressing up Zalaazil for kicks. (but we don't have heat and he loves his warm hoodie)
So early Monday I put about 2 minutes of thought into ways of living w/o a litterbox scoop, improvising a new one, or finding a used one. Then I thought, "fuck that" and bought a new one at my local critter supply shop.
The thought of using toilet paper or plastic bags to remove litter and feces wasn't pleasant, in no small part because I knew it would mean less diligence in box cleaning. Try as I might, I couldn't think of a new scoop device that would work on both boxes (which have 2 different litter types, hurray for choosy cats). And the thought of a used poop scoop seemed doable, but I was more concerned about the need to scoop the box asap.