Cat Litter II

Here I am again to talk about cat litter.  This is a topic near and dear to my heart since I have 7 cats.  Seven.  I still stop and count again to make sure. 🙂

My fav cat litter used to be “Healthy Pet Health Plus.”  It started getting dustier due to the “grain” in it, so I switched back to “Healthy Pet Dust Free Fiber”.  This worked great for a while but it has since gotten dustier as well.  I will address this via feedback directly to the manufacturer.  It still is okay for me…a lot less dust than any other I have used.  I don’t just use this by itself, though.  I mix in cat litter I found at Walmart called “Pro Pet Fresh Results.”  This looks just like “Arm & Hammer’s Essentials” cat litter but it runs about $2.00 cheaper.  I understand not all Walmarts carry this brand.  This helps with odor control and adds natural clumping so it helps me to keep the litter boxes cleaner in between soap and water cleaning.  So far, this is working out well for me…other than having to order Healthy Pet online.  But it is nice to have the litter delivered right at your door.  Less lifting and carrying for me to do.  🙂

So, there are my two cents on cat litter again.  I would LOVE to hear what others are using that are in the more natural categories for cat litters.  I do not like the crystals or heavily perfumed litters.  I have allergies so I have to be careful what I use.  I have found I can use some pine and some cedar litters as well when push comes to shove.  I have also used the “recycled newspaper” litters.


I have a feral cat that is not totally tame yet…meaning I cannot pick her up or pet her for very long.  Well, she ended up having a conjunctivitis episode.  I did not know she had this until recently.  This happened on a weekend about a month ago.   She was miserable.  I was quite upset because I could not put drops in her eyes, which is the usual medication for this and I could not catch her to take her to the vet.  So I did some research on the Internet and found that l-Lysine given orally can help this.  It may take longer, but it does work.  So, this is what I did.  I bought the l-Lysine capsules (500 mg) and mixed the contents of one of these in wet cat food and fed it to her at least once a day.  The original article I found suggested this be done twice a day.  I could not find that article again but I did post some things below as a start for anyone else who may have a cat that they cannot give eye drops.  I spoke with my vet about it and he said you could do this.    But, since I am not a vet or doctor, etc., so please check with your vet before you try something like this with your cat.  It did seem to work for my cat.  After about 3 days of this at least once a day, she was much better.  I gave it to her for a week once a day and she was over it.  So far it has not come back but I am ready for it when and if it does.  🙂

Here is one link to a site that gives you some info on this:


Homemade cleaner for cat urine/spray odor

I ran across this when searching for help in removing cat spray odors and thought I would share it. I will let you know if it works.   I have a cat who has not been spayed yet and she left her mark in my house while in one of her “heat episodes”.  🙁


Inside or Outside?

Do your cats stay inside or outside or both?  Just curious.  Some folks say….

….different things about that.

I have found that most of the veterinarians I have gone to as well as our Animal Shelter, frown on letting cats outside.

There are just so many things that can happen to cats these days.  There are different respiratory diseases out there that even vaccinated cats can catch.  By the way, those annual shots aren’t 100%.  Did you know that?  Yea.  They don’t tell you that.  Another reason to keep the kitties inside.

I am not sure exactly which shots are not 100 percent, I just know my friend lost a very special cat because of it.  His vet told him about the shots.  He USED to let his cats go outside.  He lost 3 cats within a year.  One due to a respiratory disease it caught from a stray cat, the other two were run over by cars.  He has 3 more now that he keeps inside all the time.  

Depending on where you live, there can be more cars, more people, more exposure to wild animals, more opportunities for injuries and becoming poisoned.  Not to mention the awful people out there who kidnap animals and do cruel things to them. 

It’s just not worth taking the chance if you ask me.  I live by a quote, “Never say never.”  Never think it won’t happen to you.  Take precautions…not chances.

That goes for your dogs as well.  Keep them inside or in a nice fenced yard or stay with them if they are outside.  Keep them in sight and in your control.  Keep them safe.

Take care all.


The Dangers of Clumping Cat Litter

Adapted from Why is Cancer Killing Our Pets? by Deborah Straw (Inner Traditions, 2000).Clumping cat litters hold great appeal for cat-lovers because they are so convenient. But what many pet-owners don’t realize is that two ingredients in most clumping cat litters have been implicated in diseases and even the deaths of many animals and humans.

Sodium bentonite is often added as a clumping agent to traditional cat litters to create the “scoopable” clay litters on the market. Sodium bentonite acts like an expandable cement, which is why these litters should not be flushed: they swell to fifteen to eighteen times their dry size and can be used as grouting, sealing, and plugging materials.

Cats often lick themselves after using the litter box, ingesting pieces of the litter. If litter gets inside them, it expands just as it does in the plumbing. Also, the dust from such litters can coat our cats’ lungs, leading to respiratory problems.

The Hennepin Center for Poison Control in Minnesota has reported instances of poisoning in humans from chronic ingestion of sodium bentonite, so just imagine what effect it can have on our kitties!

Quartz silica (sand), the other ingredient in most clumping litters, is a known carcinogen for both humans and household pets when inhaled. Switch your cat litter to one made from a plant-based material, better for your pet and for the environment. There are many commercially-available products using compacted pine shavings, cedar, newspaper, or corn cobs that make healthier alternatives.

Once again, this is from the Care2 website.

Quotes on Cats


Meow is like aloha — it can mean anything.

– Hank Ketchum


Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming.  Dogs aren’t like this.  A dog’s idea of personal grooming is to roll on a dead fish.

– James Gorman


Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission .. the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.

– Saki


An inquisitive kitten is the best reminder of what youth is all about.

– Unknown


Dog’s have owners.  Cat’s have staff.

– Unknown


Dogs and cats instinctively know the exact moment their owners will wake up. Then they wake them 10 minutes sooner.

– Unknown


Buy a dog a toy and it will play with it forever. Buy a cat a present and it will play with the wrapper for 10 minutes.

– Unknown


Women and cats will do as they please; men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

– Anon.


Cats aren’t clean,  they’re just covered with cat spit.

– Unknown


I got rid of my husband.  The cat was allergic.

– Unknown


There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

– Albert Schweitzer


There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats.– Anonymous


People that hate cats will come back  as mice in their next life.

– Faith Resnick


Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.

– Mary Bly


One cat just leads to another.

– Ernest Hemingway


As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.

– Ellen Perry Berkeley


Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.

– Anonymous


There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

– Unknown

Cat Litter

The topic of cat litter can be quite extensive as I have found being in cat groups on the Internet. 

I, myself, prefer the more “natural based” cat litters.  I have used Arm and Hammer, Sweatscoop, “World’s Best Cat Litter”, and various pine, cedar, and grain types.  I have allergy sinus problems, so dust is a big thing with me…plus, it means more cleaning.  🙂

I finally ended up with the Healthy Pet Brands.  I mixed the 2 types I used to be able to buy locally.  One was a pine blend I believe and the other was the milled grain that you will see here at Hearty Pet.  They stopped selling it locally, so it was off to the Internet for me.  I searched and researched and finally found Healthy Pet online at various web sites. 

I have ordered from sites other than Hearty Pet, and their delay in placing the order and shipping was unreal.  I love how quickly you can get things here at Hearty Pet.  Well, at least in my area.  I live in South Carolina.  I know, that may sound like a plug for this site and it is.  🙂 This is the only web site I have had such great customer service with.  🙂

For those of you who go the more natural route with cat litter, you may find that mixing a couple of your choice brands will give you more of what you are looking for.  Don’t be afraid to mix the natural ones.  But, if you prefer to flush the litter, then you need to be really careful about this.  For those who use it in composting or dispose of it in a landfill, you don’t have to be as careful. 

I love the light weight of the Healthy Pet “Dust Free” and “Health Plus” brands.  I find the “Health Plus” helps more with odor control.  I have also started adding a cedar “sawdust” litter in with the “Health Plus” and this works great for me…and my 6 cats.   The additional cedar helps even more with the odor control.  Dust and odor control is a biggie for me.  Plus, I want to use something that is “gentle” and “natural” for my cats. 

Those are my thoughts and experience on cat litter. 

Until next time…..

Take care!


Hey Cat People!

Hello all!  

I will be heading up blogs dealing with cats and other miscellaneous items pending the mood.  🙂

I am Gizzaroo.  I presently have six cats.  All are “rescue kitties,” three of which are feral.  My most current adoption is Potter.  He is coming along quite well.   He is a very sweet kitten.  I caught him two weeks ago.  His mother is my next goal and hopefully, I can stop for a while.  That can be a lot of work…catching, taking care of and taming a feral.  I was worried about him being around the other big cats due to his size and how the others may bully him or ignore him.  Well, their hissing, etc., does not phase him.  He ends up chasing them around the house.  What a stinker!  He has made friends with the head of the cat household, so he pretty much is “in” with the rest of the cats…at least eventually he will be.  🙂

Just because I have chosen this route for me, does not mean I am not interested in other types of cats and situations because I am.  I am curious about cats who like water.  🙂  I know there is a particular breed known just for their love of water.  I forget the name of this breed.  If anyone has any such cat, please share your stories and info.  🙂   If anyone has any cat stories or info they would like to share, please do!  🙂

Other things about me are that I love all animals, like gardening, enjoy being in and around Nature, love to laugh, like exploring the Internet, good movies, good coffee, good tea (hot or cold) and I love my days off from work. 🙂   I like just about all types of music.  I sometimes have spells and write “poetry stuff” as well.

I shop often on the Internet.  I LOVE the CONVENIENCE of it!  I hate traffic and don’t like having to deal with the rude and inconsiderate people out there today.  And of course the heat and drought where I am don’t help people’s moods.   Ah yes, the Internet…open 24/7…no dress code…no rude sales clerks….no waiting in the wrong line…just peaceful shopping by computer screen light.  🙂

Well, that is a bit about me.  Please take a moment and introduce yourself here in this blog, if you like.  We look forward to seeing you here at Hearty Pet Talkin’ Tails Blog!  🙂

Take care!