I was thinking about how much our lives have changed in the past 25-30 years (maybe even shorter). When I was in Italy, I was watching the Minnesota Wild playing against the Colorado Avalanche - live. No kidding! Through the miracle of Internet and fast connections and Dish Network, I was watching the game on my smartphone. I know I would not have imagined that I could have been doing that back when I graduated in the early 70's.
I think it is remarkable that I can FaceTime with my daughter who lives on the other side of the planet and it's like she is right there. There isn't any delay in the signal. It's really amazing and remarkable - there is no other way to put it.
So keeping that in mind, yesterday Amazon delivered our automatic quarterly shipment of PetSafe ScoopFree self-cleaning cat litter box tray refills with non-clumping crystal litter, the 3-Pack size. I know a while ago I wrote about the cat in our house. Well, I know a cat has needs. A litter box is one of them. I have to tell you, this invention has saved this cat's existence in this house.
I'm sorry, that's extreme. The cat would be here if we didn't have this remarkable invention.
Let me tell you what it does (according to the product description): It absorbs urine and dries solid waste for 5x better odor control than clumping clay litters; it is low-tracking and 99% dust-free; it has a texture your cats will love with smaller granular litter that is softer on your cat's paws (that must be worth it right there); it has a disposable, leak-proof tray with lid for a quick, hygienic cleanup (I can attest to that); it uses 5-10x less litter than clay or clumping litter; and finally, one litter tray can last up to 30 days in a single cat household. I'm just glad our cat doesn't invite any of her kitty friends over for a sleepover... wait, our cat doesn't have any kitty friends.
We've had cats in the past. We had one cat named Whiskers. We had her for about 15 years. Whiskers and I understood each other. She ruled the house and I understood that. We didn't have this new-fangled technology litter box back then. I still changed her litter box and it was never fun. Never. But I did it because Whiskers respected the fact that I understood her rule and reign.
I'm not saying that changing this litter box is loads of fun, but it is easier. It's relatively clean. There isn't any smell. I simply put the cover on the used tray and toss it in the trash bin. Simple.
I guess this cat and I have an understanding as well. She knows she rules the house, and I have a hard time understanding why. But, I still change the cat's litter box. I'm waiting for the respect to kick in.
It is a "changing" world, that's for certain.