One of the nice thing about fostering is that, because we rely on donations, we sometimes get to try new products. I was in the shelter the other day and saw a bag of Hartz Scoopable Paper Litter, and I thought I would give it a try.
Well when I opened it, the scent was immediately noticeable and strong. I wouldn't say it was overwhelming, and as someone who is very sensitive to scents (many make me sneeze) I know I'm overly sensitive, but it was getting there. I thought I'd leave the bag open for a few days and see if it dissipated.
Sadly, two days later the scent was as strong as ever, unfortunately I was out of regular clay litter and so I thought I'd put this in the foster kitten's litter box and see what happened.
Now I will admit the kittens had issues with litter box compliance up to this point for reasons beyond their control, but at the time I switched them over things were getting better.
The first night, we had one (#2) deposit in the box, and two deposits on the towels. The next morning the box appeared to be unused, and the towel was.. well once again let me just say how much laundry I have been doing lately.. Because of this I needed to remove everything from the cage and set up new bedding for the kittens. I left the box outside of the cage while I did this.
A few minutes later Tucker walked over to the box, climbed into the big white box behind it, and settled down in the bed - it was oh so cute so I took a picture.
And darn it if that picture didn't look like Odilia at BlogPaws when she was poopin
|Completely stolen from Riverfront Cats|
you should go visit them!
* it is made of paper and not clay so I am assuming it is environmentally friendly.
* It is made by Hartz
* It smells strongly
* The shape of the pellets are similar to wood pellets - which most cats do not like using.
* The kittens refuse to use it.
Well so much for that experiment. I have to wonder why they made the pellets so big. I think if they would have made them smaller it would have been better. Would it have helped litter box compliance or would the strong scent they put in it still have caused the kittens to go elsewhere? I do not know.
Well this product gets a big ol "Nope" from me and the kittens. Your experience may differ.
(if you couldn't tell, this is not a sponsored post, I just thought I'd tell you about something new I tried)