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I have newly installed wood floors in my house and that includes the kitty room. I have large litterbox mats in front of the boxes, but litter is getting tracked everywhere. Any suggestions as I see you have hard wood floors also.

Most of my litter boxes are big buckets from Lowe’s with holes cut in the front as an entrance/ exit. I use big boot trays (I got mine online, but you can find them at Lowe’s. You can probably also find them at Walmart.) as litter catchers, and I turn the litter boxes (buckets) with the entrance/ exit toward the wall. That helps some, but honestly, I find that on the days I don’t vacuum, a quick sweep with the broom around the litter boxes helps keep things under control.

I think someone recommended the Roomba. I have one, but I rarely use it. We have area rugs throughout the house, and while the Roomba does a pretty good job on the hardwood floors, it tends to leave clumps of cat hair behind on the rugs. I find it easier to just vacuum myself.

Anyone out there have more suggestions for how to keep the litter scatter under control on a hardwood floor? We’re all ears!

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Do Maxi and Newt stay out at night even when it gets cold?

They like the cool nights of Fall, but when it gets seriously cold (I know, those of you who suffer through winters at below-zero temperatures are scoffing at the idea that it ever gets “seriously” cold in Alabama!) they come inside overnight. Actually, during the coldest part of the winter, Newt’s just as happy to stay inside 24/7. Maxi’s really more of an outdoors girl, and she doesn’t like the large number of kittens who are always running around here, so she’ll go outside during the day then come in for the night.

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Do you have any news on your recent fosters like, have they been adopted yet or what? A couple went through so fast recently I hardly got a chance to know them.

As of this moment, all my previous fosters except Pancho have been adopted. There was a time there when it seemed like the Rescuees were on a merry-go-round because three of them were adopted and then returned (Franco and Garrity because one of the girls who adopted them was allergic, and Lieu because the lady who adopted him decided she wasn’t ready), but it’s been a good few weeks since the last Rescuee was adopted, so I’m tentatively going to say that those adoptions are going to “stick.”

It depends on how adoptions go at the adoption center, but at this point the Bookworms are next in line to go, it’s only a matter of space opening up.

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Sweet Miss Melodie.

Every mancat needs some pink floof in his life.

She swats! She… misses!

Leaning tower of Melodie.


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Bad boys, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they sneak outside and then totally act like they’re allowed out there and what’s YOUR problem anyway, lady?

(You’re gonna grab the camera, is what you’re gonna do.)


Bad bad Buster Brown. He’s the baddest cat in the whole damn town. Well, the whole back yard, anyway. (“Buster” is Bolitar’s nickname, I’m sure I’ve mentioned.)

Corbett, clearly miserable.

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“Y’all get your butts back inside that house! You know you’re not allowed out here, and I’m not putting up with your zany shenanigans! Chasing each other all over the yard! Rolling around on the concrete pad! Eating grass! Sheriff Mama won’t have it, you hear me?”


2009: So we have our solution and we’re ready to move ahead!
2008: At least she’s got Zoe and Kaylee to keep her company and to play with.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



8-27-10 — 12 Comments

  1. Poor little Pancho! Good thing I don’t have a car or I’d be heading down South to scoop him up and I sure as heck can’t have any more cats than my two!

    As always, another excellent photo essay about the drama of the fauna in your back yard! Love the shot of Sheriff Mama getting ready to kick kitten butt.

  2. Hot damn,that video is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.I want that cat!He looks like he would be SERIOUSLY entertaining.

    My black cat Maya is also like Maxi – she will stay out most of the day,rain or shine,freezing or sweltering hot.She is definitely a lover of the outdoors.

  3. My most recent fantasy: All four bookworms being adopted together!! I just can’t bear the thought of them being split up. I will sure miss them here :sniff:.

    Beth P.

  4. My cat litter boxes are in a closet in my back hallway, dedicated to cat litter and all that comes along with it. In addition to using the type of trays that Robyn mentioned, I put down “Astroturf” floormats that the kitties MUST walk on to get out. They probably have to walk 18″ on the astroturf before the hit the hardwood and the rugs — it seems to separate their toes and the litter falls out.

    Still, I had my husband mount a shop-vac on the wall inside the closet and got one with a 16 foot hose. I flip it on every morning, take the hose out and suck up whatever makes it out of the closet.

  5. I’ve seen that video before and it is a HOOT every time! Thanks for the much needed laugh!

    I don’t want to think about the Bookworms packing their suitcases – they are so much a part of your home! At least write into the ‘doption contract that parents must send update pictures and notes!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  6. Awww the Bookworms are so adorable even when they’re outside! LOL!! Awww they’re being young and silly! LOL! 🙂

    Martin is so cute and Melodie and is that Moxie?? Awwww!! Sweet sweet MMMs and Dodger!

    Take care

  7. That video is one of my all-time faves! And that’s says a lot coming from the Queen of Cute… hehe.

    The Leaning Tower of Melodie is priceless. Just adorable. 🙂

  8. ‘Every man cat needs some pink floof in his life”…particluarly if he’s got Cleopatra eyeliner on!
    The Bookworms look so innocent even while they’re in the back yard and disobeying you without any hesitation. They sure have been with you awhile. You sure they can’t just stay? ok, stick ’em in a box and send ’em on over – oh, what? Oz is too far to post them? Sheesh…

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