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CAT OWNERS know that cats' toilet business is a big deal. What they put inside the litter box could determine how hard or easy it would be to clean up after their cats.
There are cat litter products that complicate rather than simplify this unpleasant aspect of having a cat. Instead of keeping the mess to a minimum, the litter itself necessitates more cleaning—and disposing of it is a challenge.
Organic cat litter from natural materials promise several benefits that any cat owner would be attracted to. The Our Cat Pine Wood Litter is one of the eco-friendly products in the market today to be recently tested by MetroPets' resident cat reviewers.
We helped the cats do it by the book following the instructions printed at the back of the Our Cat bag. Using an ordinary litter box, we filled it with about 3 inches of pine wood litter and then cajoled the cats to dig in.
Minutes passed and the cats remained lukewarm about the cylindrical pine wood pellets they saw. They are used to sand litter and the pine wood pellets must have felt different under their soft paws. Things didn't change the next morning so it was time for Plan B.
The makers of Our Cat Pine Wood Litter suggest topping two inches of their organic litter with an equal portion of the old sand litter to slowly ease the cats to the pine wood variety. This should do the trick, but we wanted to preserve the pure flushable character of the pine wood litter so we fine-tuned it our way.
We poured an acceptable amount of water to soak the pine wood pellets to make them softer. The individual pieces absorbed the water, disintegrated like coarse cotton and became softer after drying out. Soon after, the fastidious cats came one by one, sniffing and turning followed by (drum roll, please) dumping and digging. Success!!
As with any cat litter, the solid waste must be removed daily or as soon as possible. Scooping cat poop and collecting them in bags for disposal is tedious. The dirt and the smell, combined with a pinch of guilt for passing it to unsuspecting garbage collectors, make the whole matter dreadful.
Using organic litter like the Our Cat Pine Wood offers the convenience of flushing litter-covered cat poop directly in the toilet without clogging it. It could take two flushes depending how much cat waste there is, but it's much more convenient and hygienic compared to bagging it.
We give the Our Cat Pine Wood Litter another big thumbs up for keeping our noses safe from the killer olfactory assault that only cat poop can do. Somehow, the pine scent is able to mask the really nasty smell which, for us, is tantamount to a miracle.
The cats also left no trail marks after using the pine wood-filled litter box. Pellets that have absorbed urine “bloom” and crumble after several use. Shaking the litter box helps the crumbly bits' dust to settle at the bottom.
Here's a short video to show how the pellets expand then become crumbly.
Because the pine wood pellets are highly absorbent, dry fast and hardly smell, finicky cats may be inclined to reuse it. Or you may top up the old litter with a new batch in a smaller amount just to keep things fresher and useful longer. This makes the product quite economical and all crumbled pine wood pellets can be used as plant fertilizer afterwards.
This product can also be used to line the cages of small animals like birds, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.
Our Cat Pine Wood Litter is exclusively distributed by Gilbert Emerson Marketing Corp. A four-kilo bag costs P399.75 at Pet Express.
So, if you are litter-ally pining for organic cat litter, we reckon this product is worth a shot.
IS your cat lethargic? A light drizzling of silvervine powder here and there can make a cat sprightly in no time!
Like catnip, silvervine powder (a.k.a. cat powder) has this euphoric effect on cats. Any object or place with silverine powder becomes a cat's object of affection. A whiff of it is enough for a cat to rock and roll where the smell is strong. They will also lick, rub, drool and completely chill out on the spot.
The silvervine powder's magic spell on cats lasts for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how much or how strong the smell hits them. It instantly captivate cats, bewitched by the unexplainable tea-like scent of the silvervine. After an episode of rubbing, twirling, and sniffing, each cat tends to walk away with a rather silly grin.
The silvervine plant, Actinidia polygama, thrives in the mountainous areas in China and Japan. It has white leaves with silver tips. The silvervine's leaves, flowers, seeds, vines and fruits are used in traditional medicine and even in cooking. Any of these parts can attract cats, but the powder form is the most popular commercial version of silvervine.
A box of 8 small sachets can be bought in Daiso stores. They look like very fine powdered pepper, so keep them inside the box and away from the kitchen to avoid confusion.
Silvervine is safe and can be sprinkled outside or tucked inside toys, scratch pad and beddings. It encourages cats to play and relax. Just a dash of it is enough to make adult cats behave like kittens again or fall into an adorable dreamy state for awhile.
Cats seem to know not to eat silvervine, they just want to smell it so don't add it on their food or treats.
The silvervine appears to have a stronger effect on cats than catnip. If you want to give your cat a little stimulant, the silvervine powder is completely legal and safe but parental guidance is still advised. -- MetroPets
By ALMA J. BUELVA
“Eat your vegetables,” says actor Will Smith to his German shepherd dog in the movie “I Am Legend”.
The line stuck to me ever since and taught me to include vegetables in my dogs' lunch or dinner. I also want them to eat fruits, except only apples mildly interest them.
But things can change after they have a taste of fruits in the form of dental chews called Happi Doggy. Available in fruity flavors of strawberry, apple, avocado and orange, Happi Doggy helps introduce fruits in a dog's diet (without them knowing it). Milk and mint flavors are also in the mix which, like the fruit flavored ones, are designed to give dogs a health boost while cleaning their teeth and gums.
We tested Happi Doggy on four dogs: a labrador, a beagle, a chihuahua and an aspin to see how they would like it. All four are used to gnawing on meaty bones, rawhide bones and other types of chew treats.
The first positive sign we looked for was in the dogs' level of interest at seeing and smelling something different. The excitable nature of the labrador and aspin canceled out any conclusive finding in this department, but the beagle's reaction, with its highly-sensitive sense of smell, conveyed that it was picking up something that didn't conform to her concept of a chewable treat.
The chihuahua eyed the Happi Doggy chew stick with suspicion and, after much ado, decided it's too big for her and gave it the cold shoulder.
Each Happi Doggy chew is packed in a colorful bag that corresponds to its flavor. Because dogs apparently can only see shades of gray, yellow and blue, it's safe to surmise that Happi Doggy's vividly colored packaging are made for humans, not dogs. I know because that's what pulled me to check them out the first time I saw this product.
But we're not judging this product by its cover. Dogs are after its taste so we pulled each and every flavor of Happi Doggy out of their bags and all hell broke loose, so to speak.
The beagle hoarded three in her mouth, the aspin ran away with the mint flavor (good choice, he needed a breath freshener!), the labrador ate the rest, including the rest of the milk flavored Happi Doggy that the chihuahua earlier snubbed.
These dogs are “foodies” and know the good stuff. Documenting how they reduced the flexible and rubbery Happi Doggy dental chews to bits until there were no more took only a few minutes. Clearly, they like it and it's a big plus that an apple Happi Doggy a day could keep the vet away!
Happi Doggy dental chews are supposed to benefit dogs by:
* giving them strong teeth and healthy gums
* freshening their breath, whitening their teeth and preventing plaque buildup
* helping improve their coats and
* providing dogs with additional source of vitamins and minerals, Omega 3 and 6
Animal doctors say pet dental disease, if left unchecked, could cause pets much pain and damage to internal organs. Bad breath, yellowed teeth, missing or loose teeth, swollen and bleeding gums are symptoms of periodontal diseases. The aspin, who was rescued from the street, had some blood stains on his dental chew, a definite red flag that regular tooth brushing and serving of Happi Doggy hopefully could address.
Happi Doggy is a product of Singapore and is sold here in pet supply outlets such as those in Tiendesitas, at Pet Express branches and at Paws Hotel and Boutique branches. One can also order Happi Doggy dental chews from Lazada.com and have them home delivered.
Most shops would sell each dental chew for P50, but Lazada's price could be a little higher to cover delivery cost.
Shelf life of an unopened Happi Doggy is about a little over a year. Once opened, it's best to keep it in a ziplock or airtight container and refrigerate.
As for the chihuahua, she later nibbled contentedly at some specially cut pieces of Happi Doggy.
Here's a little video of our dog testers enjoying their Happi Doggy dental chews.
* Say "Ciao" to your cats' finicky eating habits