Lessons from the litter box

We have three cats in our house, and that means I spend a fair bit of time cleaning the litter boxes. Today, while I was at this task, I realized that even though Forrest Gump says that life is like a box of chocolates, it can also be a lot like litter boxes.  Here are some of the lessons that I have learned:

  1. Before using this product for the first time, clean the litterbox thoroughly. To keep the box clean, throw out only the clumps that form. This way you’ll save on litter. Well, that makes perfect sense. You shouldn’t add new litter on top of dirty stuff and expect it to do its job. It might cover up the mess from before, but it will not be able to hide it for long. Just like we should make sure that we are clean, and able to fill ourselves with what we need to function at our best. Also, we need to throw away only the things that are causing the mess, and save the rest.
  2. Fill up the litter box with clumping litter. For maximum product efficiency, we suggest that you cover the bottom of the box with a layer at least 3” or 4” deep. If we skimp on the amount of litter we put into the box, it will not be as effective. In the same way, we need to make sure we fill ourselves up enough to be able to handle the sh… stuff that will come our way.
  3. Every day, remove the clumps formed by the urine and solid waste. (do not dispose waste in the toilet) It’s important to take time every day to get rid of the waste in your life, and to make sure that you are dumping it in the right place. Sure, it’s great to be able to vent to your friends, but if you keep “dumping” on them, they will be filled up with your stuff, as well as their own. Put your waste in a bag and leave it at the curb for the professionals to deal with.
  4. Add enough litter to maintain a layer at least 3” or 4” deep. We can be good at getting rid of the things in our lives that are causing a mess, but how often do we take the time to refill ourselves to make sure that we are always “topped up”? If we don’t refill, and maintain good levels, sooner rather than later, we will have nothing left.
  5. As a reminder to our customers and especially expectant mothers. A parasite sometimes present in cat droppings may cause toxoplasma. For this reason, we strongly recommend wearing disposable gloves when handling cat litter and to totally renew the litter every 30 days. Sometimes there are toxic people, or situations in our lives. We can’t always see them until we get sick ourselves, and even then, we may not recognize where the sickness came from. We may even be in a condition that makes the toxin more dangerous. The only thing we can do is to protect ourselves as best we can and take the time to completely renew ourselves on a regular basis.

The funny thing is that we often hear people say that there is no instruction manual to living life, and here I found it on the side of a box of clumping litter. I must admit, that I don’t follow these instructions faithfully, but as Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better”. It’s time for me to clean up the “waste” on a daily basis, and to make sure that I maintain a good layer of litter. Most importantly, I will renew my litter every 30 days. Thank you to Tula, Smartie and Theo for being the agents of these insights.

Tula, the momma cat
Smartie, the grumpy one
Theo, the annoying younger brother


Author: Michelle

I have filled many roles over my life: daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and Grand Master Bikini Competitor. All of these life experiences have provided me with a wealth of stories to share. Words are my refuge and my strength.

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