Archive for June, 2011

Meet Albie

Albie is our little “Benjamin Button”.  When I adopted him from the humane society in 2009, they told me he was 9 years old.  At first, he was shy and skinny.  Within a few short weeks, he shed his shyness and put on a few pounds. 

And then his personality really came out.  He likes to tease one of the cats (Carter), but seems to be a little afraid of the other (Duke).  He is not the best leash walker, but loves climbing stairs and car rides.  He is super protective of me, but once you get to know him, he’s your best friend, always happy and smiling.

A trip to the vet revealed that he was probably not 9, but “between 5 and 10”.  The vet said she would put him closer to 5 with the energy of a two year old.  So Albie went from 9 to 2 in a matter of weeks.  Almost two years later, he is still full of energy and healthy.  We guesstimate he is around 8 years old, but always keep in mind that, if the humane society was right, he is an old man at 11.

Oh and in case you are wondering how Albie fits into potty training the cats, I will tell you…  Albie LOVES to eat poo!  My sweet, adorable little pup who I love to hug and cuddle eats out of the litterbox.  It is gross and disgusting, and I cannot wait for it to stop…  hopefully within the next 8 weeks, which is, according to the Litter Kwitter website, how long it should take me to train D&C.

By the way, don’t let the picture fool you.  That was Albie 10 pounds ago and after being groomed.  He’s adorable, but a mess!

Hello world!

Next week I’m going to potty train my cats.  Yes, potty train.  Not in the litterbox.  In the toilet.  A friend recommended a kit called Litter Kwitter, and so next week, we will quit the litter.  I’m really looking forward to it, and not in a crazy cat lady way.

Okay, so maybe in a crazy cat lady way…  is there really any other way to potty train your cat?!? 

Litter is expensive and bad for the environment.  It stinks and chalks up my house.  There is nothing worse than seeing little chalky paw prints across your kitchen counter or table.  Yes, my cats can frequently be found on both the kitchen counter or table.  It is fine.  That is what lysol is for, and anyway, my cats and dog spend way more time in the house than I do, so why shouldn’t they go where they please? 

So at the request of several friends and coworkers, I have decided to create this blog to chronicle our adventures in potty training.  I figure that it will probably develop beyond that initial purpose and continue long after they are potty trained, but we’ll see.  No big expectations at this point.  I’ve had several blogs come and go over the years, so don’t get too attached. 

I will  spend the next couple of days introducing the blogosphere to my “puppy paws and kitty claws” crew (two 4 year old male German tabby cats, Duke and Carter, and a 9 year old Beagle Jack Russell Corgie mix named Albie), and then we’ll start potty training together on 7/6. 

In the meantime, should you have any questions or advice about the Litter Kwitter, please send them my way.  This is a learning process for all of us!  Read about the Litter Kwitter (includes videos) HERE…  and wish us luck!

M