21st Century Technology Meets Kitty Litter
Things sure have evolved over the year in dealing with the dirty, unspoken matters connected with cat ownership. We all know that with pets, as with any creature, input = outgo. Back in the day, a cat did his business outside. Heat, cold, rain, snow – “Gotta go? Out ya go!" *boot* Never mind the neighbor really resented the "bonus gifts" amongst his flowerbeds, it was a call of nature, after all!
After a while, someone invented the cat box and, nature abhorring a vacuum, the 10-pound bags of chopped clay aka "cat litter" to fill it. Then, simple clay not being quite enough for the upwardly mobile feline, you started seeing varieties of cat litter, like "Multi-cat" and "Fast Odor Control" and so forth. Then came "clumping litter," where your cat could use the same stuff for months (oh pul-lease!) if you removed the solid bits. Then it was the clay or clumping stuff with extra-special additives, like enzymes, vitamins, booster packs, or sparkly crystals that, when a paw hit them, released a cloud of Eau de Rose Petals.
The latest in the matter of Dealing with the Unmentionable is the kitty restroom facility, like Littermaid, the Self-Cleaning Cat Box, or the ScoopFree System. The latter has the advantages of offering automatic poop scooping and attractive blue sparkly crystals! Your kitty does his/her thing and the machine takes care of the rest. Everything *ahem* is raked, removed, stored, and conveniently disposed of on waste pick-up day.
So help me, I was going to go with the traditional clay litter box, but this geek has a family with a similar level of geekiness, and that seemed to require we get the fully automated, crystal-enhanced, you poop/we rake ScoopFree system. Winston and Franklin, coming from a more-sane and less-geekly household, were quite off-put by the whole operation. Not content with a mere inch of sand—albeit with sparkly crystals—they attempted to excavate to China by defiantly digging through the outer tray. “Motorized cleanup? Who does that!?” they asked, as they eyed the rake machine and tried to figure out how to pounce upon and silence the ravaging beast.
At this point, The Boyz have become reconciled to the whole unseemly experience. But underneath it all, I suspect they’d easily give up 21st Century technology in exchange for having a go at the neighbor’s rose garden. :)
Kitty Tip: ScoopFree(tm)? I'm waiting for scientists to develop the best in genetic engineering: the PoopFree(tm) kitten!