Neither of us seemed unhappy, but neither of us seemed particularly happy either. So I decided to make some changes. No long would I settle for our relationship consisting of little more than a routine. For example, if she wasn’t going to get up off the floor and go buy her own groceries then she was at the very least going to help with the shopping decisions.
It turns out, much like the importance of good toilet paper to humans, cats have a lot to say about the litter they use. Truffles wanted a lower dust formula litter, while I wanted extreme clumping action that would make my human-slave duties much more tolerable each day. We’d been using Fresh Step cat litter for years, but never paid much attention to the new varieties and innovations with the brand. I guess you can just chalk it up too our slump. So, together, we decided to make the switch to a new lower dust Fresh Step with the Power of Febreze formula litter. Turns out Truffles got some new toys, and I got a new pair of shoes.
Preparing to make DIY kitty-toe flats. Of course a plain pair of flats didn’t quite make Truffles’ fashion approval- they needed a but more pizazz. So I grabbed some painter’s tape, a drop cloth, and acrylic paints and sat down to jazz up my new kicks a little. My relationship efforts must have been paying off because Truffles immediately joined me, as soon as the box the shoes had arrived in was vacant. I was excited my cat was taking interest in my hobbies, and immediately began explaining my project to her, but her eyes only offered a glazed expression. Baby steps, I told myself.
I took my painter’s tape and blocked off an even section of the toe of each flat and gave it a good layer of black paint. I then carefully peeled back the tape and added two swooshes of ‘ears’. Either the scent of wet acrylic on leather was perking her up, or she’d hit the nip a little earlier in the day but Truffles then looked at me and meowed something I took to mean «Paint me like one of your French cats» and I felt myself immediately inspired. Since I also happen to like asymmetrical designed, I decided to paint one toe as Truffles, the tuxedo cat, and the other a mysterious black kitty. Y Kitty-Toe Flats with painter’s tape and acrylic paint. This project was incredibly simple, and didn’t really require any special materials or skills- I’ve since worn my snazzy new flats about town several times to many compliments. This look sure beats that ‘gold toe’ trend everyone was buzzing about last Spring!
Of course a brand new Fresh Step litter variety wasn’t quite equal to my new ‘designer’ kicks- so Truffles demanded we compromise a little more. A new piece of furniture was in order. I decided to bring the outdoors in. 8 at the local hardware store I invested in a sturdy concrete mixing pan that just so happened to be the perfect size for a section of sod. 59, and is actually doubled onto itself in the tray. You can order your sod with or without the thick dirt base- we prefer with dirt because it just has that great spongy, Earthy, feel.
5-7 days depending on your climate. Update: We have had sod beds last up to 10 days before they were starting to brown and dry. You can also install a ‘living’ sod bed much like an indoor plant and keep the grass thriving for months on end. Make a grass lounge for your indoor cat with a cement mixing pan and a sheet of sod from your local hardware store. 50 in our area and lasts up to 5 days indoors. Now, let me tell you- I could have just had a Lay-Z-Boy recliner dropped off, that’s how magical this lounger was for our relationship.
What a difference a change of local can do for one’s mindset! It was as though Truffles checked into the spa each afternoon and was the kitten I fell in love with all over again each night. After hours of recharging in the afternoon sun my cat would return to me a whole new feline, purring and begging for attention with nudges and cuddles. We may not be completely out of our rut- After all, I’ll always be the human slave, and she’ll always be the cat, but things are running just a bit more amicably these days. Let’s just say I’m still scooping the litter box, but at least she remembers to put Fresh Step Extreme with the Power of Febreze on the shopping list! Now, tell me, if you may Kitty-Toe Flats what type of cat would you feature on the front? Tell me about your pet’s favorite place to sleep in the house! This post cracked me up! It is funny that you mention the whole you’re the slave of the cat he cracks me up because I know what that’s like. I think you were very creative and getting your cat involved more. Hopefully you cat appreciate it. My husband used to talk about a cat that he used to have, Oreo. He said Oreo would not even budge from the bed whenever he came in from work. He would just look up at him, then lay back down as if to say, «meh. I would say that is about as complacent as it gets.