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Out on the Limb

Karma - Part II

Monday, May 09, 2005

Our dog, Whisper, will be coming with us to enjoy the freedom of our new (pending) RV lifestyle. The cat, Smitty, is not invited. See post below.

Smitty is the most nervous domesticated animal I have ever encountered. Something really really bad must have happened to him somewhere along the line before I inherited him....besides being neutered.

To have Smitty come with us in the RV would mean:

a) Tranqualizing Smitty and putting him in a cage each time we are on the road. Otherwise, I fear he would hurt himself and our home trying to find an exit.

b) Where would we put the kitty litter box? The only place I can think that might work would be the computer room (bunkhouse), and I would have to rip out an additional bunk to make floor room for the kitty litter box, and give up storage space for my products and supplies while we're at it. No thanks. Here are some interesting factoids from Care2 about litter:
"Some kitty litters can be burdens on landfills and the traditional clay variety, which is often strip-mined, often contains silica dust, a carcinogen. Below are some tips for using a more eco-friendly litter that is environmentally sound both inside and outside your home. A number of eco-friendly kitty litters are available online.

• Try litter made from recycled newspapers. The paper absorbs just as well as conventional clumping litter, but this approach helps the environment by reusing resources. Two great brands are Yesterdays News and Good Mews.

• Another great option is litter made from reclaimed wood. Sawdust that would normally end up in landfills is concentrated without the use of dangerous chemicals to produce environmentally safe litter. Two brands are Nature’s Earth and Catfresh."
The strip mined clay pits providing kitty litter for millions is a heart-breaking sight. But, honestly, the alternative eco-friendly products do not absorb smell as well as clay...even with constant upkeep. (We will be living in hot climates quite a bit. Yuck)

c) We will be reducing our living space from 1,000 sq ft to 240 sq ft. Whisper and Smitty still tangle with tooth and nail on occasion. I don't think it is fair to ask them to co-habitate in such closed quarters.

My conclusion is that all involved are better off if Smitty finds a new, dog-less, stable home.
posted by Deb, 6:46 AM


All the best in finding a home for Smitty.
commented by Blogger KL, 3:54 AM  
How about toilet training your cats??
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 12:45 PM  

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