Thursday, July 27, 2017

Life Just Got a Litter Bit Amazing!

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Amazonia wakes up from nap at sound of new cat litter

It is said cats have nine lives.  Well if you ask our cats, they will say ten! Thanks to World’s Best Cat Litter™ Zero Mess™.

This post is sponsored by World’s Best Cat Litter™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. We are being compensated to help share information about World’s Best Cat Litter's brand new premium cat litter, Zero Mess™, but Riverfront Cats only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. World’s Best Cat Litter™ is not responsible for the content of this article.

Ray Ray, an older foster kitten,  is the first one on the scene to inspect new cat litter.
His blindness does not hinder him.
His other senses, touch and smell, are more keen, hence he makes best tester.

In a deep slumber, the sound of the ruffling of a bag, and the pouring of small granules will awaken our cats to come running.  One of our cats, the infamous Johnny Walker, practically dives into the litter box like a swimming pool on a hot summer day. Before I continue, please know the litter box is cleaned 2-3 times a day.  Cats are clean animals, and if their guardian maintains a clean home and litter box, cats expect the same standards or better.  Yes, cats are finicky but they also encourage pet owners to strive for the best. Tis true!

Johnny Walker (top of toilet cover)  is ready to dive in

Part of good health and longevity (living out 9-10  lives) are daily self care habits. In downtown Miami, cats must live indoors. Therefore, cat litter is an essential . Here at our nonprofit organization there are always cats and plenty of litter pans.  When a new cat litter comes to market, we are ready to try it for our rescue cats and share our recommendations with readers, followers, and future adopters.


Christine shares how she conducted her test and who some of the participants were in trying the latest litter by World's Best Cat Litter™ Zero Mess™.

The results?

Septic/Environmental Friendly 

The two brands I used prior to this test were not flushable. At the same I anguished over throwing it out with garbage.World's Best Cat Litter™ is septic friendly which means less trash! Even better it is an all natural cat litter that combines the concentrated power of corn with super absorbent plant fibers that quickly trap liquids in tight clumps so you scoop once and you're done.
5 /5 stars

 Clumping Cat Litter Strength

 While a bag of clay litter costs less, it is not clumpable and adds to landfill.  World's Best Cat Litter™ has 2 times better clumping. While I carried it on a scooper with nothing underneath, no grains fell through the slits. I carried the clump gingerly across the room to the adjoining bathroom. It is a delicate clump and may have lost form if my hand shook, but nonetheless it held together. Indeed I experienced zero mess!
4.5 / 5 stars

Odor Control Cat Litter

I was very surprised here.  The odor control, even with two un-neutered male cats, was excellent! (The foster kittens have since been neutered). I did not smell any odor at entrance after several hours of vacating the place, or in my office. Now I am anxious to try their Zero Mess™ Pine Scented cat litter. 

In summary, all the cats used the litter and I appreciated the ease of use.  No chiseling, sweeping, vacuuming or swearing!


- lightweight
- better clumping = less hassle, less mess
- more powerful odor control
- flushable
- septic safe
- longer lasting
- pet, people and planet friendly (100% natural and renewable)
- 99% dust free (the cats and I are very sensitive to dust)
- available in 6, 12, and 24 pound bags



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of World's Best Cat Litter™. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Lesson in Socializing Feral Cats

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As a cat rescuer and one who has worked with all ranges of feral kittens and cats, I was reminded of an important lesson recently, not all cats are the same when socializing them. Going from strictly outdoors to indoors does not always work. Transition is key.

 Living in the city and as witness to the dangers, risks and tragedies for cats to live or have access to the outdoors, we encourage cat owners to keep their cats strictly indoors if possible. Along the same lines, when we bring in a feral cat or kitten, socializing is key so the cat has a chance of getting adopted. However, socializing a feral cat strictly indoors does not always work. Often times, life is not perfect and we have to follow their cues.

One day while jogging by my supermarket I saw a small black kitten. I immediately raced home and drove back with my catmobile. (Ok it's just a regular car with my cat rescue supplies in the trunk). I set the trap and went inside the supermarket to do my grocery shopping. Upon checking the trap after my grocery purchase, inside was a stunning, all white older kitten, a teenager, most likely 9-10 months old.
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Zsa Zsa dropped off to get spayed

Well, I thought she's still young where there is a chance to socialize her so I decided to keep her indoors and not release her. Next day she was spayed and I kept her in my master shower (like a large closet) to recuperate. The master shower is also known as the cat intake room.  It's a lovely shower with glass wall and door so I can see through to observe their behavior, temperament, sleeping pattern, and energy levels. Plenty of room to move around and have a large litter box.

But after several days of tasty cat food, cat milk, water, luxurious soft bedding inside the carrier, me sitting in corner talking softly and leaving more delicious food, Zsa Zsa was not the slightest at ease or warming up.  She still hissed and tried to scratch me when my hand got near so she could sniff it. However, when any one of my cats walked in to peer through the glass walls, she cried. She wanted to be with them. My heart was breaking.  The shower was a sterile, cold jail cell for her.  Zsa Zsa was increasingly unhappy.

I was going to release her outdoors but in sharing the update with a new volunteer, Deborah mentioned she had great success in socializing cats.  What did she do differently?  At first Deborah kept Zsa Zsa inside a catio playpen indoors. But that bared no different results than my attempt. Zsa Zsa yearned to be with other cats, or free like them and was still feral. There was only one solution left.  Release her in the backyard with the other feral cats. 

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Zsa Zsa finds comfort in the shade of the bushes

With nothing to lose, only to gain, Deborah let Zsa Zsa loose in her gated backyard.  We held our breath for hours, expecting the worst. Yet it turned out brilliantly. Better than we could have hoped for. You see Deborah has a home with backyard and a cat window. Instead of a doggy door, she has a cat window. Cats come in and out.  For several days Zsa Zsa remained in the yard, thankfully, and still came to eat and drink at the designated bowls set outside.  She seemed relieved. It did not take long for her to use the cat window.  Soon Zsa Zsa was nestling on the sofa, in a box and finally to crown it all--Deborah could pet her!

Zsa Zsa loves the outdoors

Of course finding an adopter with a similar set up would be very challenging. But Deborah fell in love with her foster kitty.  Zsa Zsa is stunning and that test of love and patience has created a bond that is unbearable to break.

feral cat becomes friendly comfortable indoors
Zsa Zsa lounging indoor as her guardian plays with her using feather wand

The lesson: Like people, and other living creatures, cats also, depending on their personality and surroundings, have their own way to transition and adapt to a new environment. Don't give up so easily. There is always a solution if you are willing to be patient and diligently find it.