While I do love our fur babies, I do not love their litter boxes. I realize that by having them in our lives, a litter box is a necessary evil. For the non-cat owners out there, it’s the equivalent of having three roommates who never flush.
After one brief attempt a few years ago to potty train the cats, we’ve been using litter boxes their entire lives. Potty training had gone well for a solid few weeks, until Trinity overshot the bowl…I’m sure you can imagine the consequence. Our potty training experiment ended immediately.
Unfortunately, litter boxes and tiny houses aren’t exactly ideal together, so we scoop constantly. We’re far more aware of the cat box now than we ever were at the big house. We have an air purifier running, which controls the smell. We changed litters and there was, literally, a cat protest.
Here are some new ideas we tried or plan to try:
- Potty training – fail
- New cat litter – fail 🙁
- Open the windows – as the weather improves
- …and that’s it.
On a positive note, we went on vacation recently and our cat sitters said our house didn’t smell like cats at all. In fact, they said our house smelled quite clean. Since we never use fragrances of any kind, this was quite the compliment. Woot! 🙂
As for other household smells, exhaust fans are a MUST, particularly in the kitchen. Cooking bacon for our Sunday morning breakfast makes the entire house smell the rest of the day. I like eating bacon, but I don’t like having the equivalent of 20 bacon air fresheners all over the place. Another great reason to look forward to nice weather and open windows!
Well, this is the next to last post in our #realtalk series. For our last post in this series, we discuss misconception. Here’s a list of posts in the series, in case you’re curious.
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 1: Clutter
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 2: Time
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 3: Diet
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 4: Routine
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 5: Noises
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 6: Smells
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 7: Misconception