Helping Your Kitty To The Loo

Helping Your Kitty To The Loo -- Kitty Box Ramp

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Ok, so no one likes to talk about bathroom issues. Except when it comes to kitty’s litter box. We’ve all got a litter box story, that hilarious one you pull out when you gripe about the cats making a mess…again.

  • – That time Fluffy tried to balance on the side of the box while pooping, lost her balance and fell onto the floor flat on her face.
  • – Or the time the new kitten finally figured out how to use the litter box, but then curled up and fell asleep in it.
  • – And how about the time the chicken you were recuperating from an injury in the mud room decided to roost on the wall of the box and laid an egg in the litter. No, never happened to you? Well, then you haven’t fully lived, my friend. LOL

If you have pets there are going to be times that they need a little extra help with their daily toileting needs whether it’s due to injury, illness, arthritis, or just plain old age infirmity. The Kitty Box Ramp is something I never knew existed, but I wish I had as I just lost a cat who could have really used this kind of assistance.

There are two huge plusses to this product, in my opinion. Most importantly, it’s E-A-S-Y to put together. From unpackaging to finished product was less than three minutes total. The instructions are step-by-step with pictures which is awesome! Also, it’s the very first totally made in the USA, green, 100% recyclable ramp product of its kind. When you no longer have a need for the ramp, or need to replace it with a new one, simply break it down and send it off to be recycled into something new!

Kitty Box Ramp is veterinarian approved and can be used for aging or ill cats (or other small animals: kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs – up to 20 lbs). It was created by Dean and Jennifer Johnson to aid their aging cat, Sam, use the litter box independently as age and arthritis set in. They wanted to help other pet owners in similar situations, and they will. This is such an ingenious product!

It would be really easy to store an extra one, too, since the product is in pieces so the packaging is flat and skinny and could be tucked behind a shelving unit or door or just about anywhere and not be in the way. Because with animals, you just never know what antics they’re gonna get up to and having a spare ramp tucked away could be really useful, you know?

I love a product that fulfills a need, is easy to use, and is eco-friendly, too. My cats didn’t know what to make of it at first when I was starting to assemble the ramp. They just saw I had a new package and came running. They just looked on until I was about ½ way through and the main part was folded and put together. Then it was a race to see which one of them could get their butts plopped into the “box” first. I can’t open and empty a shipping box fast enough around here to suit them, they think that all boxes belong to them!!!

I put it in the mud room in front of the litter box. Each cat, in turn, has sniffed around it and climbed on it. One cat used the replaceable tread pad that she is supposed to walk on as a scratching area before climbing into the litter box. Then, on her way out, she just laid down on the ramp and settled her chin on her paws for a nap. I guess that works, too.

 

CoCo’s Story

 

My beloved Coco cat, who passed away earlier this month, began having health issues about a year ago. It started rather benignly with a simple bit of weight loss. I didn’t think too much about it. He was getting older and was slowing down on hunting all the varmints in the woods that he’d delighted in his whole life. Other than losing a little weight, he was in all other ways his normal little self. I figured he’d bounce back.

After a few months, when I noticed more weight loss, I began to worry about him. He did still hunt and bring me his kills for congratulations before munching and crunching them down, just not as often. His appetite was as robust as ever and he drank plenty of water. I started watching his litter box habits; no discernable issues there, either.

Then one day, I noticed a small speck of blood in his stool. To the vet we went. A parasite check was negative, no problems there. His lungs and heart sounded good. So, a round of bloodwork was next. Still, no problems, other than a slightly elevated inflammation response (probably in his bowels).  All of his organs were working properly and there was no indication of disease.

He did have a bit of a runny nose and a slight rasp to his breathing. We decided to give him an antibiotic shot and a shot of steroids with some B vitamins mixed in (to jump start healing and give him a boost of energy). This worked pretty well, his cold cleared up except for a slight rasp occasionally, and his energy improved and he gained back some weight.

Since there was no obvious physical ailment to explain his weight loss, the vet said it was probably just his advancing age at issue and that I could return periodically for steroid shots as long as they helped him. We went back for one more shot several months later when I noticed the weight loss creeping back. It didn’t work like the first time, at all.

I started trying different foods, ones with extra protein, ones for senior cats, ones that had antioxidants, and ones that relieved digestive issues. I tried giving him that milk you can buy for kittens who are still supposed to be nursing (for added nutrients). I started adding a little fish oil to his food for heart health and other benefits. I bought and cooked him fresh fish rich in omega oils. Nada, he tried it all like a trooper and delighted in the fish! But, the steady weight loss continued.

After some time, his appetite for the dry food started to wane though he still drank plenty of water. I reluctantly started offering him wet food on a daily basis (which is normally only a treat I offer sometimes since dry food is recommended by the vet to promote dental health by helping to remove plaque and tartar). He still ate dry food, but came more and more to eat the wet food primarily. But, his appetite was back and he ate often throughout the day. Still he lost weight.

My point in this story is that eventually he got to the point where he started having difficulty using the litter box. More and more often he would go to it but not have the energy or the balance to climb into it and he would end up peeing or pooping on the linoleum floor next to it. If I’d known about a product like the Kitty Box Ramp I would have bought one since I wasn’t always around to help him into the litter box.

Sadly, after many visits to the vet to try to figure out what was ailing my little guy it was decided that he was simply nearing the end of his natural lifespan. There was nothing more I could do, other than make his remaining time as comfortable and full of love as possible. So, I did. He passed away in his sleep earlier this month. I miss him every…single…day.

But, I know he’s not suffering anymore which brings some peace. While he did not benefit from Kitty Box Ramp, I have another cat who will. She’s a sweet tabby named Princess who has lived to the ripe old age of 16 so far. She’s had good health all her life (with the exception of that one time she was pregnant, very pregnant, and tried to climb over a tall fence getting her leg stuck between two slats and hanging there for who knows how long before I went outside and heard her meowing — like I said, animals sure do make for an interesting life!). But, she’s getting older and will likely need help as she nears the end of her life. It’s nice to know that at least in this one area I have a product on my radar that I can use to help her take care of her own litter box needs even when she starts to get frailer.

If you have a pet in need of something like this you can find more information about it at the company website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. To purchase one for your feline friends, head to Amazon, or the Kitty Box Ramp Online Store.

 

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SAHM of 1 school age kid, two adult kids (my 26 yr old daughter & 19 year old son) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! LOL Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, cooking/baking, canning foods like pickles and green beans, making jams and jellies, crafting, knitting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

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