The 12 Days of Christmas Cat Blogging
On the First Day of Christmas, Corrente brought to me
One Devil Cat begging you to rub his belly.
don't fall for it - it's a trap!
Speaking of traps and falling for them, for Christmas I bought myself one of those it-scoops-itself litter boxes [because you can't download the app if you don't have the phone].
Holy crap! The care and feeding of an automated cat box is more complicated than the care and feeding of the cats that are going to be [one hopes] using it. Srsly, we're talking Zu Zu hamsters, but without the cute.
The first clue was when I got it home and started ripping into it. It's, like, 27 pieces [some assembly required], wrapped in 13 plastic bags, cushioned with 52 pieces of cardboard and styrofoam, all of it taped together.
Then there was the no tools needed assembly. Ha! Let me introduce the cast of tools in order of their appearance: one knife [sharp], one pair of scissors [heavy duty], one nail file [one player, two roles], and one hammer [if it doesn't fit, get a bigger hammer, right?]. The nail file gets special mention because it not only pushed that last stubborn locking tab into place, it also repaired the fingernails I broke while using the no tools needed method of pushing all those stubborn little locking tabs into place.
Not a big deal, Christmas just isn't Christmas without at least one present that is both some-assembly-required and operates on batteries-not-included [yes, I left that part out].
It turns out, though, that one must carefully maintain the level of cat litter in this automagickal cat box. There are minimum and maximum fill lines on the side of the box. There's a special depth tester for measuring the depth of the litter in the center of the box. The special depth tester is a 3-in-1 tool, to be used for: measuring the depth of the litter, scraping the automagikcal rake when it needs cleaning, and scooping out the box by hand [um, wait... ]. Also, the cat litter has to be raked level, because every household should have Japanese Zen garden, I guess.
The entire process took one hour, two cups of coffee, and an untold number of chocolate chocolate chip cookies. That was 12 hours ago and not a single cat has used it yet. Speaking of which, buried in the fine print, where I didn't discover it until much later: suitable for single-cat households.