Wednesday, 31 July 2013

the sweet smell of lavender

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a lovely lady over at the World's Best Cat Litter company and asked if I would do a product review for 'em.  I said, "Sure!  I'd love to do that but...  did you know that I was a Canadian kitty?"  Well, sure enough, that put a bit of a monkey wrench in the works but I reached way in there with my paw, grabbed that ol' monkey wrench and tossed it away.  Quick thinkin' on my part, huh?

Ummm...  what's that peepers?  Oh yeah...  sorry 'bout that.  It was actually the lady from the World's Best Cat Litter company who de-monkeyfied the wrench.  Or did she de-wrenchify the monkey?  Point is, she was the one who figured out how to solve the problem at paw.

You see...  although the World's Best Cat Litter is available in Canada, the new and improved secret formula was only bein' introduced in the US, at least to start.  What's that peepers?  It's not a new and improved secret formula?  Bet it is.  Bet it is a secret.  Bet it's some kind of  trade secret or somethin' and even if it's not, secret formula sound so exciting.  My readers like a little excitement, you see.  I suppose however, I should tell everyone the new formula's real name.  It's called Advanced Natural High Performance Clumping.  Sounds pretty good, I think, even if it isn't a big ol' secret.

Anywho...  the lady at the World's Best Cat Litter company suggested that I do a product review of the original series that is available in Canada and I agreed.

Ol' peepers and I decided we'd review the lavender scented variety as the peep likes the smell of lavender and it was a multi-cat formula.  We figured we needed a multi-cat formula 'cause we have a multi-cat family.  That's right...  I share my litter boxes with eleven other cats!

You can imagine my excitement, a few days later, when the UPS man arrived with a parcel just for me.  I knew that inside that box would be a package of the World's Best Cat Litter which would allow me to begin my experimentation.  I also happened to notice that the box containing the litter was the perfect size for a cat like me to enjoy a nap or two.  Thank you very much for that box, by the way. 

But I digress...

My experiment took place in the little bathroom by the front door.  The old litter box and litter were thrown away and replaced with a brand new box filled with lavender scented World's Best Cat Litter.  The first thing I noticed was that it didn't really smell like lavender.  Now don't get me wrong...  it did smell nice.  It just didn't smell like lavender.  At least not like the fresh lavender the peep grows in my garden.  But I think that's just the difference between fresh stuff growin' in the garden and the lavender oil they use to scent the stuff 'cause it is scented with real lavender oil.  It's not scented with any chemicals or unnatural perfumes or anything like that.  They use the real stuff.

Peep #1 says that even though it doesn't smell like the lavender in my garden, it does smell way better than the alternative and I agree.  We all know what that alternative is, right?  Right.

As a matter of fact, since we've been using the World's Best Cat Litter in that particular box, there hasn't been a trace of any sort of unpleasant smell in the small bathroom.  Not a trace.  Odour control is obviously workin' at one hundred and ten percent!  I have concluded that this product is excellent at controllin' the odour.

And I've noticed that the peeps have been in a better mood since we cats have been using this product, too.  I think that has to do with the fact that keepin' this litter box clean is so much easier now.  Before, that big ol' box had to be lugged up and down the stairs leadin' to the basement.  Always had to be completely cleaned out once a day, sometimes twice!  That was a lot of work for the peeps, I suppose.  Plus, on garbage day, there were all those bags of used litter to be hauled down to the end of the driveway.

You see, prior to the start of my little experiment, we had never used a clumping litter before.  Never.  Not ever!

The main reason my peeps wouldn't use a clumping litter was because they feared that it might get into our tummies and cause problems.  Several years ago, my brother Desdemona died from complications due to chronic constipation and that had nothin' to do with litter.  The peeps simply weren't willin' to take the chance of using a clumping one.  They worried about it clumpin' in our intestines.  They were extremely concerned about this bein' an issue.

But it turns out that the World's Best Cat Litter is different from all those other clumpin' litters.  This litter is actually "safe if ingested."  Now, I'm not suggestin' you go and make a meal out of it or anything like that but if you should accidentally lick it off your paws or somethin', you're gonna be okay.  Well, that was the sellin' point for my peep #1.  She was willin' to let my fur-family and me try the World's Best Cat Litter out if she knew that doin' so would be safe for us.

Unlike other litters, the World's Best Cat Litter is made from "100% natural whole kernel corn."  It doesn't contain any clay at all.  Clay is not something you should be eating, if you know what I mean.  It also "doesn't contain harmful silica dust" like clay litters.  No one should be breathin' in silica dust.  Nope.  Neither cats nor peeps wanna be breathin' that in.  I should also add that it's environmentally friendly 'cause the corn comes from renewable sources, unlike clay, which is strip-mined.

Cleanin' up our upstairs litter box has been a snap for the peep since we've been usin' the World's Best Cat Litter.  We use it, she scoops it and all is well.  And the peep must agree about this 'cause she went out and bought another bag of the stuff.  It's only a matter of time before the basement litter boxes are converted as well, I should think.  Only a matter of time.

Now, I have some good news for my American readers.  One of you is gonna get to try out the new Advanced Natural High Performance Clumping litter.  That's right...  I'm gonna do a giveaway!  Well...  actually, the World's Best Cat Litter company is doin' the giveaway but I'm helping 'em out.  Just leave a comment on my blog with your name and statin' that you live in the US - 'cause you know, the new Advanced Natural High Performance Clumping product line is only available in the US so far.  Then a week from now, I'm gonna have a draw.  One of the cats who has left a comment on this blog post will win a bag of the stuff for themselves.  Eventually, I will need the winner's shipping address and telephone number but in the meantime, just please make sure that I have a way to contact you, if you win.

So there you have it.  My little litter experiment has come to an end even though, it does continue daily with our daily use of the litter.  I would like to add that all opinions expressed in this product review are my own.  No one told me what to say or influenced me in any other manner.  I received no payment for doin' this review.  All I got was a bag of litter to try.  Oh yeah...  and the cardboard box in which it was shipped.

58 comments:

  1. That was an excellent review and we especially like the part about it doesn't hurt if the clumping litter is ingested We had a cat get very sick from that very thing, the ingested kitty litter. We will have to save up our green papers and see if we can try some of it. Take care.

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  2. I always enjoy your bloggie - & since I live in Seattle, WA ya know with all the rain - I can use 'da entertainment & informative nature of your bloggie

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  3. My hoomin likes to donate stuff to shelters. I will tell her about the litter. :)

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    1. Also, we live in Port Richey, Florida, U-S-A. Thank u! :)

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  4. Yes, we do live in the US and would love to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks.

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  5. We love your blog. Just recently discovered it. My four kitties and I live in Texas. We would love to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you.
    ~Melinda from Texas (aka MfT)

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    1. Hey there Melinda from Texas! I need a way to contact you if you win. E-mail? Blog address? Anythin' like that? I can't find any contact information when I link back to your profile. Thanks. purrs

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    2. Hi again Melinda from Texas! I've got your e-mail. I had the peep write it down and put it in my book so now, if you win, we can contact you. YAY!

      I tried to remove just your e-mail without deletin' the rest of your comment but Blogger is not set up for that, I guess. I didn't know if you wanted your e-mail out there for all the world to see and that's why your comment isn't here but... rest assured... I have your address so you will DEFINITELY be entered in the giveaway.

      Purrs,
      Nissy

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  6. I'm in the US, and I would love to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you!

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  7. They don't have it in Singapore yet. When they do tell them I like apple scent!

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  8. We're in Canada too! That litter sound like good stuff..we use a wheat litter..they make bread from wheat too...not once it's been used as litter though!!!
    We'll have to check this out once it's not so secret and we can buy it here.
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob
    xxxxx
    Pee Ess how is the dust? Two of us have asthma so we need low dust litter.

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    1. No dust at all! The clay NON-clumpin' litter we were usin' before was super dusty. purrs

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  9. we live in Canada and wonder where you can buy that litter. Sounds great. Our cats are stinky. Lee and Phod

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    1. The pet store in our mall sells it and we live in the middle of nowhere. purrs

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  10. We would LOVE to be entered, Nissy. Though that lavender scented kind also sounds pretty nice.

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  11. raising paw very high and waving...YOO HOO!!! Nissy???? Over here! Savannah here!!! Yes I wanna win that bag. Mom hates the wheat dust from my Exquisicat wheat clumping litter...anything without dust is on her list of "let's give that a try"...and you KNOW where I live...you've been here before ya know...paw hugs, Savvy

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  12. Great review!!! We would love to try this litter!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  13. Mommy loves lavender.
    would it not mix well with my Cat Attract? Anything I use must be used with my Cat Attract, you see. It is so soft on my paws (somebody declawed my front paws, you see. NOT Mommy. She actually wanted a declawed cat so she could "baby it" the rest of it's life. What luck for me!).
    It would go well with her Mrs. Meyers lavender scented cleaner.
    QUINN

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  14. We live in the US o'A and Mommy would love for us to try this!

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  15. We love lavender, and are glad you do too. We would not have thought of using it for kitties.

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  16. We've used the lavender scented WBC litter for quite a while now, and it does do a better job of absorbing smells than the original or multi cat formulas... although it's not perfect! I'm not tellin' whose fault that is. ;-)

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  17. We've never seen the pink packaging before and so glad WBCL is in Canada! We're WBCL catvocates and love the brand.

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  18. That's a good review! As we aren't in the US, we won't be entering the giveaway. But the best of luck to everyone else!

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  19. I have tryed one brand of canadian lavender smelling litter and I liked it :)
    Have no idea if it was the same brand you where trying , guess they have different bags for different country´s ?
    Since me lives in Sweden , you can count me out :)
    XOXO

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  20. Sorry for the confusion. We live in US and would like to be entered! Thanks!

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    1. No problem Rene! I just wanna make sure no one gets left out. purrs

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  21. Great review Nissy...and thanks for the scoop!

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  22. Very nice of you to offer this pal. I'd like to be entered into the drawing. I do live in the US. Thanks for telling us about this.

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  23. We'd love to be entered in the drawing and we live in the US.
    Thank you!

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  24. Good review. Good info about ingestion too. Now some say that is nothing to worry about but dad had a kitten almost eat a large sharp bit of pine when he tried a natural fiber type litter due to not wanting the kittens to eat clumping. You have to watch everything to keep us cats safe.

    Oh yes enter us in the drawing. We would love to try this in our new big custom litter boxes.
    Purrs
    Timmy

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  25. I would live to enter too, Nissy. #pawhugs

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  26. dood...grate ree view N best fishes ta everee one who enters :)

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  27. Can't enter the giveaway Nissy BUT I AM working on a small submarine at the moment….

    Zealandia under the water has taken a step closer!

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  28. We are glad the lady at World's Best Cat litter figured out a way to make this work. That is a pawtastic review!

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  29. I am happy it all worked out for you!

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  30. I'm not in the US, so I'm not entering....

    But... you got lavender scented litter and a new box!!! Man, you are living the high life.

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  31. Thanks for the review. This stuff sounds good. Mom is really tired of the dust factor; though, what we are using now is less dusty and controls the odor really well. Please enter us in the drawing, Nissy. You can reach us at janet.blue@thecatonmyhead.com. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  32. I live in the U.S. and even though I've reviewed this litter, I like it so much that I'm trying to win more. Thanks. Oh, and great review.

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  33. That is all well and good, but how can it be the world's best cat litter if it is only sold in one country?? Kitties of the world need to know?? Just meowing ;)

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  34. Hi Nissy.......we tried that litter although it wasn't the lavender scented one, and it is super good with the clump factor isn't it?! I'm glad you found it satisfactory because if there's one thing we want it's a well-functioning, nice-smelling, CLEAN, litter box am I right???????? Purrrrsonally I would have enjoyed the box more than the litter too...tee hee.

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  35. You are a natural - brilliant review! It sounds like a brilliant product, but as I is not a cat and does not live in the US I would ask that you did not enter me in your competition! Unless your giving away the box - I love shredding boxes!

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  36. Don't include us but have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  37. Love your blog n FB posts the typist doesn't always respond. We live in Oregon, USA. Mom loves lavender and she has been looking for a new safer litter for us with no dust. We didn't like da wheat stuff. We never seen dis one in stores neither. OK *paws crossed*

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    1. Try the pet stores. That's where the peep got our second bag. Also, try clickin' on World's Best Cat Litter on my post. I've linked it back to their site. Think they might have a place there where you can find stores. purrs

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  38. That sounds awesome! Stripey and I are excited. Even it we don't win the contest, we're going to look for it down here in Virginia. In the United States. (hint, hint ;-) ) Thanks for the great review, and thanks to The World's Best Cat Litter folks for sending you some to review!

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  39. Great review Nissy,glad the new litter is working out for you,xx Speedy

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  40. Nerissa, I never read so much about kitty litter in my whole nine years of life. This was an impurressive anal-ysis, heehee.

    You know what, you might be reading something on this same topic on SpittySpeaks one day soon.....just sayin'.

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  41. We don't use litter , Alfie Poops outside plus it would be a bit heavy to carry it over to me.. BOL Have a wonderful weekend xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  42. We use the World's Best Cat Litter and it is the best! Me-Ommmmmm

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  43. Good review, Nerissa, but I wonder about the lavender. I don't come near to lavender, so I guess I wouldn't go on the litter, when they put that odour in it. Pawkisses for Good luck :)

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  44. What a great review! I have used that lavendar litter before and I think it's pretty good stuff. It doesn't clump as well as the clay but it is natural so I guess that's a good trade.

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  45. Nice that you got something to test and trial Nerissa! I bet this is a giveaway all your American friends would love. Have a great weekend!

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  46. Hey Nerissa, my pal, Sure! Here's the link to the GOOD mousies, thanks to the Trout Towne Tabbies!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Eco-Friendly-Natural-Sisal-Mouse-Cat-Toy-3-Assorted-Colors-Eco-Cat-/400470251486?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d3de317de

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  47. Nissie,
    Even though mes is a Canadian cat, me DOES have a US address!! Can yous put my name in the draw? We has 3 cats in the house now and our main litter box is in the peeps bathroom. Mommy does not like the nasty smells but she does likes lavender...
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  48. BREAKING NEWS... the winner has been chosen!

    I decided to 'extend' the deadline for entries until midnight, Atlantic Time, yesterday. That was 'cause of the ambiguous nature of my "a week from now" deadline. I realised that if the feeds for subscribers went out a day late, those subscribers would - OBVIOUSLY - think they had an extra day to enter. Wanted to make sure that everyone who wanted to enter got a chance to do so.

    Anywho... the winner has been chosen and I'll be bloggin' all 'bout it on Sunday.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  49. I just use the Qualicat I find at Costco... I find it does a great job of controlling odors, and the clumping simplifies clean-up - always a factor.

    Also important is the selling price, only 8 bucks for 50 pounds!

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