Thursday, September 4, 2014

The best AND cheap cat litter

so far la.
This post is for cat(s) owner. Nak cerita pasal anak, tak ada anak lagi (I want to tell about kids, I don't have one)
So, this is Bonnie and Mogwai, BEFORE they were producing stinky poops.
My cats kitty cat
After 2 years, now my 2 babies have grown up so big. And so their feces.
Living in a small apartment (850 sqft to be exact) with a small outdoor balcony, make me struggle with cat's wastage smell on daily basis. To tell you the truth, after my two cats grown, I hardly invite friends to come over or even stop over by my apartment because I am too worry about the smell.
Not to mention the amount I spent on air fresheners.
Kadang kadang aku rasa sangat marah dan sangat bangang. Terpaksa mengadap busuk nya kencing kucing. Padahal, nak mintak tolong kucing kucing ni sidai kain ke apa.. jangan harap la kan!
My cats use two kind of litter box. One is the old school pan and another one is a smartsifter by CatIt. And yet, with regular poops scooped out, still it didn't help.
I live in Malaysia, where the humidity is crazy. We have rainy and sunny day like anytime. I think that contribute to my problem a little.
So, within 2 years, I tried many kind of cat litter sands or crystal. From cheap to expensive. From white clay to crystal. The only type I never tried is Pine Wood pallet because my friends told me it is not good and too dusty. Well, I always think wood is a home for the termites anyways. So I skipped that kind.
I would like to remind you that Malaysia has very limited good brand for cat litter. Unlike USA, the packaging alone is already fancier than  what we have in Malaysia. And if we do have the fancy cat litter here, the price can cost us 2 weeks meals - cat owner's meals.
fido cat litter
I tried Fido's Cat litter. I bought this when I was too busy to go to the pet shop. I can get Fido's Cat Litter at Giant or Tesco. And it is cheap like RM12 for 5 liter. Well, it says scented. But I can smell the scent if I sniff it closely. The clump attracts the flies and it didn't help me at all when it comes to smell. My living room filled with poop and urine smell on day 3. Urggh.
So I had to give Fido 2 out of 5 Star
fussy cat litter
Then I also tried Fussy Cat's cat litter. My friend who suggested me not to use Pine wood pallet, recommended me Fussy Cat's since she also been using it for her two cats. It says highly absorbent, hard clumping, low tracking, tougher on oder, 99% dust free and scoopable.
Yes, I've noticed it has quite strong smell as soon as I opened the bag. It comes with lemon, rose, apple, jasmine and peach scents. Rose is my favorite. Smell like baby talcum powder. Cost me RM26 for 1 liter, so it's kinda cheap.
But I don't know. Was it my cat's urine is very acidic until it can kills the scent on 2nd day, or the scent really can lasts up to 48 hours. The clump attracts flies as well.
3 out of 5 star
catsan cat litter
Ok, the thing is that I don't have time to do it EVERYDAY. And then I remember it works well with one cat. Not two cats at the same time. So I have to spend double to get the same effect. But when I forgot to get another bag when it finish, my house started to filled with Poopies Eu De Parfum. And the granules is so fine, it tends to stuck in between my cats' paws and I ended up having CATSAN on my carpet, floors, everywhere!
3 out of 5 Starcat it crystal litter
Since I can't stand the problem I had with cheap cat litter, so I go for a little pricey one. Crystal type is always the most expensive one here in Malaysia. It costs me RM 26 per bag (5 liter). I only can get this at pet shop. Not normal grocery mall.
It claims that scentless cat litter beads contains millions of micro pores, which lock-in undesirable odors and keep your house odor-free. Catit Scentless Cat Litter Beads are low maintenance. There is no need to scoop out urine clumps ever again since Scentless does not clump. The moisture from feces and urine is absorbed by the beads and then evaporates - WRONG. NO EVAPORATION TOOK PLACE. Maybe it's the humidity makes th evaporation process went wrong, but among of ALL cat litter, I always chocked with acidic smell every time I'm washing the cat's pan. Yes the poop is dry as pop corn. BUT NOT the urine! The urine stays at the base of the litter pan, soaking wet like a sea salt body scrub!
The crystal may looks fancy in the litter pan with its white and blue beads but no thanks. I truly had the HARDEST time to wash the litter pan with this one. BUT! the only thing I like about crystal type is - it is weightless. I can simply carry 2 bags of 5 liter with my bare hands, while taking stairs to the 4th floor of my apartment unit.
2 out of 5 star
And then I found this one. Tidy Cats by Purina. I don't know how long this brand hit Malaysian Market, but I just saw it recently (like last 2 weeks) on the rack of pet section at Giant.
For the first time I saw MULTIPL CATS caption and I'm a fan of paper bag packaging. I was hesitate at the first place when I saw NON CLUMPING since I've been using the clumping ones for as long as I remember. It cost me RM 12.90 for 5 liter and RM 20.90 for 10 liter. It has greyish color makes me thinks like "euwww"  - imagining it crumbles with the cat's poop.
But, my heart keeps telling me to try since I already tried the rest of the brands on the rack. TIDY CATS currently has 3 types of cat litter (but I know in USA they have more! like 6 - 7 types AND different packaging) ;
1) Non clumping 24/7 Performance
2) Non Clumping Instant Action and
3) Non Clumping Breathe Easy.
Since my problem is always consists of 'breathing', so I picked Breathe Easy. It does not have special scents. So I begin to feel skeptical on my purchase. NON CLUMPING, GREY, NO SCENTS...
"ah, this is totally stupid and honest mistake" - said to myself while continue refilling the cat's litter pan.
Day 1 - It was all ok
Day 2 - Still ok
Day 3 - Where is the smell?
Day 4 - Still no smell! AND I DIDN'T SCOOP OUT ANY OF THE FECES UNTIL DAY 5th! (you know, you tend not to be bothered about it when there is no smell)
Oh my God! after 2 years plus 10 years after my 1st cat, FINALLY I found THE CAT LITTER ONE!
Yes it is non clumping, so I had to do the sift using the scoop, but I loved it! Because my main concern is the SMELL. When the smell is not there (well, on day 5 you can smell it, but ONLY when you stand next to it. Not in my living room!) the scooping process became easier, automatically!
It really makes a difference. And I noticed the difference immediately on the 1st week of using it. NO. Purina didn't pay me to write this post. This is my honest sharing experience post since 80% of my friends are cat lovers. Sometimes they do asked me what kind of food I feed my cats until they are so fluffy and big and yet my cats are not expensive or special breed. My friend told me there were cute kitties by the dumpsters, the cat mom looks dying and couldn't take care of hers, so I asked my friend to take two kitties for me to care.
So I started to google about Purina brand. Well, well, most of the review made by the cat owner is 5 star! You can go to HERE to read the review.
Just like happiness, you have to keep searching for it if you want one AND FOREVER. Ladies, this doesn't apply on finding a good MAN alone. But A Cat Litter too! And now I can rest my head on this department for now.
5 star!
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A stranger made me cry

Have you ever met a stranger and that stranger stays as a stranger but somehow he made you cry? I do. I have Instagram account which is far from being popular. I have very little followers but somehow it still get few likes and comments from strangers all over the world.

And I remember my first visit to Alaska, Summer 2013 - my snapshots of Alaska flowers and landscape received 5 'likes' in a row from a guy from New York. I checked his Instagram account, within 10 seconds, I fell in love with his collection of photos taken all over the world. Together with his short story captioned under every pictures, made me gone through all his 400 pictures that he has. His pictures somehow different than any other pictures that hashtagged under travel and nature. While others boasting their photography skills, filters and good life, his - simply telling genuine stories of a real traveler.

I long to be a citizen of the world, to live in different city, different country while making a living. Knowing him -  a gypsy at heart, his short story and places he has been inspired me to become one. He has a blog called which was humbly, beautifully written with loving heart makes me think I knew him in person.

He wrote Education is power. Education is freedom. Education is beautiful  in one of his post while I believe Education can save life, makes me admires him even more. I totally hooked up on his blog, loving every words he wrote, not to mention my wish that one day I can write like him. And everyday, I am looking forward to read his blog updates and see his picture updates on Instagram. 

But I got busy, busy with my wedding preparation early this year and than my trip back to Alaska for my wedding reception. I was so busy with my work and sorting things out before I move to Alaska and trying to follow his footsteps a little with my husband, Mike. Somehow, back in my head, I was wondering, why he hasn't update any pictures on Instagram. Maybe he is busy or in the middle of the jungle and unable to get internet connection to blog. Until last night, I checked his Instagram account and saw a lot of comments written with RIP. My chest freeze for a seconds, I read all the comments until someone put a link to an article about missing man found in 2 bags. I burst into tears like I lost a dear friend.

He was missing early this year and last month, DNA test confirmed it is belong to Harry Devert. He was murdered in Southwestern Mexico while he was in his journey fulfilling his bucket list #3 - Go to the World Cup.

Yes, life is too short and I know Harry really make the most of it for the past 5 years (when he started to travel) - traveling widely, loving deeply, living fully, and roaming freely. But it make me sad because he is gone forever right after he started to tick off his bucket list.
All I carry is faith. I dream, I search, I love, I live.” - Harry Devert.
Yes you live a short life, but your beautiful dream, your search, your love and the way you see life will continue in me and every heart your touched through your story. Rest in peace, beautiful soul.

[caption id="attachment_1412" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Harry Devert Harry Devert - Courtesy of author's blog[/caption]

Be careful with hashtag. Especially #airtanganisteri

In my imagination, I love cooking. Subconsciously, I always see myself as a cooking queen. Macam mengigau gigau gitu. I love to READ recipe. Watch cooking channel on youtube. I always said that, if I have nice kitchen, I will cook everyday. And if I have nice cooking utensils, I will cook every hour.
But, in reality, I am just another lazy ass woman who happen to ADMIRE a good food, good cook and how to prepare it - in THEORY. To prove myself wrong, I got myself almost nice kitchen/ cook station complete with big electric oven, a mixer and now some expensive glass cookware. I got myself A GLASS FRYING PAN for God sake. But here I am, still frying eggs and potatoes.
But today I got an urge to cook something that I like to eat when I am in a jolly mood -  A jelly. Like, I'm eating jelly when I'm in jolly. But a jelly can't make me jolly. So my favorite is the one with coconut milk.
So, I browsed quickly through the internet to get the easiest food preparation mode. I was so excited, I even instagram - ed the raw material before I started. And with ultra proud feelings (that I'm finally making something out of lunch or dinner category), I use hashtag #airtanganisteri.
air tangan isteri 1
Now, For those mat salleh who read my blog, especially my husband (he still read every little bit of non sense story I wrote here until now even he already married to me) "Air Tangan Isteri" - direct translation would be like, water from your wife's hand. It's like, when your wife cook for you with her bare hands, the water drop from her hands to the food actually makes the food taste good and you, a husband can feel the love inside her cooking.
Seriously, I never used this kind of hashtag before when I do my lazy cooking like spaghetti, or chicken soup which I considered more complicated (complicated katanya..) than a stupid jelly. So, after I've done posting the picture with that HOLY hashtag, I tapped into it to see whether is there anyone using the same hashtag for the same cause.
wife cooking home cook food
malay home cook food
malay home cook food 1
AND MINE WAS ONLY -  a pack of powdered Jelly and an egg in a bowl of coconut milk.
I'M SO EMBARRASSED for looking up to myself that HIGH.
Tak salah bercita cita tinggi.. tapi, agak agak la kan? Padan la muka aku. I think all those Air Tangan Isteri hashtag users is laughing at me now, and forever.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="205"]Perfect Pieces Perfect Pieces (Photo credit: jazzijava)[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="211"]Citrus Curd in a Cup Citrus Curd in a Cup (Photo credit: jazzijava)[/caption]

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